Adobe has released an updated version of Photoshop CC 2017 for Mac with support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, providing users with access to controls based on three categories: Layer Properties, Brushes, and Favorites.

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Photoshop's implementation includes a History Scrubber to jump to any recent state of a document created during the current session. Each time a user applies a change to the document, a new document state is added. Users can scroll through or tap thumbnails on the Touch Bar to navigate the document history.

Touch Bar functions for Layer Properties include adjusting the layer opacity and visibility, scrolling through available blending modes, and making a layer a clipping mask. For brushes, users can use the Touch Bar to pick a color, brush size, brush hardness, brush opacity, and brush flow.

Favorites includes a Screen Mode for toggling between the normal screen mode and full screen mode, and controls for invoking the New Layer command and flipping layers horizontally or vertically. Meanwhile, a Fill Mode control invokes the Fill command with the Content-Aware Fill option preselected.

Photoshop design manager Bradee Evans demoed the Touch Bar features at Apple's new MacBook Pro event in October. Skip to the 52:30 mark.


Photoshop users can update to the latest version using the Adobe CC Updater. Adobe says Touch Bar support is a "technology preview," meaning the feature is not considered "production-ready" but nonetheless is available for users to try out.

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TMRJIJ Avatar
71 months ago
Pixelmator has my heart now. Bye Felicia..I mean Adobe
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Steveo13 Avatar
71 months ago
Woo first comment!!
Affinity is better
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Corrode Avatar
71 months ago
Can't wait for Lightroom support.
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macduke Avatar
71 months ago
Now we really need a new wired keyboard with TouchBar support for us iMac users. I use PS every day at work. Creatives at work are more likely to use an iMac or external display, necessitating an external keyboard. I assume it would need to be wired to power the display and reduce input lag, but perhaps Apple's new wireless charging tech next year could solve part of that problem. A custom wireless chip for the video signal could solve the other part.
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bladerunner2000 Avatar
71 months ago
Pixelmator has my heart now. Bye Felicia..I mean Adobe
o_O

Say that in an ad agency or other studio. Nobody uses Pixelmator. It's a wicked app and all, but it doesn't do anywhere near as much as Photoshop. If one were to shut down today, which do you think would cause major problems?
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pier Avatar
71 months ago
There are dozens of ignored feature requests that are years old in Adobe's forums.

Metal was released almost 2 years ago and still no signs of coming to Photoshop or Illustrator.

But here we have support for a gimmick that only a very small percentage of mac users will be able to use.

Adobe has its priorities straight.
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