Get to know the workspace

  1. Photoshop User Guide
  2. Introduction to Photoshop
    1. Dream it. Make it.
    2. What's new in Photoshop
    3. Edit your first photo
    4. Create documents
    5. Photoshop | Common Questions
    6. Photoshop system requirements
    7. Migrate presets, actions, and settings
    8. Get to know Photoshop
  3. Photoshop and Adobe services
    1. Photoshop and Adobe Stock
    2. Creative Cloud Libraries
    3. Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop
    4. Grid and guides
    5. Creating actions
    6. Undo and history
    7. Default keyboard shortcuts
    8. Touch capabilities and customizable workspaces
    9. Use the Touch Bar with Photoshop
    10. Use the Capture in-app extension in Photoshop
  4. Photoshop on the iPad
    1. Photoshop on the iPad | Common questions
    2. Get to know the workspace
    3. System requirements | Photoshop on the iPad
    4. Create, open, and export cloud documents
    5. Add photos
    6. Work with layers
    7. Draw and paint with brushes
    8. Make selections and add masks
    9. Retouch your composites
    10. Work with adjustment layers
    11. Adjust the tonality of your composite with Curves
    12. Apply transform operations
    13. Crop and rotate your composites
    14. Rotate, pan, zoom, and reset canvas
    15. Work with Type layers
    16. Work with Photoshop and Lightroom
    17. Get missing fonts in Photoshop on the iPad
    18. Japanese Text in Photoshop on the iPad
    19. Manage app settings
    20. Touch shortcuts and gestures
    21. Keyboard shortcuts
    22. System requirements 1.x | Photoshop on the iPad
    23. System requirements 2.x | Photoshop on the iPad
    24. Edit your image size
    25. Livestream as you create in Photoshop on the iPad
    26. Correct imperfections with the Healing Brush
    27. Create brushes in Capture and use them in Photoshop
  5. Cloud documents
    1. Photoshop cloud documents | Common questions
    2. Photoshop cloud documents | Workflow questions
    3. Manage and work with cloud documents in Photoshop
    4. Upgrade cloud storage for Photoshop
    5. Unable to create or save a cloud document
    6. Solve Photoshop cloud document errors
    7. Collect cloud doc sync logs
    8. Share access and edit your cloud documents
  6. Workspace
    1. Workspace basics
    2. Create documents
    3. Use the Touch Bar with Photoshop
    4. Microsoft Dial support in Photoshop
    5. Tool galleries
    6. Performance preferences
    7. Use tools
    8. Touch gestures
    9. Touch capabilities and customizable workspaces
    10. Technology previews
    11. Metadata and notes
    12. Quickly share your creations
    13. Place Photoshop images in other applications
    14. Preferences
    15. Default keyboard shortcuts
    16. Rulers
    17. Show or hide non-printing Extras
    18. Specify columns for an image
    19. Undo and history
    20. Panels and menus
    21. Place files
    22. Position elements with snapping
    23. Position with the Ruler tool
    24. Presets
    25. Customize keyboard shortcuts
    26. Grid and guides
  7. Web, screen, and app design
    1. Photoshop for design
    2. Artboards
    3. Export files in Photoshop
    4. Device Preview
    5. Copy CSS from layers
    6. Slice web pages
    7. HTML options for slices
    8. Modify slice layout
    9. Work with web graphics
    10. Create web photo galleries
  8. Image and color basics
    1. How to resize images
    2. Work with raster and vector images
    3. Image size and resolution
    4. Acquire images from cameras and scanners
    5. Create, open, and import images
    6. View images
    7. Invalid JPEG Marker error | Opening images
    8. Viewing multiple images
    9. Customize color pickers and swatches
    10. High dynamic range images
    11. Match colors in your image
    12. Convert between color modes
    13. Color modes
    14. Erase parts of an image
    15. Blending modes
    16. Choose colors
    17. Customize indexed color tables
    18. Image information
    19. Distort filters are unavailable
    20. About color
    21. Color and monochrome adjustments using channels
    22. Choose colors in the Color and Swatches panels
    23. Sample
    24. Color mode or Image mode
    25. Color cast
    26. Add a conditional mode change to an action
    27. Add swatches from HTML CSS and SVG
    28. Bit depth and preferences
  9. Layers
    1. Layer basics
    2. Nondestructive editing
    3. Create and manage layers and groups
    4. Select, group, and link layers
    5. Place images into frames
    6. Layer opacity and blending
    7. Mask layers
    8. Apply Smart Filters
    9. Layer comps
    10. Move, stack, and lock layers
    11. Mask layers with vector masks
    12. Manage layers and groups
    13. Layer effects and styles
    14. Edit layer masks
    15. Extract assets
    16. Reveal layers with clipping masks
    17. Generate image assets from layers
    18. Work with Smart Objects
    19. Blending modes
    20. Combine multiple images into a group portrait
    21. Combine images with Auto-Blend Layers
    22. Align and distribute layers
    23. Copy CSS from layers
    24. Load selections from a layer or layer mask's boundaries
    25. Knockout to reveal content from other layers
    26. Layer
    27. Flattening
    28. Composite
    29. Background
  10. Selections
    1. Select and Mask workspace
    2. Make quick selections
    3. Get started with selections
    4. Select with the marquee tools
    5. Select with the lasso tools
    6. Select a color range in an image
    7. Adjust pixel selections
    8. Convert between paths and selection borders
    9. Channel basics
    10. Move, copy, and delete selected pixels
    11. Create a temporary quick mask
    12. Save selections and alpha channel masks
    13. Select the image areas in focus
    14. Duplicate, split, and merge channels
    15. Channel calculations
    16. Selection
    17. Bounding box
  11. Image adjustments
    1. Perspective warp
    2. Reduce camera shake blurring
    3. Healing brush examples
    4. Export color lookup tables
    5. Adjust image sharpness and blur
    6. Understand color adjustments
    7. Apply a Brightness/Contrast adjustment
