Photoshop releases major update to Selections, Hole-filling, adds Share for Review Collaboration, and much more


Splash screen artwork by Danner Orozco.

Today at Adobe MAX 2022, I am thrilled to announce a major release of:

We also released transformative new features in the Adobe Camera Raw plugin and updates to the Content Authenticity Initiative and Adobe Fresco. This is a big release for the Photoshop family of products.

Here’s what’s new:

Photoshop Desktop

Selection Improvements

We introduced the Object Selection tool in 2020 to enable customers to hover over and automatically detect and select objects in an image. With today’s release, we have improved the fidelity and quality of the automatic selections and expanded the types of objects Photoshop automatically recognizes.

Now, the Object Selection tool recognizes complex objects and regions such as the sky, buildings, water, plants, different types of flooring and ground (e.g., mountains, sidewalks, streets). With these improvements, you can save time and get more precise and high-quality selections, all the while preserving hair details and edges.

For more information go here.

One-Click Delete and Fill

Remove unwanted elements in your image faster than you can say one-click Delete! Photoshop has combined the ease and intelligence of the Sensei-powered Object Selection Tool, the magic of Content-Aware Fill, and the simple intuitiveness of the Shift+Delete (macOS) and Shift+Backspace (Windows) shortcuts.

With one-click Delete and Fill, customers can easily remove an object from an image entirely by clicking on it to select and then pressing Shift+Delete (macOS) or Shift+Backspace (Windows). The removed area is automatically filled using content-aware fill… all in a single action.

For more information go here.

Copy/Paste Live Text from Illustrator

Text using illustrator.

Introduced in Photoshop last year, Paste as Layers support enables the import or pasting of Illustrator layers, including vector shapes and paths, compound shapes and paths, and clipping masks into Photoshop — all the while maintaining visual fidelity, relative positioning, and layer structure.

Photoshop hearts Illustrator.

Today, we have expanded that to include copy/paste of live, editable type from Illustrator to Photoshop. Pasting live type as layers preserves type attributes such as font, font style, size, alignment, orientation, tracking, kerning, and color in Photoshop. Other more advanced typographic options such as area type, type on a path, and touch type are also supported.

Many Photoshop customers also use Illustrator, and type is one of the most used features in both products. We are thrilled to bring Illustrator type layers into Photoshop as editable type layers to make the two products work much better together.

We hope you try this new and exciting interoperability. For more info, go here.

New and Improved Neural Filters

Neural Filters use machine learning to make complex edits that transform an image in seconds. We have added one new Neural Filters in this release. Check it out.

Image showing how neural filters can do complex edits in seconds.

Photo Restoration Neural Filter

The Photo Restoration Neural Filter helps you bring an old or damaged photo back to life. The filter uses machine learning to detect and eliminate scratches and other minor imperfections on old photographs.

Share for Review (Beta)

Millions of Photoshop customers share Photoshop files for review and input from stakeholders every day. In this release, we’re introducing Share for Review (beta) to make incorporating review feedback into your designs much faster and easier without ever leaving the application.

Image showing how to share Photoshop files for review.

Now you can create a snapshot of your document and invite a reviewer to comment on it. Comments show up in real time in a panel within Photoshop where you can see and address them. You can continue to update the PSD with reviewers seeing those updates when the file is refreshed or reopened.

You can share links in any application that supports link sharing. Reviewers can see your document in any browser-based interface without having to sign up or sign in.

For more information go here.

Guides Enhancements

Guides Enhancements provide additional guide functionality at the document level to customize and streamline day-to-day work in Photoshop. Guides enhancements include adding the ability to customize and colorize guides, edit guide properties, access guides via new keyboard shortcuts, and use accessible guide options with a new right-click context menu. You can now also delete guides with the delete key, as well as multi-select to edit and move guides.

Images showing Guides Enhancements.

Enhancements to Guides leverage learnings from InDesign Guides capabilities, giving you more options to learn how you want, and more control over every aspect of your creation.

For more information go here.

Content Credentials (Beta)

Screenshot showing Content Credentials (beta).

Content Credentials (beta) enable a Photoshop customer to attach attribution information to their image when exporting from Photoshop, helping to ensure customers get proper attribution for their work. This also establishes an edit trail for images that have been changed or enhanced.

Content Credentials (beta), which first launched in beta at MAX 2021, is now generally available in Photoshop as an opt-in feature for all Creative Cloud subscribers with several feature updates. When enabled, the feature captures edits and identity information from a working image. You can then attach this information to the image when exporting it. This secure metadata provides new transparency options for creative professionals and casual artists alike, while also reinforcing trust in digital content for the people viewing it. You can enable Content Credentials (beta) in your Photoshop Preferences and choose with each file you export if you’d like to attach Content Credentials attribution and history.

