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The Top New Features in Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC is out and the new features are quite amazing. Some of the new features include Camera Shake Reduction filter, improved vector editing tools, new anti-aliasing mode for type, and more. Read this list and see if the new features are worth the upgrade for you.

Adobe Camera RAW 8

Camera RAW is an amazing retouching tool but it didn’t fit in most peoples workflow because you could only access it when opening images which also meant that you couldn’t go back to change the settings at a later time – not anymore. In Photoshop CC, you get support for the latest version of Camera RAW and it can be applied as a filter or smart filter. Asides from being able to use ACR as a filter, you get access to all the new features in ACR 8 including Upright, Advance Healing Brush, and Radial Filter.

ACR Smart Object

Apply ACR as a Smart Filter

You used to only be able to use ACR when you import your photos. Now you can use ACR in your layers as a filter or smart filter.

upright

Upright

Upright fixes your perspective similar to how you can use tilt-shift lens to correct perspective distortion. It is fully automatic and easy to use.

Spot Healing 2

Advance Healing Brush

Paint over anywhere to clone and heal areas. It works just like the healing brush tool but now you can remove blemishes, wrinkles, power lines, and other objects nondestructively*!

* Nondestructive editing only works when you apply ACR to a Smart Object.

Radial Gradient

Radial Gradient Filter

Now you can apply gradients or vignettes to specific parts of your photos. Previously, the closest feature was the post-crop vignette which adds a vignette based on the crop area of your photo. This didn’t look like a natural camera vignette and it only looked great if your subject was in the middle which wasn’t always the case. With the Radial Gradient Filter, you can now apply a vignette starting from anywhere you like – such as the face or an object that isn’t in the center.

Merge to HDR Pro

Tone HDR photos

Reveal details in your 32-bit photos by using the easy-to-use highlights and shadow sliders in ACR. Simply use the Merge to HDR Pro script (File > Automate > Merge to HDR Pro), set the mode to 32-bit, then click Tone in ACR. Now you use the sliders to create halo-free HDR photos. The effect will automatically be added as a smart filter to your layer.


Camera Shake Reduction Filter

For years people have been talking about this deblurring filter demonstrated in the Adobe MAX 2011 conference. It’s finally here and it’s the best way to rescue your motion-blurred photos. Camera Shake Reduction automatically detects the path of the camera shake and applies a sharpening technique that follows the recorded path. It works best on photos with very slight motion blur and can even be used to recover details such as license plates (useful for forensics imaging specialists).

Blur Path

Automatic Motion Path Detection

Photoshop CC Camera Shake Reduction filter analyzes your photo and determines the motion path that your camera was moved. It can then use this path data to intelligently sharpen your photo. You can choose the area in your photo to grab the motion path data from or even draw in your own path.

 

Slight Deblur

Improve Lightly Blurred Photos

With the right settings, you can recover or improve slightly blurred photos. It can sometimes produce halo-effects but it’s a better tradeoff than having a blurred photo. Only the very slightest motion blur can be perfectly fixed. Other photos can be improved by resizing the image down after applying the Camera Shake Reduction filter.

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