Photoshop Turns 30, Updated With Dark Mode Support on Mac and Object Selection Tool on iPad

Adobe is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Photoshop today with several updates to the app across the Mac and iPad.

A key new feature on the Mac is support for Dark Mode on macOS Mojave and later. Photoshop already has a dark user interface on the Mac, but now system dialogs like the File menu will also be dark based on the systemwide appearance selected in System Preferences > General.

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The desktop app has also received Content-Aware Fill improvements. Now, you can make multiple selections and apply multiple fills without leaving the workspace. You can use the new "apply" button to iterate your fills before committing, and click "OK" only when you are finished, according to Adobe.

Adobe says it has also improved the output quality and performance of Lens Blur on the desktop, and made performance improvements, claiming that clicking interactions like panning and zooming are smoother and more responsive.

On the iPad, the headline new feature is the Object Selection tool, which can automatically find the object within a selected area for you based on Adobe Sensei machine learning.

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Adobe explains:

The Object Selection tool is designed to give you speed, but also more control over the selection process on more complex images. For example, it is the right tool if you have images with multiple objects, or when selecting a part of an object, or if you want this part but not that part, or need to isolate more than one object in an image. With the Object Selection tool, you draw a rectangular region or even a crude lasso around the area you want to select, and the tool automatically finds and selects the primary objects inside the defined region.

Photoshop for iPad is available on the App Store.

Top Rated Comments

jayducharme Avatar
12 months ago
With so many decent non-subscription alternatives on the market now, I assume Adobe is staying alive due to their entrenched user base that's into their whole ecosystem and for whom it would be too expensive to switch. Hmmm ... maybe Adobe is modeling itself after Apple....
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
12 months ago
Dark mode??

Loooooool

How about re-writing the app so that it performs as well as a £50 competitor?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
centauratlas Avatar
12 months ago
How about bringing back a purchase instead of requiring a subscription? Stupidity....
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
navaira Avatar
12 months ago
DARK MODE?!?!?!

I am immediately deleting Affinity and buying the Adobe subscription again, that's even more important than Fantastical 3's €40 watch… integration… or whatever it is that's now worth €40 a year. /s
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cocky jeremy Avatar
12 months ago
Until they start selling software again and do away with this subscription based BS... no thanks.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
japanime Avatar
12 months ago
My $50 copy of Affinity Photo and I would say "Happy Birthday, Adobe," but we're too busy doing serious work. :p
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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