Low Contrast / Bad User Interface Design - Photoshop CC 2015

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I have just updated Photoshop CC to the latest 2015.5 release. I figured it might be time to make the jump from 2014 (I have held off from doing so due to all of the issues with the healing brush and liquify tools which have plagued recent releases).

Is it just me or is the new UI very low contrast? I find it difficult to differentiate between menu headings and value boxes. It isn't immediate clear which items are fixed and which can be selected/modified.

Don't get me wrong, I do like the dark UI but what was wrong with the design/layout of the 2014 release? Why not just make that dark rather what appears to have somewhat 'cheapened' the look and feel, I'm sorry but those rounded buttons for example are awful, they look like something that came pre-loaded with dreamweaver. The 'New' document dialog box is particularly poor, almost as bad as the search box above. The value boxes look as though they haven't loaded correctly, similar to a badly made web form.

I really do want to make the jump and make use of 2015 features but it looks like I'll be sticking with 2014 for a while longer.

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Nick West

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Yeah, it's a bit style over function. Entry boxes should be easier to be recognized as such.
 It's also a bad choice not to have any mouse-over effects, not on the entry boxes or on the buttons.