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› Photoshop CC 2016 New Features and Release Date
  • Published on June 10, 2016

For Adobe Photoshop users wondering when Photoshop CC 2016 will be released or what new features are included in Photoshop CC 2016, the wait is almost over. Photoshop CC 2016 includes a number of new features and the 2016 Photoshop version will be available in the coming weeks as part of a larger Creative Cloud 2016 update that Adobe is delivering on June 21, 2016.

Photoshop CC 2016 New Features

Adobe Photoshop CC 2016 will include a number of minor improvements for enhancing images. For example, Adobe is combining the existing Content Aware Fill capability with the existing Photoshop cropping tools. Using the new Content Aware Crop option causes any white or non-image area to get filled-in with an extension of the image. A white space outside an image can occur if there is a change in the aspect ratio or if an image is rotated, then cropped.

This capability has previously existed, yet it required multiple steps prior to Photoshop CC 2016. The Content Aware Fill functionality was added to Photoshop back in 2010, and the new Content Aware Crop recognizes areas impacted by a crop that are empty and fills them in with content from the edges of an image. Content Aware Crop in Photoshop CC 2016 works well with large continuous areas such as grass, sky, or sand on a beach. Similar to Content Aware Fill limitations, it can also duplicate items in a random manner. This can make Content Aware Crop and Content Aware Fill look like the clone-tool is being used by an amateur. For this reason, these tools should not be used without careful review of the finished product, especially by professionals involved with digital imaging. The use of Content Aware Fill is covered in the Photoshop Classes at American Graphics Institute and the new Content Aware Crop will be added to this in upcoming courses.

Photoshop CC 2016 Release Date

Photoshop CC 2016 will be released on June 21, 2016 with an announcement planned by Adobe that morning for the entire 2016 Creative Cloud update. The most recent Photoshop update is part of the Creative Cloud 2016 release, which will also include new versions of Illustrator and InDesign. The Photoshop CC 2016 update will be available for existing Creative Cloud subscribers as well as those subscribed to the Photoshop-only Creative Cloud plan.

About the author

 is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.

Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.