Jakubs | September 20, 2022

What are the new features of Photoshop 2022?

You may be wondering what the new features are for Photoshop 2022 that make it worth laying out more money. These are some of them:

  • harmonization.
  • content credentials
  • a neural filter done on a landscape mixer.
  • improved filters

Now let's go into more detail.

One of the biggest reasons for Photoshop's existence is compositing. Now, the biggest problem with compositing is matching the subject with the background. But what if I told you Photoshop could do it for you automatically?

And that brings us to a first feature of Photoshop 2022: harmonization. So, all you have to do is have the subject layer selected, and then go to Filter, and then Neuro Filters. Let's scroll down and turn on harmonization. Now simply choose where you want to match it to. So in this case, we want to match it to the background. So let's choose the background layer. And it's processing on device, not on the cloud. On top of that, you can also do some additional adjustments, like playing with the colors, playing with the saturation and the brightness, that's up to you. Let's go ahead and increase the brightness slightly to match it better. Now the major drawback with this feature is that it is absolutely non destructive. Even when the subject layer was a smart object, it made a duplicate of that and it rasterized at all.

So, that's that. Now, let's talk about the rest of the new features of Photoshop 2022.

Let's talk a little more about harmonization before we move on to the other ones. In our case, the subject is already matching with the background without us doing anything. Let's say we wanted to do a little more just to match it slightly even better. Let's go ahead and select the subject and go to Filter. And then Neuro filters, we're going to do the same thing – turn on harmonization. You want to match it for data at the background, of course, but in this case, it just goes weird. So know that harmonization is not always 100% perfect. You can go ahead and try decreasing the strength to about 9 or 10% and see if it does it better. But then again, it's also destructive. Let's move on to the next one. We all are familiar with the Object Selection tool that allows you to create a selection around the object that you want to select. And Photoshop automatically does it for you. But this feature takes it to the extreme next level, just turn on this new object, find a checkbox and hover over it. And it automatically tells you what objects it can select.So, let's say you want to select an object. Hover over it, and if it activates, just click on it. This will create a selection of it. By the way, if you want to see all of the objects you can select, just click on this button and it will show you all of the selectable objects. Now, this feature has a drawback. It doesn't do well with hair or fur. It's good for hard-edged objects, but not really perfect for things that deal with hair and fur no matter how you create your gradients in Photoshop, whether using the gradient tool, or using a Gradient Adjustment Layer. There are new interpolation settings this time around, which are simple to understand. Photoshop is offering you new ways in which colors are blended in a gradient. For example, let's say we create a greeting from black to white. Now at the bottom we have a method section this is new perceptual method is the new method from Adobe that Adobe says creates a more natural blend. Now we have another one called linear. And we have another one called classic Classic is the old way in which gradients were blended. Now how are they different, you might ask to clear confusion, let's open up the gradient and decrease the smoothness to zero. First of all, let's start with classic which mathematically makes the most sense. Hit OK. So if you open the Color Picker now, and you try to sample the colors of each section of the image, have a look at the bottom look, the brightness should be around 0% which it is right here it should be about 25% Right, and it is 25% in the middle, it should be 50. And at the very top of course 100%. Now this makes mathematically the most sense. However, when you have something else selected like perceptual the ratios would follow a kind of curve mathematically. Adobe says perceptual is the most natural one, but I'll let you be the judge and also in your projects. You can try all of these three mats and see what works best for you.

