New Feature in Lightroom
- New “Dehaze” Slider
- Allows photographers to remove haze (fog) from photos, and appears to work remarkably well
- You can also add IN haze to a photo, but only globally (not a local adjustment)
- The dehaze/haze slider can be found in the “effects” panel under the grain slider
New Feature in Photoshop
- Improvements to Content Aware Move
- The content aware move tool is improved with content aware fill from the previous location of the object moved
- The tool also has a new setting in the top bar allowing you to scale the moved item after moving
- Creative Sync
- Adobe has created a desktop program that allows users to purchase photos from their Fotolia acquisition last year
- Photographers can contribute to the program at stock.Adobe.com/contribute
- It's unclear at this time what the revenue split and photo costs will be. No announcement was made regarding a price change from what Fotolia did in the past.
Jim's Quick Take
This is a minor update to Photoshop and Creative Cloud, but a welcome one. I do think we should all brace ourselves for an outpouring of new “moody fog” photos using the haze slider in Lightroom, though. Seriously though, I'm excited to use the haze tool on a few photos. That's a nice feature that I've tried to replicate in Photoshop before with mixed results. Adobe just recently announced Lightroom 6, so it's nice to see a new feature already popping up.
I asked Adobe if there are plans in the future to include the ability to sync Lightroom Catalogs between computers (laptop for travel and desktop for main catalog) as a part of Creative Sync. They said they are exploring that option and hope to include that in an update “later this year or in the future” (I believe that was the exact wording). That's the killer feature I'm hoping for sooner rather than later, and talking to many of you, I know I'm not alone.
The other changes to Photoshop and CC are things most users won't even notice. While a select few photographers may be excited with Adobe Stock, I think most already see plenty of micro stock agencies to contribute to.
Overall, it's difficult to get too excited with this release. The improvements are nice, but really won't impact most photographers' workflows. I didn't get a chance to ask during the press conference if the release will also include bug fixes to address the stability issues that many of you have been reporting to me with Lightroom 6 (& CC).