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Photoshop moves to Creative Cloud, merges Photoshop Extended

Jackie Dove | May 7, 2013
When it comes to image editing, Adobe Photoshop is in a class by itself. Despite its humble beginnings as a plug-in to a long-defunct commercial scanner, Photoshop now stands as Adobe's flagship and most famous app, and the default standard worldwide for professional print and online image editing and graphic design.

Camera Raw 8 and layer support: The new version of Camera Raw lets you apply Camera Raw edits the same way you would a filter to any layer or file inside Photoshop, and then enhance them any way you want. This gives you a more precise way to heal images, fix perspective distortions, and create vignettes.

Graphic design

While Photoshop is primarily known as an image editor, the program has equally grounded roots in the graphic design industry. Photoshop CC features a number of profound improvements to the graphical aspects of the program.

Editable rounded rectangles: This doesn't seem like the most earth-shattering upgrade to the mighty Photoshop, but Adobe says it's one of the most-often requested features from the design community. Photoshop CC now lets you resize, edit, and re-edit shapes before or after they're created, including individual corner radiuses in rounded rectangles. Plus, if the shape you're working on is going on a website, you can export the CSS data from the file to save design time.

Multishape and path selection: This new capability lets you select multiple paths, shapes, and vector masks simultaneously. Even in multilayered documents with lots of paths, you can easily target the path (and any layer) you want on canvas with a new filter mode.

Conditional actions: These commands use if/then statements to automatically choose between different actions based on rules you set up.

Improved 3D painting: Anyone who's worked with 3D knows that complex jobs can be a slow process. With the new Photoshop painting engine, live previews are now up to 100 time faster and more responsive when you paint on 3D objects and texture maps, according to Adobe.


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