Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Spectrum: Dark dialog boxes and more, part of Photoshop CC 2015 New Features.
- Hello and welcome to the most recent addition of Photoshop CC. This happens to be the update that Adobe is first releasing on Monday, November 30 of the year 2015. And if you're a long time user, I think it's going to seem like a pretty big shift at least where the interface is concerned, which is why in this movie, I'll introduce you to Spectrum, which is Adobe's codename for a fairly aggressive remodel to Photoshop's onscreen appearance. Now I think we'll look back on Spectrum and remember it for its dark dialogue boxes but there's a lot more to it including this start screen, which appears when you first launch Photoshop as well as any time you have no image open.
Notice that we're not seeing any panels. Not even the toolbox, which is a little bit disconcerting. Instead we see a list of recently opened files. Now you can view these files in list form or if you click on this icon right there, as thumbnails but you will have had to open a file in the most recent version of Photoshop for a thumbnail to show up. I'm going to go ahead and scroll back to the top of the list so that we can see our other option is to click on the word Presets over here on the left side of the screen, which will display a bunch of predefined document sizes that allow you to begin a new document.
If none of these sizes fit your mood then you can click on Custom Document in order to bring up the new dialogue box, which as you can see is now dark just like the interface. We'll come back to that in a moment but for now I'm just going to go ahead and cancel out and I'll switch back to my Recent Files and then I'll scroll up the list to this guy right here and I'll click on that thumbnail in order to open the image inside Photoshop. At which point you can see the restoration of the toolbox on the left side of the screen as well as the panels over here on the right.
Now you may end up seeing this flashy dialogue box come up on screen, which is encouraging you to add things like Smart Objects and Layer Styles from the active document to Adobe's Library function, which spans across the various creative cloud applications. We'll cover this in a future movie. So for now I'll just go ahead and cancel out. And I'll zoom in on this image as well. Alright now at this point we have a hidden feature that you might want to know about. By default, when you go to the File menu and choose the Open command, you're going to bring up the standard open dialogue box like so but there's another way to work.
I'll go ahead and cancel out and then I'll go up to the Edit menu. This would be the Photoshop menu on the Mac then I'll drop down to the Preferences command, which isn't nearly so far down the menu on the Mac and finally I'll choose General at which point we'll see a couple of workspace options. Notice this guy right here. Show Start Workspace When No Documents Are Open. If you don't like that start workspace that we saw just a moment ago, you can turn this check box off but I want to turn this one on. Notice it says, Show Recent Files Workspace When Opening a File.
We also see this warning that tells us that any workspace changes will take effect the next time you start Photoshop, which means in order to show you this function, I'll have to click Okay and I'll have to go up to the File menu and choose the Exit command, which appears as the Quit command on the Mac. At which point I'll return back to Adobe Bridge and then I'll go ahead and double click on this file right here in order to once again launch Photoshop. And that's going to take a moment or two after which point we will once again see the new Library function.
I'll go ahead and click the Cancel button and I want you to see what happens on screen at least inside this version of the software. Photoshop goes ahead and switches me back to that start screen, which appears with no toolbox or right side panels. If that happens to you then you can remedy things by going up to this Workspace option in the top right corner of the screen, clicking on it and then choosing Essentials or if you saved a workspace in the past, you can go ahead and choose that workspace. In my case it's called One on One and that's going to bring up the toolbox and panels like so.
Alright now that I have a file open, I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Open command or you can press a keyboard shortcut of Control O here on the PC or Command O on the Mac and this time around because I changed that Preference setting, I'm seeing the Recent Files panel over here on the right side of the screen. Now just as with the start screen, you can view the recently opened files in list form or you can switch to a thumbnail view. Now if you want to open a different file then just go ahead and click on the Open button. But let's say you change your mind and you just want to return to the image at hand then go ahead and click on the word Close in the upper left corner of the panel or you can just press the Escape key and that will once again bring back the toolbox and the right hand panels.
In my case however, I do want to open a recent file so I'll once again press Control O or Command O on the Mac and then I'll just click on one of these thumbnails like so. At which point because this image contains Smart Objects and Layer Styles, I'm once again seeing the new Library from document dialogue box. If this starts to get in your face, you can turn on the Don't Show Again check box but in my case once again I'll just click Cancel or I'll press the Escape key and that's my introduction to the world of Spectrum, which begins with the start screen and a list of recently opened files here inside the most recent version of Photoshop CC 2015.
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.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 12/01/2015. What changed?
A: We added a new chapter (13 movies) covering the November 2015 updates to Photoshop CC, including artboard enhancements, the return of the Oil Paint filter, the Diffusion control for healing, Quick Export, Photoshop Mix 2.0, and Photoshop Fix.
Q: This course was updated on 03/18/2016. What changed?
A: Deke added one video that discusses the March 2016 update to Photoshop CC 2015: Camera Raw 9.5.
Q: This course was updated on 06/21/2016. What changed?
Q: We added one new chapter covering the June 2016 update to Photoshop CC, which includes features such as Content-Aware Crop and Face-Aware Liquify.