Adobe lights a Fuse with its Photoshop updates for November

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Adobe Rolls Out Updates For Photoshop CC And Many Others.

Photoshop has featured 3D workflows for years, but significant challenges for designers remain. Before the end of the year, Adobe rolls out updates for Photoshop CC and many others in their Creative Cloud that would come as a great help for designers.

With its recent purchase of 3D specialists Mixamo, Adobe has turned its attention to realistic 3D character models, the kind designers are working with more and more. Delivering perpetual updates to the suite’s desktop lineup, without adhering to a designated upgrade schedule, frees both company and users from the long, cold wait for new and enhanced features. The result is Fuse CC (Preview), a new desktop app that lets anyone easily build animated human models for composite images, layouts, concepts, and artistic projects. On Monday, Adobe announced a huge update to Photoshop CC 2015, its flagship image editor, which now hooks into its new 3D character creation app called Fuse CC.

Its flatter look and redrawn icons are just the beginning: Its integration with Fuse, which enhances Photoshop’s already extensive 3D capabilities, goes further. Fuse lets you mix and match (get it, fuse?) different faces and bodies, as easily as building an avatar for a computer game, to quickly assemble unique combinations of existing body parts, clothing items, and texturing options from a library of some 3000 images. “Putting the human form into layouts is something designers have to do all the time, but it can be really challenging and take a lot of time to find the exact right 2D image with the right lighting and perspective. Giving designers an easy way to do that with 3D characters can give them a whole new level of flexibility,” said Chantel Benson, Adobe’s digital imaging product marketing manager.

With Fuse, you can click to select nearly every region of the face and body to customize the model: Change hair style, facial expression and shape, skin color, clothing fabric, texture, and color and nearly everything about the figure and body type in vast detail and real time. It also gives you personalized tutorials, matched to your particular workflow. “We did a significant amount of work in improving the UI and having more uniformity throughout the UI,” said Stephen Nielson, Adobe’s senior product manager. “We also updated the look and feel of the dialog and gave them common new features so everything is consistent and integrated.” The new start interface experience may take some getting used to, but take as long as you need.

It automatically moves you through a variety of facial and body options, though you can always move back and forth between the four major modules (Assemble, Customize, Clothing, and Texture) at will. Though it is a finished app, Adobe is calling Fuse CC a preview, making it available for free to anyone with an Adobe ID, though Photoshop integration requires a subscription. Drag and drop items from the layers panel into the library panel or drop smart objects into a document and even bypass the Transform state, which saves keystrokes. Certain items didn’t play nicely with others; for example, certain clothing combos, like boots over pants, or even hats, sometimes caused those images to break up. Design Space (Preview), which launched in June as an HTML-JavaScript interface for Web and app design, is no longer experimental, and is now enabled by default.

Fuse is not labor intensive, but simply a matter of clicking and choosing what you want to put together from a huge library with options for customization. And for your Windows buddies, this update also makes Photoshop easier to use on touch devices like the Microsoft Surface, with new gestures, larger tabs, and more-accessible on-screen presets. Since the dawn of Creative Cloud, Adobe has been obsessive about updating the app to meet user requests as well as implementing its own long-range agenda.

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