PHOTOSHOP: A better interface.

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Someone on behance created a concept for updating Photoshop's interface and while I think their creation is hardly ideal, they did have something that could drastically improve the experience of using PS:

Semi transparent panels.

It is hard to strike a balance between having all the tools you need conveniently accessible and seeing as much as you can of your content and I believe giving panels the semi-opaque look would help users get a better overview of their content and feel more absorbed and focus while working. Also, the next version of OSX will focus strongly on transparency so the interface should feel right at home on it.

I am not sure these suggestions are actually read but if they are, do consider this.
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Cristian Moisei

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Actually, transparency of the UI in an image editor makes it much, much more difficult to use (imagine a noisy image under a transparent UI - making it more difficult to distinguish the controls from the content). This is something that differentiates theoretical UI designs from useful UI designs.

And the design you linked to makes a lot of beginner's mistakes (transparency, low contrast, focus on easy items while failing to account for all necessary controls, large controls that work on tablets but not on desktop, implicit assumption that everyone uses the application just like a UI designer, etc.).
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I don't like the translucency, but the proposed Layer Navigation looks great.