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

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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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Morris

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Great job Adobe!
Now I have a tiny User Interface (HiDPI not fully supported yet) with a modern ugly flat design. Great!
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John Isner

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Here's a possible workaround. Go to a dual monitor setup with a hi res monitor for the image and low res monitor for the tools, panels, etc. At low resolution, the flat UI will somewhat more usable.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Stop the endless interface changes and blatant disregard for the Mac UI..

How about you stop screwing around with the finder integration on the Mac? Keep it up, and programs like Affinity will be easy to replace photoshop with. My latest update to Photoshop was extremely annoying and disorienting. We professionals are tired of your UI experiments. Leave it alone and develop something new and useful for the marketplace.
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I went back to the previous version and now I have my classic and right interface back. Just disappointed that now I have Camera Raw 8.
I'd have preferred not to revert to one version back but just get rid of the last crappy update.
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I was fortunate to have a Time Machine backup. You could try to source the 2015.0.1 files elsewhere such as torrent and have a shot at activating it with your Adobe CC account somehow?
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Andrew Birch

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nah. Adobe is on a path that alot of us simply dont want to walk. Its lack of real innovation that will choke them eventually.
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Brenton Edwards

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Great job Adobe, if you don't fix this absolute disaster and show signs of taking notice of your Professional user base then I'll have no option but to move away from Adobe products entirely.

Sincerely,
A Creative Cloud COMPLETE (All-Apps) Subscriber
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I have never felt the need to complain about Adobe products before but agree that this new UI is absolutely awful. It is 10 steps backwards!
Icons that were identifiable now all blend together and any drop down box or slider is so hard to identify. It needs to either be darker or lighter in the window and not all the same colour across the board with a tiny underline.
Also, why are the swatches suddenly huge? The smallest setting is twice the size of the old swatch.
Can we have an option for a legacy interface or a redesign of this one please?
Heck, if you are willing to employ me, I'll do it.

I am also a CC (full bundle) subscriber.
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Maybe something like this, @Nathan
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What a difference! Thanks for doing that Morris, it really illustrates how much easier it is to identify the boxes.
Now can you make the icons work too :)
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Designert

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Adobe: Please revert to the old interface (or design one complete new.)
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To be clear, it's not just the dropdown boxes, it's interface as a whole that is bad. There are no redeemable changes I've found. I looked through thinking, "what can be salavaged. If we went back to the last interface what good things can we keep from this new one". I couldn't find anything. There's nothing worth keeping here.
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You are perfectly right. The classic interface worked just fine and is in common with others apps in the suite. So, why change it?
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UPDATE:

If you have any kind of backup or a backup from your time machine prior to your upgrade you can grab the old cc2015 app and overwrite the new one, and you’ll be up and running back to normal before this whole cluster mess.

I’m disappointed that this has been going on for a week now and only 1 Adobe person has said anything on this topic. I think it’s going to take alot more people rallying in on this before it’s going to noticed by adobe. This topic is in the (? section) and probably should have been started in the (problem section) to get there attention.

Now that I have my old version of photoshop back, I will NEVER updated my photoshop again until it stops running!

THANKS for NOTHING Adobe!
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What do you mean exactly, Greg? Just grab the Adobe Photoshop 2015 folder in Applications folder, inside Time Machine? Doesn't Adobe write files all over the place?

If you're certain that this works, I am proceeding right now. As in RIGHT NOW. Because, all things considered, I cannot live with this atrocity, squinting at my 30 in monitors all day long. Had I known, I would not have installed this.

Next time, I will wait a couple of months at least and see what people say.
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Yes, overwrite the whole folder with the old one from your time machine in the applications folder on your hardrive
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You can also revert back to the previous version from the Creative Cloud menu bar icon. Find Additional Apps > Previous Version > View Previous Versions
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Thanks Kris, that worked!
(The only downside so far is that I get an error when I try to load my Workspace. (No error name or error number tough.) And then the workspace seems to load anyway.)
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I think what we are all trying to say is that Adobe have slowed us down and therefore lowered our productivity (at least that's how my employer would put it).
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What's Wrong With the December 2015 Photoshop Update.

