From Pam Clark (Adobe Blog):
Photoshop, now available on your iPad; Adobe Fresco available on your iPad and Windows devices; the Creative Cloud Desktop app; Adobe Aero; the new cloud documents system; and a major update to Photoshop on your desktop.
I am thrilled to invite you to join us at the beginning of something new. The official debut of Photoshop on the iPad and the cloud documents system, a major new release of Photoshop, a new AR app called Adobe Aero; Adobe Fresco on Windows; and quite a lot more.
Today marks a significant evolution of Photoshop. This includes:
For the product team, shipping our first version of Photoshop on the iPad and the cloud documents system is a huge milestone that comes after more than a year of intense work. It is a great burst of energy for us into the world. For you, the customer, this first 1.0 version is just the starting line. We plan to shape this new experience together with you, our customers.
Here’s more about the Photoshops, the cloud document system, and the associated apps that we are releasing today:
The journey begins with Photoshop on the iPad
When we started this project, it was hard for me to envision how we would reimagine the Photoshop desktop interface into a beautiful, performant experience optimized for pencil and touch on a smaller screen, while also retaining the power, depth and flexibility of Photoshop.
Photoshop on the iPad is built using the same code base as Photoshop on the desktop. This means you can open and edit the same PSD in Photoshop on your desktop or iPad without worrying about conversions, compressions, imports or exports. Photoshop on the iPad supports large files and many, many layers, just like Photoshop on your desktop, preserving your data across devices. The edits you make, whether making layer adjustments, masking, or spot healing, will produce the same results across devices because the app is powered by the same desktop engine.
One very important thing to note: This is the beginning. The first version of Photoshop on iPad is focused on compositing, basic retouching, and masking, common tasks and workflows that we know will be useful for most Photoshop users. Over time, we’ll add more capabilities and workflows as we learn more about how customers use Photoshop on a mobile device.
We plan to add new capabilities as quickly as possible on a regular cadence of releases, which will begin after MAX 2019. We’re releasing with a set of features we know all Photoshop users will need and plan to add capabilities as we see how customers use Ps on the iPad. While leveraging the same code base helps accelerate development, we’re also deeply committed to rethinking every experience for the pencil and touch screen to give you the best Photoshop experience possible no matter what environment you work in. We know we have more work to do and we encourage you to share what’s important to you after you’ve tried the product.
To orient you, the standard Photoshop toolbar is on the left, modernized for touch. Layers are on the right, modernized for a smaller screen to maximize canvas space. You can also see a detailed layers panel, just like desktop if that’s your preference.
All your work is automatically saved to the cloud using a new system we are also introducing today that we call cloud documents (details on that below). All your cloud documents are PSDs and are automatically saved across all your Photoshops and available to edit everywhere Photoshop is. So whether you flip over to check your email, head back to the home screen, or walk away from your iPad, you won’t lose your work.
We have some in-app tours and video tutorials to get you started and a new home button that takes you to where you can continue existing projects or start new ones. Currently you can export to PNG, JPEG, PSD, TIFF.
The help icon, which is the ? in the top right corner, takes you to help and community forums where we’d love for you to participate.
Today, Photoshop on the iPad is available to all Creative Cloud customers who have a subscription to Photoshop.
Cloud documents provide a streamlined method to work, share and manage creative documents across devices. This system is deeply integrated into Photoshop on the desktop and iPad, Adobe Fresco and Adobe Aero. Cloud documents enable you to work on your projects seamlessly across apps. Instead of exporting and importing files, simply connect to the internet, open your PSD from the app Home Screen and pick up where you left off. If you’ve been using Adobe XD, this workflow will be familiar as we use the same system for XD files. We are thrilled to integrate the cloud document capabilities into Photoshop and expand our support to PSDs today. (When a PSD is in the cloud, we’ve changed the extension to PSDC, “C” for cloud. It retains all the same characteristics and capabilities of an offline PSD.) Saving your creative work as cloud documents will enable exclusive benefits:
Home is easy to navigate to in Photoshop on the desktop, iPad and Fresco with similar tools and capabilities in all the apps.
Some key details about cloud documents:
Learn even more about what’s new in this version of Photoshop here.
On February 19, we will celebrate Photoshop’s 30th birthday. We now have many customers who were born after Photoshop and have never been without it. I’m so incredibly proud to be part of a product that continues to be the tool used by millions of creative people worldwide to bring their imaginations to life. Today that tool gets even better.
First, you will be thrilled with some of the improvements we’ve added using our Sensei technology of artificial intelligence and machine learning- particularly new capabilities in the Object Selection Tool and Content-Aware-Fill.
The home screen looks different because we’ve added things like access to cloud documents. We also have a “What’s new” tour so you can very easily see what we’ve added to each release as we are now constantly shipping new capabilities.
We’ve cut out steps to navigate through multiple panels and dialogs by repackaging top tasks into a central location. These properties are shown contextually for the given content selected. This includes:
We’ve also added new quick action buttons to accelerate common tasks. For example you can now one-click to remove background or select subject while in the pixel layer properties panel or quickly convert text layers into a frame or shape.
Preset Panels: Swatches, Gradients, Patterns, Shapes and Styles
Preset workflows have received a complete overhaul. These improvements make up some of the all-time top requests across all customer types. You get:
Don’t like the changes? The familiar legacy presets can still be accessed and loaded via the contextual panel menu item “Legacy presets.”
Object Selection Tool
This tool has been promoted to the top spot under the magic selections tool icon. We use Sensei AI machine learning to enable you to automatically select single, multiple or parts of objects in an image; speeding up complex selections.
Select subject Select Subject gets better edges, is faster on a Mac and we’ve reduced the size of the Sensei AI machine learning model on disk without reducing quality so we can also run it on Photoshop on iPad and achieve identical results on both platforms (this feature coming to iPad soon).
We’ve added three ways to identify where in your image you want it to look for source pixels as fill content.
Smart Object Convert to Layers
Convert a Smart Object back into its component layers to fine-tune your designs—and do it all in one place, without having to switch between document windows. Right-click any existing Smart Object and use the menu item ‘Convert to Layers’ to unpack the layers.
This is a specific response to requests from some of our power users and we worked very closely with them to get it right.
Now you can take better advantage of the depth maps coming out of your camera. You can set a focal point to choose what to blur and keep in focus (foreground, background, etc). We’ve also made it speedier with GPU improvements.
Transform Warp Enhancements
We’ve added much more flexibility and control to transform warp with the ability to drag with bezier curves. We’ve added preset grids: 3×3, 4×4, 5×5 defaults. You can also create your own custom-sized grids (20×4 for example) and add and move your own new gridlines and anchor points.
There’s also a new keyboard shortcut (option/alt). This supports multiple undos to remove gridlines as you add them. And you can shift/drag to select multiple points for more control over creative warping.
32-Bit HDR Images
We’ve added adjustment layers for curves and brightness / contrast for 32-bit images.
Consistent Transform Behavior
You spoke. We listened. Proportionally transform multiple layers, regardless of the type, without using Shift. However, if you prefer the legacy behavior, simply click the link in the transform option bar to revert back to legacy behavior (all layers free transform by default). With a single click, you can set up Photoshop to your preferred transform behavior.
Smart Object and Layer Comp Tracking
Now save the variation of a Layer Comp within a Smart Object to save time from manually setting each variation.
And So Much More
…Document tab improvements, native animated GIF support, better handling of scratch disks out of space…