Adobe Updates Photoshop for iPads: New Features Like Content-Aware Fill, Background Removal, and More

Adobe brought Photoshop for iPad into line with the desktop version of the app.

Today, the company announced new features in Photoshop for iPad, including “Content-Aware Fill”, “Remove Background” and “Select Subject Portrait”.

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What are the new features in Photoshop for iPads?

Content-Aware Fill is a quick way to get rid of distracting elements in the background of a photo. It allows users to take any selection and then use AI to fill content based on the surrounding image, according to Macrumors.

To remove the background, the Remove Background tool is the best option. It is designed to be a one-click option to remove background without affecting image quality.

Meanwhile, the Select Subject Portrait tool lets users select people in an image and refine details like locks of hair and the edges of clothing, according to Macrumors.

The new Photoshop app for iPad also includes a font browser and automatic tone, color and contrast features.

Adobe is also updating its drawing and painting app Fresco with a “Liquify” option to distort images. These new features go hand in hand with the update to Photoshop for iPad.

Other features of the Fresco drawing app include a “Magic Wand” button for selecting a colored area and new “Accessibility” features.

Adobe Photoshop for iPad and Adobe Fresco are available on the App Store. Photoshop for iPad can be purchased for $9.99 per month as part of Adobe’s Photography plan, and Fresco is also priced at $9.99 per month.

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Adobe rolled out updates for Photoshop on iPads earlier in 2020

According to Engadget, Adobe has already rolled out new Photoshop updates for iPads in February 2020.

One of the features added in 2020 is “object selection”. With it, Adobe’s AI and machine learning will automatically make a selection for you beyond just the main topic.

To use the object selection tool, simply draw a rectangle or lasso around the area you want to select, then Photoshop will find the “primary objects” in the highlighted area.

Another feature that Adobe has added to Photoshop for iPads is the Character Adjustment Tool. The update includes the type layer, character, and option properties.

This means you can adjust things like tracking, advance, scaling, and formatting. However, kerning, a key typographic adjustment for designers, won’t be available until a “future release”, according to Engadget.

According to Adobe, pans and zooms are smoother and more responsive. The same goes for using the hand tool to move around the canvas on large documents.

Basically, as you work your way in, out, and around Photoshop files, things should feel “butterier” and less choppy when navigating with your stylus, as Engadget reports.

Photoshop for the iPad was initially launched in 2019. Adobe claimed that they have been working hard to add more desktop features to the mobile version since then.

The updates took some time as there are adjustments needed to transform the app from a mouse-based user interface to a finger-based touchscreen.

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