Photoshop Gets New iPad And Mac Features On 30th Birthday

Believe it or not, today is Photoshop’s 30th birthday, which makes us feel super old. And Adobe is celebrating by releasing new versions of the Photoshop app on iPad and Mac. There are plenty of new features and improvements across both versions and you’ll want to download the update ASAP.

Starting out with the iPad version, users can now take advantage of the Object Selection tool that uses machine learning to enable better selections, including multiple selections at a time.

The Object Selection tool is designed to give you speed, but also more control over the selection process on more complex images. For example, it is the right tool if you have images with multiple objects, or when selecting a part of an object, or if you want this part but not that part, or need to isolate more than one object in an image. With the Object Selection tool, you draw a rectangular region or even a crude lasso around the area you want to select, and the tool automatically finds and selects the primary objects inside the defined region. This is demonstrated in the video at the top of the iPad section, where we have a selection that requires getting this part but not that part of the oranges.

The Mac app has seen more changes, though. The first of those is full support for dark mode on Macs running macOS Catalina or later. There were some dark elements before this update, but now even the menu items will respond to the macOS dark mode setting if it is enabled.

Performance has also been improved in terms of content-aware fill. Users can now apply multiple fills without leaving their workspace.

For Lens Blur, Adobe has moved all of the work off the CPU and onto the GPU, allowing for everything to work a little more smoothly.

You can find all the fine details about Adobe’s new Photoshop changes on the company’s blog (, along with a ton of screenshots that show exactly what has gone into these improvements.

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