Feature summary | Photoshop desktop (November 2019 release)
Learn about new features and enhancements in Photoshop on desktop (version 21.x) released in 2019-20
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Cloud documents are Adobe's cloud-native files that you can easily open and edit in any of Adobe's compatible apps. Cloud documents enable you to seamlessly access your work across devices. Simply connect to the Internet, open your PSD from the Cloud documents tab in the app home screen and pick where you left off.
Saving your creative work as a cloud document provides you with exclusive benefits:
- Seamlessly access files across devices: Access your work from anywhere—Photoshop on your desktop, on your laptop, Photoshop on the iPad, and Adobe Fresco. Your work is saved safely in the cloud wherever you work.
- Use one file across products: Simply create a cloud document in Photoshop on your desktop and work on it in Adobe Fresco or Photoshop on the iPad. Or vice versa.
- Keep your files up-to-date and safe: Cloud documents automatically save your most recent version. Meaning you can pick up from where you left off across your devices, whether sitting at your desktop or while on the couch.
- Work offline: Your offline version will automatically sync when you reconnect to the Internet. For Photoshop on the desktop, working offline has not changed from previous versions.
Cloud documents, Creative Cloud files, and other synced files are part of the Creative Cloud services included with your membership and count toward your Creative Cloud storage allocation.
Improvements to presets
Presets have been reimagined to bring a whole new experience in the latest release of Photoshop.
From the menu bar, go to Window > Swatches, Gradients, Patterns, Shapes, or Styles. You now get:
- New modern default presets like gradients, patterns, shapes and styles.
- Dedicated panels for gradients, patterns, and shapes.
- Ability to manage your presets by organizing them into groups. Simply drag and move the presets to rearrange and reorder within the panels.
- Ability to drag gradients, patterns, swatches, and styles from the presets panel onto the canvas.
- A live preview on the canvas when you click through your presets to try different looks.
You can still access the familiar legacy presets by enabling the Legacy Presets option from the contextual panel menu.
New Object Selection tool
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Not seeing the Object Selection tool in your toolbar? See Tools missing from the toolbar.
Powered by Adobe Sensei, the new Object Selection tool simplifies the process selecting a single object, multiple objects, or parts of an object in an image—people, cars, furniture, pets, clothes, and more.
Simply draw a rectangular region or lasso around the object and the Object Selection tool will automatically select the object inside the defined region, speeding up even the most complex selections.
You can access the Object Selection tool at the following locations:
- From the main application Tools panel in Photoshop, located in the same group as the Quick Selection and Magic Wand tool.
- From the Tools panel in the Select And Mask workspace.
For detailed information, see Object Selection tool.
Consistent transform behavior
Regardless of the layer type, you can now proportionally transform multiple layers without having to press the Shift key.
In this release of Photoshop, the following changes and improvements have been made to the transform behavior:
- The default transform behavior is now proportional scaling for all layer types and objects, indicated by the Maintain Aspect Ratio button (Link icon) in the ON state in the Options bar.
- To change the default transform behavior to non-proportional scaling, simply click the Maintain Aspect Ratio button to turn it OFF.
- The Shift key, while pressed, now acts as a toggle for the Maintain Aspect Ratio button. If the Maintain Aspect Ratio button is ON, the Shift key toggles it OFF while pressed and vice versa.
- Photoshop now remembers your last transform behavior setting—proportional or non-proportional scaling—it will be your default transform behavior when you start Photoshop the next time.
Want to switch back to the legacy transform behavior?
From the menu bar, choose Edit (Win)/Photoshop (Mac) > Preferences > General, then select Legacy Free Transform.
Improved Properties panel
In the Properties panel, you easily discover even more controls for Document, Pixel Layer, and Type Layer properties without navigating through multiple panels and dialogs. The properties are shown contextually for the selected content. New Quick Actions will also accelerate your common tasks. For example, in a single click, you can now remove the background, select a subject while in the pixel layer properties panel, or quickly convert text layers into a frame or shape.
More properties added under
Quick Actions added
Pixel Layer properties
Type Layer properties
Convert Smart Object to layers
In this release of Photoshop, you can easily convert a Smart Object back into its component layers without all of the extra steps.
