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Photoshop updates

The latest version of Photoshop was released in October 2020, but already we have seen 2 further updates. Most are just bug fixes, however the latest update 22.1.0 does have a new version of Camera Raw and support for new cameras.

A full list of details for each update can be found here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/photoshop/kb/fixed-issues.html

In both the updates (22.0.1 and 22.1.0) there has been fixes to the new neural filters, which does show that time is being spent on them, and they are not just a fad item, that will be forgotten (like Repousse 3D tool that was ditched and replaced with a rebuilt 3D set of tools)

The new Neural filters do look interesting and could be a real bonus in your work flow.

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2021 is here

A Happy New Year to all.

2020 was a very strange year, and one that many (if not all) will be glad to see back of.

The global pandemic of covid-19 was a real shocker, that is not completely under control. It is good news that vaccines are now coming out, and hopefully this will make the difference that we all crave.

Let’s hope that 2021 can be a much better year, and make covid-19 a memory, and part of history. Each country has there own way of dealing with the virus, but together as one we can (and will) beat it.

Be safe, and Rexcomedia wishes everyone health, wealth and happiness for 2021.

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Season Greetings

2020 has been a very different and strange year for us all. The challenge of a global pandemic has effected us all, some more than others.

Let’s hope 2021 will be a better year, and we can all return to some sort of normality.

Season greetings to all.

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Photoshop CC 2021 is here

With the new release of Photoshop (CC 2021), comes some interesting new features.
First is Sky Replacement. This does exactly as it says and replaces sky in a picture. It does it rather well and is far more intelligent than just slapping a new sky on your picture.
It can analyse your picture to tell where to place the sky, what to include and exclude. You can also alter the temperature of the surrounding picture making it warmer or cooler. You can flip the sky, scale and even use your own sky picture if you have one rather than using one of the preset pictures.

Goto Edit>Sky Replacement

Choose the sky you want, the Sky Replacement properties panel will appear. Now you use the sliders to get the sky just right. Once happy click OK.  The nice thing is that once you click OK, the sky is created as a new layer with a mask and blend mode automatically.

A. Sky Move Tool B. Sky Brush C. Hand Tool D. Zoom Tool E. Select a replacement sky F. Settings G. Recently used sky H. Create new group I. Create new sky J. Delete sky K. Preset Preview Zoom
Before and After with Sky Replacement

The next new feature is pretty special. Neural Filters. This is a new workspace with a collection of filters. It uses Adobe Sensei, which is Adobe’s AI engine. The filters are split into 3 categories. The first 2 filters are fully working, the next 6 filters are beta filters, which means you can still use them, but the results may be unexpected as there are still in the testing phase. The last 4 filters are not available yet, but will be (or at least in beta) soon.
On upgrading to CC 2021, most of these new filters will need to be downloaded. Just click the cloud icon with the arrow shown on the filter to download.

As we have an array of filters here, it would take a while to explain them all. So, here is just some of the more exciting ones.

Smart Potrait filter works with peoples heads. It allows for adjustments to their face. A bit of a Liquify filter 2.0. You can make them happy, sad, anger, surprised. All which alters their face, mouth, eyes etc. You can also make someone older or younger, and even turn their head. The interesting thing is that Adobe Sensei will create parts that are not even in the picture. For example it can open the persons mouth and show their teeth and tongue, even though the original picture their mouth was shut.
Turning their head it can recreate their ear and side of head, even if you can’t see the ear in the original photo.
Pretty amazing stuff, and remember it’s still in beta.

Colorize is another stand out filter in this collection. This filter will colour a black and white photograph. And it does it pretty well.  Sliders are available to adjust the result, and you can even select a colour and assign to the picture.

One thing to note is that these filters require Cloud access, as the filter processing is done in the cloud. This means you need to connected to the Internet to use them. I was put off with some of Adobe’s mobile apps when they did this, and it now seems the desktop version are going the same way.  I understand that this enhances the power of the Creative Cloud, but is this really the future. Is it going to end that programs are just an interface, with all the work being done externally in the cloud?

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Creative Cloud 2021

This year has been a strange one to say the least. Practically all parts have been effected. Due to this the amount of updates here have been very few. Something that is hopefully rectified soon.

One thing that has happened at the usual time is the update to Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications. 2021 versions are now available.

The 19 upgraded CC desktop applications are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Animate, XD, Dimension, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, Media Encoder, Prelude, Bridge, Camera Raw, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. Also Acrobat DC Pro has been improved, if not a fully new version.

Some of the major new desktop product features include: Sky Replacement (Photoshop), Advanced Color Grading (Lightroom), 3D Design Space (After Effects), Recolor Artwork (Illustrator), Liquid Mode (Acrobat), 3D Transforms (XD), Speech-to-Text (Premiere Pro), Roto Brush 2 (After Effects), Speech-Aware Animation (Character Animator), and Neural Filters (Photoshop).

In addition to the main desktop applications upgrades, Adobe has also announced Illustrator for the iPad (version 1.0). Illustrator joins its cousin Photoshop, which first arrived on the iPad last year. Illustrator on iPad is included for Creative Cloud members with current access to Illustrator on desktop.

Adobe Aero, this is a 100% free new authoring app for creating and viewing augmented reality (AR) experiences, and will be coming to the desktop (Mac and Windows). Currently in Beta.

As well as these new applications and the updates Adobe has also updated its Stock collection with a free section. Over 75,000 top-notch images, vectors, illustrations, templates, 3D models, and videos available to everyone at no cost and completely royalty-free.

All in all it looks a good selection of new and improved versions of their desktop applications. Some more updated than others, and some interesting new features have been added.

One thing to note with these updates is that Adobe have also changed the system requirements. As theses applications get bigger and better, they also become more power hungry. Thus the system requirements have evolved, both on Windows as well as on Mac, in order to take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies… On Macs, the CC 2021 release now requires macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or later. If you’re not yet running a compatible version of macOS, then you can get a free upgrade directly from Apple to Mojave (10.14) or Catalina (10.15). Be aware, however, that in Catalina, Apple has dropped support for any older 32-bit programs that you may have. And while still in beta/preview, macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) is supported by Adobe as well.

On PCs, Windows 10 (version 1903 or higher) is a fully-supported platform for all Creative Cloud applications. Importantly, except for Acrobat DC, the CC 2021 apps no longer support 32-bit or any Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems.

You will also find that some of the new features require Internet access all the time as the filters work using cloud access. More on this in a separate post.

New updates are available now.

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Photoshop November Update

The next big update for Photoshop is here. The new November update brings Photoshop to version 21.

Photoshop CC 2020 is now available through Creative Cloud for download.

This is a big update with lots of bug fixes and enhancements. We also have new tools and a new look to the interface as the panels have had a make over.

Other features include:

  • Cloud documents
  • Improvements to presets
  • New Object Selection tool
  • Consistent transform behavior
  • Improved Properties panel
  • Convert Smart Object to layers
  • Enhanced Transform Warp
  • Remove Background 

For more information check out 

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/photoshop/using/whats-new/2020.html