Adobe’s official release for the new features in Photoshop CC 2018 are gathered here! There’s actually quite a bit, and several reviews give you some good details, opinions, and use cases for most of them. A fantastic, real-world resource is Julieanne Kost, who has some demos and videos showing off the cooler stuff.
I’m a little behind the curve in getting demos and tutorials out, but I thought I would share some of the things I’m most excited about, and will be showing off in the next few weeks. I really like the graphics and painting tool enhancements:
Streamlined Brush Management: Now you can more easily group brushes, move brushes between groups, and show previews in many different ways. You are also given the option to create collections that allow you to use Tool Presets with more flexibility. If you’re after something even more robust, check out my favorite manager, MagicSquire.
Stroke Smoothing: Windows users have had access to Lazy Nezumi for a long time as a paid add-on, which is pretty amazing (I’m a jealous Mac user). Now, PS ships with stroke smoothing that gives you one of the cooler dragging features, which has been a real help for me personally as I learn more about digital painting. I’ve seen a few photographers use it for smoother, faster masking around complex edges, too.
Paint Symmetry (Tech Preview): This is just fun! I love creating little mandalas with gradients and blending modes, but never had the patience to try and draw things out in Illustrator. With Paint Symmetry, you have a variety of options to try out hand painted designs. Yeah, it’s just a tech preview for now, but I think it’s really got some fantastic potential. I’d like to see it used for some cool copy/paste capabilities like you get in Illustrator.
There are some cool things for photographers, too!
Camera Raw Luminance and Color Range Masking: check out Julieanne’s page for a great look at how to use this new feature.
Properties Panel for Stock: This was a popular early request from stock users (I added my voice to the votes, too!). You can now license a preview, go to the asset on Adobe Stock, and look for similar images directly from the Properties panel. It seemed like a no-brainer, so I’m really happy to see these convenience features added in.
I need to play around more with the Variable Fonts feature – it looks handy for dialing in just the right look, which should make graphic designers really happy.
What are your favorites? What features were you hoping to see?