After having published several hints like the one above, Adobe have finally unveiled the newest iteration of Photoshop CC with the launch of Creative Cloud 2014 and a host of other announcements, including three new mobile apps — Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Photoshop Mix; and even the company’s first new suite of hardware.
Photoshop itself has gotten plenty of new features, including the Focus masks shown in the sneak peak above: a tool that could save users a lot of time by being able to find the in-focus areas of an image and make a selection area from them with a single click. The update also introduces new Blur Gallery filters including Spin Blur, which mimics a radial blur effect to recreate the sense that an object such as a wheel is spinning while moving, and the Path Blur filter, which enables users to blur anything on motion path as well as choose the direction and speed of the blur and even distort the shape of the blur to add artistic effects non-destructively.
Other improvements include the ability to convert Smart Objects from embedded to linked, remove distracting elements in a few clicks with changes to Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill technologies, a better Typekit integration, and expanded 3D printing capabilities.
Adobe Sketch – a social sketching iPad app for free-form drawing. Create images with essential drawing tools: a graphite pencil, an ink pen, two blending markers, (brush tip, chisel tip), and an eraser. Get live feedback from the creative community as you work.
Adobe Line – the world’s first iPad app for precision drawing and drafting. Line recreates the art of drafting, combining organic drawing with straight lines, French curves and shapes that can be drawn in plan and elevation views or in perspective. Line also provides digital versions of traditional drawing tools such as rulers, T-squares and shape templates for the mobile world, as well as giving creatives access to assets, Kuler colour themes, and the ability to share work.
Photoshop Mix – the most precise app for compositing and masking on iPad. Photoshop Mix also offers powerful cloud-based imaging technology including Upright, Content Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction. It offers non-destructive photo enhancements, selections, the ability to cut-out and mix images, and the ability to open and save PSD files enabling a continuous workflow with Photoshop CC on the desktop.
The hardware Adobe has announced is Adobe Ink, an aluminium stylus built using the Adonit Pixelpoint™ technology for iPads running iOS7; and Adobe Slide, a digital ruler that was made to be a companion to Ink – sold as a set for $200. Together, the two tools can be used to create both curved and angled shapes directly on the iPad, and have been demonstrated as working with an unreleased app that Adobe have said was created specifically for the hardware.