Adobe brings linked editing to Photoshop on iPad and Lightroom

Adobe is releasing a wave of updates to almost all of its Creative Cloud applications, including major additions and workflow improvements to Photoshop and Lightroom on the iPad and Mac. The new updates will be available to all Creative Cloud customers starting today.


Photoshop on the iPad is gaining the ability to perform lightroom-connected editing. This means you’ll be able to process an image in Lightroom and move it seamlessly to Photoshop for further editing with all Photoshop tools.

On the desktop, Adobe has refined Photoshop’s Select Subject algorithm for better results in Photoshop. Sensei machine learning has now been adapted to get hair selection right, it is a notoriously tactical job. Sensei is also used with match fonts, a feature that identifies the fonts present in an image.

Desktop Photoshop has a new Adobe Camera raw UI that looks like a lightroom and is more intuitive to use. A new Adobe Capture extension brings the capabilities of the Adobe Capture iOS app to the desktop to create more powerful color skimming and patterns. You can learn more about these and more features to come to Photoshop on the Adobe blog today.


The iPad is acquiring a shared editing feature as part of the Discovery section of the Lightroom app, as well as linked editing from Photoshop. If you choose, Lightroom will create a sequence before and after combining your edits with others. Your edit presets can be saved for others to apply to your own photos.

The versions will allow photographers to experiment with different editing treatments of the same image without duplicating any photos. Versions are available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android and sync across all your devices.

The ability to add watercolors to your photos on export is another long-requested feature that is available today. Like the versions, this feature is available on all platforms and syncs. You can learn more about these and more at Lightroom on the Adobe blog.

Some notable improvements are being made to Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications today:

When creating AR views with Adobe Arrow, you’ll now be able to import audio files for a rich multi-sensitive experience. Sound effects can be applied to objects and triggered by viewers. Arrow’s UIO has been updated with a new “3D Gizmo” tool for more control and visual responsiveness while graphing visibility and placing objects throughout the scene.

Support for new in-illustrator cloud documents – Adobe’s synchronized file management system. Documents can now be expanded to more than 5 million square inches. Your system will take advantage of your system’s GPU to render graphics live without relying on outlines. Artboards can be cut and pasted across documents.

Adobe Stock Audio is now integrated into Premier Pro. This means you’ll be able to license search, preview, and audio tracks within your projects. New features powered by Adobe Sensei are coming soon, including visual editing detection.

Stacks are a new feature for working with groups and elements. All other objects are automatically adjusted as you add, remove, reorder, or resize objects to a stack. Any part of your design can be set to scroll groups to scroll vertically, horizontally or in both directions. Design tokens, a CSS sharing system, enable designers and developers to work more together.

Roto Brush 2, a future update, will use Adobe Sensei to generate more accurate mats.

Artists can now start a live stream of just one image from Fresco.

Last week, Adobe also released Photoshop Camera, an easy-to-use iPhone application that combines the power of machine learning lenses with quick social sharing to create fun, artistic images.

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