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Adobe Photoshop CC for Teams & Businesses


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Go wherever your imagination takes you.

From photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design — you can do it all in Adoe Photoshop. Bring ideas to life across desktop and iPad. Magically transform images with the power of AI. Learn new skills and share your projects via livestream. With our latest release, Photoshop is faster, smarter, and easier than ever.

Adobe Photoshop Highlights

Retouch. Replace. Remix. Remarkable.

Make portraits pop and expressions more expressive. Swap out skies in a click. Remove objects, retouch, and recolor. With powerful editing tools and new smart features for creating magical effects, you can turn imagery into artistry.

Transform photos into flights of pure imagination.

With one-click selections, easy masking, and virtually unlimited 
layers, you can quickly create what your camera can’t capture.

A thousand brushes with greatness.

Paint and draw with thousands of custom brushes or create your own — Photoshop puts the world’s largest collection at your fingertips.

Your go-to for gorgeous graphic design.

Posters, packaging, banners, websites — graphic design starts with Photoshop. Combine photos, graphics, and text to create entirely new images. Select your subjects in a click. And play with color and effects to polish any design project.

Creativity is everywhere. Now Photoshop is too.

The creative power of Photoshop is on your iPad. Open full-size PSDs, retouch images, create sophisticated composites, and control brushes with your finger or Apple Pencil. Work on desktop or iPad, even offline — all your work is synced to the cloud, so you can always pick up where you left off.

What’s New in Adobe Photoshop 2021

It’s never been easier to use Adobe Photoshop. New features are rolling out regularly to simplify steps and save time — check out some of the latest updates.

Neural filters

Use simple sliders and AI technology to colorize a scene, zoom in on parts of an image, remove scratches, or change someone’s expression, age, or pose in seconds. Explore a range of creative ideas with new re-imagined filters powered by Adobe Sensei. Colorize your old black and white photos, alter facial expressions, or drastically edit your portraits.

Sky Replacement

Quickly select and replace the sky in a photo, automatically adjusting your scenery colors to match the new sky. Get the mood you want in your photos even if the shooting conditions weren’t perfect.

Adobe Photoshop 2021 sky replacement

Learn more directly in the app

With the brand new in-app Discover panel, you can search and discover new Photoshop tools, hands-on tutorials, articles, and quick actions to help you level-up and take on new challenges in Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop 2021 help

Enhanced cloud documents

Access previously saved versions of cloud documents directly within Photoshop. It’s now easier than ever to preview, mark, and revert to earlier versions of your creative documents.

Pattern Preview

Envision how your design will come to life as a pattern. You can now quickly visualize and create seamlessly repeating patterns in real-time with Pattern Preview.

Adobe Photoshop 2021 pattern preview

Photoshop User Guide

What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020

Cloud documents

With Photoshop now on the iPad, use cloud documents to work seamlessly across Mac, Windows, and your iPad. Your documents are saved to Adobe’s cloud as you work.

Improvements to presets

Explore new swatches, gradients, patterns, shapes, and styles effortlessly. Presets are now more intuitive to use and easier to organize.

New Object Selection tool

Use the new Object Selection tool to better automate complex selections. Simply define a region and Photoshop does the rest.

Consistent transform behavior

Proportionally transform multiple layers, regardless of the layer type, without using the Shift key.

Improved properties panel

Find even more of the controls you need in one central location. Easily change document settings, access all type layer settings, and conveniently use Quick Actions.

Smart Object to layers

Easily convert your Smart Objects back into component layers to fine-tune your designs—all in one place, without having to switch between document windows.

Enhanced Transform Warp

Get more control with the Warp tool. Add control points anywhere or divide your image with a customizable grid to transform by individual nodes or a larger selection.

Other enhancements

Check out all the new enhancements to Photoshop and learn how you can simplify and accelerate your workflow.


