New Features in Photoshop 2018

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What’s new in Photoshop 2018!

In the throws of the Adobe MAX conference, it is easy to miss out on some amazing new features coming to the Creative Cloud platform for designers, illustrators, and digital photographers. I am going to run through what I think are the top 5 features of the new Photoshop CC 2018.

Brush Management

Well, it has been a long time coming and has been the frustration of digital artists and graphic designers alike. Streamlined brush management is now a thing! You can now organise your brushes and brush presets into folders, and nest them further into folders. This is wonderful organisation tool is found in the brushes panel, it was previously known as Brush Presets for those of us who used that panel before.

Any brush enabled tool preset can be converted, into a brush preset including all of its attributes. Within the brushes panel itself, you will find a host of new improvements also. You can now use the zoom slider found at the bottom of the panel, to show more or less brushes. The flyout menu, accessible from the burger menu in the panel, now gives you different views based on name, stroke and brush tip. In the spirit of organisation, dragging and dropping brushes into folders is also now a thing! Quite a few welcome changes to brush organisation, that I can already say from the 24 hours I have been using the updated Photoshop, I have taken full advantage of.

Variable Fonts

Photoshop now supports a new font format known as Variable Fonts. A brand new OpenType font format with full support for custom attributes like width, weight, slant, size, spacing etc. Don't worry, Photoshop comes with a few fonts already in this new format, just look for the "VAR" in the font drop-down menu.

360 Panorama Editing

Some may say this update is long overdue, but Photoshop CC 2018 now gives you the option to edit your 360-degree Panoramic photos. When initially open your image, the standard squashed rectangle will be laid out in front of you, from there you need to hit the 3D menu item and select "Spherical Panorama". Once you have the panorama open you will be able to rotate the camera around, adjust your field of view and add the plethora of Photoshop abilities and brushes you are used too with a normal 2D image.

Microsoft Surface Dial

Adobe has now added the ability to use the Surface Dial with Photoshop. You can adjust tool settings like opacity, size and hardness without ever looking away from your work. By default, this option is turned on, but you can turn it off in the preferences panel, under Technology Preview.

Cmd/Ctrl-C & Cmd/Ctrl-V

Copy and pasting layers is now built into Photoshop! This is different from Cmd/Ctrl-J, which copies the selected layer. Copy and pasting layers in Photoshop, you can now do this between documents, so no weird clicking and dragging between tabs.

All in all, I think a worthy update to Photoshop. Some very welcome changes and as mentioned before, I have already taken full advantage of the new brush management Adobe has built into Photoshop. I look forward to seeing what else they have been up to and keep an eye over on their site for the latest updates to the other applications in the Creative Cloud.