New now in Content Credentials (beta) in Photoshop:

Anyone can inspect the overview and details of an image and its Content Credentials (beta) at the updated Verify site, which now supports search and recovery of attribution and history data when work has been published to the Content Credentials cloud:

For more information go here.

Substance 3D Materials

Screenshot showing a yellow backpack using Substance materials for Photoshop.

Substance materials for Photoshop desktop allows users to apply parametric Substance materials as layers in their projects. Substance materials work much like 2D patterns in Photoshop but offer a much greater range of customization.

These “smart” materials give designers new ways to quickly explore ideas and enable near infinite creative iteration as they adjust and tweak parameters in their designs. Applied as smart filter layers, Substance materials mimic their real-world counterparts and include a range natural surface textures such as wood, marble, stone, or organic surfaces. The parametric nature of Substance materials allows for non-destructive editing of surface properties and lighting effects for each material layer, all within Photoshop.

Ps includes a variety of Substance materials to start with, and users can import their own materials or access 1000s of photorealistic textures available as part of the Substance 3D Collection.

Photoshop on the iPad

Image showing Photoshop on the iPad.

We have added many new features to Photoshop on the iPad this year and continue to work towards bringing the best of Photoshop wherever creativity strikes. Here are some of the biggest highlights — focusing on getting great results and edits as quickly and easily as possible.

One-tap Remove Background

Remove Background saves time by using Select Subject technology to quickly isolate the main subject from the background and automatically apply a layer mask. This allows you to take the subject and place it within other images, replace backgrounds with other scenes, and more. Using only a single tap, select the most prominent subject in an image — people, animals, vehicles, toys, and more — and remove the background.

This addition brings Remove Background, one of the most popular features of Photoshop to iOS, enhancing the editing experience for iPad customers.

For more information go here.

One-tap Content-Aware Fill

Make distracting objects in your background disappear or blend artifacts smoothly. With our easy one-tap Content-Aware Fill, you can remove unintended bystanders in your photos, clear out unwanted items and dust, and more. Adobe’s AI technology allows you to fill any selection with content based on its surroundings.

This addition brings one of the landmark features on Photoshop on the desktop to iOS.

For more information go here.

Auto Tone, Color and Contrast

Image showing AutoTone, Color and Contrast.

Use our one-tap Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Color commands to quickly correct tonal issues or color imbalances, so that you can take the extra steps out of adjusting photos and accelerate your creative workflow.

For more information go here.

Improved Select Subject for Portraits

Shows screenshots of the "Select Subjects" feature in action.

Leveraging Adobe’s AI technology, our Select Subject model can now identify photos of people, animals, objects and more, perfectly selecting and refining small details like wisps of hair and edges of clothes. And best of all, this is done in only one tap.

When Select Subject is used on a portrait photo, it will automatically complete all the hair and edge refinements. Once selected, it’s easy to use masks and adjustment layers to quickly transform simple portraits into even more stunning images!

For more information go here.

Photoshop on Web (Beta)

Image showing Photoshop on Web (Beta).

Last year, we launched Photoshop on the web (beta). By bringing Photoshop’s power to the web, we hope to enable more people to enjoy the benefits of Photoshop’s high quality image editing and creation capabilities with a more approachable and intuitive user experience that makes accessing core Photoshop tools and features easier than ever.

While it doesn’t yet include all of Photoshop’s features, you will see many of the most powerful and popular Photoshop industry-leading selection features in Photoshop on the web, including Object Selection, Remove Background, Adobe Camera Raw’s image adjustments, and Content-Aware Fill. There are plenty of capabilities to enable you to make your images look better, remove unwanted items from your images, and composite photos together to create the innovative outputs that only Photoshop can deliver.

We are still at the beginning of reimagining Photoshop for the web. Access to the beta is limited at this stage while we continue to test, learn, and optimize the web experience. Photoshop subscribers can find and try Photoshop on the web by going to the All Apps section of Creative Cloud home.

Adobe Camera Raw

Today, we’re unveiling major new additions to the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) plugin that make it easier than ever to use masking workflows, remove unwanted elements from your images, and apply presets with AI masks inside ACR. These changes will make your workflow more efficient.

Image showing Before and after masking curves adjustment on a selected object.

Before and after masking curves adjustment on a selected object. Photo by Eric Chan.

Just a few highlights shipping today include: select people, select objects, Content-Aware Remove and Portrait Adaptive Presets. For more information, read all about the Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw releases in this comprehensive post.

Adobe Fresco

Image created using Adobe Fresco.

Adobe Fresco keeps getting better for artists and illustrators, including adding Liquify, Magic Wand, new pixel and vector brushes and much more. For all the details, head over to Bryan O’Neil Hughes’ blog about Fresco’s newest releases.

Thank you

Thank you to all our customers around the world who use Photoshop to create beautiful images. I hope you enjoy all the upgrades we released today. You are our inspiration.