Adobe Photoshop update adds refined selections and AI photo restoration

Adobe’s annual design and technology conference starts today, so the company is making updates to much of its software lineup as part of the fall event. When it comes to Photoshop, Adobe has a bunch of new features for desktop and iPad, as well as an update on the progress of the web version. With additional tools for selections, neural filters, collaboration, and working on a tablet, there might be something in the latest versions that makes the workflow a little easier for everyone.

First, Adobe has refined the Object Selection tool to improve the accuracy of auto-selection and expanded the list of elements Photoshop can recognize itself. This builds on the selection abilities the company first introduced to the app in 2020, allowing you to hover over an element in an image while Photoshop automatically recognizes it and then selects it. With this update, Objection Selection can now recognize complex things like sky, buildings, water, plants, floors, and the ground — even mountains, sidewalks, and roads, according to Adobe. There’s also a new one-click delete and fill shortcut (Shift + Del) that combines object selection with content-aware fill for the elements that the app can automatically detect and highlight in photos.

Adobe also introduced neural filters in 2020, which use AI to handle major changes in seconds. Technology enables things like smoothing skin, changing facial expressions, and transferring styles from famous works of art. This time, the company adds a photo recovery filter that uses machine learning to revive old or damaged photos. The AI ​​can detect and fix “scratches and other minor imperfections,” Adobe says.

Photoshop on the iPad


For Photoshop on the iPad, Adobe is once again bringing more desktop tools to the tablet version of the app. With one tap you can now remove the background or content-aware fill. Using the same technology that powers Subject Select, Photoshop on the iPad can quickly isolate the main element or character in an image and automatically apply a layer mask to remove the background. Content-Aware Fill works just like it does on desktop, removing unwanted objects or people, only this time you can do it with a single tap. Additionally, Adobe has improved the Select Subject option for portrait images and added Auto Hue, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color editing options to the Filters And Adjustments panel.

Finally, Adobe says it’s still working to expand Photoshop’s capabilities on the web. Launched last year, this version is still in limited beta, but the company plans to add tools like object selection, background removal, Adobe Camera Raw edits, and content-aware fill to the browser-based app. Photoshop on the iPad was extremely limited when Adobe first rolled it out, sparking a huge backlash that the company has since worked to fix. This app is now packed with powerful features, so it’s probably best for Adobe to refine the web version with limited participants for a while. Creative Cloud subscribers can try it out by visiting the beta section of the Creative Cloud homepage.

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