The new Photoshop CC (2015.1/ 20151114.r.301 x64) interface is such a strain on the eyes. Why change it so drastically and create a learning curve? When you look at it, it just looks like something went wrong with the programming, as if its some kind of incomplete beta test.
Your users have work to do! This isn't a hobby for some of us. This is our livelihoods that you are tweaking with!
Also, I opted not to erase the previous version and it got erased anyway. Now I am scrambling to figure out how to downgrade when I should be doing work.
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Horrendous - simply horrendous. As with many others, I've used Photoshop professionally every day for years and you've just made my working life worse. Why?
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OK, I hope that now Adobe has got the point. If not, this will be the worst financial disaster for them over time. I've two points to add:

1. Following a suggestion given above by Greg Justice, I went into Time Machine and dug out Photoshop 20015 version 15.0.1. I have now side by side in the Applications folder PS 15.0.1 and PS 15.1. Tonight I will archive 15.1 to make sure it doesn't start up first. 15.0.1 is what I want, reasonable interface, quite decent. I vow that I will not update till I am pretty sure that their next update is back to something I can use.

2. The new version messes up the shortcut Ctl-tab that allows to cycle through windows and tabs! And no, it's not the Mac OS, it's the new Photoshop. If I try in succession both version, the shortcut works with 15.0.1 but not with 15.1, it is as simple as that.

As I always have 5 to 10 files open at the same time, this shortcut alone is reason enough not to use 15.1.

Get back to work guys. We're not a bad bunch, we will forgive you this misstep. If you roll it back.
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This mess is inexcusable. The Mac interface doesn't look like Mac software. The Windows interface doesn't look like Windows software. Adobe has gone to great lengths to piss off their users on both platforms. If that was the goal, then we can all say, "well done."
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Difficult-To-Read Photoshop GUI.

The new Photoshop GUI is genuinely problematical with its lack of contrast in all but the darkest themes. It's not a question of "getting used to a new UI," it's just plain too hard to read. I personally gravitate to the lightest theme because the dark theme tires my eyes during a long session, and I suspect I'm not alone in that.

If Adobe is going to insist upon being trendy by jumping on the flat-look bandwagon, at least give the user the option of determining how dark the text reads in relation to the background. If HTML is now being used for designing the interface, there's no reason a few additional customization options can't be thrown into the mix.
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Quick mask doesn't really show in the layers, before it has much better visibility.
Also, opacity and fill has lost it's quick slider.
That makes no sense, now it's way harder to work with Photoshop.
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It's exactly as what Von Glitschka complains about Illustrator. It seems that Adobe developers add half baked features nobody wants instead of fixing bugs and that generally they don't use what they develop. Otherwise how would you explain releasing a software with such a huge bug as the Liquify one? Let alone the crappy interface...
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howly cow, I didn't just see that now, that's massive. Unusable. I expect a fix asap.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled User Interface Photoshop CC update not Workable!!!!!.
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If I wanted a childish Photoshop interface I would get my 7 year old grandson to design one. I do not expect such crap to come from what used to be the world's premium digital photo processing company. Fix this garbage UI now or at the very least provide a rollback option. My blood is boiling.
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Classic example of self-important people that find a way to break something -- only to justify their existence.

Hellooooo Adobe, in case you didn't get the memo...

“ Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.”
– Steve Jobs

Adobe EPIC FAIL!

REVERT AT ONCE!!!!!!
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exactly...!
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Apple and Microsoft have both invested millions developing their user interface standards. The best apps stand out not by fiddling with the widgets and chrome of the interface design, but by providing powerful and elegant tools which leverage the skills _which I already know_ in the particular environment.

If Adobe wants to be in the operating system design business, that's fine, but it's a mystery to me why it insists on foisting non-standard UI on us just for the sake of something new.
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This is just ridiculous. I've paid for Photoshop for almost a decade now and am appalled at these design changes. This isn't a step in the right direction by any means and needs to be reverted immediately. May be time to switch to Sketch for UI work. Disappointed Adobe. Disappointed.
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Seriously what are you playing at? After reading through some of these other comments I feel that I may have been too calm surrounding this. Your software has been used by some of the leading experts in the design industry for years, so to roll out such an amateurish & unpolished excuse for a 'design refresh' is alarming to say the least. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I trust that this will be reverted in the next update.
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Also , the open file dialogue box opens always as the smallest window possible, can you please fix this !
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That is a well known MacOS bug, and the OS open dialog and it's size are controlled by the OS and not the application.
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Thanks for the quick reply, I am confident you guys will fix the bug pretty soon.
Is there a timeframe already?
Also are there any plans to bring back a more visible layer marking back. I do find it hard to see when a layer is in quickmaskmode. That hardly different from the normal mode. I do think it was way easier with a blue color scheme in layers and it should be all about being easy versus being stylish.
Andi
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No, we do not have a timeframe for Apple's OS bug fixes.
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Andi@redfishblack.com

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Thanks, I did not mean the OS bug obviously, what I meant is, how long will it take to fix the liquify bug and how long will it take to bring the UI back to a workable design.
Andi