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?
I wanted to update this thread on the progress that the Photoshop team has made to the UI in the Photoshop 2015.5 release. The numbers below refer to specific issues brought up on this thread and include the additional ones that have been added over the last weeks.
2) The Adobe Camera Raw plugin now has the same UI as Photoshop and is shipping with version 9.5 or later.
4) We have improved the centering of the text in buttons. There are some cases where it could be off by 1 pixel until we complete some further foundational work in the codebase.
5) We have fixed the font style dropdown in the character palette to no longer be clipped on the right edge. In a future release we will be investigating further improvements to this panel.
6) We have addressed the contrast of the text in the second lightest stop. We still have further improvements to the contrast coming in a later release.
7) The quick mask color has been fixed. The layers panel now correctly indicates that you are editing an alpha channel using the rubylith color.
10) We have filed an internal bug for the issue with the separator lines (e.g. layers panel, channels panel, etc.) we will look at addressing this in a future release.
In addition to the issues previously in this thread we have had a number of conversations directly with customers over the past few months and will be looking at the following issues:
11) We will be investigating some of the tool icons that have had their internal fills removed. Some customers find them harder to distinguish.
12) We are investigating the selection colors. For example, the selected layer color that was light blue in the previous release.
13) We are investigating the look of the popups and edit fields for a future release.
We are reading this thread so please continue to be specific and we will look at addressing the issues in future releases.
If you click on the What's New below the name of the app the Cloud will update, you should get a response to what's being updated, or a link to find out more. Usually what is being updated is Camera Raw stuff— cameras supported, that sort of thing. Every time cameras get updated, the earlier, eligible apps all get updated, so you can wind up with 4 or 5 updates you can ignore if you don't need Camera Raw support.
But it's a good idea to read what is being updated in case there's a bug fix. You can rest assured they won't be updating your entire UI.
I agree with the comments. Huge visibility pb especially with "the background of the dropdown boxes and input fields is the same color as the background of the UI panel itself and there are no borders separating the area distinguishing what can and cannot be clicked on".
So painful for the eyes.
You created this online community for our input, but I really don't think anyone at your offices is actually reading or listening to our comments. I was part of a similar thread about this topic that to date has literally hundreds of comments about the poor user interface and contrast in the new version of Photoshop. That thread did not receive a single reply from Adobe.
As someone over age 40, with eyes that focus on your software all day, the new "look" of Photoshop is absolutely unusable and a step backwards. In addition, you still have offered a larger icon set and text/menu fonts for those on a retina screen. That is a simple fix and your party line is "change your monitors resolution". If my shoe doesn't fit, I don't change the size of my foot.
I am writing this thread with the hop you will ADDRESS our concern and FIX the interface and restore it to it's somewhat legible previous version. You have a monopoly on design software and are starting to behave like Microsoft. And look where they are now...
Myself and members of the Photoshop read this thread every day. I have replied with a specific list of things that we are fixing. I then updated that list with even more things that we are looking at. This work was done based on feedback from customers on this thread and via direct phone conversations with other customers.
Just today, our internal prerelease team received the latest build where we have improved in 4 ways.
1) We added a 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) Character panel is cleaner, divider lines removed for easier visibility
I just tried 2015 again, it’s a slight improvement but still has a LONG way to go to match 2014’s readability.
Switching between the two, 2105 still looks like it's been through the wash a few too many times.
It wasn't broken Adobe, you ruined it and are now slowly (and reluctantly) putting things back, it's too little too late.
Mess around with the UI all you want, but a "Classic UI" option is the only acceptable solution.
The sooner you accept this the better for all concerned.
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
And to rub salt into the wounds there's a "Use Legacy New Document Interface" checkbox in the settings...seems it's a simple process to switch..go figure :/
I'm one of the people who left long, and detailed criticism explaining all of the terrible UX decisions that had befallen poor defenseless Photoshop.
So today I just updated to the latest versions of all this CC junk.
And behold! Most of the stuff I pointed out has been changed.
It's like you guys actually listen or something.
And though this IS an improvement. It feels more like doing the bare minimum. I'll get more into that stuff later, but first... there is a wayyyy bigger issue that needs attention, pronto. This is "uninstall and go back to old version" level of broken. I bitched a lot about how terrible PS had gotten, but I still used it... but this...
This NEEDS to be fixed. For almost 20 years every time I open Photoshop I press CTRL+N,Enter. And I have a new document. This is is done everytime I open the application. Hundreds of thousands of times a year. And now it's broken. How do you break "New File"? You have to go out of your way to break this. Why? Is this new window that great to make it worth 10 seconds of waiting for it to load?
This is unacceptable. Flat out broken and needs hotfix patch. Either give me an option in the settings to go to the "classic" way of creating a new file, or fix this so that it loads instantaneously.
CTRL+N,Enter should instantaneously give me a new file with the size of the clipboard.
Currently I can press the Enter key over 50 times after hitting CTRL+N before the stupid UI is responsive. What freaking decade is this? Does Photoshop have to go to space on a dial-up modem to load the New File dialog?
I don't think my laptop got 50 times slower over the course of 10 mintues while installing the latest version. I'm pretty sure Photoshop just got worse.
On to design. Seriously though, fix that, you just took the premier Photo Editing application of the world and made it not worth paying for.
The new file window design:
So these new tabs and thumbnails are better than the dropdowns we had before, but they make the overall experience of the New File menu much worse. They are not, and absolutely never will be my primary focus. I want my actual settings front and CENTER. I'm going to repeat that. The settings should be centered on the screen. and I shouldn't have to scroll to see them. I never had to before, why do I have to now? Why are you making what was easy, now harder and slower?
I understand that most newbies don't understand DPI, or screen resolution, or pixel density, or have all the common dimensions for print and screen devices memorized. I get that, I empathize with them. They need a better option, and this is it. And it is very good for them (I won't say great, because the icons on the thumbnails are completely pointless and could have been done much better to supply some actual utility). But it's good. It's not bad at all, and I see what you were going for.
But they are of no use to me. Do you know how often I use the templates in Photoshop? Like maybe once a year? and even then I go through and make sure the actual settings it gave me are what I want, and even then they aren't and I modify them based on the original supplied suggestion.
I want a little divider/separator with a little arrow on it. And when I click on it, alllllllll that template bullshit goes far far away where I won't ever have to look at it agian. And THEN the dialog can be centered! So I can look directly at the settings, which are what I actually care about, and not have any of them needlessly obscured because the size of the settings can adjust to put everything in view, so I don't need to interact. I can just observe the settings all in one quick glance, and then press enter to confirm, OR if I need to change something, then interact with it. This should be a very low effort, passive task. There should be no reason to introduce scrolling into this.
Example: (clicking on the "Clipboard" dropdown would cause the giant "newbie" mode to show)
But again, most importantly... I don't even want to see this screen at all 99% of the time. I just want to hit the keyboard shortcut and within less than second I should have a document.
Note, I changed the Close/Create buttons. Despite the rounded corners just being flat out ugly, they are also completely unreadable in the current version. Here is a comparison between CC on the left and mine on the right
If I can't do the following, you have failed.
I should have a new document with a screenshot in it. And I shouldn't have to wait to input those commands. I should be able to do all of them as fast as I possibly can, and when the program catches up, I can see it did what I told it. Create a macro for it. That is your new benchmark. This isn't "can we make it better than the previous version" it's "can we at least not make it worse".
I'm still waiting on a version that is better than CS6. Please make it.
I'll leave my comments for the changes in the stuff I brought up in the last version for another day.