New features summary Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop

New features summary

Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop

    New features summary
New features summary Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop

The January 2018 and October 2017 releases of Photoshop CC (versions 19.x) roll out exciting new features for designers, digital photographers, and illustrators. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.
For a summary of features introduced in earlier releases of Photoshop CC, see Feature summary | earlier releases .

Note: If you’re upgrading from an earlier version of Photoshop CC, see these considerations and tips .

New features summary Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop
Select Subject lets you select the most prominent subject in an image in a single click. Powered by advanced machine learning technology, Select Subject is trained to identify a variety of objects in an image—people, animals, vehicles, toys, and more.
Access Select Subject in one of the following ways in Photoshop:
•While editing an image, choose Select > Subject.
•While using the Quick Selection or Magic Wand tools, click Select Subject in the options bar.
•While using the Quick Selection tool in the Select & Mask workspace, click Select Subject in the options bar.
For more information, see Select Subject.
Using the Surface Dial with Photoshop, you can adjust tool settings without ever looking away from the canvas. Use the Dial to adjust size, opacity, hardness, flow, and smoothing for all brush-like tools. Using the Control option, you can also rotate the dial to make dynamic adjustments to settings while a brush stroke is in progress.
Photoshop supports the Surface Dial on bluetooth-enabled computers running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) and later versions.
For more information, see Microsoft Dial support in Photoshop.
High-density monitor support and per-monitor scaling
New in the January 2018 release
On Windows 10 Creators Update and later versions, Photoshop now offers a full range of choices for UI scaling—from 100% through 400% in 25% increments. This enhancement makes the Photoshop user interface looks crisp and sharp regardless of the pixel density of your monitor. Photoshop automatically adjusts its resolution based on your Windows settings.
In addition, Adobe and Microsoft have worked closely to provide per-monitor scaling across monitors with different scaling factors. This enhancement ensures that a high resolution (HiDPI) laptop works seamlessly alongside a lower-resolution desktop monitor, or vice versa. For example, one of your monitors can have a scale factor of 175%, while another monitor can have a scale factor of 400%. So, you can choose either the highest-end 13-inch laptops with 4k screens, the more affordable 1080p models, or tap into the new 8k desktop monitors, and still have an uncompromised experience within Photoshop.
In Windows, select Start > Settings > System > Display. Now, under Scale And Layout, choose a scaling factor for each of your displays.
Note: On Windows 10 Creators Update and later versions, the UI Scaling setting in Photoshop (Preferences > Interface > UI Scaling) still applies to some components, such as the File Info and Camera Raw dialogs. On earlier versions of Windows, this preference applies to all Photoshop components. When the UI Scaling option is set to Auto, scaling defaults to the value closest to the primary monitor’s OS scaling factor—100 or 200.

Brush-related features

Stroke smoothing
New in the October 2017 release
Photoshop can now perform intelligent smoothing on your brush strokes. Simply enter a value (0-100) for Smoothing in the Options bar when you’re working with one of the following tools: Brush, Pencil, Mixer Brush, or Eraser. A value of 0 is the same as legacy smoothing in earlier versions of Photoshop. Higher values apply increasing amounts of intelligent smoothing to your strokes.
Stroke smoothing works in several modes. Clicking the gear icon () to enable one or more of the following modes:
Pulled String Mode
Paints only when the string is taut. Cursor movements within the smoothing radius leave no mark.
Stroke Catch Up
Allows the paint to continue catching up with your cursor while you’ve paused the stroke. Disabling this mode stops paint application as soon as the cursor movement stops.

New features summary Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop

While using stroke smoothing, you may choose to view the brush leash, which connects the current paint location with the present cursor position. Select Preferences > Cursors > Show Brush Leash While Smoothing. You can also specify a color for the brush leash.

New features summary Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop

Streamlined brush management
Working with brush presets is much easier in this release of Photoshop. You can now organize brush presets into folders—including nested folders—in the greatly-streamlined Brushes panel (renamed from Brush Presets in earlier releases).
You can now choose to work with and manage brush-enabled tool presets and their attributes, accessible only from the Options bar in earlier releases of Photoshop, in the Brushes panel. Any brush-enabled tool preset can be converted into a brush preset; all of its attributes—such as opacity, flow, and blending mode—are preserved. Once you’ve converted brush-enabled tool presets into brush presets, you can choose to remove them from the tool presets list.

New features summary Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop

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The Brushes panel itself incorporates a host of experience improvements in this release, such as the following:
•In the Brushes panel flyout menu, easily toggle between the different views to see any combination of the brush name, brush stroke preview, and brush tip.
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View more brushes in the same screen space using the zoom slider.
•Drag and drop brush presets to reorder them conveniently.
•Collapse or expand folders to see only the brushes you need.
•Use the Show Additional Preset Info option in the flyout menu to see the associated preset tool (for example, Eraser) and any included colors.
Access your Lightroom photos in Photoshop
You can now access all of your synced Lightroom photos directly from the Start workspace within Photoshop. In the Start workspace, click the Lr Photos tab. Now, select the images you want to open and click Import Selected. If you’ve made changes to your photos or albums in any of the Lightroom apps while Photoshop is running, click the Refresh button to see the changes you’ve made. Click See More to view a grid of all of your photos organized by date.
Aside from the Start workspace, you can also find, filter, sort, and import Lightroom photos into Photoshop using the Photoshop search.

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