Moving on to one of the most essential features of Photoshop 2022. That is very important for any artist out there that does digital work and that is content credentials. You can go to Window and then open up content credentials and just turn on what it stores. So when you export your image even as a JPEG It will have your name on it, it will have all of the assets that you use, it will have the things you have done to the image right here can choose to include the edits and activity that has been done on this image, and also the name of the producer, you can choose or not choose to include that. Now let's have a look at the preview of how this will look. So it will say signed by Adobe, when you go ahead to verify this image, it will also say which assets you have used here, and at the bottom, it will have your name. Once you have these check, let's test it. Let's go to File Export. Let's export it as a JPEG. Now when you scroll down, you will have the option to attach the content credentials to the image. Let's turn this on and click on Export. Let's type test. Save. So here we have a JPEG. It's a simple JPEG. Now how do we verify that we created it, and also what are the assets we have used? Well, just open this website verifieourcontentauthenticity.org. Click on Choose Image, drag and drop the JPEG and take a look. Everything comes up right here. It has all of the assets used. So this is the background. This is the subject and it has the exact name of these assets that I licensed from Envato elements highly recommended. Check the links in the description for possible discounts have a look at the right hand side it says which version we have created it in it has all the edits and activity here which might or might not be accurate, since this is new. And of course at the bottom it has produced by your name. Now the only drawback is that if you open this JPEG, and you do some changes to it like I painted some black over it. And then when we save it, it might erase all the details. So I've saved over it. Now let's try this image, drag and drop it here. It says no content credentials. So although it might be good for verifying that this is your work when you submit it because it shows you the assets and the changes you have made to it. It might not be good to track the source of a particular work. Let's say somebody opened your work made some changes. And it's circulated around the internet, there is no way somebody could open the Modify JPEG and Dell that this is created by you one of the more utilitarian features that is extremely helpful for somebody who uses Adobe Illustrator assets in Photoshop. This is major, let's say we have Adobe Illustrator open, and I want this object inside Photoshop, I would select it, press Ctrl or Command C go to Photoshop and then paste it by pressing Ctrl or Command V. Earlier, we did not have the layers option right here, we either had smart object pixels, but Shape layer, if you choose Smart Object number one, you cannot modify the individual parts, shapes etc. You can also not modify the colors. And if you want it to do so number two, you would have to go back to Illustrator modified and then come back, it would be a pretty long process. If you choose pixels, that will be raster and you would lose details. If it's bad, it would be just the path here. And if it's shape layer, you wouldn't have much. So let's make it smaller. It's just one single thing, it wouldn't be helpful. Now we have layers. Instead, let's make this document a little bigger. If we press Ctrl or Command V or paste it in any other way, if we choose Layers, hit OK. Everything will be imported. Such as a group. If we open it, everything is a shape layer, this eyebrow layer. If we scroll down, we have this particular area. If you wanted to change the color, just double click on it and change the color to whatever you like. And all of this is vector. All of these are shapes, have a look at the icon right there. And if you wanted to modify the shape you don't want to do just select the shape you want. Then press P for the pen to hold the Ctrl or Command click on an area just zoom in. And you can just modify it the way you want. This is the level of flexibility you get by choosing layers. This feature will allow you to give feedback on work you're doing, or you can give it to the public. It is possible, however, only with Adobe's cloud-based program, called Adobe Creative Cloud. I have a cloud document, instead of a PDF, and it's being called a SDC. Let's get into that. You simply have to go to Window, and make comments right here. You can either save the document to your disk or share it with others by using the sharing method but you cannot create a public link so that everyone can see it. You can comment on what you want after we have the document. Click on the button to submit. It will always be here on the web. You're done in Adobe's creative arts program. You will also see all the comments here. You can tag a specific user and comment from here as well. You can point out things if you're on the web. The next feature will be for the landscapes. This can change the time of the day. The season. It can make it snow if it's a greenaway scene. Here's how it works. Go to a neural filter. It's a neural filter done on a landscape mixer. If you click on this preset image, you can then import one of your custom images for reference. Let's say you would like to make a sunset scene. Click on that to go to that page. You can choose the strength here as well. The way it works is just astounding to me.

Alright, let's hit okay for now. You can use it as a background as well. If you have a subject and in the background, you want a snowy scene for a different set of mountains, you can just blur it, make the field a little more shallow, and if you notice, this is one of those minds that does not want to see something that isn't I would love to see how this develops. It's not on the cloud, it's processing on the device. That is why it is so fast compared to all of the cloud filters. This is a completely different thing to what we are used to.

The feature is actually improved and will rise, let's take a look at it. Let's go to a place called Filter. The colorized filters are more improved this time than the previous versions, and you can expect to see better default colors. TheUI has been rearranged. We love features like these because they give us more manual controls. That is a new color layer. If we check that and hit OK, that's fine. The layer is a color. The blend mode has a preset color that you can pick from. If this layer is visible, it has the color and can turn everything on. You can modify the colors in different areas from this layer. There's only one color on another layer and nothing else. No details, just the color.

Color transfer is the next feature. This also happens to be inside neural filters. It allows for you to transfer the color of one image to the other and it might not work as you want it, but it is worth a try. Let's say that I want to import those colors and I want to use them in this country. To use this image, click on browse, then locate the image and use it. The areas of blue are different from the ones that are yellow. It may not be perfect. Some days it may not be the way you want. It is the way it is, no doubt about it. The luminance can be preserved if you play with color, strength, saturation, hue and brightness. It just hit okay.I don't like the way that this color is on all of the areas and you can create a mask with black as the foreground colors will remove the skin from the face, so on and so forth, and the entire subject that's up to you. It is possible that you will be interested in applying the color of a certain image here if you give it a try.

Which feature of Photoshop do you think needs the most improvement, and what was your favorite feature?