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Adobe releases big updates to Photoshop and a new 3D character app, Fuse

Jackie Dove | Dec. 1, 2015
Interface tweaks and new features come to Photoshop, along with a new integrated app for creating 3D models to pose or animate.

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Art boards in Photoshop. (Click to enlarge.)

A new font filtering feature lets you find and select typefaces by category, choose favorites, and more. New machine learning functionality analyzes and pinpoints fonts that are visually similar to those already in your system. Photoshop now has an enhanced glyph panel to track recently used or favorite glyphs.

Additional new capabilities let you export a file in multiple sizes, and export multi-select assets like artboards or layers as individual files. Exporting is now faster and more compression efficient than the previous “gold standard” Save for Web command, especially for JPEGs and PNGs.

Creative Cloud Libraries are the glue that connects creative assets on the go, and updates here are meant to enhance usability. Libraries track character and layer styles, colors, and smart objects to apply to documents. A new button lets you create a library from an existing document and control which elements can be viewed.

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Updated Creative Cloud Libraries.

Logos, graphics, colors, styles, and brushes in the Library can be shared with a creative team. Drag and drop items from the layers panel into the library panel or drop smart objects into a document and even bypass the Transform state, which saves keystrokes. Updated search functions let you search across libraries and even Adobe Stock inventory.

Design Space (Preview), which launched in June as an HTML-JavaScript interface for Web and app design, is no longer experimental, and is now enabled by default.

Oh, and welcome back a new, improved Oil Paint filter and get your thrills from opening and placing SVG content in Photoshop libraries and documents.

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Improvements to Photoshop's CC touch interface will be welcome to Surface users.

And for your Windows buddies, this update also makes Photoshop easier to use on touch devices like the Microsoft Surface, with new gestures, larger tabs, and more-accessible on-screen presets.

More to come

Since the dawn of Creative Cloud, Adobe has been obsessive about updating the app to meet user requests as well as implementing its own long-range agenda. While many previously announced updates to both desktop and mobile apps are also available, Adobe says it is prepping even more for early next year. Look for updates to Muse, the visual web design tool, Flash Pro, and Project Comet, the brand new cross-platform UX design app.

More information on the Photoshop-Fuse update and integration is available in a new blog post.


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