Legacy (Old Style) New Document Interface in Photoshop CC 2017

Use Legacy (Old Style) New Document Interface in Photoshop

New Document dialog in Photoshop CC 2017 is great and improved with stock templates to jump start any project. There aren't many reasons to use an old style or legacy new document dialog. However, it is still available to you in case you are missing it. It is a matter of changing one option in Preferences dialog to see old style interface.

How to switch to: Legacy "New Document" Interface 

Switching option is available from Edit > Preferences > General (Ctrl/Cmd + K) > Use Legacy "New Document" Interface. Check this option and click OK button in the top right corner of the Preferences dialog. That's it, no application restart is required and you can start using old style new document dialog right away.
Turn on: Use Legacy New Document Interface in Photoshop

What is the advantage of legacy new document you may ask? 

There are two things which may be desired for your workflow or embedded in the set of your habits:

  • Quickly and easily create a new document based on any already open document in Photoshop. Click on Document Type: drop down the list and choose the name of the open document. Photoshop will create a new document based on chosen document: dimensions, resolution, color mode...
  • Create new document based on open document in Photoshop
  • Options to choose Transparent or Other from Background Contents: drop-down list to start with a transparent background or background color of your choice.
  • Create new document with transparent background in Photoshop

Now comes disadvantages 

  • The main disadvantage is in modern and grouped presets in the tabbed interface with live preview. 
  • Do not forget and free, high-quality templates from Adobe Stock to jump start your new project.
  • Templates from Adobe Stock in Photoshop's new document dialog

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

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