Learn about new features and enhancements in the October 2021 release of Photoshop desktop (version 23.0)
Object selection is integral to common Photoshop workflows. With this release, the Object Selection tool has new capabilities that empower you to automatically select a portion of your image as you hover over it and click.
The latest update to the Object Selection tool makes your compositing and retouching workflows faster, easier, and more intuitive for your creative journey by improving the quality of preview and masking features simply by clicking on the required object.
To make an automatic selection on hover with the improved Object Selection tool, do the following:
To make multiple selections, you can press the Shift (macOS)/ Ctrl (Windows) key on your keyboard and continue making selections.
Further, you can choose Layer > Mask All Objects and watch Photoshop easily generate masks for all the objects detected within your layer with just a single click.
To learn more, check out Make quick selections.
Stay in the flow and reimagine sharing feedback and receiving them on your designs without having to leave the Photoshop app. Ever! Now you can easily share your Photoshop cloud documents with your teammates and stakeholders and add and receive feedback with comments, contextual pins, and annotations. The new share for comments feature enables you to:
You can generate a link to your Photoshop documents and share them for comments. You can make the link accessible only to people invited to your document or make comments available for anyone with the link to see.
You can easily view comments, pins, and annotations on Photoshop within the app. These comments are refreshed in real-time.
To learn more, check out Share files and comment in-app.
Improved interoperability between your favorite apps — Illustrator and Photoshop, allows you to enjoy interactivity and easily bring Ai files with layers/vector shapes and paths and vector masks in Photoshop that you can continue to edit and work with.
To learn more, check out Work with Illustrator artwork in Photoshop.
Neural Filters, powered by Adobe Sensei, brings to you new and improved reimagined filters that let you explore a range of creative ideas. Using new featured and beta filters you can achieve amazing edits in Photoshop.
To access the Neural Filters workspace in Photoshop, choose Filter > Neural Filters.
With this release, you can use the following new beta Neural Filters:
Also, Colorize and Super Zoom beta neural filters have been improved and promoted to the Featured neural filter list. To learn more, check out:
To get started by installing plugins to streamline your creative workflows, select Plugins > Discover Plugins from the Photoshop workspace and browse through new plugins from the Creative Cloud Marketplace.
Discover new third party plug-ins in the Creative Cloud Desktop you can install and use immediately in Photoshop, including:
Photoshop now supports Apple’s Pro Display XDR to see your designs in full, high dynamic range. The newly released Macbook Pro 14” and 16” models now feature XDR displays in addition to the Apple Pro Display XDR. This helps you to see your colors with more richness: the blacks appear deeper, the whites appear brighter, and all the colors in between appearing more like they do in the natural world.
To learn more, check out:
Unified Text Engine replaces legacy text engines and enables advanced typographic features for international languages and scripts across the world, including Arabic, Hebrew, Indic scripts, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. With Unified Text Engine all advanced typographics will be automatically available and grouped together in the Photoshop Type Properties panel.
Key enhancements include:
To learn more, check out Unified Text Engine for Asian scripts.
We have re-implemented our GPU-based Oil Paint filter for both macOS and Windows! This version adds new support for DirectX / Metal compliant GPUs and no longer relies on the OpenCL subsystem on your computer.
To access the Oil Paint filter, simply navigate to Filter > Stylize > Oil Paint and set your filter properties in the Oil Paint dialog that opens.
For better performance, while using the Oil Paint filter, enable Use Graphics Processor in Preferences > Performance. Turn off Preview to make the filter more responsive while working with very large images.
To learn more about filters in Photoshop, check out Filter basics.
With new interpolation options, gradients will now look clearer, brighter, and better than ever! With this release, you can test the modern Gradient tool and gradient interpolation methods that offer more control of the creation of beautiful and smoother gradients. Gradients will have a more natural blend and appear more like the gradients you see in the physical world (like a sunset or sunrise sky). You can also add, move, edit, and remove a Color Stop and change the location of a gradient widget.
There are three types of gradients to work with now:
To learn more, check out Gradient interpolations.
With this release, Export As is now faster than ever! You can perform side-by-side comparisons with the original file. The Export As functionality that has been available on the Macintosh M1 machines earlier, is now the default on all desktop operating systems, with the following improvements:
Faster than ever and built on top of a new set of export APIs
Better color profile handling
New behavior for previewing layers
Side-by-side comparison between export settings
To learn more, check out Export files in Photoshop.
With this release, we are excited to introduce Content Credentials in Photoshop as a beta experience to millions of Adobe creative customers, with access to several features and workflows. This embarks our next step in the content authenticity journey, Adobe’s new way to provide and assess digital content provenance and attribution.
Content Credentials (Beta) is a developing feature in Adobe Photoshop that (when enabled) gathers the edits, activity, and attribution information associated with the in-progress content. These details are captured as tamper-evident attribution and history data (called content credentials) that creators attach to final content when exported.
To learn more, see Learn about Content Credentials.
For technical reasons, Photoshop v23.0 and above will no longer support Microsoft's Surface Dial.
To learn more, see Microsoft Dial support in Photoshop.
For technical reasons, Photoshop’s 3D feature set will not reliably work in modern operating systems, and we are beginning the process of removing those features.
To learn more, see Photoshop 3D | Common questions around discontinued 3D features.
For detailed information, see Fixed issues in Photoshop.
For detailed information, see Known issues in Photoshop.