At Adobe’s two-day annual Max event, the company announced several important Photoshop updates.
If you want to find out what Adobe has in store for its other apps and tools, you can check out its blog post.
The current trend in the photo editing space is the AI-based enhancements that make editing images much easier than ever before. Adobe’s latest Photoshop update list helps it keep up with all of these newcomers and makes the app more accessible, albeit in a smaller form.
The first Photoshop update worth mentioning is a new auto-select highlight tool called the “Hover Auto-Hide Object Selection Tool”. Although the name might be a bit long, the feature works in real time and selects the object that it thinks your mouse is hovering over. To automatically select an item currently, you need to choose it and then see what the AI ââthinks you wanted. This new preview mode should take a lot of the tedious guesswork out of using Auto Select.
As cool as this feature is, I’m interested to see how well it works on different devices. For example, Photoshop’s AI features are usually quite resource intensive and don’t often work in a snap for me on my Ryzen 7 3800x desktop. That said, Adobe may have done some work to make things smoother with the new update.
Another feature that takes advantage of AI is called “Hide All Objects” which automatically creates a mask for each object defined by its AI on the photo.
Other improvements include support for Apple’s Pro Display XDR, improving compatibility with Apple’s high-end display or the new MacBook Pro. You can inquire about setting up an HDR workspace on an Apple computer here.
If you take a lot of smartphone photos or just want your photo to have better background blur, Adobe is also improving their AI when it comes to adding realistic background blur to images. . The company says the only way to make this more realistic is to give people the ability to add grain to their blur.
You can check out the rest of the Photoshop updates by reading the Adobe blog post.
Photoshop is coming to the web (in beta)
Adobe says that now that it knows more about the development of cloud storage for PSD files, there is a new version of Photoshop’s web app.
Although it’s a bit more limited than the default version available on PC, it seems to add tools like “Quick Pick”, “Magic Wand” and “Healing Brush” to this very accessible version of the powerful application. Now that the groundwork for a web version of Photoshop has been laid, it’s probably only a matter of time before it develops.
I’m sure this version of Photoshop won’t replace my desktop client anytime soon, but it’s exciting to see even powerful apps like Photoshop experimenting in the web app space. At the start of the pandemic, I spent a lot of time testing Chrome OS devices and what I learned is that while they’re pretty awesome, they’re still missing a lot of apps.
For me, one of the main missing apps was a comparable Photoshop alternative. While there are several Chrome OS photo editing apps that did the job, I really missed Adobe’s classic app. Hopefully the new web-based beta can fill that void.