Adobe has released the latest Photoshop update. Version 22.0 also known as Photoshop 2021 with some amazing new features. Taking advantage of AI this is the most advanced version of Photoshop so far. I’m sure a lot of people, are going to be blown away by some of these new tools. I sure am.
Here they are as listed in the video above by the legendary Unmesh at PiXimperfect.
The video is quite long, so you can click on the timestamps to open the list at the right point as you want, or simply click on the video thumbnail above to watch the full video.
Before we begin, let me highlight the fact that a lot of these new features are perfect for beginners, and some of them are still in the beta version.
I’m pretty impressed nonetheless.
Let’s get started.
Photoshop 2021 New Features
#21 Sky ReplacementGo to 00:35
An exciting feature for landscape shooters in these Photoshop 2021 updates. It really allows you to replace a sky with one single click.
#20 – Skin Smoothing – Neural FilterGo to 02:28
This AI filter is amazing for controlling the blur and smoothness of skin in a subject.
#19 – Smart Portrait – Neural FilterGo to 03:24
The smart portrait filter is still in beta. This AI filter makes you literally change the facial features in a portrait by just dragging sliders left and right. Fun.
#18 – Colorize – Neural FilterGo to 04:40
I don’t know who will make use of this one, but if you have a black and white photo and what to add colors to it… Adobe’s got your back!
#17 – Pattern PreviewGo to 05:39
Need to create patterns? It’s never been so easy.
#16 – Quick ActionsGo to 07:41
Some useful one-button quick actions such as remove or blur background. Not perfect, but wow!
Related: How to Use Photoshop Actions
#15 – Live Shapes EnhancementsGo to 08:32
More control and power over vector shapes. Nice one Adobe!
#14 – Discover PanelGo to 09:46
The help panel is finally useful. It tells you where things are and it has guided tutorials to help you learn what you need.
#13 – Preset SearchGo to 09:46
Presets panels such as window > patterns are now searchable.
#12 – Version HistoryGo to 11:12
I love this one too. It was about time that photo Adobe implemented this concept already available in programming. It keeps a history of the different versions of a file. So you can literally go back in time to what the file was two weeks ago for example. It only works with cloud documents.
#11 – Select Subject Improvements In Select and Mask WorkspaceGo to 13:05
Are you a big fan of “Select and Mask”? I am. Massive improvements there too. This is my favorite among all the Photoshop 2021 updates.
#10 – Select And Mask PresetsGo to 14:59
You can create presets of your selection for similar images.
#9 – Refine HairGo to 15:48
Also part of the select and mask tool. This will literally blow away your mind, and save a lot of time too.
#8 – Content-Aware Tracing ToolGo to 16:27
This one requires you to activate it from Preferences > Technology Previews. Fast way to create a path.
#7 – Easy PluginsGo to 17:20
Installing Photoshop plugins has never been so easy.
#6 – Depth-Aware Haze – Neural FilterGo to 17:48
For adding haze depending on the depth of the image.
#5 – Make-up Transfer – Neural FilterGo to 18:22
Are you jealous of someone else’s make up? Copy it to your own portrait!
#4 – Use Cloud Documents OfflineGo to 19:04
If your documents are on the cloud but you know you’re going to work in an area with poor Internet, you can now choose to always have them available offline.
#3 – Reset Smart ObjectsGo to 19:50
Not of great use for photographers maybe, but as the name says, it allows you to reset smart objects to their original state.
#2 – Fast Access To Content-aware FillGo to 20:32
Need to remove an object from a scene? Just make a quick selection around it and done. Remarkable.
#1 – Brush Tool SearchGo to 20:47
The brush tool has a search bar so you can now find your favorite in no time… if you remember the name :/
Before You Go
Should you rely solely on these new AI-pumped filters and features to edit your photos? My answer is no.
Are these features super useful if you want to do quick edits for photos that are going to be displayed only on social media? Oh yeah!
And as always, over to you know.
What do you think about these Photoshop 2021 updates? Are you going to use the quick sky replacement or use one of the neural filters to refine your portraits? Let me know in the comments below.
Stefano Caioni is a photographer from Sydney, Australia. Founder and editor of Pixinfocus, his passion for photography helps him explore new places and live new adventures. Thanks to photography he reconnected with the outdoors and was able to travel the world and take photos of some of the most beautiful places on Earth.