    8. Adjust shadow and highlight detail
    9. Levels adjustment
    10. Adjust hue and saturation
    11. Adjust vibrance
    12. Adjust color saturation in image areas
    13. Make quick tonal adjustments
    14. Apply special color effects to images
    15. Enhance your image with color balance adjustments
    16. High dynamic range images
    17. View histograms and pixel values
    18. Match colors in your image
    19. How to crop and straighten photos
    20. Convert a color image to black and white
    21. Adjustment and fill layers
    22. Curves adjustment
    23. Blending modes
    24. Target images for press
    25. Adjust color and tone with Levels and Curves eyedroppers
    26. Adjust HDR exposure and toning
    27. Filter
    28. Blur
    29. Dodge or burn image areas
    30. Make selective color adjustments
    31. Replace object colors
  12. Adobe Camera Raw
    1. Camera Raw system requirements
    2. What's new in Camera Raw
    3. Introduction to Camera Raw
    4. Create panoramas
    5. Supported lenses
    6. Vignette, grain, and dehaze effects in Camera Raw
    7. Default keyboard shortcuts
    8. Automatic perspective correction in Camera Raw
    9. How to make non-destructive edits in Camera Raw
    10. Radial Filter in Camera Raw
    11. Manage Camera Raw settings
    12. Open, process, and save images in Camera Raw
    13. Repair images with the Enhanced Spot Removal tool in Camera Raw
    14. Rotate, crop, and adjust images
    15. Adjust color rendering in Camera Raw
    16. Feature summary | Adobe Camera Raw | 2018 releases
    17. New features summary
    18. Process versions in Camera Raw
    19. Make local adjustments in Camera Raw
  13. Image repair and restoration
    1. Remove objects from your photos with Content-Aware Fill
    2. Content-Aware Patch and Move
    3. Retouch and repair photos
    4. Correct image distortion and noise
    5. Basic troubleshooting steps to fix most issues
  14. Image transformations
    1. Transform objects
    2. Adjust crop, rotation, and canvas size
    3. How to crop and straighten photos
    4. Create and edit panoramic images
    5. Warp images, shapes, and paths
    6. Vanishing Point
    7. Use the Liquify filter
    8. Content-aware scaling
    9. Transform images, shapes, and paths
    10. Warp
    11. Transform
    12. Panorama
  15. Drawing and painting
    1. Paint symmetrical patterns
    2. Draw rectangles and modify stroke options
    3. About drawing
    4. Draw and edit shapes
    5. Painting tools
    6. Create and modify brushes
    7. Blending modes
    8. Add color to paths
    9. Edit paths
    10. Paint with the Mixer Brush
    11. Brush presets
    12. Gradients
    13. Fill and stroke selections, layers, and paths
    14. Draw with the Pen tools
    15. Create patterns
    16. Generate a pattern using the Pattern Maker
    17. Manage paths
    18. Manage pattern libraries and presets
    19. Draw or paint with a graphics tablet
    20. Create textured brushes
    21. Add dynamic elements to brushes
    22. Gradient
    23. Paint stylized strokes with the Art History Brush
    24. Paint with a pattern
    25. Sync presets on multiple devices
  16. Text
    1. Work with OpenType SVG fonts
    2. Format characters
    3. Format paragraphs
    4. How to create type effects
    5. Edit text
    6. Line and character spacing
    7. Arabic and Hebrew type
    8. Fonts
    9. Troubleshoot fonts
    10. Asian type
    11. Create type
    12. Text Engine error using Type tool in Photoshop | Windows 8
    13. World-Ready composer for Asian Scripts
    14. How to add and edit text in Photoshop
  17. Video and animation
    1. Video editing in Photoshop
    2. Edit video and animation layers
    3. Video and animation overview
    4. Preview video and animations
    5. Paint frames in video layers
    6. Import video files and image sequences
    7. Create frame animations
    8. Creative Cloud 3D Animation (Preview)
    9. Create timeline animations
    10. Create images for video
  18. Filters and effects
    1. Use the Liquify filter
    2. Use the Blur Gallery
    3. Filter basics
    4. Filter effects reference
    5. Add Lighting Effects
    6. Use the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
    7. Use the Oil Paint filter
    8. Layer effects and styles
    9. Apply specific filters
    10. Smudge image areas
  19. Saving and exporting
    1. Save files in graphics formats
    2. Save your files in Photoshop
    3. File formats
    4. Save and export video and animations
    5. Save PDF files
    6. Digimarc copyright protection
  20. Printing
    1. Print 3D objects
    2. Print from Photoshop
    3. Print with color management
    4. Contact Sheets and PDF Presentations
    5. Print photos in a picture package layout
    6. Print spot colors
    7. Duotones
    8. Print images to a commercial printing press
    9. Improve color prints from Photoshop
    10. Troubleshoot printing problems | Photoshop
  21. Automation
    1. Creating actions
    2. Create data-driven graphics
    3. Scripting
    4. Process a batch of files
    5. Play and manage actions
    6. Add conditional actions
    7. About actions and the Actions panel
    8. Record tools in actions
    9. Add a conditional mode change to an action
    10. Photoshop UI toolkit for plug-ins and scripts
  22. 3D and technical imaging
    1. Creative Cloud 3D Animation (Preview)
    2. Print 3D objects
    3. 3D painting
    4. 3D panel enhancements | Photoshop
    5. Essential 3D concepts and tools
    6. 3D rendering and saving
    7. Create 3D objects and animations
    8. Image stacks
    9. 3D workflow
    10. Measurement
    11. DICOM files
    12. Photoshop and MATLAB
    13. Count objects in an image
    14. Combine and convert 3D objects
    15. 3D texture editing
    16. Adjust HDR exposure and toning
    17. 3D panel settings
  23. Color Management
    1. Understanding color management
    2. Keeping colors consistent
    3. Color settings
    4. Work with color profiles
    5. Color-managing documents for online viewing
    6. Color-managing documents when printing
    7. Color-managing imported images
    8. Proofing colors

