Photoshop CC 2015.5: Preview fonts on canvas when rolling over font list

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The new font recognition system in Photoshop 2015.5 is quite amazing technology and I am sure will be useful to me. So far, on testing, it seems to work well. I especially like the swift way it shows me Typekit recommendations to download.

But I hope you won't mind me saying that it seems to me you should also have been putting your efforts into generally improving the font experience for Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator users, which frankly, is out of the ark.

Your new text recognition system could be improved immeasurably if you could make the text in the selection box change as you rolled your cursor over the suggestions. Or at least allowed for a way to type the text in question into the suggestions window and make it a lot bigger, instead of just showing the word "sample" in a small font size. The same applies to choosing a font in the normal way from the drop down window.

At the moment, while using Photoshop or Indesign, I find myself constantly turning to Affinity Designer to choose a font, as this has just that feature - by scrolling over the fonts in the  dropdown window, the selected text in the document changes instantly.

It seems odd that a cheap bit of software like Affinity Designer has this killer feature, while expensive, mature products like Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign still have very outdated ways of choosing fonts.

I wonder how you make decisions about new features? I am thinking in particular of the Lightroom import dialogue fiasco (sorry, I bet you hoped we had all forgotten that!) when you did listen to your customers but only after thousands (literally) complained. I, and all the other Adobe users I talk to, feel this could have been avoided if you listened to the real people in the real world about what they want and how they use your products.

How about an email poll from time to time asking us what we want, what we like or don't like and what we can't live without?

You may find it odd that your customers care so much, but your's is not an ordinary consumer product which people take or leave as they wish. I have been using Adobe products to earn my living for 25 years so I feel I have a stake in it.
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John French

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  • That Adobe is making interesting updates but isn't really listening to what its real-world users want and need.

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Christina Van

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I just checked the font selection functionality for PS CC 2015.5 and when I have the layer of text selected (provided that all the text in the layer are the same font) and hover over the fonts, it will update on the screen as a preview.

This works too, if you select the text within a text field and hover over the font selector.

I'm not sure why you are not having the same functionality though?!



EDIT: I should note that I am running on a Mac.
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John French

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Hi Christina,

Well, I really have egg on my face don't I! You are quite right. The text doesn't even have to be selected, just the text layer (as long, as you say, all the text is the same font). I can only think it is because I have been using InDesign a lot lately and that certainly doesn't update selected text as you hover over fonts (which is why I have been using Affinity Designer to choose Fonts - but I can use Photoshop now) and I was remembering PS from the days when it did not do this.

Also, I suspect while trying out the new Find Font feature, which is great, I noticed that hovering over a Typeset font did not update the selected text - but of course it wouldn't, it is not yet installed!

Note to self: engage brain before posting.

I stand by my wider point about how you decide on new features though. I am not only thinking about Lightroom import, but the decision to make Save for Web in PS a legacy item without putting something as good or better in its place. I do a lot of web work and my workflow is: crop and develop in Lightroom - edit in Photoshop - Save for Web. Experiment and experience has shown me that that gives the smallest file size for a given quality. But I confess I have not revisited the new Export function for a while so perhaps you have improved it?

It is disconcerting to have one's workflow downgraded without a word of explanation. I might sound like a stick-in-the-mud old git, but actually I am all for change and innovation - if there is a reason for it and it is explained.

And the PS type font functionality SHOULD be in InDesign, but I guess that is a topic for another forum. Out of interest, how much do you share ideas and code between Adobe products?

As always, I make my comments from a position of wanting to help, not carp, and I hope you take them in that spirit. Keep up the good work.
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I definitely agree—it would be great to have the font preview for Illustrator too :)

The new export function in PS seems to work the same as the legacy Save for Web, albeit with a different layout. I end up using the legacy anyways because my keyboard shortcut brings up the old Save for Web option so I've not really been able to play much around with the new functionality.