Last week, Adobe launched Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 with a host of improvements and new features. There were over eighteen noteworthy new additions to the application, but which ones should you try out first? In this video Howard Pinsky reviews the top five most useful features for retouchers and visual artists alike.
At the top of the list of improvements, is Photoshop’s entirely overhauled Brush Management System. Prior to the CC 2018 update, there really wasn’t much organization there, with heavy brush users having to divine their own method of dealing with the chaos. In CC 2018, users are now able to create brush groups, which can be incredibly useful for those using custom brushes such as those for eyelashes.
The second new feature with a drastically improved algorithm is Select & Mask, which now makes extracting subjects from backgrounds with more complex details (such as messy hair), a much more manageable and efficient task.
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The following new feature that was certainly a welcome one, is the ability to easily copy and paste layers between different documents, including the ability to paste a layer in place, so that it is properly aligned if you’re creating a series of images.
Photoshop CC 2018 has also introduced Variable Fonts, granting artists the option to truly refine their type faces with much more control and precision. This will help users dial in the exact aesthetic they’re after when incorporating typography into their work.
The final notable feature isn’t a new tool, but something that many users have been requesting for ages: the ability to learn about Photoshop within the application itself. This is accomplished with the addition of the Learn Panel, a built-in set of interactive tutorials around a collection of topics such as photography and retouching.
With all of what Photoshop CC 2018 now has to offer, there is no better time to sit down and experiment with new tools. An improved technique or a boost in efficiency is a great thing for any artist.
Source: Howard Pinsky’s YouTube Channel