My Favourite New Features of Photoshop 2015

Introduction

Kieran Black
Jun 16, 2015 · 3 min read

In this article I’m going to talk about the awesomeness of what’s new and signs of what’s to come, specifically for UI design.

Artboards! Artboards! Artboards!

So as you may or may not know, Photoshop has multiple artboard support now. That means you can make your amazing new cat photo sharing app a lot quicker and have it all in the one document.

Library Linked Smart Objects

Yep, it’s a mouthful but it’s an awesome feature. I personally call them “Cloud Objects”, because they are linked to your library via the cloud and they are smart objects. It’s basically a way to keep all of your links with you no matter what, so that you can more easily deal with links in a collaborative environment or if you are a big spender and have 5 Macs hanging around. It can be used to work a lot like symbols in other programs such as Sketch. Another cool thing about these little gems, is because they are in the cloud you can use them across multiple documents without a hitch.

Quick Export as… and New Export Panel

This feature is going to help a lot of people that want to quickly export a layer, group or artboard without destroying layer names with Generator. I personally will still stick with Generator as I love the automation, but if you’re a newbie starting out or if you want to have total control over what is being exported this tool is for you.

Multiple Layer Styles

Finally, I can have my multi drop shadow, multi stroked box for all the world to see. You can also remove styles from view in the left hand panel, because who needs satin when you have flat design ;) Not only that, strokes can finally be set up for overprint too.

Device Preview

Similar to Skala Preview, the panel needs a companion app to view your artwork on your device. Works really well with artboards and suprisingly responsive. It works both over the same wifi network or via USB.

Glyph Panel

Last but not least the Glyph Panel. Something I’ve been waiting for some time now. It’s great for ligatures or if you have an icon set that you want to drag and drop.

How did you know all of this stuff so quickly?

I was lucky enough to be on Photoshop’s User Group Slack domain. I, along with roughly 100 people, got to test out new features and products surrounding Photoshop’s dedication to UI designers. I can’t talk about everything that I know, but what I can tell you is the Photoshop team is taking the outcries for a UI design tool seriously.

A lot of the features that I want for Photoshop have already been thought of or are already in the pipeline. The guys and girls on the team are seriously talented and want Photoshop to be the best that it can be.

Feedback

What are your favourite features? Want me to talk further on a specific feature? Let me know


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