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Tue, Dec 1, 2015 8:13 PM

Photoshop CC 2015.1: New user interface lacks contrast and many usability cues, lots of other problems

I just updated to Photoshop CC(2015) version 2015.1. Adobe changed the UI to the flat look you see on phones and tablets. I do not see any way to select the classic interface, which I'm sure many desktop users of PS prefer.

This feels yet another attempt by Adobe to be trendy without caring about what users want or need. Didn't they learn anything from the dumbed-down Lightroom import fiasco?

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1.1K Points

4 years ago

Hi everyone,

Adobe has released Photoshop CC 2017 today. This update contains the following 4 specific updates from this thread:

1) A new user preference to change the highlight color from grey to blue 
2) Increased contrasts of the lightest 3 color stops
3) Edit controls and popup/edit controls now have frames instead of underlines
4) The character panel is cleaner, divider lines removed for easier visibility

Thanks,
Jeff

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546 Points

THANK YOU!

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1.2K Points

I'm downloading everything right now, will comment later. It seems that you've made some steps in the right direction. I will wait till I've tried it before saying thank you.

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1.2K Points

Installed and liking things a lot more than the last few updates.

I wanted to try the new cmd+F feature, but I just get the normal Filter command from that combo, and I don't see an option in Keyboard Commands to map for "Find".

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4.3K Points

The function is actually called "Search" and it is listed in the Edit Menu.

I changed my KBSC to "Cmd Opt /" because I prefer to keep Cmd F for "Last Filter".

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35K Points

> I wanted to try the new cmd+F feature, but I just get the normal Filter command from that combo, and I don't see an option in Keyboard Commands to map for "Find".>

If you have custom keyboard shortcuts, as I have, Photoshop won't arbitrarily replace any of them with its own. The keyboard command you're looking for is Edit > Search. Not "Find."

They've gone quite a ways to making the basic UI much more legible and the new Search is easier and more versatile than using Search under the Help menu (which still works, btw). I think this is one feature many of us will be glad to use.

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730 Points

Thank you for keeping us posted!
(But I don't think I'll upgrade soon.)

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978 Points

Just a reminder, all they have done is fix features that were ruined by the new UI design that nobody asked for.
Keep up the pretence of "listening", your not fooling anyone.

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896 Points

5 years ago

I don't see how this is a problem when there are actual problems with the basic functionality of the program.

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28.2K Points

5 years ago

changing the appearance of the interface isn't the same as taking out features.

did you complain about the sky falling when they added the darker interface too?

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82 Points

Boring user interfaces need to be avoided for the same reason that boring grey offices need to be avoided. Human beings feel happier and have better morale overall when colour and texture are both used.

Flat design represents the ultimate in human sheep like behaviour, calling something better when it's a throwback to the days of rubbish graphics cards.

If we applied the same logic to cinema we'd be going back to scratchy 1910 cardboard cut out animation and calling it progress.

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1.3K Points

5 years ago

Like thousands of other customers, I complained about the change to the Lightroom import interface. I'd like to think that had some impact because Adobe removed it!

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9.4K Points

Yes, the new ui is not good, not good at all.

One example is using Grey for the highlight color in the layers panel.

Click on Quick Mask Mode and one has a hard time telling by the look of the layers panel whether Quick Mask Mode is enabled or not.

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1.9K Points

Oh man, that is bothering me to no end. I constantly think I've accidentally entered quick mask mode.

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560 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What happened to the Photoshop GUI in 2015.1 ?.

I like improvements but I don’t think this look good at all.

Was there a very good reason for changing it? Was the most important thing to make it more user-friendly and clear?

I work many hours in PS almost every day so it’s a very important tool and I guess for many others who use it in their work. A clear user interface and a legible typeface is very essential, at least for me.

Many of the icons don’t look clear enough (tools icons, the ”eye” in layers to mention some). The icons have a lot of different line widths, I think this makes the GUI messy.

The typeface looks similar to Apple’s San Francisco. I guess the reason is to look familiar, it’s a good thought, but I don’t think it works very good in PS. In my opinion the font is too wide and a bit thin. It’s also odd that the ”old” typeface remains in some places, the ”headlines” of Window items (3D, Actions, Adjustments... etc).

The type ”OK, Cancel, Prev, Next” in Preferences are not even centered in the ”buttons”. And why are the line around ”OK” only a tiny bit thicker than the others, almost not visible?

For me it’s difficult to read white type on dark gray or black so I have been using the light gray color theme. But now everything just looks flat (too narrow value between gray tones) and it’s very hard to get a simple and clear overview of all settings, percent of opacity etc, etc. There is no ”separation” between the content.

I hope there is still some work to do, to make this better.

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126 Points

Dear Adobe team,

I am also a daily, professional user of CC. The new UI is EXTREMELY difficult to read, especially the character palette. There is no hierarchy; very little differentiation between the palette copy and the user variables makes at-a-glance understanding all but impossible . For users of the entire suite, the new look is especially jarring. UI should be function over form...photoshop is a tool. Please fix this.

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824 Points

Well said angkmaurer.

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824 Points

I'm now seriously concerned that this ridiculous interface design may infiltrate all other CC apps as well – which really would be enough to make me look for alternatives.

I have had my share of strange user experience decisions being a lifelong Apple fanboy, but they (almost) always came around and listened to us, their paying customers.

I find it hard to believe that Adobe senior management can argue a business case from this interface mess. Design decisions are always subjective, no question, but a user interface is a very different project that a pretty poster, an ad or an edgy TV spot.

I have seen people leave car dealerships because they did not like the dash design. And rightfully so, after all, design decisions are subjective.

It's absolutely beyond me how such a radical push of the PS UI to the worse was not user acceptance validated and accessibility tested. In my book this new UI fails in both categories.