Explore where all your favorite tools are in Photoshop on the iPad

As you launch Photoshop on the iPad, you can view the home screen of the app. From the home screen, you can start creating your composites or documents and proceed to the editing workspace. In the workspace, you can find your favorite Photoshop tools, panels, and other options that will equip you to create composites and retouch your creative work. More Photoshop tools and features are coming to your iPad in future releases.

Home screen

Easily find all your documents on the home screen in Photoshop on the iPad.
Easily find all your documents on the home screen in Photoshop on the iPad.

  • Home: the Home icon () represents the homescreen of the app.
  • Your work: Find all your documents in Photoshop on the iPad under Your work section.
    • Cloud documents: View a list of all saved cloud documents in Photoshop, whether created in Photoshop on your iPad or desktop. To learn more about cloud documents, see Photoshop cloud documents | Common questions.
    • Deleted: Accidentally deleted a file? No worries! Find a complete list of cloud documents that you have deleted here. You can choose to restore the documents or permanently delete them.
  • Learn: Access an interactive app tour and hands-on tutorials to help you explore what's different when you use Photoshop on the iPad and understand common workflows.
  • Discover: View a curated selection of artwork, projects, and livestreams from other Photoshop users to get inspired and fuel your own creativity.
  • Create new: Easily create a new document with the option to name the document, set the canvas dimension, change orientation, select resolution and choose black, white or transparent background color. You can also explore common preset canvas options in the Print, Screen, Film, or Video categories.
  • Import and open: Quickly import and open your document from the Camera Roll, Files, or take a new photo with your iPad's Camera. Your imported file converts to a Photoshop cloud document and opens on the canvas.
  • New and upcoming features: View a summary of new features releasing with a new version and what's coming in future releases of Photoshop on the iPad. Adobe is building Photoshop with valuable inputs from its large community of users like you. 
  • Recent: Use the Recent section to access all the documents you worked on recently. 
  • App Settings: Tap  to set your preferences while working with Photoshop on the iPad. To learn more, see Manage app settings.
  • Cloud docs help: Tap  to check whether you're online or offline, and the save status of your cloud documents.

