Dear Adobe, please add these 16 features to Photoshop

Nov 26, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Nov 26, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Photoshop has plenty of fantastic tools, although there are some that many of us never use. Similarly, there are some tools that photographers would love to have, perhaps instead of those “useless” ones. Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect suggests 16 tools that should definitely become a part of Photoshop and make our editing workflow way more efficient.

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Now, Unmesh isn’t a developer (and neither am I), so maybe some of these things aren’t possible. But, as a Photoshop user, here are the features that he’d love to see:

1.Sharpening as an adjustment layer: if you sharpen your images with a high pass filter or any of the sharpening filters, it can be a bit tricky if you use Liquify on your base layer or scale it. You need to apply the sharpening all over again. Because of this, it would be much more convenient if there was a possibility of sharpening the image by using an adjustment layer.

2. Define specific folders for quick export: if we could define folders for quick export, it would be quicker and more efficient to export the files that we want to share on social media. Unmesh suggests adding an option that would let us define specific folders for a specific type of work: one for social media, one for portfolio, etc.

3. HEIC file support on Windows: for people who use both Mac and PC, iOS and Android, HEIC support on Windows would be a useful feature that would make photographers’ life easier.

4. Scrubby Zoom in Liquify: Scrubby Zoom is a very handy tool, but unfortunately, it’s not available when you use the Liquify tool. Unmesh suggests that Adobe adds it here, too.

5. Separate masks for each Smart Filter: you can stack up as many Smart Filters as you like, change their order, turn them off or on… But one improvement that Unmesh suggests is enabling separate masks for each of them to make the editing process much faster and more convenient.

6. “Select Source” for Blend-If: Unmesh suggests that if we could choose a source for Blend-If, we would be able to create smoother and more realistic results when blending two layers.

7. A Clipping Mask for a Clipping Mask: this sounds a little silly when you read it, but it’s one of the small adjustments that could make editing simpler and more efficient.

8. Groups as Clipping Masks: If we could group adjustment layers based on what they do, it would make complex edits and composite work better organized.

9. A dedicated 4K document preset: When you open Photoshop CC, you’ll find presets for creating documents of a certain size. There’s 1080p, which is great for YouTube thumbnails, for example. But Unmesh suggests adding the 4K presets as well, since it’s slowly becoming a standard.

10. Live Preview for LUTs: it would be handy to add a preview as we scroll through presets when we create a Color Lookup adjustment layer. That already exists in Lightroom, so maybe it would be possible to make it in Photoshop as well.

11. Updated and non-destructive Match Color: when creating a composite, there is an option to match the color of the subject with the background. However, it doesn’t do the job so well in all cases, and it’s destructive and doesn’t work with Smart Objects.

12. Increase file size limit for PSD format: since modern cameras can capture pretty large images, Unmesh suggests that it would be ideal to increase or remove the size limit for PSD files.

13. Lens Flare as an Adjustment Layer: Lens Flare filter does a pretty good job, but lets’ say you want to remove it from certain areas or blur it. It would be useful to have it as a separate layer so that you could adjust it independent of the image you’re editing.

14. Vanishing Point for curved surfaces: you can’t create Vanishing Point for curved surfaces in Photoshop right now, so it’s another one of the features that could be useful for many photographers.

15. Updated Displacement filter: creating a Displacement map takes a lot of steps, and it would be much quicker if there was a shortcut for selecting the source.

16. Smart Filters not turning off while transforming objects: when you want to transform an object that has a Smart Filter applied, Photoshop will turn off that Smart Filter. This is another thing that Unmesh wishes were changed.

Do you agree with Unmesh and his Photoshop wish list? Are there any features you would add?

[Dear Photoshop Team: 16 Features We Actually Need! | PiXimperfect]

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10 responses to “Dear Adobe, please add these 16 features to Photoshop”

  1. Stephen Cottle Avatar
    Stephen Cottle

    Standalone not CC

    1. Jason Brown Avatar
      Jason Brown

      Stephen Cottle it’s less than a tenner a month mate and guarantees you the new release of both Photoshop and Lightroom every year. I still remember the days when Photoshop was a standalone only product – it cost a bloody fortune to buy! Would you have honestly paid £600 for it?!!!!!

    2. Vincent Reyna Avatar
      Vincent Reyna

      Jason Brown once i went cc, i never went back. One photo shoot covers a whole year and then some.

    3. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      CC has been very successful for Adobe – so no chance they’ll ever go back to standalone packages now.

    4. GraceAnna Avatar
      GraceAnna

      You can get a CC app for free by submitting stock photos or videos or illustrations to Adobe Stock. Getting 150 downloads qualifies you for a free single app CC subscription for the next year. 1 video download counts as 8 downloads.

  2. riku45100 Avatar
    riku45100

    It would be nice to have those features but the best thing adobe could do is add selected folder sync to cc, I hate that you have to sync everything or nothing, it would be nice to sync only folders that you are working with, it would save time and storage space on your devices

  3. Blake Avatar
    Blake

    When processing files via script to convert pictures format, the width and height you define for the target format is applied equally to all files, regardless if the picture is in Portrait or Landscape. As a result, all landscape pictures have their width reduced to the width of the Portrait and are consequently of a smaller size than the portrait pictures. It would be great that Photoshop makes possible to adapt appropriately the width/height conversion to Portrait/Landscape.

  4. Zbyněk Buřival Avatar
    Zbyněk Buřival

    17) fix the damn gradients so they do not disintegrate into bands 18) fix the damn “load into stack” so it works 19) allow batch exporting of responzive images with custom names

  5. Robyn Badenhorst Avatar
    Robyn Badenhorst

    Hi there, my question would be. Why does Photoshop not have the same settings as illustrator with the actual perspective grid lines. Doing interior designs.
    Robyn

  6. Vsevolod Kvachev Avatar
    Vsevolod Kvachev

    – Unify smart filters and layer styles
    – Unify layers and smart objects
    – Remove all magically hard-coded number limits. E.g. you should be able to do +999 exposure and not just +4
    – Smart local adjustments presets in camera raw, which automatically place adjustments to matching objects, so that you can batch edit photos with local adjustments
    – Local adjustments shortcuts so that I can quickly place pre-made adjustments with different settings