Why upgrade to Photoshop CC 2014?

Learn whats new in Photoshop CC and what the differences are from Photoshop CS6

Are you using an old version of Adobe Photoshop? Thinking about upgrading the the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription model? Well hopefully this review of my five top new features that are only available in the new CC version of Adobe Photoshop.

Remember you can down load a FREE 30 day trial of Adobe Photoshop CC HERE to try it out for size.

 Photoshop CC v Photoshop CS6

Focus Mask

Learning how to use the selection tools in Adobe Photoshop has always been the key to mastering the software, selecting areas, saving selections etc and Adobe has been progressively adding new more intelligent selection tools to its tool bar. Photoshop CC 2014 adds a brand new selection tool called Focus Mask. Focus Mask intelligently creates selections by examining which areas of an image are in focus. Its a really useful tool to start making a selection.

 Photoshop CC Focus Mask

Additional Motion Blurs

Photoshop CC 2014 brings with it two new blur filters to the blur gallery, there is a path blur and a spin blur. As the name suggests on these a path blur enables you to create a blur along a specified path and a spin blur enables you to blur on a circular path. Both of these give a great new range of creative opportunities in creating dynamic moving effects to your images.

Photoshop CC Spin Blur

Smart Guides

Have you ever used the guides in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign and wished that Photoshop was as good? Well finally Photoshop CC 2014 introduces smart guides, easily align objects with each other or the canvas and feel your objects snap to the guides as you move them around. There is also a handy feature that displays the distance and alignment of two objects much like you have in Adobe InDesign.

Photoshop CC Smart Guides

Link your Smart Objects

With Photoshop CC 2014 you get the option to either ‘Link’ or ‘Embed’ your smart objects this gives you the opportunity to use a smart object in multiple Photoshop CC files, then when you update the original file the new version will appear in all the Photoshop CC documents that you have linked it too.

linked smart objects in photoshop cc

Improvements to Content-Aware Technology

If you have ever used the content aware feature in Photoshop I’m sure you are already a big fan. In Photoshop CC 2014 there are even more improvements. Using the ‘Colour Adaptation’ option when you use a Coontent Aware fill really gives you much more control when blending colours and textures.

content aware photoshop CC

For a full list of comparable features between Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC you can look on the Adobe website HERE

You can download a full working 30 day trial of Photoshop CC HERE

Mark Williams is the Director of Creative Studios Derby LTD, the East Midlands largest and most experienced Adobe training centre. If you need help learning any software from the Adobe Creative Suite, then contact us.

We regularly run Adobe Photoshop Training Courses from our state of the art studio in Derby.

8 thoughts on “Why upgrade to Photoshop CC 2014?

  1. Lowell Peabody says:

    Improvements to Content Aware Technology – Why did content aware leave a line or not properly align the area in which the girl was removed?

    1. Mark says:

      sometimes there are minor imperfections but it does make a good starting point, I could then use the Spot healing brush to refine what photoshop has started with the content aware…

  2. Fasih ul Hassan says:


    1. Mark says:

      Always go for CC its the latest version

  3. zeeshan alam says:

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Mark says:

      No problem!

  4. thanks for your information, but i just have photoshop cs4..

    1. Mark says:

      ok no problem at all

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