Following last week's video teasing the release of a new feature coming to Photoshop CC, Adobe has made the update official. In addition to the 'Focus Masks' feature that we already knew about, today's official announcement brings a host of mostly minor new features including new blur effects, updates to content aware fill, and improvements to tools like smart guides.

They include:

  • A new blur filter gallery offering motion effects like spin and path blur
  • More sophisticated color and texture blending adjustments for content aware fill 
  • 'Smarter' smart guides that provide more information about layer positioning
  • A redesigned color panel
  • Access to recently used brushes
  • Experimental feature manager (an opt-in option for trying out pre-release features).

In the video teaser released last week, Zorana Gee, senior Photoshop product manager explains that with the new focus masks feature, Adobe is 'adding a new way to make an automatic selection based [on] pixels that are in focus versus out of focus'. Judging by the very quick walkthrough provided in the video, this feature should be a powerful addition to Photoshop CC's suite of editing tools, especially for fans of shallow depth of field work. 

Photoshop CC: Focus Masks