Adobe this week announced a Photoshop CC 2015 update, which adds functionality and improvements to various tools. For those who do a lot of retouching and masking, improve mets to the healing brush (a diffusion slider) will be a welcome addition.
A lot of the changes have been ‘to address several workflow issues’. A full list of these can be found over on the Adobe blog, and it’s a fairly long list!
While at first glance, additonal functionality is alway welcome, the flipside of this is ‘busier’ tool displays. With all this granular functionality, it’s harder and harder to reach some commonly used tool functions, via drop down menus via disclosure triangles, and results in a generally more crowded toolset. So another welcome addition is the ability to customise your toolbar.
The new ‘toolbar’ icon with ‘edit’ selected
Click and hold on the ellipses and select ‘Edit Toolbar’ for a simple drag and drop editor that allows you to consign the tools you seldom (or never) use to an ‘Extra Tools’ set, revealed by the disclosure triangle within the ‘Edit toolbar’ icon, you can also save a configuration as customised toolsets.
It’s the addition of a ‘Welcome’ screen and flatter user interface design that will be the most obvious changes most users will notice. The welcome screen adds quick drag and drop access to Creative Cloud libraries (no doubt useful for some users, especially if you’re collaborating on projects), recently opened documents and a customisable ‘presets’ option for commonly used empty documents as starting points. Our jury is still out on this ‘welcome’ screen. If you are too, and would prefer not to use or even see this new feature (which does only appear in Application Frame Mode), it’s easy to disable via ‘Preferences’ -> ‘General’ (shortcut: cmd K), and simply un-tick the checkbox “Show “Start” Workspace When No Documents Are Open” … we’re leaving that off for now!
Photoshop CC2015.1.2 update and Fluid Mask
If you use Fluid Mask as a filter/plug-in to Photoshop, you’ll need to relink it to Photoshop after installing the CC2015.1.2 update. Instructions and troublehsooting are available in detail via our knowledge base, here’s the info’ again for easy reference:
1. Ensure Fluid Mask and Photoshop are not running
2. Then please delete any sub-folder called ‘Vertus’ from the ‘plug-ins’ folder for whichever version(s) of Photoshop that you wish to plug Fluid Mask into (i.e CC2015), as well as any alias present named ‘Fluid Mask 3.plugin’
These folders/aliases can be found in the following locations:
Windows (typically, dependent on your configuration)
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\Plug-Ins
[your applications directory]\\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\Plug-Ins\Filters
Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins / Vertus <- delete this folder
Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 /Plug-ins / Fluid Mask3.plugin <- delete this plugin
3. Launch Fluid Mask, then go to the ‘Enable Plug-ins’ window via the help menu
Versions of Photoshop you have installed should all be showing in the Photoshop Window, with grey ticks.
4. If so, click Enable Photoshop Plug-in and go to step 6. If not, or a version you wish to plug into is not showing, then click the select button and navigate to it’s Plug-ins folder following the paths as listed above.
5. If the version of Photoshop you wish to plug into is not available to select, as it’s not showing in the Adobe Photoshop pane of ‘Enable Plug-ins’, then you’ll need to link manually:
– Please click the ‘select’ button, then navigate the same path as described above through the chooser window to the ‘plug-ins’ folder within your version of Photoshop (having made sure you’ve already deleted the existing sub-folder named ‘Vertus’). then hit ‘Enable Photoshop Plug-in’ and you should be successfully linked.
6. The click enable, and when prompted, enter your administrator password.
You should now have a green tick next to the version of Photoshop you have just successfully plugged Fluid Mask in to.
Should you require assistance then please contact us by submitting a ticket via oour support pages, for further help from our support team.