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Adobe Announces Major Update for Photoshop CC

By Anthony Thurston on January 16th 2014

Say what you will about the Creative Cloud and how the model does not do any favors for the consumer, but you have to give props to Adobe for sticking to their promise of constant updates and new feature roll outs.

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Adobe has announced the release of Photoshop CC 14.2, and it comes with a few interesting photography related features you may want to take a look at. If you are already an CC subscriber, the following new features are free and should be getting pushed to your computer as you are reading this – all you need to do is open up the CC desktop app and confirm the software updates.

Perspective Warp

This new Perspective Warp tool looks to be really awesome, and I, for one, can’t wait to try it out. You can get the full info on the new feature via the video above, but in short, this new Perspective Warp tool gives you the ability to change the perspective of elements in your images. Not only can you do it, but you can do it, and it looks real.

Perspective Warp makes it easy to manipulate multiple perspectives in your image while keeping the rest of the image intact. You can correct complex distortions that can’t be fixed with other tools, turn a telephoto-lens shot into a wide-angle shot (and vice-versa), or even change the viewpoint from which the object is seen.

Linked Smart Objects

If you work in teams, or have projects where similar elements (like a logo, for example) are used, then this new linked smart objects feature should excite you. Gone are the days of having to keep each of your files up to date when you update your logo, now you can set up a linked smart object and whenever you make a change to your logo it will automatically propagate to all of your documents using the linked smart object. Very cool, and incredibly useful + time saving.

Smart Objects just got a lot more useful in Photoshop CC. Similar to Illustrator and InDesign, linked Smart Objects allow you to use the same object in multiple documents, change it once, and have that change flow through to each and every Photoshop document, saving tons of time and improving team collaboration.

What are your thoughts on these new Photoshop features? Do they make Photoshop CC more appealing to those of you still holding out with CS 6? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

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. Ryan

    The example of the army camp in the first video looks to be impossible unless both images are a crop from a larger image. The second image has source material on the left of the frame the original image didn’t have. It’s possible he showed them backwards, in that he meant taking two steps forward and turning right. Stepping back isn’t possible in Photoshop, that’s adding more pixels that the source image doesn’t have.

    This looks to be an amazing tool for commercial and conceptual photography, regardless. I’m anxious to see who will stretch its limits for some amazing photographs.

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  2. Hanssie

    Really excited to try the Perspective Warp tool!

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