Feature summary | Photoshop desktop (August 2021 release)


With the September 2021 release of Photoshop 22.5.1, we provide fixes to several customer-reported issues. For details, see Fixed issues. Also, for checking the full list of supported cameras and lenses, see Supported camera models and Supported lenses.

Learn about new features and enhancements in the August 2021 release of Photoshop on desktop (version 22.5).

Pick your perfect sky with 'Get More Skies'

With this release, a new menu item in the Sky Preset fly-out menu will take you to the Adobe Discover website where you can view and download more sky images for free. 

Pick your own sky for your images

To access new sky files, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Edit > Sky Replacement.
  2. Click the Sky disclosure arrow to reveal the Manage Sky Presets panel.
  3. Click the gear icon in Manage Sky Presets panel to expose the fly-out Sky Preset menu.
  4. Choose Get More Skies...
    1. The Sky Replacement dialog stays open, but your default web browser is launched.
    2. The web browser automatically opens to the Get More Skies page on the Adobe Discover website.
  5. Select a Sky Pack for download. Sky file is downloaded to your default download location which can be installed via the Sky Replacement feature.

To learn more, check out Replace the sky in your photos.

New Transform Warp options

With this release, you get more flexibility when using Transform Warp and achieve transformations inside a split warp grid that wasn’t possible earlier. If you are a Packaging Designer, you can now easily isolate and move any control handle to fit your artwork onto a product. Use the Control (Win) / Command (Mac) modifier key to quickly toggle through the split warp options without returning to the menu bar.

Also, you can independently move the control handles (also called 'Bezier' handles) attached to anchor points while applying a Split Warp for transformation using a keyboard shortcut.

Currently, the two Bezier handle movement options are:

  • Unison: all handles move together when one is moved
  • Independent: each handle moves without impacting the other handles related to the anchor point.

Use Opt/Alt + Click on the anchor points while working with Transform Warp to toggle between the unison and independent movements. You can also Ctrl/Right-click on the anchor point and choose “Convert Warp Anchor Point” from the context menu. 

Easily toggle the state of Bezier handle movement

This feature is even better when combined with the new color and opacity customization for warp guidelines that were shipped earlier this year. Now you can adjust them so they are easier to see against the color of your image. You can tailor other settings such as when and how many warp guides to display. This capability is located in the Options bar when Transform Warp is enabled. Also, the default behavior of the warp guide display is now set to Always Show Guides and the Density option is set to 2.

To learn more, check out Warp images, shapes, and paths.

Improved in-app Discover

In the Discover panel home, you can now browse through What's New content highlighting new Photoshop features through the improved What's New section.

Also, you can easily apply Quick Actions when you click on a Quick Action card and choose to skip Quick Action preview. If you want to learn more about any of the Quick Actions, click the information (i) icon.

Improved Discover panel

Other changes and enhancements

Photoshop Beta

Want to help the Photoshop team make Photoshop even better? Soon you can!

Photoshop Beta is now available!

The Photoshop Beta will soon be available for anybody with a membership plan that includes Photoshop. Install the Beta using the Creative Cloud desktop app in the "Beta apps" section.

To learn more about the Beta program, see Adobe Creative Cloud Beta FAQ.

Discontinued 3D features

For technical reasons, Photoshop’s 3D feature set will not reliably work in modern operating systems, and as of Photoshop 22.5, we are beginning the process of removing those features. 

To learn more, see Photoshop 3D | Common questions around discontinued 3D features.

Legacy 'Export As'

With this release, the export of Photoshop documents as SVG is no longer supported in Photoshop using the Export As option. The 'Export As SVG' feature is being discontinued due to low usage and known limitations. 

If you still want to export your Photoshop document as SVG, you can follow any of these workarounds:

  • Navigate to Preferences > Export and enable Use Legacy "Export As". Quit and relaunch Photoshop.
  • Open your PSD in Adobe XD or Illustrator and use their export as SVG functionality.
legacy export as

To learn more, check out:

Support for new cameras and lenses

Find newly added cameras and lenses in the full list of supported profiles below:

Fixed customer-reported issues

With this release, check out a sample list from over 500 fixes that together have a big impact on the performance and feel of the Photoshop application across many workflows:

  • Canvas movement is smoother when zoomed in at maximum levels.

  • Puppet warp mesh visualization improvements.

  • Smoother handling of jitter opacity when painting.

  • Error for scratch disk full provides a link to our troubleshooting document.

For detailed information, see Fixed issues in Photoshop.

Known Issues

For detailed information, see Known issues in Photoshop.


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