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Adobe Photoshop 2020.21.0 for Windows

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Adobe Photoshop 2020

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Reimagine reality. If you can think it, you can make it with Photoshop CC, the world’s best imaging and design app. Create and enhance photographs, illustrations, and 3D artwork. Design websites and mobile apps. Edit videos simulate real-life paintings and more. It’s everything you need to make any idea real. The creative world runs on Photoshop. Millions of designers, photographers, and artists around the world use Photoshop to make the impossible possible. Designed for anyone to design anything. From posters to packaging, basic banners to beautiful websites, unforgettable logos to eye-catching icons, Photoshop keeps the design world moving. With intuitive tools and easy-to-use templates, even beginners can make something amazing. Not just photo taking. Breathtaking. Whether you’re looking for everyday edits or total transformations, Photoshop offers a complete set of professional photography tools to turn your snapshots into works of art. Adjust, crop, remove objects, retouch, and repair old photos. Play with colour, effects, and more to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. Works of art. Now a lot less work. Design original illustrations, transform images into paintings or create your own digital masterpiece. Make 3D artwork that you can animate or print. Enhance your work with unique patterns and eye-catching effects. Paint with smooth lines and curves using advanced brushes that work as fast as you can think.

 

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PRESETS IMPROVEMENTS

After many years, Photoshop has finally updated the presets. Gradients, patterns, swatches, layer styles and shapes have all received new library content. Don’t worry, if you love that bubble pattern, all the old presets are still available under “legacy”. These items have all been moved from the preset manager to Photoshop Panels. If you remember how brushes and swatches were reorganized into groups, you now have this functionality with the new preset panels. Tip: Cmd/Ctrl+Click on subfolders to expand/Collapse them all at once. Gradients are now available as Library items.

The big feature though is being able to change the presets with a single click.  You can drag from the panels into the document to apply. If there is a selection, they will be masked to the selection, otherwise, they will appear as adjustment layers. You can also drag them directly into the layers panel. Now you can click on different preset to swap with a single click.

 

 

Admittedly some of the more useful items I was hoping for, such as social media icons and UI elements are missing from the new presets, they are an improvement over what we had before. (The 90’s called asking for their presets back).

 

OBJECT SELECTION TOOL

The Object Selection tool is very exciting. It comes in 2 flavours, rectangle and lasso. This amazing tool enables you to drag over and object in a photo or image and then Photoshop magically selects it for you, like Select Subject, but more focused. You could select it with the rectangle and then fine-tune with the Lasso option. As always Shift Adds to the selection, while Alt/Option subtracts. This is like a Magic wand and Magnetic lasso in one, but it’s powered by Sensei, Adobe’s AI engine. Worth noting, the Select Subject AI has also been updated and works much better now. You can also find Object Selection in Select and mask.

See the full tutorial on Object Selection here

   

ENHANCED TRANSFORM WARP

This is one of my favourite new features in Photoshop 2020. It’s now easier than ever to warp the shapes of objects or wrap textures on to them. With a layer active, Choose Edit>Transform>Warp or press Cmd/Ctrl+T for Free transform and right click and choose warp. Once warp comes up you can choose a grid from the Tool options bar.

The best part is this, if you hold down alt/Option and drag on the grid, you can split the mesh wherever you wish. This enables you to do custom splits.

Here are a couple of fun things I have been playing with the test the warp.

 

As far as warping, it reminds me of working with 3D modelling. With 3D you have points, vertices and surfaces. Same here, you can drag on the surfaces to warp, or select points and drag. You can also choose the Bezier handles once you click a point.

If you hold down Shift, you can select multiple points and move sections together. With multiple selected points, you will see a selection box. Move your cursor to the edge to see a little arrow. You can use this to pinch or bloat the points.

SMART OBJECTS TO LAYERS

This is one we have been waiting a while for. Previously if you wanted to make layers from a Smart Object, you had to open the Smart Object in a new window and then drag the layers back to the main document. A use case is making derivative items, where all the layers are the same on each except for one or 2 things such as numbering bullets.

Now all you need to do is Right Click on the Smart Object and choose Convert to Layers. If there are multiple layers in the Smart Object, they will be converted to a Layer Group.

CUSTOM CONTENT AWARE FILL

The last big update of Photoshop added some much-needed features in Content-Aware Fill. This is the tech that magically fills in the area that we select with pixel similar to the surrounding area.

One thing that was missing was an invert button so that you could start with nothing and paint on the areas to be used in the sample. Adobe went one better.

We now have 3 modes, rectangle, which is the old default, an auto which often does a better job than a rectangle and now we have Custom. Custom allows you to paint on the image an only the painted areas will be used. As before, you have to access this through the menu Edit>Content Aware Fill

CONSISTENT TRANSFORM

In the past, you scaled something by dragging, and to constrain you held down the Shift key. Then last year a “small” change to the way we transformed happened. Just like every other program on earth, scaling was constrained (staying in proportion) by default and you now hold down the Shift key to squish or scale non-proportionally. Wow, what a huge outcry from the constraint and the non-constrain community. Proof that change doesn’t come easy. Now we have the best of both world with a link at the top toolbar to constrain or not.

Here’s the thing, that link has always been there, but it wasn’t attached to the on-screen scaling before. Brilliant! Hidden, but mighty.

 

 

SUPER PROPERTIES PANEL

The properties panel has undergone an overhaul and has now become your command centre. 3 areas have been beefed up with lots of new options. Document Properties, Layer Properties and Text. With these new additions, you can do a lot more without going through other menus or panels. This also makes it possible to work more in full-screen mode. Also, check out the cool things in Quick actions (press the button for things to happen).

DOCUMENT PROPERTIES

  1. Canvas: Dynamically change the canvas size and orientation by typing in the new size
  2. Rulers, Grids + Guides
  3. Quick Actions, Image size and trim are especially useful to me

PIXEL LAYERS

  1. The ability to Flip and rotate in a single click is great.
    Easy access to Align and distribute are nice, although these are also in the toolbar, but would be otherwise hidden in Full-screen mode.
  1. Select the subject and remove background are sure to create some buzz. This is something out of SciFi, click remove background to select, extract and move the subject to a new layer in a single click.
    LET ME SAY THAT IN ALL CAPS SO YOU DON’T MISS IT: REMOVE BACKGROUND.

PROPERTIES PANEL

  1. All the text options for the Character and Paragraph panels are here. Click the ellipsis to expand and see all the options.
  2. Quick actions to convert text to a frame or Shape

 

 

LENS BLUR

Lens blur is not new and I have done tutorials on it before. This time around they have added a Set Focal Point button. If you have a depth map, you can click on the image to focus where you click. You can use the depth map from a portrait mode photo from a mobile camera such as iPhone or Pixel in HEIC/HEIF format. Or you can create your depth map.

 

 

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