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Intelligent Upsampling in Photoshop CC: Preserve Details while Enlarging Image

Great news for web designers and Photoshop enthusiasts! Adobe has updated Photoshop® CC (version 14.1). Photoshop CC is part of Creative Cloud™ with intelligent upsampling features.

Upsampling as of now in Photoshop has been an agony, as it involves enlarging images by “inventing” pixels that often ended up with blurry images. The new intelligent upsampling (and downsampling) algorithms allow for superior results in enlarging and reducing the size of your images. So, what actually does intelligent upsampling mean?

Intelligent Upsampling

Intelligent Upsampling refers to the technique where you can take a low resolution image and make it print-ready. Even though downsampling has always been a more manageable option (involving) simply omitting pixels; the images many a times tend to lose detail. However, with Photoshop CC, you have the option of Bicubic Sharper that helps retain detail when downsampling.

Similarly, the new Preserve Detail algorithm does a MUCH better job of preserving edges. You can now manually choose Preserve Details or Bicubic Smoother to get better results.

Significance of Creative Cloud

Photoshop CC as a part of Creative Cloud™ implies that you can have access to all the latest updates and future releases of Photoshop the moment they’re available. Now you can also use ‘Save to Cloud’ feature to keep your files organized across multiple computers. Besides that, by integrating Behance®, you can share your projects straight from Photoshop CC and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.

Key Features: Photoshop CC

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SMART SHARPEN

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Photoshop CC’s Smart Sharpen feature is about rich textures, crisp edges, and distinct details. Considered to be one of the most advanced sharpening technology available today, it analyzes images to maximize clarity and minimize noise and halos while allowing you to sharpen for high-quality, natural-looking results.

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INTELLIGENT UPSAMPLING

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Intelligent upsampling is the ‘brand’ feature of Photoshop CC. With this feature you can actually enlarge a low resolution image, which makes it look great with enhanced clarity in print. This feature also allows you to start with a larger image and blow it up to poster or billboard size. The attribute of the new upsampling feature is that it preserves detail and sharpness without introducing noise.

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CAMERA SHAKE REDUCTION

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Having great photos (memories attached) being ruined by camera shake is a common phenomenon, which until now did not have a good way to fix it. But with the new Photoshop CC, you now have a solution to this problem – Camera Shake Reduction feature analyzes its trajectory and helps restore sharpness, irrespective of whether your blur was caused by slow shutter speed or a long focal length. It works to save your blurry shots by analyzing the path of the camera shake and minimizing the blur.

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CAMERA RAW 8 AND LAYER SUPPORT

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The new Adobe Camera RAW 8 gives you an advanced healing brush, radial gradients, and an upright tool that corrects the perspective of your photos. Another great feature is that you can actually apply Camera Raw edits as a filter to any layer or file inside Photoshop, and then enhance them any way you want. And with new Adobe Camera Raw 8, you get more precise ways to heal images, fix perspective distortions, and create vignettes.

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CONDITIONAL ACTIONS

This feature allows you to put routine processing jobs on autopilot. Here the commands use if/then statements to automatically choose between different actions based on rules you set up.

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EXPANDED SMART OBJECT SUPPORT

With this feature, you can apply Blur Gallery and liquefy effects nondestructively courtesy Smart Object support. Here, your original file remains intact as you add blur effects or push, pull, pucker, or bloat the image or video. In case you want to edit or remove the effects at any time, you can do so later - even after saving your file.

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REAL-TIME IMAGE ASSET GENERATION

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Now, you can reap the benefits of real-time image asset generation with the new Photoshop CC using Adobe Generator technology by skipping the hassle of manual asset slicing and export, when designing for screens; and saving tagged layers and layer groups as individual image files in formats you choose - all collected in a single folder.

The USP of using a Generator is that it allows you to create image assets in real time as you work, eradicating the tedious steps of copying, slicing and exporting each layer manually, and saving you hours of time. All you need to do is simply add a file extension to the name of your layer or layer group, and Photoshop will automatically create a JPG the contents of that layer. So, in case of any change being made to that layer, the file is immediately updated, PNG or GIF from.

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EDITABLE ROUNDED RECTANGLES

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This feature helps you resize shapes, edit them, and even re-edit them — before or after they are created. You may even edit individual corner radiuses in rounded rectangles. All you need to do here is specify your corner radius first before drawing the rectangle. So, for adjusting the corner angle, you can do so by hand using the path tools or create a new rounded rectangle. Moreover, in Photoshop CC, you can adjust the corner radius individually and export the CSS data for your website.

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MULTI-SHAPE AND PATH SELECTION

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Now you can get more done in fewer clicks by selecting multiple paths, shapes, and vector masks at once. This is applicable even in multilayered documents with lots of paths. In fact, you can easily target the path (and any layer) you want right on canvas using a new filter mode.

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IMPROVED 3D PAINTING

You can now access live previews at 100x faster speed now and more responsive when you paint on 3D objects and texture maps. With the powerful Photoshop painting engine, you can make any 3D model look terrific.

MORE New Improved Features in Photoshop CC

Behance® integration

Now you can share your ‘in-progress’ work directly from Photoshop CC to Behance® and get instant feedback from the creative community. You may then post your completed work to ProSite, a fully-customizable professional portfolio, incorporated free with your membership.

Adobe Edge Reflow CC integration

This feature allows you to bring the assets from your Photoshop mockup into Edge Reflow CC with just a click. This is great if you need to swiftly adjust your layouts to fit all your desired devices. Moreover, its responsive web design is made easier by Adobe Generator.

Improved Type styles

Until now, you have been spending hours getting text to look just right. With Type styles, you can save your formatting as a preset. And the best part about it is that you can henceforth apply with just a click. Moreover, type styles can also be defined to use across all your Photoshop documents.

Enhanced CSS support

The new Photoshop CC now lets you import color swatches directly from HTML, CSS, or SVG to easily match existing web schemes. All you need to do is generate CSS code for colors and other design elements, like rounded corners, and then copy and paste the code into your web editor to get the precise results you need.

Improved 3D Scene panel

You can now make a smoother transition from 2D to 3D editing with the new Photoshop CC. This is done with a 3D Scene panel that has many of the options you already know from the Layers panel, like Duplicate, Instance, Groups, and Delete.

Improved 3D effects

Shadows and reflections are extremely crucial for your 3D artwork; while superior quality live previews help you get great looks faster. Besides that you can seamlessly create better glow effects, scene illumination, and lighting for bumps and textures.

Content-Aware technologies
This feature allows you to retouch images with incredible control and precision and most importantly sans any effort. Just ‘select’ an image object that you want to remove, rescale, or reposition; the Content-Aware technology does the rest - fills, patches, extends, or recomposes your image.

Mercury Graphics Engine

All you need to do is click, drag, and see your changes happen instantly — and that too even on your largest image files. The Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine gives you unparalleled responsiveness in key tools like Liquify and Puppet Warp. This helps you to edit efficiently with near-instant results.

Intuitive video creation

You can now implement your Photoshop editing skills to your video footage by enhancing the look of any clip using the full range of familiar Photoshop tools, and creating movies with an easy-to-use set of video tools.

Intuitive 3D tools and DICOM support

You can now get advanced features for 3D editing and medical imaging with the introduction of the new Photoshop CC. Just dive into 3D with an interface that offers you in-context and on-canvas controls. This helps you to easily analyze and work with DICOM files.

Background save and auto-recovery

With Photoshop CC, you can now keep working even while saving the largest of Photoshop files in the background. Thereafter, you may let the auto-recovery option preserve your edits without interfering your progress.

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Have you experienced the magic of Photoshop CC? What’s your take?


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