Photoshop supports Touch Bar, the multitouch display at the top of the new MacBook Pro keyboard. Using the Touch Bar, you can access Photoshop features and controls right in the context of your current task on the main screen. The Touch Bar supports familiar gestures, such as tap, drag, and slide.
Touch Bar support in Photoshop is currently a technology preview feature.
For more information about Touch Bar fundamentals, see this Apple documentation page.
By default, a part of the Touch Bar interface is reserved for macOS system controls. Controls for Photoshop are displayed in the app-specific area in the middle of the Touch Bar interface.
A. Photoshop controls B. macOS system controls (Control Strip and Esc)
If necessary, you can configure the Touch Bar to display only app-specific controls. In this configuration, the middle and right parts of the Touch Bar interface (B on the right + A) display Photoshop controls. To do so, in the macOS System Preferences > Keyboard dialog, select Touch Bar Shows: App Controls.
In addition to the commands available in the three modes, several context-specific operations become available depending on what you're working on in Photoshop.
- When a modal tool, such as Text or Transform is active, the Touch Bar displays OK and Cancel.
- When the Select & Mask taskspace is active, the Touch Bar displays controls related to making selections.
|Default Mode||Icon||Control name||Description|
|All three||History Scubber||
Works much like the History panel in Photoshop. Use this control to jump to any recent state of the document created during the current session. Each time you apply a change to the document, a new document state is added.
Tap the History Scrubber icon to view thumbnails representing document states. Scroll through or tap the thumbnails to navigate the document history.
For related useful information, see Using the History panel.
|Layer Properties||Add Content||Imports a file into the currently-open document using the Place Embedded command. See Place files in Photoshop.|
|Layer Visibility and Opacity||
Adjusts the layer opacity and visibility.
You can use this command by tapping or by simply pressing and holding over the tap gesture. The changes you make in the Touch Bar reflect instantaneously in the Layers panel.
|Blend Mode||Lets you scroll through the available blending modes—Normal, Dissolve, Darken, etc—and select the one you want. For more information, see Blending modes in Photoshop.|
|Clipping Mask||Makes a layer a clipping mask or reverts it from that state. For related information, see Reveal layers with clipping masks.|
|Select & Mask||Launches the Select & Mask taskspace.|
Displays a color picker for the foreground color. The first 16 swatches are displayed by default.
Controls the size of the current brush. This command is active when a brush allowing for multiple sizes is selected.
For more information about brush options, see:
|Brush Hardness||Controls the hardness of the current brush. This command is active when a brush that allows multiple hardness values is selected.|
|Brush Opacity||Controls the opacity of the current brush. This command is active when a brush that supports opacity is selected.|
|Brush Flow||Controls the flow of the current brush. This command is active when a brush that supports flow is selected.|
|Favorites||Screen Mode||Toggles between the normal screen mode and full screen mode|
|New Layer||Invokes the New Layer command|
|Flip Vertical||Flips the contents of the current set of selected layers vertically|
|Flip Horizontal||Flips the contents of the current set of selected layers horizontally|
|None by default*||Fill Mode||Invokes the Fill command with the Content-Aware Fill option preselected. For more information, see Use content-aware fills.|
|Duplicate Layer||Duplicates the currently-selected layer|
|Share||Shares a preview of the current document state in the JPEG format. The maximum shareable size is 1024 x 1024 px.|
* You can add these controls to the Touch Bar modes by customizing them.
Photoshop provides three settings for the Touch Bar under Preferences > Technology Previews. These settings are enabled by default.
Enable History Scrubbing In The Touch Bar
Shows/hides the History Scrubber () from all Touch Bar modes
Show Touch Bar Property Adjustments
Shows/hides the informational pop-up windows displayed when you modify properties, such as Brush Size, using the Touch Bar
You can add and delete commands to any of the three Touch Bar modes in Photoshop. Follow these steps:
In Photoshop, select View > Customize Touch Bar.
Photoshop invokes the standard macOS interface for customizing the Touch Bar. For more information about this interface, see "Customize your Touch Bar" on this Apple documentation page.
Drag commands down into the Touch Bar, toward the bottom edge of your MacBook Pro's main display. You can also drag commands within the Touch Bar to arrange them, or drag them up and out of the Touch Bar to remove them.
When you're modifying the Touch Bar, the icon (Space) indicates an empty slot where you can add a command.
- Select Show Typing Suggestions if you want to see autocomplete suggestions while entering or editing certain text related inputs, such as layer names.
- To restore a mode layout to its default state, drag the Default Set strip down onto the Touch Bar while that mode is enabled.