  • Beginning with the October 2018 release of Photoshop CC (version 20.0), the 32-bit version of Windows is no longer supported. For support with 32-bit drivers and plug-ins, use earlier versions of Photoshop. Links to prior version installers and updates.
  • With the new Auto-update feature, your Creative Cloud apps are now automatically upgraded whenever a new version is available. You can manage the update preferences using the Creative Cloud desktop app. Learn more.
  • If you’re upgrading from an earlier version of Photoshop CC, see these considerations and tips.

Frame Tool for easy masking

Easily mask images by placing them into frames. Use the Frame Tool (K) to quickly create rectangular or elliptical placeholder frames. You can also convert any shape or text into frames and fill it with images.

Frame Tool for easy masking

To place an image into a frame, simply drag an Adobe Stock asset or a libraries asset from the Libraries panel or from your local disk — the image automatically scales to fit the frame. Content placed in frames is always placed as Smart Objects so that it can be scaled non-destructively.

For detailed information, see Place images into frames.

Content-Aware Fill reimagined

Powered by Adobe Sensei

A new, dedicated Content-Aware Fill workspace provides you with interactive editing experience to achieve seamless fill results. You can now choose which source pixels to use and rotate, scale, and mirror the source pixels thanks to Adobe Sensei technology. You also get a live full-resolution preview of the changes and an option to save the result to a new layer.

Content-Aware Fill workspace in Photoshop CC 2019

To launch the Content-Aware Fill workspace:

  1. Open an image in Photoshop. Using any selection tool, create an initial selection of the area you want to fill.
  2. From the menu bar, choose Edit > Content-Aware Fill.

In the Content-Aware Fill workspace, the document window displays the default sampling area as an overlay mask on the image. You can use the tools provided in the Tools panel (at the left of the screen) to modify the sampling area and your initial selection of the fill area. In the Content-Aware Fill panel (at the right of the screen), you can specify sampling options, fill settings, and output settings to get the desired fill result in the image. As you make changes, the Preview panel displays a live full-resolution preview of the output.

For detailed information, see Remove objects from your photos with Content-Aware Fill.

New multiple undo mode

You can now use Control + Z (Win) / Command + Z (Mac) to undo multiple steps in your Photoshop document, just like in other Creative Cloud apps. The new multiple undo mode is enabled by default.

Use Control / Command + Z to undo multiple steps

With the new multiple undo mode, the Edit menu displays the following commands:

  • Undo: Moves one step back in the undo chain. Use the shortcut keys: Control + Z (Win) / Command + Z (Mac).
  • Redo: Moves one step forward. Use the shortcut keys: Shift + Control + Z (Win) / Shift + Command + Z (Mac).
  • Toggle Last State works the same as in the legacy undo mode. Use the shortcut keys: Control + Alt + Z (Win) / Command + Option + Z (Mac).

How do I switch back to the legacy undo shortcuts?

The Edit menu also displays the name of the step that will be undone next to the Undo and Redo commands.
For example, Edit > Undo Edit Type.

The commands Step Forward and Step Backward have been removed from the Edit menu. These commands are still available from the fly-out menu in the History panel. Additionally, the layer visibility changes are now undoable by default. When you click a visibility icon in the Layers panel, a history state is created. You can control this behavior using the Make Layer Visibility Changes Undoable option from the History Options dialog, accessible from the fly-out menu in the History panel.

For related helpful information, see Undo and History.

Usability improvements

Reference Point is hidden by default

While transforming items, you can now easily move items on the canvas. The reference point that appeared while transforming items is now hidden by default. You can select the Toggle Reference Point check box in the Options bar if you want the reference point to appear.

Toggle reference point

For more information, see Set or move the reference point for a transformation.

Double-click to edit text

You can now double-click a Type layer with the Move tool to quickly begin editing the text in your document. You do not need to switch tools anymore to edit text.

Double-click to edit Type

For related helpful information, see Edit text.


