WTF Adobe? (Photoshop Welcome Screen)

over 7 years ago from , Senior UX/UI Designer @ AdStage

This hurts.

EDIT: To be clear, I like the idea of the utilitarian Welcome screen. The execution of the UI is where my issue lies. Seems a bit sloppy.

Photoshop Welcome Screen


  • Account deleted over 7 years ago

    I totally understand you. I find it useful, but there is a huge lack of visual "deepness", clean UI doesn't work good in "production" app like this. I'm very annoyed with the new style of UI, especially the main elements like buttons (not so strong anymore), input boxes inside panels (see attached img), cc2014 (before update) have a nice deep / strong feel, which is comfortable to work with. The cc2015 (latest update) have more clean approach - because of that, I need to concentrate every time I want to click something, this is fu... annoying. This is a great example, why trends are not always the right way to go.

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    Anyone know if there is a option to change the UI ?

    26 points
    • John PJohn P, over 7 years ago

      Wow the difference is striking, the left is so much more readable and the click areas are clear, obvious and I feel confident I could click them with a flick of a wrist.

      I haven't updated yet but clicking those arrows is going to be painful.

      6 points
    • Bennett WongBennett Wong, over 7 years ago

      TIL i'm not updating to cc2015

      8 points
    • Vlad Danilov, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      There is an option — to deliberately and collectively talk to people responsible for this at Adobe, namely Bradee Evans, Seth Shaw and Stephen Nielson.

      Here is my take (they ignored).

      Photoshop UI Rev

      5 points
      • Adam Whipple, over 7 years ago

        I'm a fan.

        My biggest complaint with the update was the lack of contrast or containment of input fields. For a sign in modal with two rows it's not a big deal to use single line input fields. For a tiny panel with 8 options it's not a good idea imo.

        4 points
    • Remus Baltariu, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      I don't mind the new changes in PS. I consider I can adapt. simple as that. But what does bother me every time I use this panel is: http://d.pr/i/118gT I thought I was the only one having this, but....

      0 points
  • Brian NBrian N, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )


    Having a big list of recently opened files seems pretty handy to me — I've already unconsciously taken to clicking from that list, especially since I tend to launch PS from my dock, rather than opening a file directly.

    It's definitely more helpful than the typical welcome screen that focuses on links to tutorials or social media, or random connected services (stock photos, etc) that I never use, or staring at an empty canvas if you don't have a document open.

    What's your issue with it?

    14 points
    • , over 7 years ago

      I get that it's useful, my main issue is stylistic. Why would Adobe let something so seemingly half-baked make it into a final product?

      2 points
  • Tom GantzerTom Gantzer, over 7 years ago

    Rather than random exclamations, can you at least back up your emotional response with some details? What hurts, exactly? Where are the problems from a UX point of view?

    All the updated Adobe packages have this screen. I find the consistency across them very useful, and all the info I regularly need is right there on launch. I can easily switch from recent files (a sensible default) to a new integrated libraries screen to open shared assets or create / open a different file. These are the only things I do regularly, so for me Adobe hit the nail on the head here.

    I personally don't like the tutorials or Stock search, but only because I don't have a need for these. It would be nice to be able to customise this view, so I can remove these bits.

    Sometimes I have to question the unnecessary hate these guys get. It's a nice screen that gives me useful contextual information. If you're going to post 2-word responses to new features, then make those 2 words more meaningful...

    12 points
    • Fabricio Rosa MarquesFabricio Rosa Marques, over 7 years ago

      I was about to write something very similar, thanks for nailing it Tom ;)

      1 point
      • Tom GantzerTom Gantzer, over 7 years ago

        Good to hear! On re-reading this, I sounded quite aggressive to the OP. My apologies if it comes across that way, it certainly wasn't intended that way :)

        1 point
        • , over 7 years ago

          I did initially think I had somehow offended you, but good to know that's not the case. :)

          So, to sum up:

          • I like the idea of the redesigned welcome screen
          • I think the execution, in terms of UI polish, leaves a lot to be desired.
          0 points
  • Santiago BaigorriaSantiago Baigorria, over 7 years ago

    I'm rarely using Ps right now (switched to Sketch) but I found the welcome screen to be very useful. Why don't you like it?

    4 points
    • , over 7 years ago

      Useful, yes, but it's an eyesore. That is my main issue. Design software should have pleasing interfaces, especially the first one that greets you when you open the app. This just strikes me as half-baked.