Simply select the Smart Object in the Layers panel, then do any of the following:
- Right-click/Control-click the Smart Object, then choose Convert To Layers from the context menu.
- From the menu bar, choose Layers > Smart Objects > Convert To Layers.
For more information, see Convert an embedded or linked Smart Object to layers.
Enhanced Transform Warp
With enhancements made to the Warp tool, you get more control over creative warping in Photoshop. Simply add control points anywhere or divide your image with a customizable grid, then transform by individual nodes or a larger selection. With the Warp tool, you can now:
- Choose new preset grid size options: 3 x 3, 4 x 4, 5 x 5.
- Create your own custom-sized grids.
- Add your own gridlines and anchor points.
- Delete gridlines.
- Select and drag multiple anchor points.
- Undo individual steps of editing a warp.
To try it out, choose Edit > Transform > Warp.
For detailed information see, Warp images, shapes, and paths.
Stylistic sets for OpenType fonts
Stylistic sets for OpenType fonts are available in Photoshop. Stylistic sets simplify your ability to access a font's alternate glyphs. Now, you can simply access the Stylistic Sets menu in the Properties panel to apply one or more stylistic sets to your text.
To apply a stylistic set in Photoshop:
- Do one of the following:
- Select the Type tool and create a new Type layer.
- Select one or more Type layers in the Layers panel.
- Select the Type tool and select a specific text run within a Type layer.
- Go to the Properties panel (Window > Properties).
- In the Properties panel, scroll down to the Type options pod. Expand the pod, if necessary.
- Click the icon for Stylistic Sets to open the menu.
- Choose the desired stylistic set.
For related helpful information, see work with Work with OpenType SVG fonts.
Enhanced Content-Aware Fill
In this release of Photoshop, three new Sampling Area Options have been added to the Content-aware Fill workspace. You can use these options to determine the sampling area in your image where you want Photoshop to look for source pixels to fill content.
- Auto: Uses content similar to surrounding fill area.
- Rectangular: Uses rectangular region around fill area.
- Custom: Uses a manually defined sampling area. You identify exactly which pixels to fill from.
To try out the new options, open an image and select an area to fill. Then choose Edit > Content-Aware Fill. The Sampling Area Options appear in the Content-Aware Fill panel on the right side of the workspace.
For related helpful information, see Adjust Content-Aware Fill settings.
32-bit adjustment layers for Brightness/Contrast and Curves
Especially useful for HDR workflows, you can now use Curves and Brightness/Contrast adjustments in 32-bit documents either as direct adjustments, adjustment layers, or smart filters.
What's new screen within the app
You can now check out what's new in Photoshop right in the app.
To read an overview of the new features in Photoshop, go the Home screen, then click Open In The App on the right.
Paint and erase with the same brush
Use the ~ tilde key (below the escape or Esc key) to toggle between painting and erasing with the same brush tip. This feature is also available as a touch shortcut in Photoshop on the iPad.
Zoom to a layer's contents
In the Layers panel, Alt+click (Win) / Option+click (Mac) on a layer to zoom to that layer's contents. Alternatively, you can also choose View > Fit Layer(s) To Screen from the menu bar.
Rotate brush tip
You can now quickly rotate the brush tip by using the Left and Right Arrow keys when a brush tool is active.
- Left Arrow key rotates the brush tip by 1 degree anti-clockwise.
- Right Arrow key rotates the brush tip by 1 degree clockwise.
- Shift + Left Arrow key rotates the brush tip by 15 degrees anti-clockwise.
- Shift + Right Arrow key rotates the brush tip by 15 degrees clockwise.
A new user preference (Preferences > Tools > Arrow Keys Rotate Brush Tip) has also been added in the Preferences dialog. This preference is ON by default.
To view a comprehensive list of shortcuts in Photoshop, see Default keyboard shortcuts.
Animated GIF support
You can now save Photoshop documents with frames in GIF format directly from the File > Save As option. While saving from File > Save As option, all the options that appear in the GIF Save Options dialog are supported to write animated GIF.
For related information, see Save in GIF format.
Improved New Document dialog performance
With improvements made in release of Photoshop, the New Document dialog (File > New) now opens almost instantaneously.