Efficiently crop, transform and place or enter text with auto-commit. You no longer need to press Enter (Win) / Return (macOS) or click the Commit button in the Options bar to commit your changes.

When applying crop or transforming, perform any of the following actions to auto-commit your changes:

  • Select a new tool.
  • Click a layer in the Layers panel. (This action auto-commits changes and also selects the layer.)
  • Click outside the canvas area in the document window.
  • Click outside the bounding box in the canvas area.

When entering text in a Type layer, perform any of the following actions to auto-commit your changes:

  • Select a new tool.
  • Click a layer in the Layers panel. (This action auto-commits changes and also selects the layer.)

For related helpful information, see the following links:

Transform proportionally by default

Photoshop now transforms all layer types, such as pixel layers, type layers, shape layers, bitmaps, Placed Smart Objects, proportionally by default.

When transforming a layer, you no longer need to hold down the Shift key while dragging a corner handle to resize a selected layer to constrain its proportions. Anytime you drag a corner handle during transform and move it, the layer resizes proportionally. Holding down the Shift key now resizes non-proportionally when you drag a corner handle during the transform.

To resize a layer proportionally during transform, do the following:

  1. Select the layer(s) you want to resize in the Layers panel.
  2. Press Command + T (Mac) / Control + T (Win). Alternatively, choose Edit > Free Transform.
  3. Drag a corner handle on the bounding box to resize the layer.
  4. Commit the changes.

How do I turn off the new proportional scaling by default behavior while transforming layers?

For related helpful information, see the following links:

Prevent accidental panel moves with Lock Workspace

Use the new Lock Workspace option to prevent accidentally moving workspace panels. This is particularly when you’re using Photoshop on a tablet/stylus. To access this option, choose Window > Workspace > Lock Workspace.

Lock Workspace option in Photoshop
Lock Workspace option in Photoshop

For more helpful information about the workspace options, see Workspace basics.

Live blend mode preview

You can now scroll over different blend mode options to see how they look on your image. Photoshop displays a live preview of blend modes on the canvas when you scroll over different blend mode options in the Layers panel and the Layer Style dialog.

Scrolling over blend mode options in the Layers panel.
Scrolling over blend mode options in the Layers panel.

For related helpful information, see the following links:

Symmetry mode

Paint your brush strokes in a perfectly symmetrical pattern. While using the Paint Brush, Mixer Brush, Pencil, or Eraser tools, click the butterfly icon ( ) in the Options bar. Choose from the several available types of symmetry – Vertical, Horizontal, Dual Axis, Diagonal, Wavy, Circle, Spiral, Parallel Lines, Radial, Mandala. As you paint, the strokes are reflected live across the line of symmetry, allowing you to easily create intricate symmetrical patterns.

Pattern created with Mandala symmetry. (Artwork designed by Mike Shaw.)
Pattern created with Mandala symmetry. (Artwork designed by Mike Shaw.)

For detailed information, see Paint symmetrical patterns.

Color Wheel to choose colors

Use the Color Wheel to visualize the color spectrum and easily choose colors based on harmonies such as complementary colors and analogous colors. From the Color panel fly-out menu, choose Color Wheel.

Use the Color Wheel to choose colors
Use the Color Wheel to choose colors

Home screen

Get started quickly with the Photoshop Home screen. Access it at any time to find out about new features, connect to learning content, and jump right to your open documents. Click the new Home icon in the Options bar to access the Home screen at any point.

Photoshop Home screen
Photoshop Home screen

For more information, see Workspace basics.

Improved in-app learning

After completing an in-app tutorial (Learn panel), you can now use your own images to get the looks you want in less time.

Learn with your own images
Learn with your own images

Top customer-requested features

Distribute spacing (like Adobe Illustrator)

You can now distribute the spacing between the objects. Photoshop can already distribute objects by evenly spacing their center points. If your objects are different sizes, you now get an even spacing between them. For related helpful information, see Align and distribute layers.

