Since its release 28 years ago, Photoshop has become the favorite imaging software of both professional and hobbyist photographers and illustrators the world over, as well as an essential tool in virtually every company’s marketing and advertising groups. The latest version, Photoshop CC 2018, brings a host of new features that may not seem impressive at first glance, but on deeper inspection, make significant improvements on workflow efficiency. Here’s a few of my favorites:
Sharing on the Fly
In the past, if you needed to share a high-resolution image with a client, or post to social media, it involved creating a copy of the flattened file, and then downsizing it, all of which takes time. The new Share button lets you share a low-resolution version to email, as well as a range of social media outlets and cloud services. It doesn’t get any easier. Simply type a caption and off it goes.
The Curvature Pen Tool
Creating paths using the Pen Tool has been a source of frustration for many a novice over the years. The Curvature Pen Tool changes all that. There’s no longer a need to manipulate Bezier handles when creating curved line segments – you simply drag it to the bend you want. Turning closed paths into shapes is also a breeze.
To learn about this new tool, visit How to Use the Curvature Pen Tool in Adobe Photoshop
Variable Fonts Support
Photoshop has never been known for robust typography control, so if you didn’t have access to InDesign or Illustrator, you were pretty limited. Now, when using a variable font, there are built-in sliders for changing weight and thickness.
To learn more, visit How to Work with Variable Fonts in Photoshop.
Enhanced Brush Control
Smoothing features have been added that allow more control over curved strokes, as well as allowing you to continue a stroke after you’ve released the mouse. A brush symmetry feature has been added that lets you mirror brush strokes on two axes. There’s also improved brush management that lets you organize brushes into folders and sub-folders. If you’re like me, and collect brushes on a regular basis, this will save tons of time.
To learn about one of these new features, visit How to Work with Stroke Smoothing in Adobe Photoshop.
Other notable features include:
- Easy access to Lightroom images
- Select and Mask improvements
- Group layer copy/paste
- 360 panorama controls
- Support for Microsoft Dial
- Exclusive brushes
- And much more