Top New Features in Photoshop

A little over a week ago, Adobe rolled out updates for Photoshop, Muse, and the Creative Cloud. Among the new Photoshop features are Smart Object support for the Liquify filter and blurs, enchancements of the Crop tool, default type styles, and conditional actions which allow you to create smarter automation by adding if-then statements to the actions you record.

The Conditional Action dialog box

Liquify applied non-destructively to a smart object layer

New crop options menu

If you want to see these features in action, check out the following video created by Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost to accompany the Photoshop update. In it, you can see how to use Liquify and Tilt-Shift blurs non-destructively (and with masking as an added bonus).

Plus, Julieanne shows how to add conditional statements to actions which could save a huge amount of time in batch processing a mixed set of images.

Note: the new features in Photshop 13.1 are exclusive to Creative Cloud subscribers. If you’re wondering why subscribers get new features first, check out the explanation at the end of the news story about the first Creative Cloud update for Ilustrator.

Editor in Chief of CreativePro. Instructor at LinkedIn Learning with courses on InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape, and Affinity Publisher. Co-author of The Photoshop Visual Quickstart Guide with Nigel French.