Edit workspace

As soon as you open a document, you will enter into the editing workspace and your creative work can begin. The canvas displays the area where you interact with your open document. Photoshop on the iPad offers you a context-aware user interface. Core tools and tool options are contextual and surface only when you need them.

workspace
Get to know the Photoshop workspace on your iPad

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A. Home B. Filename C. Current zoom level D. Undo E. Redo F. Cloud docs help G. Send to H. Document properties 

A. Home: Use the back icon to switch back to the home screen from the editing workspace at any time.
B. FilenameDisplays the name of the document currently open.
C. Current zoom levelDisplays the current zoom level of the open document.
D. Undo
Reverts the last action performed.
E. RedoRestore the last action undone.
F. Cloud docs helpCheck whether you're online or offline, and the save status of your cloud documents.
G. Send toUse the Send to icon to publish, export, and livestream your work.
I. Document properties:
Use the Document properties panel to resize your document to suit your requirements

Toolbar

A. Move: Move selections and layers.
B. Transform: Apply various transform operations to the selected layer or object.
C. Select: Make a selection with the selection tools—Lasso, Quick select, Rectangular marquee, and Elliptical marquee. Long press icon to reveal all selection tools.
D. Brush: Apply brush strokes and control brush settings.
E. Erase: Remove portions in your photo where you apply the eraser brush strokes.
F. Fill: Fill the active selection with the foreground color. Long press icon to reveal the Gradient tool.
G. Heal: Retouch and fix imperfections with the Heal tool. Long press icon to reveal the Clone stamp tool.
H. Crop: Crop your selection, and choose to rotate and recenter.
I. Type: Create a type layer to add text.
J. Place photo: Add photos from Camera Roll, Files, Libraries, and Camera
K. Eyedropper: Easily change foreground color by sampling from any layer.
L. Color chip: View the selected foreground and background colors in the color chip. Swipe vertically to switch between the two colors. Tap the color chip to choose a new color from the color picker that appears. 

Note: Long press the icons that have triangles on the bottom right to reveal more tools.

Toolbar

A. Move B. Transform C. Select  D. Brush E. Erase F. Fill G. Heal H. Crop I. Type J. Place Photo K. Eyedropper L. Color chip 

Taskbar

A. Compact layer view: See all the layer thumbnails in a simplified view. 
B. Detail layer view: See an expanded layer stack with masks, layer names, visibility, and group contents.
C. Layer properties: View blending options, adjustments, and dimensions for the type of layer selected (type, pixel, adjustment, and so on).
D. Add layer: Insert a new layer. Long press for more options — add a new layer, adjustment layer, or empty group.
E. Layer visibility: Control layer visibility.
F. Add layer mask: Add layer masks to hide or reveal portions of a layer.
G. Add clipping mask: Add clipping masks to hide or reveal portions of a layer based on the layer below.
H. Filters and adjustments: Apply various filters and adjustments to the selected layer.
I. More layer actions: Reveal more actions you can perform with layers.

Note: Long press the icons that have triangles on the bottom right to reveal more tools.

A. Compact layer view B. Detail layer view C. Layer properties D. Add new layer E. Layer visibility F. Add mask G. Add clipping mask H. Filters and adjustments I. More layer actions 

Tool options

You can control the settings of your selected tools using the tool options. Tap a tool icon to bring up the tool options. 

Hold and drag the grabber at the top of the tool options to move it around the canvas. You can also dock tool options by dragging it to the bottom of the toolbar and releasing.

Note: All tools do not have tool options.

Touch shortcut

Use the touch shortcut to quickly access alternate actions of a selected tool in Photoshop on the iPad.

To learn how to use primary and secondary touch shortcuts, see Touch shortcuts and gestures.

Touch shortcuts for Brush tool
Left: Primary touch shortcut. Right: Secondary touch shortcut.

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