      3 points
  • Christoph OChristoph O, over 7 years ago

    I like the idea of showing recent files, but on my computer the list is not accurate. For some reason, specific files never seem to show up, even if they were the last ones I worked with.

    3 points
    • Will FroelichWill Froelich, over 7 years ago

      I've seen this same issue. Am I missing something, anyone have an idea why a file I definitely just had open and saved doesn't show in the welcome screen recent file list?

      0 points
  • Noah SNoah S, over 7 years ago

    You can turn this off in Preferences -> General and uncheck the "Show "Start" Workspace When No Documents Are Open"


    2 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, over 7 years ago

    Hate it. Obnoxious.

    2 points
  • Bryce York, over 7 years ago

    couldn't agree more. i saw it and was like 'finally!' then i actually looked at it and realised it's a total mess...

    1 point
  • Mike ChambersMike Chambers, over 7 years ago

    Let me know if you have specific feedback on the UI. I can pass it on to the team responsible for the design.

    (The more specific, the better).

    1 point
    • , over 7 years ago

      Hi Mike,

      First off, I'm a loyal Photoshop user, but this new Welcome screen's lack of polish has me scratching my head. For instance:

      1. What exactly is that menu in the top left (above the "New" and "Open" buttons) supposed to be horizontally aligned with?

      2. The "Show All" button. Its alignment makes me doubt its intention. Is it to "Show All [Recent Files]"? or "Show All [card-like feature things]"

      3. The file list. It floats. It has a weird bottom border that no other element besides the text field (an unrelated control) has. The "Name" header isn't left aligned with the filenames below it, yet the Kind column is properly aligned. The headers arguably need more separation as headers - they don't stand out on first glance.

      4. Just personal opinion, but I'm not a fan of the "pill" style rounded buttons.

      Overall, it needs better visual separation of concerns (clustering), and closer attention to the little details like how things are aligned and spaced.

      Thanks for reading.

      1 point
      • Mike ChambersMike Chambers, over 7 years ago

        Thanks. This is really helpful. Ill share this (and any other specific input) with the team.

        mike chambers

        1 point
  • Hamish Gray, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    It's like the people who make it don't actually use it themselves sometimes.

    I made a super fast mockup of a solution that would be 100x better for me, only the essentials, none of the noise... One can dream..


    1 point
  • Adam Whipple, over 7 years ago

    I honestly find the screen to be an improvement over a blank canvas of the previous welcome modal. It definitely seems incomplete though and I have yet to really take advantage of it. Style concerns aside, I like to see that they're putting thought into improving the launch experience beyond self-promotion of content.

    1 point
  • Johannes IppenJohannes Ippen, over 7 years ago

    With former design icons like Appel and Adobe fucking up their core product designs, this is actually really great times for young and coming-up designers!

    1 point
  • Paul TrottPaul Trott, over 7 years ago

    I use this alot more than I thought I would. No complaints here. If they could just fix the Ruler Lag bug, I'd be even happier.

    1 point
  • Ashraf AliAshraf Ali, over 7 years ago

    This is the newest version of Photoshop? Wth?

    1 point
  • Ian DonahueIan Donahue, over 7 years ago

    If you just keep using Adobe CS6 products you wont need to worry about all of these changes. I personally thing Photoshop CS6 offers everything I need and Illustrator CS6 is close enough to everything that I haven't needed to update.

    That being said, I'd like to update but keep CS6 on my system.

    0 points
  • Drew McDonaldDrew McDonald, over 7 years ago

    There's also some loading bar graphics that clash with the new design, rounded corner buttons look terrible after they are clicked... hope this gets fixed soon, I use PS a lot in my workflow.

    0 points
  • Rich TaborRich Tabor, over 7 years ago

    I honestly do not find this welcome panel helpful. It's annoying and I've never used it.

    I expected a "Do not show this again" checkbox on it...

    0 points
  • Lucas MottaLucas Motta, over 7 years ago

    Wannabe dropbox.

    0 points
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 7 years ago

    I transitioned to sketch when they introduced artboards, that broke for some reason more then it should. Just the pretentios "save for web (Legacy)", to force us to use the export or generator function. I've had enough with PS :D

    0 points
  • Chris HampshireChris Hampshire, over 7 years ago

    If you invert your own interface colours so it is black or dark grey it is not that bad.

    0 points
  • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, over 7 years ago

    Easy to turn off :) http://d.pr/i/9jmB

    0 points
  • Todd FTodd F, over 7 years ago

    This is nothing compared to what they did to Lightroom and After Effects - where they removed functionality that people counted on. This is just cosmetic.

    0 points