(Left) Distribute Spacing options in Photoshop. (Right) Spacing distributed horizontally between objects.
(Left) Distribute Spacing options in Photoshop. (Right) Spacing distributed horizontally between objects.

Math in number fields

You can also perform simple math in any input box that accepts numeric values. For example, you can now type in simple math operations like 200/2, which gets calculated as 100 and inputs that final value into the field. This is very useful when trying to quickly get to a multiple of a value, or divide something up. For more information, see Use simple math in number fields.

Image showing simple math in the Canvas Size dialog.
Image showing simple math in the Canvas Size dialog.

Ability to see long layer names

For long layer names, Photoshop now retains the beginning and end of the layer name and puts ellipses (…) in the middle of the name. Previously, the layer name used to get cut off at the end with ellipses (…).

Photoshop now puts ellipses (...) in the middle of long layer names.
Photoshop now puts ellipses (…) in the middle of long layer names.

Match Font now support Japanese fonts

You can now search Japanese fonts with Match Font. Using Adobe Sensei, Match Font allows you to detect text included in the selected area of an image and match it to licensed fonts on your computer or on Adobe Fonts, suggesting similar fonts. For more information, see Match Fonts.

Search Japanese fonts with Match Font.
Search Japanese fonts with Match Font.

Flip document view

Quickly flip your canvas horizontally. Choose View > Flip Horizontal.

Lorem Ipsum placeholder text

Get ‘Lorem Ipsum’ as placeholder text while placing new type layers in your document. In Type preferences (Edit > Preferences > Type), select Fill New Type Layers With Placeholder Text.

Customize keyboard shortcuts for Select and Mask

You can now modify the shortcut keys for Select and Mask workspace. Choose Edit > Keyboards Shortcuts. In the Keyboard Shortcuts And Menus dialog, choose Taskspaces from the Shortcuts For menu. In the Taskspace command column, expand the Select and Mask set to edit the shortcuts as required. For related information, see Customize keyboard shortcuts.

Preference to increase UI size

Get more control when scaling the Photoshop UI, and adjust it independent of your other apps to get the font size just right. In the Interface preferences (Edit >Preferences > Interface), a new setting Scale UI To Font has been introduced. When you select this new setting, the entire Photoshop UI scales based on the UI Font Size drop-down value you’ve chosen. For example, Tiny, Small, Medium, or Large.

Scale UI To Font setting in the Interface preferences

Support for South East Asian scripts

Photoshop now includes the support for five new South East Asian languages, so your documents can include text in these scripts: Thai, Burmese, Lao, Sinhalese, and Khmer.

NOTE: To use these languages properly on Windows, you must install the Language and Font packs for the particular language you want to use. For details, see Microsoft’s Help documentation: Language Packs.

To create a document using one of these new languages, do the following:

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences > Type.
  2. Select the Middle Eastern and South Asian options.
  3. Open a document.
  4. Create a Type layer.
  5. In the Character panel, set your Language to any of the new languages: Thai, Burmese, Lao, Sinhalese, or Khmer.
  6. Based on the language you select, set an appropriate font. For example, if you choose the Thai language, set a Thai font such as Adobe Thai or Noto Sans Thai.
  7. Copy and paste the text composed in the language that you choose. If you have a language-specific keyboard set up, simply type the text.

For more information, see Composers for Asian scripts.

Camera Raw | New features

For details of new features introduced in Adobe Camera Raw, see What’s new in Camera Raw.

Minimum System Requirements

Photoshop - Windows

 Minimum specifications
ProcessorIntel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later
RAM8 GB or more of RAM (16 GB recommended)
Graphics CardSee the Photoshop graphics processor (GPU) card FAQ
Hard disk spaceMinimum: 4 GB of available hard-disk space; additional space is required for installation

Recommended: 4 GB of available hard-disk space; additional space is required for installation
  • Fast internal SSD for app installation
  • Separate internal drive for scratch disks.

