Adobe is pushing out an update to Photoshop today that includes some improvements to its Sky Replacement feature, and they are adding some features to the iPad version of Photoshop.
There are also about 500 bug fixes which will be welcome news to Photoshop users who have seen some instability in recent releases. There are also more minor updates to Bridge, Lightroom Classic, and of course Camera Raw.
Photoshop Desktop Changes
Sky Replacement now has many new skies to choose from and the ability to import up to 5,000 skies at once. There's also a Get More Skies option. This link, also located inside the Sky Replacement dialog in Photoshop, takes you to Adobe’s Discover site, where you can download groups of professional, high-quality sky presets. There are night scenes, fireworks, and plenty of sunsets that are just a click away. You can access the skies from the settings icon in the sky replacement dialog. Adobe is offering some nice sky collections at no cost, you just have to browse packs you like, download, and then install them via the sky replacement dialog. Of course, most photographers will still want to load their own skies, a feature that has been there since the release of the Sky Replacement function.
There are also improvements to the Transform Warp command, with independent Bezier handle movement. This keyboard shortcut control is available for edges and Split Warp points — giving people, like packaging designers, who need to stretch and bend images onto bottles, boxes, and other things, the ability to create previously impossible transformations.
There are numerous bug fixes (Adobe says about 500) including:
Across the application:
- 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 link to troubleshooting document
- Preset images now included for Style Transfer to provide a starting point
- Use any custom image and apply the style of that image to your document
- Superzoom now operates on the entire layer instead of only a cropped portion of the image. Use output>new document to apply superzoom to the entire document.
Photoshop for iPad
Photoshop now delivers the same Healing Brush capabilities on the iPad as on the desktop. Using your Apple Pencil, you can now correct imperfections by painting with sampled pixels from the image or pattern. Just as expected, texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sampled pixels are matched seamlessly — and new pixels blend into the rest of the image so you can retouch your images with precision. You will have all the settings and controls you want including diffusion, blend modes, and brush angle. You can find the healing brush under the healing tools on the toolbar.
Adobe has also added the Magic Wand to the iPad app. It's is useful to quickly extract objects from a flat background, select an irregularly shaped area, or select a distinctly colored element. With this tool, you can select areas of your images based on tone and color, easily adjust for tolerance and many other characteristics so you can get the most precise selection results. You can find the Magic Wand tool under the selection tools on the toolbar.
Creative Cloud subscribers can now get into the Photoshop Beta Program. Creative Cloud members can install it from the Beta section of the Creative Cloud desktop app. Look for Photoshop Beta and simply click Install.
Adobe has also added what they call a Discover Panel. It provides an easy way to find content that is relevant to what you’re doing, right inside the app. Just initiate a search using Command+F (macOS) or Ctrl+F (Windows), or click the search icon in the app bar header.
Search for tools, menu items, workflows and choose the option you were looking for from the search results. The Discover panel also offers hands-on tutorials that guide you through workflows to learn new skills.