Apart from the new and lovely aesthetics, the 2012 update introduced many noteworthy tools and upgrades. The ever-improving Content-Aware toolset introduced Content-Aware Patch and Content-Aware Move.
The updated Patch tool included a Content-Aware option that seamlessly replaced unwanted image elements by synthesizing nearby content. Similar to Content-Aware Fill, but this version of the tool allows you to select the source area.
The new Content-Aware Move tool allowed for quickly recomposing images without lots of layering or precise selections. Move mode lets you place objects in different locations.
We also saw the introduction of Type Styles, a photographic blur gallery, new filters, like oil paint, and to the great relief of many users, background saving and auto-recovery.
The list of new features continues with skin tone and face detection. The Color Range selections now saves Skin Tones selections as a preset. It can also save the setting for the Detect Faces option when Skin Tones or Sampled Colors are selected.
Finally, new brush and airbrush tips, cropping tools, and the surprise of in-platform video editing tools also came about in CS6.
June of 2013 saw a chapter’s end and a new beginning with the move from the CS platform over to Creative Cloud. The transfer didn’t come without some hesitation and even resistance from the Photoshop community, making it mandatory to pay for the CC subscription to obtain the new update.
If you happen to be reading this and still clinging to the old CS versions, consider this quote from Lau Tzu on change:
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
Apart from the switch from CS to CC, we also got a list of new and improved features. One of the more noteworthy features was the new Smart Sharpen filter. It gives the ability to produce high-quality results through adaptive sharpening technology that minimizes noise and halo effects.
The filter’s dialog box used sliders for quick adjustments and advanced controls to fine-tune results.
CC also saw the addition of editable rounded rectangles, perspective warp, live 3D painting, and support for 3D printing, allowing you to print any compatible 3D model without worrying about 3D printer limitations. In preparation for printing, Photoshop automatically makes 3D models watertight and generates the necessary support structures—scaffolding and rafts—to ensure that your 3D prints successfully.
There was also support for Indic languages, linked Smart Objects, the update to Adobe Camera RAW 8.0, Intelligent Upsampling, and camera shake reduction. Finally, the ability to share work to Behance was integrated into the update.
The June 2015 Photoshop release saw an update to the user interface, further refining the look and making it more consistent throughout. This also marked the 25th anniversary of the product and the launch and integration of Adobe Stock, which was accessible within Photoshop itself.