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Who on earth thought it would be a great idea to introduce these condescendingly distracting semi-animated kindergartenesque tooltips? Who are they aimed at?
Rich tooltips are aimed at new users, who find Photoshop both overwhelming and intimidating. For experienced users, it's a checkbox in the Prefs, as you noted, to remove them.
And as for the patronising New Document window! What's the purpose behind these meaningless icons and pointless template graphics representations. Is there any way to display it as a grown-up's list, rather than a kid's photo album?
You can disable the "patronizing" new dialog box in Prefs as well.
As previously mentioned, these features are to help new users get up and running, and the updated New dialog box displays templates for them as well. Experienced users may want to take a minute to turn these features off and focus on some of the new intermediate to advanced features in the new release:
- Customizing path display
- Variable fonts
- Depth maps
- Redesigned and much improved brush management
- Curvature tool
- Copying entire layers
or not. And if you want to help shape future versions of Photoshop, feel free to contribute your ideas here: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family?topic-list[settings][type]=idea.
Please don't forget that I was a new user once - about 25 years ago. Photoshop wasn't any less intimidating than it is today. In fact it was probably more so because the plethora of online tutorials, hints and tips etc didn't exist.
In those days Adobe regarded its customers as reasonably intelligent people who could work through their learning curve without patonising popy-upy, zoomy-in tooltips and templates.
As I said. Dumbed-down.