New Features and Improvements in Photoshop CC 2018

New Features and Improvements in Photoshop CC 2018

There are plenty of new and exciting new features in Photoshop CC 2018 for photographers and designers. In this post, I will cover most important new features and mention additional improvements.

What's new in Photoshop CC 2018

In this section, I will list most important new features and improvements in Photoshop CC 2018.

New features

Brush preset management. From now and on users can preview brush stroke from Brushes panel. Any brush enabled tool preset can be converted into a brush preset for use in the Brushes panel. Brush preset will be saved with all tool attributes like Opacity, Flow, Mode (blending mode), color and so on... Grouping and folder creation is allowed along with drag and drop feature to drag preset into any folder.
Brushes panel in Photoshop CC 2018

Curvature Pen tool for easier path drawing with a visual preview of the estimated path.

Brush stroke smoothing for smooth brush strokes even when drawing with a mouse. For smoother strokes increase Smoothing percentage.
Brush stroke smoothing in Photoshop CC 2018

Quick share options to share photos and designs with family and friends on social media.
Share from Photoshop CC 2018

Integration of Lightroom photos available on the Start Screen but also when using Search command or in-app search. Users can access any cloud synced Lightroom photos.

Rich Tooltips which are showing tools in action in a pop-up window. Some of the rich tooltips have a link: Learn how to open Learn panel.
Rich Tooltips in Photoshop CC 2018

Learn panel is available from Window > Learn. It provides guided experience to help new users to understand core concepts in Adobe Photoshop.
Learn panel in Photoshop CC 2018

Import and edit 360 panoramas.

Support for Variable Fonts. Controls are available from Window > Properties when the variable font is active. Attributes that can be changed: weight, width, slant, and size. To use variable font just start typing variable in the first text box in the Options bar (Type tool must be active and Filter set to All Classes)

Symmetry Painting is available as Tech Preview (Preferences > Technology Previews...) and it is allowing users to quickly paint repeating patterns by mirroring artwork.
Symmetry options for painting in Photoshop CC 2018


In this section, I will list only a few improvements which are most important for common users (at least in my opinion).

  • Improved startup time on Windows
  • Improved performance of Surface Blur filter
  • Improved accuracy of Refine Edge tool in Select and Mask
  • Improved PNG save options
  • Improved protection of faces for Content-Aware Move tool
  • Improved quality of Content-Aware Crop and Content-Aware Fill on edges
  • Guides created while applying crop while creating an action now retain values in percentage 
  • And much more...

IMPORTANT: Installing Photoshop CC (19.0) uninstalls your previous versions of Photoshop by default.

To update Photoshop, click "Update" in the Creative Cloud desktop application next to Photoshop CC.

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

New features summary


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