As part of our campaign “Know your design software,” here's part two of the blog that explores the new features in Photoshop 2020. Part one of the blog listed out 11 prominent features that the designers would find most useful, if you have not been through that list yet, you can check that here.
The current blog explores the 9 New Features in Photoshop 2020, which would help you speed your design work and let the creative juices flow.
1. Subject Select
The new subject select tool lets the designers click and select certain elements from the image alone. This takes away the dependency on the Laso tool, pen tool, quick select, and the magic wand too, all of which require a certain level of expertise. If you are a beginner exploring photoshop or do not have much time to edit an image, this tool can come to your rescue as it saves ample time and effort.
2. Enhanced transform wrap
This new feature in Photoshop 2020 has to be something that every designer will vouch for. It allows the users to wrap the objects with shapes or textures with much ease than ever before. Designers can now use this feature with three simple steps unlike having to struggle with the tool. You can now Click Edit - Transform - Wrap or simply press CMD or Ctrl+T.
3. Paint and Erase with the same button:
A single button or key can now be used to both paint and erase on your canvas. The (~) key can be used to alter the paint tool and the eraser tool. This means that you will not have to mouse around to switch between the functions. Indeed a very useful shortcut or addition that the designers would love!
4. Cloud Storage:
The new cloud storage or cloud documents feature enables you to share, manage, and delegate work seamlessly from multiple devices. All you have to do is save your file on the cloud instead of the local device. Your changes are auto-saved and you no longer have to struggle with the need to import and export files every time a revision needs to be made.
5. Brush Tip Rotation:
Moving around the brush tool and changing the direction of it is no longer a struggle. If you have the brush tool selected and active, you can simply use the arrow keys to determine the direction of the brush’s motion. This saves ample time and reduces the need to use a mouse while working on your designs. A minor, but very useful update!
6. Library for Gradient:
You can now add your gradients to the libraries. This will help you access the gradients you’ve saved from multiple devices, computers, and apps. That seamless navigation is what every designer dreams of, because by apps we mean you could access your gradients even on Indesign and Illustrator too!
7. Panorama Merge with Fill Edges:
The smart Content-aware fill feature lets you fill any uneven spaces that you might have on your canvas. This feature is especially useful when you import panorama images that tend to have a lot of blank spots. This means that you will not end up making destructive edits in the process of fixing the spaces.
8. Consistent Transform Behavior:
Photoshop 2020 comes with the feasibility to transform multiple layers seamlessly. This means that you would no longer have to struggle with the shift key to proportionally change the image across many layers. You can also set a default for your transform behavior which is Proportional and Legacy transform behavior. Photoshop, however, remembers your last transformation behavior and suggests it for your next edit if you do not have a default setting in place.
9. Photoshop on the iPad:
Built using the same code as Photoshop on desktop, this is not a new feature, but Photoshop 2020 is now available on your iPad too. This means that image editing can happen on the go and you journey towards creating amazing designs can happen anywhere. What’s more, you can now store your files on your creative cloud storage, which means that your work can travel with you and be available on multiple devices. The effects you add or the edits you make will produce similar results as the desktop app, as the engine that runs both the programs are the same!
We hope a walkthrough of these features were helpful. Do share this blog with your designer friends and make sure you come back here to read the next set of blogs from our “Know your design software,” series.