Since Adobe Photoshop’s initial launch twenty-five years ago, the revolutionary image altering application has evolved into a premier web design tool. With the November 30 Creative Cloud update, Adobe has implemented powerful new features for UX, mobile app, and web designers.
Specifically, the preview release of Design Space, which is a user interface targeting screen designers’ workflows, received significant enhancements. Design Space provides a clutter-free environment featuring Artboards, easier selections, and new interactions. In addition, new Photoshop updates include Font Favorites that help users quickly discover a font, Glyph panel improvements that make it easier to access glyphs, a SVG image import, a new modern UI, a customizable toolbar, and more.
At the Adobe MAX conference in October, Andrew Shorten, who is Adobe’s Director of Product Management for Design and Web, interviewed on the vast number of tools Adobe now provides for web, mobile, and UX designers. As the leader of a team of product managers, Shorten works on defining the tools for web designers and developers.
Shorten enthusiastically stated, “We have an array of different ways to create content for web and mobile.” The design and production tools include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, and Dreamweaver.
As Shorten discussed, in Photoshop and Illustrator, “We have been focused very recently on making sure that designers who are addressing the challenge of multiple screens and getting their content everywhere have the tools they need.” This is evident in the recent updates.
Focusing on the updates to Photoshop, Shorten continued, “For example, in Photoshop, we worked on adding Artboard support, so as to move from that single document view to a document actually being able to support n-number of different screens at different resolutions.” Artboard support enables designers to use just one document in Photoshop to design a responsive website for mobile, tablet, and desktop.
In addition, as Shorten explained, “We worked on new features like connecting Photoshop to a mobile device, so, as you are designing in Photoshop, you can see what it looks like on a device.” This will help designers with testing as they create.
Furthermore, Shorten also described the improved workflow for designers in Photoshop, saying, “The other major thing we did focus on was the workflow as you move from design to production. We basically reinvented the whole process of getting assets out so that designers could get individual elements, layers, groups, Artboards – and they can scale these things up or down.”
The interview with Andrew Shorten will continue soon with a discussion of the exciting, soon-to-be released Project Comet, which is Adobe’s upcoming cross-platform UX design app for wireframing, visual design, interaction design, prototyping, previewing, and sharing.