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Adobe Announces Host Of New Photoshop Features

By Anthony Thurston on June 18th 2014

This morning, Adobe finally made their big announcement that has been teased over the last several weeks. Tons of features were added to virtually all of the Creative Cloud applications, but specifically of note to the Photography world, Photoshop got several neat new features.


New Photoshop CC Features

  • Path Blur
  • Spin Blur
  • Focus Mask
  • Improved Content Aware Color Adaptation

Both the Path Blur and Spin Blur features look like things I will never use, but I can see how some may find them very helpful. Basically, they allow you more control over how your blur affects the image, rather than an all-encompassing blur that affects the whole image. For example, if you took a static picture of someone waving their hands, but your shutter speed was too high so their hand just looks like it’s being held up, you could use these new features to create a realistic motion blur over just the hand and arm. Pretty neat stuff.


The Focus Mask feature was teased by Adobe last week, and it is supposed to make selecting people -hair and all – and objects out of an image based on the focus. If the example hair shown is any indicator of how easy it is to select the hair, then this could be a huge improvement and time saver for many photographers out there.

Finally, the last big feature update to Photoshop comes in the form of an improvement to the Content Aware feature that we have all come to know and love. In the past when you have used the tool, you could get uneven colors in areas like skies that were a pain to fix. This has now been corrected and the tool will now blend colors – like skies – to make the selection look more real right out of the box.

You can find out more about the full suite of Adobe CC upgrades over on Adobe’s website.


What are your thoughts on these new Photoshop Features? Do you think you will find any of them useful in your work? Leave a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Tyler Friesen

    I am looking forward to that improved content aware feature the most.

    I am also a fan of the CC model so far, but I know some others who had similar issues to Pye.

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  2. Mathew Parri Thomas

    Focus masks are a good addition but largely it’s not all that exciting. I guess the thing with CC is by drip-feeding updates we’re never going to get that amazing leap in features you get from one version of PS to the next.

    Still, I’m a fan of the CC model. Works for me.

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  3. Geoffrey Van Meirvenne

    Looking forward to see how the focus mask feature in reality will work. Could be a great time saver.

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  4. J. Cassario

    The 9.99 package is a great deal and all the Creative Cloud haters should really think this one through

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  5. Matthew Saville

    Kinda ho-hum for me. The bigger news is the fixation (?) of the $9.99 price for their LR + PS package.

    Can I get an AMEN? :-)

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  6. T Phillips

    CC type software subscription is the paradigm shift for software in the future. Look at most of the top software now available and they are all moving to a subscription base or announcing a move to subscription. I think most people forget they never actually owned the software to start with they only had the right to use the software via EULA. Adobe photo package at $9.99 a month is well worth my funds for top tier programs that stay current with all features. X generation wants all things new and latest variety, in a few years no one will remember owning software as it will all be subscription base or on a time rental service per project. Think of needing top audio, video, CAD, modeling software for a client project, rent the top software for a 15 day activation for $50.00 to complete the project. Submit to client and you don’t need that software again for two years but it was nice to use when needed, saving money for software you don’t use on a daily basis.

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  7. John Maciel

    Why are people so bitter about CC? My momma always told me if I didn’t have anything nice to say.. well I’m sure you know the rest.

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    • Andrew Kwak

      Seriously. At least for me it’s a much cheaper alternative and works great!

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    • Shelly Garcia

      I agree, it’s still much cheaper than buying the suite up front and only using it for a few years

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  8. Zach Swan

    You lost me as soon as I saw the words “Creative Cloud”. No thanks. Next article.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      It’s really not that bad man… really, its not…

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    • fotosiamo

      Love having Creative Cloud and getting so many regular updates. Time to get with the times. No more having software that doesn’t get updated for over a year.

      Of course, I use 6 different Adobe apps, so Creative Cloud was a great thing for me.

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    • Dave Kai Piper

      Really ?? Did you watch the video on the Adobe site? Do you understand what you can do with the tools ?

      It is quite amazing people are so closed off to using new tools and wanting to do things in simpler faster ways.

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