New Gear

Adobe’s class-lead­ing im­age edit­ing soft­ware gets an up­date

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All the lat­est es­sen­tial kit for pho­tog­ra­phers, in­clud­ing the lat­est ver­sion of Pho­to­shop CC and a handy com­bined ring­light/mi­cro­phone for video shoot­ing

soft­ware £8.78/$9.99 per month www.adobe.com

The big­gest news for pho­tog­ra­phers from Adobe’s Cre­ative Cloud 2014 up­date is that the pho­tog­ra­phy pro­gram, which in­cludes Pho­to­shop CC and Light­room 5 plus 2GB of cloud stor­age space and a Be­hance on­line port­fo­lio ac­count, is now a per­ma­nent fea­ture rather than a time-limited of­fer.

The lat­est ver­sion of Pho­to­shop has a new way of se­lect­ing ar­eas based upon their sharp­ness, called Fo­cus Area. It’s ideal for use with images that have a sharp sub­ject against a blurred back­ground. Once Fo­cus Area is ac­tive, Pho­to­shop cre­ates an ed­itable mask au­to­mat­i­cally. The range of the se­lec­tion can be ad­justed and the Re­fine Edge con­trols can be used.

There are also two new move­ment blur fil­ters: Path Blur and Spin Blur. Path Blur al­lows move­ment blur to be added along a line (path) and con­trolled us­ing slid­ers. The de­gree and lo­ca­tion of the blur can be fur­ther con­trolled by adding pins with zero blur. Spin Blur is de­signed to add a sense of move­ment to wheels in images. The size of the area af­fected, the stroke length and the cen­tre po­si­tion can be ad­justed along with the in­ten­sity of the blur. Both fil­ters are non-de­struc­tive.

Pho­to­shop’s Con­tent-Aware tech­nol­ogy has been im­proved with a colour match al­go­rithm for bet­ter re­sults when us­ing fea­tures like the Patch tool. Rather than blur­ring the edges of a cloned sec­tion, the sur­round­ing tint is an­a­lysed and the el­e­ment is merged.

Of all the new fea­tures, Fo­cus Area looks the most in­trigu­ing to us

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