Today, I updated to Photoshop CC, the newest version, which was released not too long ago. Installing it was easy. Took a few minutes. This upgrade does not seem as profound as going from CS5 to CS6, but maybe that is because I am more familiar with the software now. There is one little glitch when installing the latest version: plug-ins. If you have any additional plug-ins, CC may not recognize them. For example, my Nik software. I tried reinstalling it and it still didn’t work. I was worried. But do not fret! I figured it out and it is very simple to install plug-ins. Just go to your CS6 Plug in folder. Copy the plug-in folders you want to use in PS CC. Now paste those plug in folders into the plug-in folder for Photoshop CC.
The newest feature that has gotten the most attention is the “camera shake” sharpening. I tested it out on the above image. This image was pretty clear to begin with, but it did add some fine detail to the bottom of the top tomato. It reminded me of using a high pass filter, only it didn’t effect the entire image, just that one spot. Tonight I am going to a rodeo, so there may be some camera shake I can test it further on tomorrow.
My favorite new feature is not the camera shake. It is the “camera raw” filter. Yes! You can now open camera raw while working in Photoshop. It can even be its own layer! This is so very nice. Sometimes I will be working on an image and I realize that I need to go back because I forgot to do something in camera raw. Now I do not have to start all over. I can simply open the camera raw filter.
Image sizing has also changed a bit. I do not have a full grasp on it yet, but it appears to help preserve detail when enlarging an image.
There are other new features as well: round corners on shapes, smart sharpen upgrade, improved paths, and 3D enhancements.