Learn about new features and enhancements in the November 2019 release of Photoshop on desktop (version 21.0).
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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:
You can still access the familiar legacy presets by enabling the Legacy Presets option from the contextual panel menu.
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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:
For detailed information, see Object Selection tool.
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:
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.
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.
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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:
For more information, see Convert an embedded or linked Smart Object to layers.
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:
To try it out, choose Edit > Transform > Warp.
For detailed information see, Warp images, shapes, and paths.
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:
For related helpful information, see work with Work with OpenType SVG fonts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With improvements made in release of Photoshop, the New Document dialog (File > New) now opens almost instantaneously.
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.
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:
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.
For more information, see Layer comps.
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.
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 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.
For detailed information, see Fixed issues in Photoshop.
For detailed information, see Known issues in Photoshop