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The Amazing Power of Focus Area Selections in Photoshop CC 2014

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Adobe Releases Photoshop CC 2014

Adobe just released updates to Photoshop cc free for all CC subscribers. The new update is simply given a date to help you identify the updated software. The updates, Photoshop cc 2014 is even more powerful and the new Tools they added will help you work faster and more precisely in Photoshop.

In today’s episode, we will show you the amazing power of focus area selections in Photoshop cc 2014 as well as new Type Tools. We are also throwing in one of our old favorites – Content Aware Scale with Skin Tone Protection.

We will be combining these Tools and techniques to create a quick mockup of a swimwear advertisement.

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How to use Focus Area Selections

Focus Area Selections are all new to Photoshop CC 2014 and the results are pretty impressive. Focus Area Select will figure out what is in focus based on how much detail is present in your image. From there you can choose to make selections out of the in focus area. The Tool is equipped with Advanced Features that make it much more accurate and reliable.

Cutting your subject out of their background is easier than ever – as long as they are in focus and your Background is not.

in this episode we show you how to use the new Focus Area Selections to cut out our subject from her Background and add type behind her.

Enhanced Type Tool

The Type Tool in Photoshop CC 2014 has seen some updates as well. With the addition of TypeKit, Adobe gives you access to many new fonts as well as the ability to acquire more fonts (for a fee).

One of the big enhancements to the Type Tool is instant font previews. Simple hover over fonts in the drop down list and your type will change to reflect the new font selections. This is incredibly useful if you are unsure of what font will look best over your image.

We have found that keeping your font Size on the smaller end will help with your computer’s Performance. For instance we noticed some lag with using large files and font Sizes over 500pt. Not a big deal, just something to keep in mind.

Content Aware Scale

Content Aware Scale is not new to Photoshop CC 2014 but it is a hidden gem for those who don’t already know about it. Content Aware Scale will allow you to Stretch your image while keeping detail in tact. This Tools is perfect when you have a subject against an out of focus background.

In this episode we show you how to protect Skin tones as you Scale, keeping your subject from being scaled with the background.

Final Thoughts

Overall we are impressed with the new releases in Photoshop cc 2014. The added Tools seem to be very useable and were not that predictable. Adobe is really doing a good job with their new CC platform and we can’t wait to see what they do in the future.

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