Photoshop CC 2020 was released earlier this week. There are a bunch of excellent new features that I think you will grow to love, but there is one in particular that I find incredibly useful.

I have to admit that every time there is a significant update like this, I immediately go into freak out mode. Not because of my excitement for the new features. I freak out because I have built four panels for Photoshop that have to communicate with it, and the thought of them breaking keeps me up at night. 

Thankfully, ALL of the plugins work in CC 2020 with zero issues… phew! I made it another year! (my developer buddy is incredible, so I am sure there will never be an issue)

What is my new favorite feature, you ask? Not the Remove Background or AI enhancements. The new GRADIENT WIndow! This is a workflow game changer.

Before Photoshop CC2020, if you made a gradient fill layer and wanted to change your gradient, you’d have to double click the gradient fill adjustment layer, click on the gradient in the fill dialog, then select a new gradient from the gradient editor. It took six clicks to open and close that process.

Not anymore! Now in Photoshop CC 2020, you can set up your Gradient Fill Adjustment Layer and open the gradient window. From there (if you have your fill layer selected), you can change the gradient with a single click!

As of the time of this tutorial, this method only works with the Gradient Fill. It will not work with the gradient map 🙁

Furthermore… yes, it goes on, this same idea can be used with the Swatches window and the Color Overlay!  

In today’s tutorial, I will show you how I use these new windows and how they have changed my workspace setup.

Blake Rudis
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For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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