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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