The 2018 release of Photoshop CC brings a range of new features, tools and working methods, which will enhance your image editing experience and boost your productivity. Let’s take a look at some of the most important and exciting new features. Brush smoothing Photoshop now includes the ability to automatically smooth brush strokes, using a slider that goes between 0 and 100% to turn jagged strokes into much smoother, flowing lines. In the example below, the blue line is set to zero smoothing, and the red line to 100% smoothing: the smoothed line is clearly far more attractive, ironing out the lumps and wrinkles. When writing text, though, too much smoothing can slow down the operation and produce awkward lettering. Here, the blue version is with no smoothing; but in the red version, with the tool set to just 30% smoothing, the result is cleaner and less jagged. By default, painting now features a ‘leash’ that tethers the stroke to the cursor, showing where you drag while the brush tool catches up with you. If you find this leash an irritating visual incursion, as I do, you can turn it off in Photoshop’s Preferences dialog box. Brush symmetry Painting symmetrical [...]
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