The 10 best and worst things about Photoshop CC

Jul 17, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The 10 best and worst things about Photoshop CC

Jul 17, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Photoshop’s one of those essential tools that most photographers can’t live without. It’s been the industry leading application for years, and it may still be for some time to come (maybe), but it’s not perfect.

In this rather extensive video from Nathaniel Dodson at Tutvid, he talks us through his 10 favourite and least favourite things about Photoshop CC.

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I can completely agree with the list of “The Good”, and most of those are features I use and love on a daily basis. When Adobe first added Smart Objects to Photoshop, for example, they immediately worked themselves into my workflow, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

The Good

  1. Curves (00:59)
  2. Smart Objects (02:05)
  3. Adjustment Layers (06:11)
  4. The Pen Tool (08:39)
  5. Save Selections (09:35)
  6. Masking (10:59)
  7. Quick Mask Mode (14:29)
  8. Rotate View Tool (16:36)
  9. Overscroll (18:22)
  10. Smart Guides & The Pixel Grid (20:22)

And there’s a bonus goody, too.

  • Close All (Apply don’t save) (22:48)

That last one is amazing.  I regularly have multiple images open in Photoshop that have changes in them that I don’t want to save, especially if I’m working with composites.  Not having to deal with a popup for each of those images is a nice time saver.

The Bad

  1. Default EVERYTHING (24:03)
  2. Non-Scaling Layer Styles (26:29)
  3. Magnetic Lasso Tool (29:10)
  4. Content-Aware Move Tool (30:01)
  5. Reshuffling Open Files in Tab Bar (31:27)
  6. Browse in Bridge Button (32:44)
  7. No Good Way to Measure (33:34)
  8. Copy CSS (35:34)
  9. New Save for Web Location (36:49)
  10. Terrible for UI Designers (38:15)

I can totally get behind #4. 99% of the time, Content-Aware anything has proven itself to be completely useless for me. These days, I mostly forget that they exist at all.

Again, Nathaniel gives us some a couple of bonus extras in his list of “The Bad”.

  • Actions Panel is Archaic (40:23)
  • New “Start” Menu in Photoshop (41:41)

So, what do you think? Is Nathaniel pretty close to the mark on these? Has he missed any big ones? What are your favourite and worst features of Photoshop? Let us know in the comments.

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8 responses to “The 10 best and worst things about Photoshop CC”

  1. Jeffrey B George Avatar
    Jeffrey B George

    I sure agree with the Web Export function I use all day long. Apparently good web design is a legacy.

    1. You Can DIY Avatar
      You Can DIY

      Absolutely Agree

  2. You Can DIY Avatar
    You Can DIY

    Cool thanks this is really good

    1. Territory Hobby Pics Avatar
      Territory Hobby Pics

      Thanks:)

  3. Territory Hobby Pics Avatar
    Territory Hobby Pics

    I always love anything related to handmade

  4. tekwrite Avatar
    tekwrite

    I LOVE the Content Aware tool! It is really good in the delete mode! I agree about shifting the tabs! Grrrr…I keep version 6 around JUST to be able to EXPORT from Bridge. Seems CC left it out? I also have issues with the Liquify tool in CC, leaves jagged edges. Could be a video card issue. But it works FINE in 6!

  5. Kinfolk Media Avatar
    Kinfolk Media

    I’m def more comfortable in photoshop than I used to be!

  6. CanonMinolta Avatar
    CanonMinolta

    Think you should send this to Adobe.
    You might even consider conducting a survey of some kind related to this so you can add how we all feel about it
    But then Adobe stopped caring about us when it went to CC … so maybe not