Adobe has also added tools to Illustrator and InDesign for designers, and finally lets you use Typekit fonts in your desktop (and non-Adobe) apps.
Adobe has today released updates to several of its Creative Cloud applications, adding new Perspective Warp and 3D printing features to Photoshop, Live Corners and a new Pencil tool for Illustrator and hyperlink and missing font improvements to InDesign. Typekit fonts have finally arrived on the desktop, too.
Creative Cloud subscribers can update their applications for free today in order to get access to the new features.
2014's new Photoshop CC features for photographers and artists
Among the most impressive new features arriving today is the Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC. Designers who create photo compositions will benefit most from this feature, described as "magical" by Adobe evangelist Terry White.
If you have two photographs that were taken at different angles and perspectives, Perspective Warp means that Photoshop can now help you combine those two images with realistic-looking results.
In a demonstration shown to Digital Arts, Adobe took a photograph of a railway and placed a cut-out of a train from another photograph onto the tracks (above). To begin with, the train looked as though it had derailed, floating up into the air due to the angle that it was taken at. However, after using the Perspective Warp tool to draw a grid around the train, the Terry was able to adjust the grid to make the train sit correctly on the tracks without becoming distorted.
3D printing in Photoshop CC
The second of Photoshop's new features that peaked our interest is the new 3D printing capabilities.
Previously, designers were able to use Photoshop's 3D modelling capabilities to create a model but would then need to use a third-party piece of software such as MeshLab to export the model in a printable format (as described in our 3D printing from Photoshop tutorial).
Now, though, you can print to a 3D printer straight from Photoshop, an ability we expect will become increasingly more useful as 3D printers become more beginner-friendly (and more affordable). The fixing of the model – which involves ensuring that there are no holes in the mesh – and the print preparation including the addition of support structures now happens directly in Photoshop.
Photoshop can determine which printer you're using and present an accurate render of what your finished printed object will be based on that printer's capabilities, and it can also prepare a model with the specifications needed to send to Shapeways to print thanks to a partnership with the company.
Another new feature that could be a real boon for collaborators is the new linked Smart Objects (below). If a designer is working on a logo in Illustrator while three other designers are using that logo to create fliers or brochures, for example, linked Smart Objects means that any changes made to that logo will be reflected in the Photoshop files that the logo is being used in, as long as that logo remains a linked Smart Object.
Find out more about the new Photoshop CC features on Adobe's blog.
2014's new Illustrator CC features
Illustrator has been given some new features with the update, too. Live Corners means that designers are now able to reshape and adapt the corners of their vectors using the live corners tools. You could make individual corners more rounded, for example, without needing to redraw them.
The Pencil tool has been completely rebuilt, with a new fidelity slider that lets you choose how smooth or accurate your lines appear as you draw. You can also now control the arc on any segment of the vector by simply clicking and dragging.
2014's new InDesign CC features
Adobe hasn't left InDesign out of the mix in its latest update. The desktop publishing software has been given some new capabilities that should speed up workflow, and also some new EPUB interactivity enhancements.
The first of the improvements is simplified hyperlinks. Designers can now right click on a web address ('www.digitalartsonline.co.uk', for example), and choose 'Hyperlink from URL'. InDesign will also monitor whether hyperlinks within the document are valid by displaying a green circle for live links and a red circle for dead links.
The dreaded missing fonts should be a thing of the past with the new ability to find fonts in TypeKit. If you open an InDesign document that uses fonts that are not installed on your computer, you'll now have the option to find and install these fonts from TypeKit, presuming it's one of the 899 fonts available in TypeKit, that is.
TypeKit now available for InDesign and Illustrator
Talking of TypeKit, Adobe has finally introduced the ability for designers to get access to its library of Typekit fonts from within desktop applications – including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and non-Adobe apps too. Within the Fonts tab of the Creative Cloud launcher there is now a new button that provides access to the TypeKit library.
Currently 210 of the Typekit's 938 web fonts are available for use in your desktop applications.
Find out more about all of the new CC features on Adobe's blog.