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Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Editor's Review

Adobe has enjoyed the position of undisputed king in multimedia and especially image editing mainly owing to its powerful behemoth software Photoshop for more than a decade. Despite existence and emergence of rival contenders, Photoshop has retained the numero uno spot in graphic design, print media consistently. When Adobe decided to make a transition to Cloud millions of users and loyalists saw red and raised a huge uproar about the subscription based usage policy. However, it looks like the majority has now accepted the change and that explains why Adobe has refreshed its Creative Cloud range of applications. Photoshop CC’s newest iteration brings a plethora of new goodies for photographers and designers while retaining the core features of a powerful image editor.

To make the Cloud subscription package more acceptable to Photoshop users, Adobe has made the monthly fee lower, as it is. You get cloud storage and online photo syncing as bonus. On top of that, there are mobile apps like Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix. The latest iteration of Photoshop will run on a PC that has very powerful hardware spec. It will not run on PCs with anything older than Windows 7 SP1. It is now restricted to 64 bit version of Windows as well. The installation takes quite some time. The 3D editing features will work only when you have a powerful and compatible GPU. The minimum recommended 2 GB RAM will not suffice and you will need a PC with RAM exceeding more than twice that amount installed.

The interface of newest version of Photoshop does not look much different than its predecessor. The new features and enhancements are aimed more at professional designers than general users. Areas like 3D functionality, fonts, Smart Objects and Guides have been revamped. Adobe has also decided to discard a few elements like Mini Bridge, Flash based third-party extensions and Kuler. The Oil Paint Filter can no longer be found in this version as well. Overall, the new features and improvements are more of workflow enhancements than groundbreaking enhancements.

The Smart objects are basically reusable layers containing vector and raster images that can be linked or embedded in image files. Now the app allows you to pack linked smart objects. You can also convert embedded objects easily to linked objects. The Blur Gallery is meant for those who need to manipulate images a lot. There are to new blur effects, namely Spin blur and Path blur. Focus mask is another nifty addition in this version. It works well with image that have simple backgrounds. The incorporation of TypeKit downloadable fonts in this version of Photoshop is also commendable.

You can pick from a number of workspaces when using Photoshop. The workspaces can also be heavily customized to suit your usage needs better. You can also revert to older Photoshop UI with legacy mode. The creative professional centric social network Behance is integrated into all Creative Cloud applications. From Photoshop UI you can post an image directly to Behance with a single click.

There are some enhancements and features in this release of Photoshop that will surely please veteran photographers. One such example is the camera-shake reduction. The effects it produces may not always be realistic though. While it is no miracle solution to eliminate camera shake induced blurs, the results are better than what you will get with Smart Sharpen tool. The software now features various Camera Raw capabilities. In fact, you can use Camera Raw as filter in Photoshop.

The new version also has some goodies for designers and artists. The enhanced image upsampling algorithm is one example. The revamped upscaler comes in handy when you need to resize an image.  There is an option to reduce noise well. It works better than older bicubic algorithm. Web designers will like the fact that Photoshop generates CSS code that gets executed as desired in web pages.

The 3D editing capabilities are no longer restricted to Extended Edition of Photoshop, thanks to the Cloud based subscription model. The enhanced 3D tools of the software now offer realistic shadow rendering and faster performance, albeit with beefy hardware. It is not meant for casual users at all. Photoshop’s new 3D mode replicates workflow of standalone 3D modeling tools to an extent and you can create duplicate 3D objects and instances fast. Editing the mother object reflects changes on instances.

Photoshop now offers its truckloads of image editing features for tweaking video clips too. The same rendering engine powering its sibling Premiere pro is responsible for this. The much touted Mercury graphic engine shows its prowess when batch operations are run or you deal with high resolution images, apart from editing videos. A video track you use becomes a layer in the app. You also get all necessary video-editing tools. You may export video clips in QuickTime or H.264 format. The app also supports exporting to HD resolutions. Even on a new and reasonably powerful PC, Photoshop can take quite some time to render specific filters and show sluggishness. Video playback at 1080p can be a little jerky.

Positive Points:
•    Sleek and customizable UI.
•    Powerful 3D and video editing mode.
•    More affordable subscription plan.
•    Excellent Camera Raw support.

Negative Points:
•    Extremely resource hungry app.
•    3D tools not for average users.
•    Limited OS support, 64- bit only.

Photoshop is an app that just keeps getting better with every release and leaves rivals lagging by some notches. This release also adheres to that legacy. The reduced subscription fee and bundled goodies makes things sweeter for users. Some users may argue there are not enough groundbreaking new features to opt for upgrade. This is quite true and new features are meant for speeding up workflow. However, the small enhancements and features aimed at photographers and designers stand out. The Typekit integration, enhancements in Camera RAW section, Blur Gallery will please seasoned users and loyalists. The enhancements in both video editing and 3D sections are also praiseworthy. The biggest glitch in the powerhouse application is it’s extremely resource hungry nature. Even when you use a new and powerful PC, Photoshop can bring it down on its knees sometimes, especially when you deal with 3D editing and video rendering. Other than that, it remains the undisputed king in graphic design and image retouching arenas.

Rating: 3.5/5

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Publisher's Description

Photoshop CC introduced an all-new Smart Sharpen tool designed to maximise clarity and reduce noise, together with a Camera Shake Reduction tool that can analyse the direction of movement ('trajectory') and then reverse the blur digitally. On Adobe's sample images it works really well, but not all shots provide the right kind of blur, so don't expect it to be a fix for every shaky shot.
Photoshop CC also brought an 'Intelligent Upsampling' feature to help you scale up pictures for big prints without the image degradation normally associated with upsampling. You don't get any more detail, but sharp edges are better preserved.

But the biggest cluster of new features centres on Adobe Camera Raw 8, Photoshop's companion RAW conversion tool. In fact, you can now carry out so many everyday photographic enhancements in Adobe Camera Raw that you may need Photoshop itself less and less. By the time the photo opens in Photoshop, you'll have already done everything that needs doing.

A new Radial Gradient tool lets you highlight the focal point of your picture by darkening, blurring, desaturating or otherwise subduing the surrounding areas. It comes with grab handles you can use to change the shape and size and a central 'pin' you can drag it around with.

And the Advanced Healing Brush now enables you to heal irregular areas by painting over them, whereas previously you could only heal circular areas. It's not as sophisticated as the Clone Stamp and Healing tools in Photoshop, but it can cope with simple touch-up jobs very easily.

Free download from Shareware Connection - The software enables you to make quick picture corrections like those for removing chromatic aberrations, lens distortions or vignetting. Managing colors or painting and drawing become easy tasks with Photoshop since it packs all the necessary tools for these activities.

Publisher: Adobe.com | License: Comercial | Price: 10
Version: 2.0 | Platform:
Released Date: 13-11-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

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