Creative Cloud 2017

Adobe released the 2017 update to Creative Cloud recently. Let’s take a look at upgrading and the awesome new features! Plus, we’ll look at one feature I hate, and how to roll it back. 🙂


CC2017 requires a new install. But, you can still keep 2015.5 installed if you know the secret button. To update your software, you’ll need to launch the Creative Cloud app on your computer. Click on the Apps Tab. Three things to note:

  • You need to update apps individually (one at a time) if you want to keep previous versions installed.
  • You need to click ADVANCED OPTIONS and uncheck REMOVE OLD VERSIONS or Adobe will uninstall your older versions when it installs the new one.
  • By default, your preferences and settings will be copied to the new install. If you want a completely clean install, you can opt to uncheck that setting. If you want your workspace and tools to be the same as your current version, then leave that option checked.

Sit back and relax while your apps install! They can take a while.

New Photoshop Features

In-app Search

Adobe added a new search panel to help you quickly find tools, panels, menus, help content and more. This will make Photoshop discovery so much easier!


Start a new project using your own presets or Adobe Stock templates from the File > New menu. The File > New menu is completely revamed, so spend some time poking around and getting used to all the new options.

Enhanced Properties Panel

The Properties panel now displays information about common layer types as well as the document, so it’s easier to make precise adjustments.

New Creative Cloud Libraries capabilities

Creative Cloud Libraries allow you to save your own templates, graphics and more in your Adobe cloud account, making them accessible instantly through drag and drop. If you have space in your account, it’s a great way to save your favoriest. With CC2017, Creative Cloud Libraries can now save Adobe Stock templates. Plus, Send Link has been updated so you can share read-only access to a public library. When you follow a library, it appears in your Libraries panel and updates automatically.

Introducing Typekit Marketplace

If you like to buy fonts, you can now buy them through Adobe’s Marketplace and keep them stored in the cloud for instant access. I prefer to buy mine and manage them myself, but if you like the cloud to do it for you, it’s a great new option.

Feature Enhancements

Select And Mask Workspace: Polygonal Lasso tool is now available; High-quality refined previews on mouse down. Switch to low-resolution previews for better interactivity.

Face-Aware Liquify: You can now apply Face-Aware Liquify settings to the eyes independently or symmetrically; Click the link icon to lock the settings for the left and right eyes together.

Text: You can now simply click outside a text box to commit text.

Selection: Improved marquee selection to only select elements on the active artboard

Surface Blur: now up to 10X faster for 16-bit images

What’s Changed

Cmd/Ctrl+F now brings up Photoshop search. Previously, it was used to apply the last used filter. If you are like me and can’t stand this change, go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and reassign the shortcuts.

Mac OS X 10.9 (
Mavericks) is no longer a supported operating system for this release of Photoshop CC.

Auto-Select is now the default setting for the layer Move tool. Turn it off by clicking the deselect Auto-Select buttonon the menu bar. By the way, this is the way Photoshop Elements works by default. It will select whatever you click. In previous versions, if you click with the move tool, it doesn’t matter where you click, it moves the layer you have selected in the layers panel. You can toggle this on and off easily. I find uses for both modes, though I leave mine off by default.

Layer styles can no longer be applied to artboards. As a workaround, include the contents of the artboard in a layer group and then apply the layer style to it. Did you know that we had artboards in Photoshop? I have never used them. Have you?

New Lightroom Features

Raw support on mobile

Local adjustments for Mobile
: (feature vary for iOS or Android) split view and slide over multi-tasking, view presets while shooting with in-app camera, Enhanced Tone Curve tool, Split Tone adjustments, Quick camera access, 3D Touch support, direct import from camera

Lightroom for Apple TV
: Available with fourth-generation Apple TVs.

Adobe Stock
: Submit your photos directly from Lightroom to Adobe Stock and sell them

Guided Upright
: Fix perspective by controlling and straightening skewed lines

Boundary Warp
: Stretches the edges of a merged panorama so you don’t have to crop out any important details.

So what do you think about the Creative Cloud 2017 update? Personally, I don’t see anything earth-shattering here. It’s going to take some time for me to get used to the new document interface. I can see the benefit of the search feature, but overall, there’s not a whole lot that seems useful to me personally. Have you discovered anything in CC2017 that you love (or hate)?