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Adobe’s Photoshop Update Brings Impressive Face-Aware Liquify Tool and More

Last month, Adobe gave a preview of the developments we’d be seeing in the upcoming update for Creative Cloud. CC2015 is now live and with it comes with some cool and useful updates for Photoshop and the rest of the suite.

The Content-Aware Crop tool which was teased last month is now integrated into Photoshop, allowing you to expand the canvas beyond the original image’s borders.

Also for Photoshop, the Face-Aware Liquify function builds on the current liquify tool, allowing you to tweak faces within your shots with simple sliders without rendering the proportions all wrong—as it considers the dimensions for eyes, nose, mouth and face shape to ensure they won’t end up looking odd. This should make simple retouches much easier, and can also be used to comedic effect, like so.

Check out the Photoshop Training Channel‘s demo to see how it works.

Performance has been improved across the board, with Content-Aware Fill now rendering up to three times faster, and the Font Menu performing four times faster than in previous versions.

Photoshop is also getting a Match Font tool which will make it easier for you to identify fonts from existing works and purchase them for use in your own projects. Adobe’s press release touts it as “an innovative font recognition technology that has the ability to recognise and identify licensed fonts and automatically suggest fonts available on your computer system or available to license through Adobe Typekit.” Although a number of tools already exist for this purpose, it’s nice to see Adobe offering more value to customers through small tweaks and additions such as this one.

The new Select and Mask Taskspace functionality replaces the Refine Edge and Refine Mask dialogue boxes, changing up the method for making selections and masks and ensuring that the whole process is more streamlined.

Elsewhere in the Creative Cloud suite, a host of new animation tools and VR features have been added to Premiere Pro and AfterEffects for animators, editors and filmmakers. Illustrator and other tools have also been polished and updated, head to Adobe’s website to read about them all.

If you’re already a Creative Cloud subscriber, just run Adobe Updater to start playing with the latest and greatest version of all of Adobe’s apps.