Improved Lens Blur performance
With improvements made to Lens Blur, you can take more advantage of the depth information in the image captured by your camera. You can now set a focal point to choose what to blur and keep in focus in your image. With GPU improvements, you'll also notice faster performance while applying the Lens Blur filters.
For detailed information, see Add lens blur.
Documents tab improvement
A new Close Others option has been in this release, which allows you to close all open documents (windows, floating, or docked) other than your current document. You can access this option the following ways:
- From the menu bar, choose File > Close Others.
- Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) on a document tab, then choose Close Others from the context menu.
- Use keyboard shortcuts:
- Win: Ctrl + Alt + P
- Mac: Command + Option + P
Smart Object and Layer Comp tracking
You can now save the variation of a Layer Comp within a Smart Object to save time from manually setting each variation. Choose Window > Layer Comps.
- In the New Layer Comp dialog, a new Layer Comp Selection For Smart Objects option has been added.
- In the Layer Comps window, a Toggle Layer Comps Selection For Smart Objects option has been added.
- In the Layer Comps window, at the bottom, an option to update the Smart Object's Layer Comp selection has been added.
For more information, see Layer comps.
World-Ready Layout text engine option
A new World-Ready Layout text engine option has been introduced in this release of Photoshop, which provides correct word shaping for Indic, Middle Eastern, and South East Asian scripts in your documents. To set it as your preferred text engine option, choose Edit (Win) / Photoshop (Mac) > Preferences > Type, then select World-Ready Layout under Choose Text Engine Options.
Preference setting to auto-show the home screen
In the preferences, you can choose to automatically show or disable the home screen when you launch Photoshop. Choose Edit (Win) / Photoshop (Mac) > Preferences > General, then select or deselect Auto-show The Home Screen.
Adobe Asset Link
Adobe Asset Link version 1.1 is now available to Creative Cloud for enterprise and AEM Assets customers.
Adobe Asset Link streamlines collaboration between creatives and marketers in the content creation process. It connects Adobe Experience Manager Assets (AEM Assets) with Creative Cloud desktop apps InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. The Adobe Asset Link panel allows creatives to access and modify content stored in AEM Assets without leaving the creative apps they are most familiar with.
To learn about the new features in Adobe Assets Link 1.1, see Adobe Asset Link.
- In addition to Preferences > General > Use Legacy Free Transform preference, the Maintain Aspect Ratio link icon on the transform options bar is now sticky between invocations (each time you select Edit > Free Transform or use the keyboard shortcut cmd/ctrl + T) and launches (each time quit Photoshop and relaunch). Note: Holding down Shift key does the opposite of whatever the state of the Maintain Aspect Ratio link icon is.
- The Object Selection tool is now the default tool in 4th slot down where the Quick Select tool was default tool. Click and hold on the Object Selection tool to show the Quick Select tool and the Magic Wand tool or hit the w key to cycle through these tools.
- Presets that shipped with previous versions of Photoshop are now called Legacy Presets and new presets have replaced them. To load Legacy Presets, go to the any of the preset panel's menus and choose Load Legacy Presets. Note: If Legacy presets aren't loaded, some actions may fail. Workaround.- Load legacy presets
- If you get a Scratch Disk is Full error on launch, you are now presented with a user interface to select a different Scratch Disk so you can continue.
- Preferences > General > Auto-Update Open Documents has been changed to Preferences > General > Auto-Update Open File-based Documents which determines whether to automatically re-read open file-based documents updated outside Photoshop; cloud documents are not affected by this setting.
- Preferences > General > Disable the Home Screen has been changed to Preferences > General > Auto show the Home Screen which will automatically show the home screen when no documents are open.
- Preferences > File Handling > Local Cloud Files Working Directory was added to let you choose the local directory for associated cloud document files.
- Type > Add Fonts from Typekit... has been changed to Type > More from Adobe Fonts.
- TOYO COLOR FINDER swatches no longer ship with Photoshop by default. Contact Toyo Ink to obtain their color libraries.
Fixed customer-reported issues
For detailed information, see Fixed issues in Photoshop.
For detailed information, see Known issues in Photoshop