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

Photoshop CC Key Features: 8. Camera Raw filter

Photoshop CC Key Features: 9. Improved path operations

Photoshop’s path handling moves a step closer to that of Illustrator with a new set of controls for how paths interact with each other.

When two or more overlapping paths are selected, you can now set whether they combine, subtract, intersect or exclude each other using the buttons that now appear in the Properties panel – or you can use the shortcuts +, –, * and / to change these properties via the keyboard.

You can also commit to the values you set by choosing Merge Shape Components from the Options Bar when either the Pen or the Shapes tools are selected.

In the screenshot here, the star and the circle are two separate paths – and the circle has been set to subtract from the star, as the Properties panel shows. The trouble is, you can’t tell that this is the case just by looking at the paths.

Choosing Merge Shape Components produces the cutaway effect seen on the right, in which the circle is physically removed from the star.

Once they’ve been merged, though, shapes are no longer live for further editing.

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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