Designer’s Desktop: Photoshop CC 2015 Part One

Celebrating 25 years in the industry Adobe’s Photoshop has become the de facto standard by which all other image software is judged. With this year’s update to the Creative Cloud Suite has brought some exciting new improvements to Photoshop. New improvements are hardly an incremental change, rather it looks Adobe went all out for its silver anniversary with designers.

Artboards

A staple in Adobe Illustrator for years, artboards allow user to on multiple layouts within a single document. Geared towards designers building for the wide array of screen sizes out on the Web today, Photoshop included a comprehensive list of presets to cover the most common tasks; taking a lot guess work out of creating artwork for app icons, banners and device screen mockups.

Layer Styles

Multiple drop shadows, strokes and fills can now be applied to layer styles. Again this is old hat for Illustrator users, but this is a feature many Photoshop users have been looking for quite a while.

Libraries

Adobe has always tried to raise the bar on integration between its product coming up with standalone apps like Adobe Bridge to manage assets and round-trip editing in core programs like Dreamweaver After-Effects and Premiere. With this update of the Creative Cloud Suite Adobe has introduced a major overhaul to libraries across its product line. Traditionally libraries were limited to the program they were created in, now the all new system works system lets users create a one-stop resource for their digital assets, colors, and effects; all from a standardized interface across the Adobe Suite.

As with anything new there’s still some hiccups and cross app issues to iron out, but the initial release is pretty impressive, and a real time saver for us who move across apps a lot.

There are many other features I’ll be looking at in part two, so stay tuned for more.

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