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Photoshop August 2021 update
Let's talk about what's new! With the August release of Photoshop, we added more sky images to Sky Replacement, improved Transform Warp, and added other customer requested changes. Recent additions to Photoshop on iPad include the long awaited Healing Brush and Magic Wand as well as a cool new feature that allows you to display your canvas on an external monitor. Besides enhancements, we fixed a number of things to improve performance and more. For detailed information, see Fixed issues in Photoshop.
You also may have noticed some changes in the Photoshop community. We recently consolidated the Photoshop & Photoshop Mobile communities into one community called, “Photoshop ecosystem” and added labels for you to choose what platform your posting relates to. For more information regarding this change, view this announcement.
Check out the links below to the latest Quick Tips, blog posts, and tutorials, as well as our ACP highlight section. Also, if you like trying out new things, you'll be pleased to know that Photoshop subscribers will soon have the opportunity to try Photoshop Beta releases and share feedback with us.
If you missed any of our previous newsleters, you can find them here: Photoshop Newsletter home page.
Trevor Dennis - Other than working on my dad’s farm, I spent my working life at Ford UK’s Research & Engineering site starting as a toolmaker, but most of my time there was on a small design team producing specialist test instrumentation. Over the years I have raced motorcycles on dirt and track, climbed a lot of mountains and a good few rock faces, and walked mostof New Zealand’s Great Walks. I did the UK Coast to Coast - 200 miles across the Lakes District peaks and North Yorkshire Moors - in ten days. I’ve always had a keen interest in computers, starting with a BBC Micro (serial # 00050), Amiga 1000, and finally a Windows PC so I could get onto the Internet - which in those days meant Usenet and bulletin boards. I discovered Photoshop when it first became available for Windows, but I had mixed feelings back then having come from Deluxe Paint on the Amiga 1000. I have none the less been obsessed with Photoshop ever since. I also owned Premiere Pro and InDesign, which I used to produce my Camera Club’s newsletter. I was lucky to have a job that I loved, but still pleased to get early retirement in 2004 and move to the Marlborough region of New Zealand, surrounded by endless miles of grape vines. I’ve worked as a commercial photographer and run Photoshop workshops at three PSNZ (Photographic Society of New Zealand) National Conventions. I have a theory that content creators tend towards being OCD, and that we never do anything except to excess. So, my current obsession is woodworking which I discovered after joining my local Menz Shed, primarily for its well-equipped metal shop. I recently built a router cabinet from scratch, making everything other than the casters, switch, and router. I've made some great friends from the Adobe forums, and have never stopped learning new things. You can view some of my work here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trevor-dennis/
With the improved Sky Replacement feature, you can download even more free high-quality sky presets. You can also import several of your own sky images at once. To learn more, check out Replace the sky in your photos.
New Transform Warp options
Now you can apply more control to Bezier handles when using Transform Warp, choose guideline options for more accurate warp transforms, and easily apply transformations inside a split warp grid.
To learn more, check out Warp images, shapes, and paths.
Learn more about the new Photoshop features that are now browseable through the What's New section in the Discover panel. Simplify your editing with more Quick Actions. To learn more, check out Learn faster with the Photoshop Discover Panel.
Learn about other important Photoshop updates and resolved customer-reported issues.
PHOTOSHOP ON THE IPAD
With the Magic Wand, you can select areas of your images quickly based on tone and color. This tool is useful to extract objects from a flat background, select an irregularly shaped area, or select distinctly colored elements. To learn more, see Make selections and add masks.
Healing Brush - Use the Healing Brush to retouch images by painting sampled pixels you choose over the area you wish to change. This tool matches the texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sampled pixels to the pixels being healed.
Learn about Quick Actions that give you one-click solutions to perform creative tasks.
Visit the Photosho Quick Tips home page for links to previous Quick Tips topics.
Photoshop Blog Post - Photoshop releases major update to Sky Replacement, Healing Brush, and Magic Wand on iPad and more.
Coming soon: The Photoshop Beta will soon be available for anybody with a membership plan that includes Photoshop. You can install the Beta using the Creative Cloud desktop app in the "Beta apps" section. To learn more about this program, see Adobe Creative Cloud Beta FAQ.
The new warp options are very welcome. It's something I have specifically hoped to see for many years.
Something I don't think the updated help page shows is that we can Shift click or drag to combine Split Warp points, which are indicated by a surrounding rectangle
You can then affect combined Split Warp points relative to the layer or object.
AFAICT we now have what people have been asking for with Sky Replacement. I think the complaint was that we could not append a folder of our own new skies. Well we can definitely do that now, although I can't say that I tested it before V22.5 I could not see any way O importing a folder, but it is easy enough to create a new Sky Group, select it, and append multiple new skies in a single operation. That's pretty cool. We have interesting skies here sometimes, but I have to drive to be able to view the horizon to record a BIG sky, so was thinking I'd just put up my drone to capture the next nice sky.
It's also good to see improvements to Discover. I strongly believe that Photoshop's various search tools are underutilized. How many threads have asked where to find such and such a Photoshop tool, when the poster only needed to type it's name — or part there of — into Discover to reveal its location. It's much the same with brush presets, but the Photoshop Development team are missing a trick with the brush panel search bar because, while it is definitely useful to filter all the presets that contain a word like 'hair' from massive groups like Kyle Webster's Megapack, if you try to refine the search the slightest bit, it finds nothing! It would also be wonderful to have an option to include all the preset groups not appended to the main brush preset panel.
It's the same thing with Patterns, Gradients, Styles, and Shapes with the latter being most relevant in my case, as we seem to have an awful lot of shapes nowadays, and they are not as weasy to find as they used to be. I was finding it a pain to find Speech bubbles for Dave's SFTW uploads, until the search bar came to the rescue, but wouldn't it be wonderful if we had Fuzzy Search capability, and I didn't have to reemember to refer to 'speech' bubbles as 'talk' bubbles?
[EDIT] I love Sky Replacement, but sometimes I use it just to obtain the incredible mask it produces. If I want to apply an effect to the existing sky, for instance.
I like Photoshop a lot and I use it daily but the 22.5.0 update is a fail and there is an important regression with macOS Catalina 10.15.7
I posted all the details in a blog post accessible here : https://www.itakephotos.fr/photoshop-22-5-0-failed-update-with-macos-catalina-10-15-7/