Adobe Unveils Microsoft Surface Dial Features In Photoshop CC
"There is something magical about the combination of Surface Dial and Surface Pen. When you fold these capabilities in with the Adobe Creative Cloud and the collective power of Surface hardware, artists can create in more intuitive AND versatile ways to bring their ideas to life," Microsoft stated in a blog post.
Yes, Microsoft used the word "magical," taking a page from Apple in how it likes to describe its products. But aside from the whimsical hyperbole, the Surface Puck can be a useful device for artists and other creative professionals who use Photoshop CC.
Functionality is also a bit limited in the early going. At the outset, the Surface Dial only works with the brush settings. In Photoshop CC, the Surface Dial brings up a separate brush menu where users can manipulate the size, opacity, hardness, flow, and smoothing. We suspect Adobe will add more features in the future, but for now, it's a start.
The timing of this new integration comes as Microsoft is getting ready to release its new Surface Book 2 laptops. And as added incentive, buyers who purchase a new Surface device can grab a 3-month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan with 1TB of cloud storage at no cost.