Adobe leads the creative design industry for good reason. Not only is Creative Cloud the go-to for most designers, videographers, and photographers, but Adobe is continually introducing more tools.
Almost all Adobe programs receive frequent updates, so we’ve rounded up the best ones for you to try in 2022.
Adobe introduces new features
In October 2022, Adobe announced several new features in Creative Cloud software. With the previous introduction of Adobe Sensei technology, Adobe has since introduced new tools using artificial intelligence that allow you to more effectively transform your digital art, videos or photographs.
Adobe continues to introduce new tools and features, especially since Adobe acquired Substance 3D in mid-2022 and is expected to acquire Figma in 2023, so this October 2022 update won’t be the last.
The Object Selection tool has been available in Photoshop for a while, but Adobe has made it even smarter. You no longer need to draw a selection around the object you select.
Instead, just select the Object selection tool (O) in the toolbar and place your cursor over an object to highlight it. Then click to apply a selection around it.
You can select multiple objects using this feature. And you can change the selection in the top settings bar using the Add to selection Where Subtract from selection options.
2. Photoshop’s New Neural Filters
Other new Photoshop features include additions to Neural Filters. Neural filters use Adobe Sensei technology to make photo editing easy. One of these options is to add a smile to a portrait. To access Neural Filters, go to Filtered > Neural filters.
In the Neural Filters dialog, you will be greeted with a list of options. Two new neural filters have been introduced: photo restoration and change of scenery. Some neural filters are in beta, so you can test them out, but they might not become permanent. These are Landscape Blender, Harmonize, Color Transfer, and Depth Blur.
This new Lightroom feature is similar to Photoshop’s Object Selection tool. It allows you to use a masking brush which will detect the object in the image that you are masking. This saves you time since you don’t have to precisely brush a specific area yourself; Lightroom detects the boundaries and uses a red highlight to display the selected area.
From this targeted selection, you can easily hide and edit specific areas of your image, such as removing unsightly lights, people in the background, or ugly distractions on the floor.
Illustrator has a new Intertwine feature. This easy to use tool lets you layer and weave your artwork without using layers or destroying your images. You can weave live text boxes and picture objects, and the best part is that it’s totally reversible.
Read our full guide to how the Intertwine tool works in Illustrator. It is a great addition to Illustrator software and will be a handy tool for many artists.
5. Illustrator 3D extension and export function
Other new features in Illustrator are additions and improvements to its 3D tools. Illustrator’s 3D tools have improved dramatically since Adobe Photoshop removed its 3D functionality.
The new update lets you develop and export 3D functionality better than before. Now you have export options of OBJ, GLTF and USD formats. With these formats, you can import your 3D illustrations into other 3D software, such as Adobe Substance 3D or Procreate.
6. Pasted Text Formatting Feature of Illustrator and InDesign
Although InDesign is primarily used for layout design, Illustrator is sometimes the best option for certain projects. Illustrator’s text feature focuses more on typography design than layout design. Therefore, until now, you had to manually format the text layout.
This new update brings better text formatting to Illustrator, including automatic bullets and list numbers, but also provides a great way to preserve text formatting between Illustrator and InDesign. This saves having to redesign the space or adjust the text around your artwork when switching between programs.
It’s a fairly simple process; write and design your text layout in InDesign or Illustrator, then select the text and press Ordered + VS (Mac) or CTRL + VS (Windows) to copy it. Go to the other program—Illustrator or InDesign—and paste using Ordered + V (Mac) or CTRL + V (The Windows). Your text will retain the same formatting you wrote it in from the first program.
7. Illustrator Quick Actions for Faster Edits
Many edits in Illustrator are applied manually, especially for fancy effects like neon or other themes. Illustrator’s new Quick Actions work like filters to apply traditionally complex edits with a single click, and they’re editable after application.
To find the Quick Actions menu, select the object you are editing, then select the Discover icon (magnifying glass in the upper right corner) and go to Browse > Quick Actions. From there, you’ll see a list of options, like retro style for text, recolor artwork, convert sketch to vector, and apply neon glow to text.
The instructions for each action will indicate what type of objects the action can be applied to. Effects for text can only be applied to dynamic text boxes, for example. Select your object and click Apply in the dialog box. Once applied, your new effect can be refined and edited in the Appearance Where Properties panels.
Adobe steps in once again with some great much-needed updates. There are consistent updates in almost all Creative Cloud programs, and even some updates in non-Creative Cloud programs like Substance 3D and Adobe Express.
Photoshop and Lightroom updates save time with selections. Neural filters in Photoshop breathe new imagination into your photos. InDesign is now updated to work more seamlessly with Illustrator’s text formatting. And Illustrator now offers Quick Actions effects, the Intertwine feature for dynamic layering, and better export options for your 3D designs.
Adobe continues to deliver the best in creative design, and it doesn’t stop there.