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Smart Objects and Layer Comps in Photoshop CC 2014

Photoshop CC 2014 was released today. It is a significant update, and part of a wider effort by Adobe to focus on improving Photoshop as a tool for designers.

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Exploration

I started my career as a finished artist and retoucher, as the hands for ad agency art directors, who often couldn’t or didn’t want to use computers.

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Images and the OS X Color Picker

OS X’s Color Picker panel has been around for an eternity and is jam packed full of great features. One of my favourites is the ability to sample colours from images.

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Experimenting with linked Smart Objects

Adobe have released Photoshop CC 14.2, which adds the ability for Smart Objects to be stored externally, and linked to a document.

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Photoshop Actions & Workflows

Over the last few years I’ve built a set of Actions that I use daily. They save a bit of time, but more importantly, they remove the need to remember best practices for each step.

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Design

Exploration

Images and the OS X Color Picker

My app design workflow

Extracting colours with alpha

Using Soulver for design

App Store description previewer

Just like print design

Using algebra to create paths

Sub-pixel text rendering

Pixels per inch is just a tag

Everything is a grid

Designing for Retina display

Designing for Retina display, part two

Photoshop

Photoshop Actions & Workflows

Colour management and UI design

2014: Smart Objects and Layer Comps

Gradient maps

Strokes in Photoshop CS6

Text in Photoshop CS6

Masking in Photoshop CS6

Vector shapes in Photoshop CS6

Layer tags

Smart Objects

Linked Smart Objects

Exporting from Photoshop

Pixel perfect rotation

Pixel perfect vector pasting

Pixel perfect vector nudging

Gradients

Photoshop CS6 improvements

Scale Patterns to 100% script

Illustrator and app design

Photoshop roundrect roundup

How many layers are in my PSD?

Really old

Dissecting iTunes and App Store links

What if iChat was one window?

A new Drobo Dashboard icon

Photoshop CS6 wish list

What to do with all those extra pixels?

Noise and textures

PNG compression and iOS apps