Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC) suite comes with Photoshop CC, which has new features that make it a standout from previous and traditionally locally
installed versions of the popular photo editing tool. Photographers, web developers, web designers, graphic designers, and graphic artists benefit from using Photoshop CC in their day-to-day work.

Automatic updates to
installed apps take place through the CC dashboard, which can be installed on
any device, where you can also store your files in the CC and share them with
other collaborators when working on multi-user projects. You can post your Photoshop work in the Behance community for review and comment by the public and discover the work of other creatives. (I’ll review Behance in  a future article.) 

I cover how to install Photoshop CC and highlight some of the new features that set it apart from previous versions of the image editing application. For my demo of the features, I installed and
used the Adobe CC Desktop application and the Photoshop CC application on Windows
7. All images in this article are screen captures from the Creative Cloud
Desktop and the Photoshop CC application, and all of the sample images are my
own. 

Requirements

Before you can install Adobe CC
applications, your device must meet the minimum system
requirements, which I summarize below. For more details on supported languages
and all system requirements, please check out the tech specs for Adobe CC.

Browser requirements

From Adobe: “The
Creative Cloud website is designed to work optimally in the latest versions of
Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. The site should degrade
gracefully on older browsers; you may have trouble using certain features on
those older versions. Internet Explorer 8 and earlier are not supported.”

Creative Cloud desktop app requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 8.1
  • Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
  • Internet connection required

Individual CC applications may have other
system requirements. Photoshop CC has the following tech spec requirements:

Windows

  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor (2GHz or
    faster)
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows
    8.1
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 2.5 GB of available hard-disk space for installation;
    additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable
    flash storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with OpenGL 2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1 GB recommended)


Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 3.2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation;
    additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume
    that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with OpenGL
    2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1GB recommended)
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for
    required software activation, membership validation, and access to online
    services.

Installing Photoshop CC

Before you start the installation, make sure you don’t have any other Adobe products open and running, or you may get an error similar to the one displayed in Figure A, which I got because I
had Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 text editor open during the install.

Figure A

 

 

If you have not already installed the
Creative Cloud Desktop app, you can get it from the Adobe Apps Manager (be sure
to select your membership level and proper operating system). After you install the CC Desktop, click the CC icon from the tray (Figure B).

Figure B

 

 

Go to the Apps menu, scroll to the Ps icon, and click
the Install button that’s next to it (Figure C).

Figure C

 

 

Depending on your Internet connection, the installation can take quite
awhile to download, extract, and install the complete application (it took approximately 1 hour 40 minutes for mine); the Progress bar will continue to update the status as the app is being installed. When completed, the
application will show in your Creative Cloud Apps list (Figure D).

Figure D

 

 

Once the CC Desktop app is refreshed, the application will show in the
Your Apps list at the top (Figure E).

Figure E

 

 

The Photoshop CC application will also show in your Programs list (Figure
F
).

Figure F

 

 

Opening Photoshop CC

Click the Adobe Photoshop CC from the Programs list to open the
application. Figure G is the splash screen.

Figure G

 

 

Figure H shows Photoshop CC opened.

Figure H

 

 

Using four of Photoshop CC’s new features

I’ll focus on these new Photoshop CC features: Smart Sharpen, Perspective Warp, Camera
Shake Reduction, and Real-Time Image Asset Generation. In future articles, I’ll write about these new features in Photoshop CC: 3D Printing, Dynamic Rounded Corners,
Linked Smart Objects, Adobe Camera Raw 8, and Tone HDR Photos.

Smart Sharpen

Smart Sharpen allows you to adjust the
sharpening controls algorithm or control the amount of sharpening that
occurs in the shadows and highlights of the open image. To access the feature, open your selected image to 100% zoom level and then from the Menu toolbar go to Filter | Sharpen | Smart Sharpen (Figure I).

Figure I

 

 

In the Smart Sharpen dialog box, you can select these controls settings: Amount, Radius, Reduce Noise, and Remove, which selects the method/algorithm to
be used to sharpen the image (drop-down options under Remove are Gaussian Blur, Lens
Blur, and Motion Blur) (Figure J). You can also see a preview of the resulting sharpening on the left side of the dialog box.

Figure J

 

 

Perspective Warp

Perspective Warp allows you to change the
perspective for an object within an image file; it gives you the power to correct
complex distortions (e.g., you can make a wide-angle lens shot look like a telephoto
shot and vice-versa); it gives you the ability to change the viewpoint from
which the object is seen; and it allows you to combine multiple image files
together that have different vanishing points to create a new perspective.

Perspective Warp uses advanced graphics that require at least 512 MB of video RAM
(VRAM) to run the feature on 16-bit and 32-bit documents. If you have
trouble running this feature, you may want to check the documentation on Photoshop
CC supported graphics hardware
 and specifically video card usage.  

For image sharpening tips, go to the Adobe Photoshop CC Help page.

Camera Shake Reduction

Camera Shake Reduction uses an
intelligent mechanism to automatically reduce the blur that oftentimes occurs
due to camera motion while the shutter is open as it captures the subject. 

To use the Camera Shake Reduction feature, open your image to be edited in
Photoshop CC, then from the top menu toolbar go to Filter | Sharpen | Shake
Reduction (Figure K)

Figure K

 

A photo I took using my iPhone of a tuna sashimi plate. 

Next, the Shake Reduction dialog box opens, as displayed in preview mode in Figure
L
.

Figure L

 

 

I made the following edits within the Blur Trace Settings:

  • Blur Trace Bounds: 130px
  • Source Noise: Auto
  • Smoothing: 81.8%
  • Artifact Suppression: 78.6%

I moved the detail preview to a section of the image that exhibited
the most camera shake to review the settings. Once I was happy with the edits, I
clicked the OK button to commit the changes. You can see the resulting image in
Figure M.

Figure M

 

 

Real-Time Image Asset Generation

When you want to extract an asset out of an image
and save it as a new file, do you find it a chore? If so, Real-Time Image Asset Generation allows you to extract image assets
out of an image file or Photoshop document and then save it as a separate file
in real-time without the need to crop, copy, paste, and save the asset as a new
file name. 

Additional resources

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Help: Check
    out Learn the Basics, Share your work on
    Behance, Manage Files and Fonts, and more.
  • Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC: Watch the short video with Julieanne
    Kost as she demonstrates creating quads, adjusting an image’s layout, and
    distorting an image’s perspective.  
  • Enabling Perspective Warp: Get details about the background, perquisites, and
    how to use the feature to manipulate perspectives with a video and a step-by-step
    demonstration.
  • Reduce camera shake blurring: Watch a video demo, and get tips on correcting camera shake blur, selecting images that are suitable for
    camera shake reduction, and modifying multiple blur traces.
  • Introducing Adobe Generator for Photoshop CC: There’s a video and a
    good overview of the Real-time Image Asset Generation feature and more.