Photoshop CC: the 10 most important features in Adobe’s new software

Photoshop CC Key Features: 8. Camera Raw filter

Photoshop CC Key Features: 3. Smart Sharpen upgrade

Photoshop CC Key Features: 3. Smart Sharpen upgrade

The Unsharp Mask has always been the sharpening tool of choice. But it’s tricky to use, resulting in halos and unwanted artefacts.

Now the Smart Sharpen filter has been updated to provide a solid, easy-to-use tool.

The filter manages to avoid the halo effect produced by Unsharp Mask to a large degree, largely through a watered-down scale.

A radius of the maximum 500% will still produce a workable image, where in Unsharp Mask it would look totally degraded.

There are pop-ups to select whether to remove Lens Blur, Motion Blur or Gaussian Blur, and a slider to remove artefact noise created by the filter.

Significantly, there are also controls to reduce the sharpening effect in the highlights and the shadows, areas where noise is especially prone to appearing.

Photoshop CC Key Features: 1. Shake Reduction
Photoshop CC Key Features: 2. Dynamic Round Corners
Photoshop CC Key Features: 3. Smart Sharpen upgrade
Photoshop CC Key Features: 4. Sharing data and information
Photoshop CC Key Features: 5. 3D layer enhancements
Photoshop CC Key Features: 6. Image Size
Photoshop CC Key Features: 7. Smart Object Liquify
Photoshop CC Key Features: 8. Camera Raw filter
Photoshop CC Key Features: 9. Improved path operations
Photoshop CC Key Features: 10. Conditional Actions

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