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Adobe Adds Touch Bar Support To Photoshop, Releases Project Felix Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

13 December 2016

Adobe has released an update to Photoshop CC to support the new Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro. It also announced new releases of Project Felix Beta and Adobe XD.


In a Photoshop blog entry, Senior Product Manager Stephen Nielson wrote:

I've had a chance to use the Touch Bar a bit and I find it exciting for two reasons. First, the Touch Bar is useful for surfacing a contextual "next step." This is helpful both for a beginner who might not know how to navigate Photoshop and for an experienced user in giving them speedier access to the desired next action. Second, the Touch Bar is useful for accessing controls in a new way, especially controls that were sometimes clumsy with a keyboard and mouse.

Touch Bar support is available for three categories of functions:

  • Layer Properties: You can quickly access common actions like place a Smart Object, clip Layers and open Select & Mask. Controls for changing the blend mode and scrubbing through the history "are especially nice to use on the Touch Bar Retina display because of a visual preview of the result," Nielson said.
  • Brushes: Provides quick access to brush color, size, hardness, opacity and flow. Each of these commands has a movable slider to pick the right value.
  • Favorites: Configure your own set of favorite actions, including any combination of actions above or commands like Full screen mode, Flip Horizontal/Vertical and launching the macOS share menu.

The update also addresses these customer-reported issues:

  • Group blending modes act differently for 16/32-bit images
  • The hit area for closing folders is hard to click on
  • Error or crash with missing displacement map upon action playback
  • Selecting a group expands it unexpectedly
  • An issue while exporting a document with a hidden layer group
  • Copy Layer Styles is missing from the Layers panel
  • Crash while using the Lasso tool when the Messages app is enabled
  • The Select & Mask task space responds slowly or crashes on computers with AMD processors
  • Content-Aware Fill quits unexpectedly when the CPU has more than four cores
  • The Include Vector Data option is grayed out when you save an EPS file containing a type layer


Debuted at Adobe MAX 2016, the first beta of Project Felix is available today for those with a paid CC membership. Project Felix enables graphic designers to create high quality, photo-realistic images for projects including product shots, product design, scene visualizations and concept mock-ups.

In her Project Felix blog post, Kerensa Hogan explained:

Felix's controls and tools let you move around the scene, even tilt, rotate and transform individual models. Adjust the lighting and edit surfaces with easy-to-use sliders. And quickly place your models with visual guides. Watch your changes in real time with the render preview without having to wait hours to check your changes. Because Felix is part of Creative Cloud, your renders are also editable in Photoshop for post-processing.


The first public beta release of Adobe XD for Windows is now available for download, representing the first step toward bringing users an end-to-end solution for UX design tailor-made for Windows 10.

For more information on XD for Windows, visit the Creative Cloud blog.

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