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744 Points

this ridiculous interface design may infiltrate all other CC apps as well
This is the worst nightmare!

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824 Points

I am quite certain that the Adobe folks are carefully monitoring our conversations. And after one or two attempts to join our conversation they may have realized that this won't help them sway us.

But sitting it out might.

And honestly, we are not enough here to really make a huge impact. I don't know how many subscribers Adobe has in the CC community, I'm guessing it's in the Millions, so even a few hundred here are a mere fraction against the silent majority out there.

The only way I see to make Adobe reconsider is to amplify our volume. Here, and otherwise.

Does anyone know of other similar discussions around the Interwebs? They should be linked here. Any PS UI reviews out there? They should be linked here too. We all should tweet about this forum here, post it on Facebook and Google+, or anywhere else you see appropriate.

It's time to amplify the volume if we really want change!

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80 Points

I couldn't  agree more! Extremely hard to read all menu items. Very small and lack contrast. Please change it back!! The problem is that 20 somethings are designing this stuff and want everything to be as hard to read and small as possible.

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90 Points

I completely agree - I want the interface to go back to having contrast and being easy to use. And I AM a 20 something year old and I have trouble seeing and using it. And my eyesight is still good, so that's not a factor. I need contrast, I need to quickly be able to see what I am clicking on, and what I am changing. After about 1 day of trying to use it, I rolled back to the previous version because I lost time while working due to the lack of contrast slowing me down. And time is money. I don't use photoshop because it looks "nice", I use it for it's functionality. But when its appearance affects my ability to use it, that's when I have an issue with it. I don't care if it looks "modern" or not, just give me the ability to use it without having to second guess my clicks or make sure I'm selecting the right item. 

Even if you don't give us the old interface, please add contrast, and not this grey-on-grey hype. Gives us some color. Color = Good 

It's not admitting you were wrong, it's admitting you're willing to compromise with your customers who are paying you good money for your product.

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80 Points

Thanks for that. The other issue is you can only go from 100% to 200% to make menu items larger.One is too small and the other too large. How did you go back to the old one? That sounds like the solution. Thanks!

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90 Points

Ann Shelbourne shared this yesterday (on page 8 near the bottom if you want to see her original post). If you go to your Creative Cloud desktop app, under Apps you should see this:

I personally rolled back to the previous 2015 version, but a lot of people seem to really like 2014. When I reinstalled the previous version, it uninstalled the new version for me. 

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80 Points

Thanks!

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204 Points

5 years ago

Dear Adobe team

I usually give a new software GUI (or update) a weeks worth of use before giving it the thumbs up or down.
After about eight hours in Photoshop and Illustrator I feel pretty confident in describing the 2015.1 GUI changes as a bizarre gaffe.

This is not ment as a snide comment, but was this new GUI actually tested on any substantial UX test group? And if so, did any of them have less than perfect eye sight?
Patriks comments above pretty much sum up the new GUI's usability issues.

Please bring back the previous GUI ASAP.

Yours sincerely etc ...

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560 Points

See link below to revert to original PS CC 2015.

https://forums.adobe.com/message/8236012

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180 Points

5 years ago

This new flat GUI simply doesn't work :(

Please bring back the previous GUI ASAP.

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1.1K Points

5 years ago

This is just awful, I'm only able to move about due to muscle memory of where stuff is. This UI is like flying blind. I feel really bad for any newbies just learning with this as their first experience. I'd be lost if I had to start on this version. There's no more affordance around anything to infer it's purpose (is it a text field that I type in or a button I click on?). If I didn't know to expect where the magic wand tool was, I'd have no idea what that new icon is.

It feels like an old man trying to be hip. "Oh you kids these days, you like that flat design, eh? Yeah I can do that, look, I'm hip, I'm cool".

steve buscemi as a high school student

You're not fooling anyone, either change it back to the status quo or change it to something that is an actual improvement. All I ask is for the same or better. If you can't do better than what you took 3 decades to craft, then don't change it. It really was good. This is objectively bad. The rounded corner buttons are ugly, but at least I know they're buttons. Most of the program feels unusable. And it doesn't even feel like a program anymore, it feels like an App. Which by their very nature are not powerful.

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170 Points

5 years ago

We really need an option to allow a return to the 'classic' UI. Such a major change for those of us who've been using PS for decades is too jarring. I've just retired from commercial photography and am questioning my need for Photoshop. Such a significant change only serves to help in my decision making process.

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170 Points

5 years ago

For those of us who have, for decades, been using Photoshop, the new UI is too jarring.

We really need an option to choose a 'Classic' UI.

I've recently retired from commercial photography and am trying to decide whether I need Photoshop. This change is helping my decision making process.

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1.2K Points

5 years ago

Adobe folks,

Please be kind to us all working guys and bring back the old interface. Or at least give us a choice. That way you will be able to get rid of the new one in a year or two without losing face, and without anybody shedding crocodile tears over its demise.

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328 Points

5 years ago

New interface is really ugly, very close to unusable. What is happening to dev. team recently? After that Lightroom Import fiasco, they keep on making the same mistakes. People actually pay Adobe, why behave so outrageous?

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730 Points

5 years ago

I especially agree with: "There is no ”separation” between the content."

Take the Character Window for example.
Why is the background of the entry(/Drop down) boxes grey?
The dropdown box for the language and antialiasing are much clearer to me.

A flat UI is not necessarily a good thing...

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1.9K Points

5 years ago

Fully agree...the new interface is DISGUSTING. Send the designer(s) back to school.

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272 Points

5 years ago

I fully agree. More hipster-flat-design-stuff - less usebilty. More Marketing - less customer needs. What ever it is good for - not for us, the designers. But we have to pay for it - every month. That is modern business. Thanks.