The Adobe product manages and developers that I have spoken to praise the new Creative Cloud process mostly for the ability to instantly update users with new features and stability enhancements. While we have seen a plethora of updates that mostly contain "bug fixes" over the past few months, Adobe has finally given us three new features for Photoshop to get excited about: 3D printing integration, linked Smart Objects, and what is most interesting to photographers, Perspective Warp.
Though we have had options to alter perspective in the past, they haven't been great. There are numerous transformation options that can be used to warp perspective, but they tend to blur images badly and are difficult to control. Adobe's new Perspective Warp changes the viewpoint from which an object is seen easily, quickly and with (what I have been able to tell so far) very little "damage" to an image.
Adobe demonstrated the software enhancement to us using, primarily, a composited image. They took a layer that contained a clipped train and wanted to place it on tracks found on another layer that happened to have a different perspective.
You can see pretty clearly the vanishing points don't match. Perspective Warp can fix it. First, align the two sides of an image at an edge. You have the ability to control each plane separately, at least to the degree that they connect on one side.
Then you just adjust the lines of each plane to fit with the perspective of each side of the part of the image you want to warp. Here, they go for the front and side of the train.
After that, you can just drag the perspective points into place.
And the image fits together pretty nicely.
Adobe also demonstrated how it could be used on buildings and architecture:
Keep in mind, these images were smart cropped before warping. The software was not creating image out of nothingness (which would be pretty spectacular, let me tell you). That said, it is still a handy tool to have in your back pocket if you find non-vertical lines in your architecture, or just want to adjust the perspective of an image to something more pleasing to the eye.
The other two updates allow for easy 3D printing directly out of Photoshop, the feature Adobe seemed most excited about:
"With today’s release of Photoshop CC, designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online 3D print services. Photoshop CC supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, and also supports the full range of high quality materials available on Shapeways -- the 3D printing community and marketplace -- including ceramics, metals, and full color sandstone. Additionally, Photoshop users can now directly upload their 3D models to the Sketchfab 3D publishing service, and embed them in their Behance profile using Sketchfab’s interactive 3D viewer."
Finally, and linked Smart Objects are an update that makes a smart object recognize changes, even if it is edited in another program. So let's say I edit a photo on one computer, and that photo is linked to a poster someone else is designing on another computer. His machine will show updates to that image automatically, which speeds up team workflows considerably.
While 3D printing and linked Smart Objects are cool, we imagine the feature that relates to you guys most is the Perspective Warp feature, which we will be testing out shortly. All these updates are rolling out to users starting right now, so keep an eye on your CC updater for the prompt to get the new features.
I will leave you with this interesting and somewhat whimsical composite image Adobe made to show off Perspective Warp: