Learn Photoshop Tutorials: Adobe Photoshop CS5 New Features

Photoshop CS5 book
In this lesson, you discover some of the new features of Photoshop. The features that are covered are broad and include improvements that affect print, web, 3D, and multimedia designers. The features are summarized in this chapter so that you can quickly find out what's new. Don't worry about comprehending all the new features, as many of these features, as well as other workflow improvements are incorporated into the lessons.
What you'll learn in this lesson:
  • The Mini Bridge panel
  • Photoshop CS5: New Puppet Warp Feature
  • Adobe Repoussé in Photoshop CS5
  • Content Awareness Retouching in Photoshop

Puppet Warp

The Puppet Warp feature in Photoshop CS5 allows artists to warp objects using a skeleton that can have pins applied that can act as joints in the warp. You can use the Puppet warp feature for moving parts of an image, like adjusting an arm or leg, or creating interesting abstract effects by applying multiply warp points to one image and adjusting them individually. The Puppet Warp feature can be applied to layers that include, text, and vector layers; smart objects; and layer and vector masks. Find out more about the Puppet Warp feature in Lesson 1, “Exploring Photoshop.”

Puppet Warp in Photoshop CS5

Place pins in a mesh to control
individual warp locations.

Turn 2D objects into 3D using Repoussé

Adobe Repoussé is a tool for turning 2D paths into 3D meshes. The term Repoussé is derived from the art creating a shaped metal piece by hammering from the reverse side. You can use the Repoussé feature to take a layer and add dimension.

Photoshop CS5 3D effects

Apply 3D effects to 2D images by using Repoussé.

By selecting a text layer, or layer mask, work path or current selection, you can convert a 2D area in your image into a 3D mesh, offering you the ability to work with 3D features such as bevels, embosses, this is especially useful for creating 3D text effects.

Once in the Repoussé dialog box, you can apply a 3D preset to your object, or customize your own using the Materials, Extrude, Bevel, Inflate, Scent and Internal Constraints settings.

Content-Aware retouching

In Photoshop CS5, you can retouch complex images in just a stroke. The Content-Aware filling feature is not always perfect, but it does offer surprisingly accurate results when used to retouch images. You can use the new Content-Aware retouching feature by checking the Content-Aware radio box in the options of the Spot Healing Brush tool (spotheal.ai).

Photoshop CS5 Content Aware feature

Using the Content-Aware feature you can quickly, and fairly
accurately remove objects from your image.

Selections made easier

Select like a pro using the new and improved Refine Edge feature. Using the refine edge feature you can adjust a selection radius and even customize your selection further by taking advantage of the Refine Radius tool (RefineRadius.ai). This can be especially helpful when creating selections of fur or hair. Find out more about the Refine Radius feature in Lesson 5, “Making the Best Selections.”

Refine Radius tool in Photoshop CS5

Use the Refine Radius tool to Brushing over edges builds a
touch up your selections. better selection.

Hopefully these features have inspired you to dive right into Photoshop CS5. As you progress through the lessons you will find additional enhancements, that have been added to Photoshop CS5. These enhancements will make your job of creating a stunning image a more streamlined and exciting process.

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