Photoshop has been the gold standard in photo editing for more than two decades. Although it was originally designed for graphic designers and photographers, it is becoming easier for hobbyists to use as well – meaning it’s simpler than ever to make your Instagram feed look truly pro.
Its developer Adobe is taking another step towards making Photoshop easier to use with the addition of several “highly requested” new tools to the iPad version of the app, first introduced in 2019. They will be welcome additions for fans of the iPad version, which costs the same as a desktop subscription (£9.99 per month) despite having fewer features.
The Healing Brush lets you precisely correct small parts of the image, like scratches or blemishes. Pimples, wrinkles, red eyes can all be fixed with just a few clicks. It’s been a mainstay of the desktop app for touching up awkward family snaps, but it’s now coming to iPad, too. You can sample and retouch with your Apple Pencil, making it a breeze to use.
Adobe said: “Just as expected, texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sampled pixels are matched seamlessly — and new pixels blend into the rest of the image so you can retouch your images with precision.”
Another feature coming to iPad is Magic Wand, which makes selecting things easier. It allows you to select similarly-coloured areas of an image with one click. It’s useful for removing backgrounds or grabbing certain objects. It joins existing tools like Select Subject and Refine Edge, which use AI to select objects with just one click.
The desktop version is getting an update today too.
Sky Replacement is vital for fixing pics which just didn’t have an Instagram-worthy blue sky. The automatic tool has been upgraded with even more sky options including night scenes, fireworks and sunsets. You can download up to 5,000 at once through the “Get More Skies” option.
“We’re bringing you the moon and the stars… literally!” said Pam Clark, a product manager at Adobe.
Finally, Canvas Projection is an all-new feature which shares what you’re working on to a bigger screen using a HDMI or USB-C port.
Need extra help getting to grips with the new tools and features? A new Discover panel helps you find content from inside the desktop app using a Command+F (macOS) or Ctrl+F (Windows). There’s also some new tutorials under the Discover panel to help you learn new skills.