New Hidden Features in Photoshop 2020 -Color Themes/Gradients from Image

On this video, Photoshop expert Jesús Ramirez (from the Photoshop training channel) talks about a number of new (and not very known) features that were quietly added to Photoshop 2020.

Some of the new features are more design-oriented than photography oriented however at least two of them might interested photographers and retouchers as well.

Photoshop 2020 has the ability to make patterns out of images now – this feature is kind of interesting although the pattern is mostly color resemblance to the original picture.

The second new function might be relevant if you want to turn an image into vector graphics (let’s say you scanned a signature and want to make it larger to place it in a larger sized photo).

The two last ones are the more interesting new features that could possibly have more uses for photographers. The first is called color themes and it basically allows you to sample several (up to 15) color samples out of any image and quickly use them with your brushes and other color tools in Photoshop. This can be useful if you are trying to recreate the color scheme of another photo for example.

Even more useful is the ability to create and save gradients based on existing’s image colors. You can again select up to 15 different colors (although typically a gradient includes far fewer colors) from an image and save it to a gradient that you can than use as a background layer or for creating a gradient map.

Here is the table of contents for the video:

01:28 – Make Patterns with Adobe Capture in Photoshop
03:54 – Make Vector Graphics with Adobe Capture in Photoshop
06:23 – Make Color Themes with Adobe Capture in Photoshop
07:12 – Make Gradients with Adobe Capture in Photoshop
08:01 – Apply a Color Theme as Foreground Color
08:16 – Apply a Gradient, and Make a Gradient Into a Gradient Map.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can also check some of Ramirez previous videos published here on the site on the following link.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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