Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Previewing your designs on mobile devices, part of Photoshop: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates.
- In this movie, I'll introduce you to a pretty exciting new feature called Device Preview, which allows you to preview your designs on a mobile device whether it's a smartphone or a tablet, an iPad or what have you. Now, before we see it, I want you to notice that I have multiple images open, including these art boards here, as well as a few images from my weekly series Deke's Techniques, including episodes 384, 399, and 424, just FYI. All right, now I'll go up to the window menu and choose Device Preview, which brings up the Device Preview panel.
And at first it's just going to tell you that you need to install Adobe Preview CC on your mobile device. And if you want to learn more about how to do that, go ahead and click on this link. Now, a couple of things you need to know, first of all, both your computer and your device have to be on the same wifi network, or they need to be connected by USB. Secondly, you need to be logged in to the Creative Cloud using the exact same credentials on both machines. All right, so what I'm going to do is click on the restore button so that Photoshop is taking up less room on screen, and then I'll go ahead and collapse my panels to icons, like so, just so that we have a little more room.
Here, over on the right-hand side, we can see my iPad, and down here on the lower, right corner, I've got the Adobe Preview CC app. So I'll just go ahead and start that guy up like so. And with any luck, the two devices are gonna sync together, and you should see your device listed here inside the device preview panel. Now, you may need to wait a moment for your image to appear on the device, at which point, you can just go ahead and hide the Device Preview panel. Now, notice that panning and zooming inside of Photoshop doesn't have any effect on what you see on the device and that's because you can zoom and pan independently directly on your device using standard gestures.
So in this case, I'm just dragging the image around. Notice, as soon as I switch to a different image here inside Photoshop, that image will load automatically on your device. Although, again, it may take a few moments, especially when loading up a complicated layered image like this one. And, again, I'll just go ahead and drag the image over so that we can see the whole thing. Now, one of the great things about the mobile device is that it will track any changes that you make to the image in Photoshop. So, for example, if I go ahead and bring up the layers panel and scroll to the bottom, I can alt, click or option, click on this eye in front of the model layer in order to view it independently of all the other layers, and I can also turn off the smart filters in order to see the original, unmodified image.
And a few moments later, that image will appear on the device. Now, one of the things to note is that you are seeing a preview, not the entire image. So, for example, if I go ahead and switch over to this image right here, you can see up here in the title tab that we're seeing the image at the 25% zoom ratio, meaning that the image is much larger than it appears on screen. But notice over here in the device app, if I go ahead and zoom in, that's 100% right there. So, in other words, we're not seeing all the pixels on the device.
If you want to see a pixel-for-pixel representation, then you need to scale the image so it fits on the device. So, for example, in the case of my iPad, I would go up to the image menu and choose the canvas size command. I'm working in pixels, so I'll just go ahead and dial in a width of 1,536 pixels and a height of 2,048. I'll click Okay, and then click Proceed in order to apply that crop. I'll just go ahead and zoom it in here inside Photoshop, and you can see that my modifications are represented pixel for pixel now over here on my iPad.
And the fact that it looks a little chunky here is just a function of the way that we're recording this video. Also notice that I can zoom in as far as I like in order to check out details here on my iPad. And then, if I want to zoom back out, all I need to do is tap the image twice, like so. And that's how you take advantage of the new Device Preview feature, both here inside Photoshop CC and on your mobile device.
To start, Deke covers the June 2015 release of Photoshop CC. Tune in and learn how to apply multiply strokes, drop shadows, and other effects to a single layer; work with the new Glyphs panel; trade dynamically linked assets via the Library panel; create multiple artboards in a single document; and preview your designs directly on a mobile device.