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19 February 2020

Adobe has marked the 30th birthday of Photoshop with updates to both the desktop and iPad versions of the software. And just for fun, the company conducted a survey of over 1,000 U.S. adults to shine a light on "Photoshop's impact on popular culture."

In Happy Birthday, Photoshop!, Photoshop product manager Pam Clark cited the application's many innovations:

On this milestone day we celebrate the evolution that brought us here, from the first use of Photoshop (before Photoshop 1.0) to create visual effects for James Cameron's movie The Abyss ... to the invention of the healing brush in Photoshop CS2 ... to the wizardry of Content-Aware Fill ... and all the amazing innovation in between. In 2016 we introduced Sensei AI and machine learning magic, resulting in many even more fantastic features including Select Subject, with of course much more to come. In 2019, Photoshop won an Academy Award and we expanded it to new devices like the iPad.

Photoshop DNA. Thirty years of innovation.

And in keeping with that tradition of innovation, the company released updates to both its desktop and iPad versions of Photoshop.


On the desktop, Photoshop has been updated with these new features:

  • Content-Aware Fill Workspace Improvements: You can now make multiple selections and apply multiple fills without leaving the Content-Aware workspace using the new Apply button.
  • Lens Blur Improvements: The output quality and performance of Lens Blur has been improved and can now run on the GPU. You can synthetically adjust the depth of field by dynamically manipulating the blur of a 2D image after capture.
  • Dark User Interface Support: Photoshop now supports the new dark mode on macOS Catalina in its dialog boxes.
  • Performance Improvements: Performance has been improved for mouse tracking, panning, zooming and using the hand tool. Windows users no longer need to use WinTab.


On the iPad, Photoshop has been updated with these new features:

  • Object Selection Tool: Drag a marquee around several objects to tap into Select Subject's technology to select each individual object rather than the marqueed area.
  • Type Settings: The update adds type layer, character and options properties. This includes tracking, leading, scaling and formatting niceties like All/Small Caps, Super/Subscript. Kerning is promised in a future release.

Digital artists Anna McNaught and Magdiel Lopez are celebrating Photoshop's birthday on Adobe Live Feb. 19 and 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT. You can watch the recorded presentations on Behance too.

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