Monitor resolution Minimum: 1280 x 800 display at 100% UI scaling
Recommended: 1920 x 1080 display or greater at 100% UI scaling
InternetInternet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Photoshop - macOS

 Minimum specifications
ProcessorMulticore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Operating systemmacOS version 10.14 (Mojave), macOS version 10.15 (Catalina)
RAM8 GB or more of RAM (16 GB recommended)
Graphics CardSee the Photoshop graphics processor (GPU) card FAQ
Hard disk spaceMinimum: 4 GB of available hard-disk space; additional space is required for installation

Recommended: 4 GB of available hard-disk space; additional space is required for installation
  • Fast internal SSD for app installation
  • Additional high-speed drive(s) or SSD to set up scratch disks

Monitor resolution Minimum: 1280 x 800 display at 100% UI scaling
Recommended: 1920 x 1080 display or greater at 100% UI scaling
InternetInternet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services †
† NOTICE TO USERS. Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and Adobe’s online privacy policy (see http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/legal.html). Applications and Services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

Language versions available for Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC is available in the following languages:

  • Dansk
  • Deutsch
  • English
  • Español
  • Français
  • Français*
  • Hebrew*
  • Hungarian
  • Italiano
  • Nederlands
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Português (Brasil)
  • Suomi
  • Svenska
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • čeština
  • Русский
  • عربي*
  • 日本語
  • 简体中文
  • 繁體中文
  • 한국어

* Arabic and Hebrew supported in a Middle Eastern version with full right-to-left language support, Arabic/Hebrew features, and an English interface; also in a North African French (Français*) version with full right-to-left language support, Arabic/Hebrew features, and a French interface.

System requirements for Adobe Camera Raw

The Adobe Camera Raw plug-in gives you ability to import and work with raw images, as well as JPEG and TIFF, in Photoshop.

Your computer may need to meet additional system requirements to work efficiently with Adobe Camera Raw.
See Adobe Camera Raw | System requirements for details.

See Considerations for Graphics Processor (GPU)-accelerated features.

Adobe Photoshop 21.2.3

This update consists of bug fixes, including the following:

Feature summary | Photoshop desktop (February 2020 release)

Version 21.1, Released 24 February 2020

Enhanced Content-Aware Fill

In this release of Photoshop, you can now iteratively fill multiple areas of an image without having to leave the Content-Aware Fill workspace window. After you get the desired fill result for a selection in your image, click the new Apply button in the lower-right corner to commit fill changes and keep the workspace window open. After applying the fill, use Lasso Tool or Polygonal Lasso Tool within the Content-Aware Fill workspace to make another selection to fill.

Also, you can now sample source pixels from all visible layers in the document by selecting the new Sample All Layers option. The Sampling Area Options appear in the Content-Aware Fill panel on the right side of the workspace.

To try out the new options, open an image and select an area to fill. Then choose Edit > Content-Aware Fill.

For Help documentation, see the following links:

Improved Lens Blur quality

The new Lens Blur alogorithm now uses your computer’s graphics card (GPU) to generate blurrier edges on objects that are in front of the focal plane, a more realistic bokeh look, correct color handling for CMYK and LAB color modes, and more colorful specular highlights in your photos.

To enable graphics processor in Photoshop, choose Edit (Windows) / Photoshop (macOS) > Preferences > Performance, the select Use Graphics Processor in the Preferences dialog.

For Help instructions, see Add lens blur.

Performance improvements

Photoshop’s user interface is now more responsive to your mouse and stylus movements. You’ll notice smoother panning and zooming in your documents. With increased responsiveness to your inputs, you’ll also notice improvements in many other UI interactions, especially where painting or dragging actions are involved.

Fixed customer-reported issues

For detailed information, see Fixed issues in Photoshop.

Known Issues

For detailed information, see Known issues in Photoshop

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