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Adobe Photoshop for iPad gets AI-powered Select Subject feature

Adobe Photoshop for iPad lets you work with .psd files and syncs your work to the Adobe Creative Cloud, allowing for cross-platform editing. However, when the app was first released, the initial reception wasn't too positive as compared to Photoshop for Mac or PC the iPad version lacked many features.

At launch, Adobe said more powerful features would be added over time and back in November the company Adobe provided more detail on timelines and features that are to come.

As promised, the AI-powered Select Subject feature which lets you isolate objects in the scene from the background has now been made available. In most cases, a selection can be made just with one tap, even if the subject has a complex outline. In a second step filters or other edits can be applied to either the isolated subject or the background.

Adobe says the function works and performs on the same level as for the desktop version, despite the iPad's processing limitations. Machine learning was used to train the tool's algorithms using a wide range of objects and scenes but the company says it is still working on optimization for difficult subjects like hair or fur.

Additionally, the app has been updated with faster cloud upload and download some user interface tweaks. More information is available on the Adobe website.

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Marsipulami

Instead of integrating mediocre AI-technology that delivers results far away from acceptable/professional they should do the basics first. This new function is btw useless for people who only use the tablet with the pen/finger, because to activate the Quick mask mode for correcting the selection you need a keyboard.

1 month ago
worldaccordingtojim
worldaccordingtojim

Glad to see the R&D that the subscription service is providing. Affinity Photo is miles ahead with a small team and no subscription model. This was an absolutely embarrassing release for the size adobe is and the years this has been in development. As soon as someone creates a 1 for 1 replacement for lightroom, see you later.

1 month ago*
nicolas guilbert

For me the new select object crashes the app on any of my photos, unless I use it on some low res internet photo with a very simple nearly monochrome background.
Sometimes it even crashes the whole OS and I have to restart.
Previously I had no crashes on my 30Mpix res images in 16bit on multiple layers.
I am on iPad pro 9.7’’ 256GB and latest iOS 13.3

Why this tool and not curves in this update. I find the priority a bit strange. And am I the only one with these problems?

1 month ago
tlinn
tlinn

LOL I'm not sure selecting dogs on a white background is really the acid test of this feature's capabilities...

1 month ago
nicolas guilbert

Agree. I would have preferred having the magic wand tool.

1 month ago
Nukunukoo
Nukunukoo

On my 2018 iPad Pro the selection even on my biggest and complex files were almost instantaneous. Compared to my Macbook Pro, the same file took almost three seconds. Did Adobe use the ML engine on the A12X?

1 month ago
nicolas guilbert

On my iPad Pro 9.7’’ it crashes on any of my files.

1 month ago
Gannon Burgett
Gannon Burgett

@nicolas guilbert: What version of iOS/iPadOS are you using?

1 month ago
nicolas guilbert

iOS 13.3 maybe it is storage related. I have 24GB left out of 256

1 month ago
aris14
aris14

Oh really..? Is that so..?

1 month ago
Gannon Burgett
Gannon Burgett

@aris14: It is so.

1 month ago
aris14
aris14

Οh my..! The world isn't the same anymore...

1 month ago
fpessolano
fpessolano

I need curves, and curves …. the fancy staff can come later

1 month ago
tlinn
tlinn

Exactly.

1 month ago*
entoman

The rise and fall of Photography.

1 month ago
Greybeard2017
Greybeard2017

This is quite clever - but it strikes me more as a proof of concept - not quite ready for prime time

1 month ago
BWfoto
BWfoto

Coming along great. This is my travel set up iPad Pro 12.9 and Lightroom plus Photoshop. A powerful and low weight set up combined with my Olympus MFT gear. .

1 month ago
AnOpticalView
AnOpticalView

I hope the subject selection is better on the Ipad than on the PC?

1 month ago
sirhawkeye64

From the looks of the other comments, I don't think so (at least a few are reporting crashes, most likely related to iOS versions or hardware configuration of their iPads).

1 month ago
Ergo607
Ergo607

No thanks.

1 month ago
panther fan

Calling it Photoshop for iPad is a little far fetched. If anybody else would have released a "photoshop clone" with that feature-set people would mock it for being unusable

1 month ago
Fly18
Fly18

Adobe,

Where is RAW support? Dripping features, now?

1 month ago
Duncan M

What else?
Milking the customers the perfect way to keep customers longing for more while increasing revenue.

Adobe will not be in any hurry to speed up its development of Photoshop. It took Adobe 3 years to give us RAW import on Lightroom for iPad.

1 month ago*
Boomanbb
Boomanbb

And now, there is no single app on a mobile device that can do all Lightroom is capable of. Maybe we should give Photoshop some time? BTW, the new select subject tool works quite well on my iPad. Having Afinity Photo, Lightroom and Photoshop on my iPad mean I can do a lot of things wherever I happen to be.

1 month ago
tlinn
tlinn

Exactly. Perhaps Adobe should focus on features that are fundamental to the editing process, like RAW conversion.

1 month ago
Duncan M

"Adobe should focus on features that are fundamental to the editing process, like RAW conversion."

For that there is Capture One Pro - But also that still needs some improvements. The addition of layers is good, but has to become more advanced and users should get more layers for better editing.

Adobe Photoshop was never intended to do RAW photography it is a rasterized pixel editor and photo manipulation program. Adobe Photoshop CameraRAW is an extension that was added later on in the development of Photoshop and it was basically badly implemented from its start.

Lightroom is suffered by this poor extension as well as CameraRAW is the editing engine for Lightroom, without a CameraRAW update there can be no Lightroom update.

Photoshop has become the Frankenstein of Photo editing software. It can do much, it can also do much good, but it also lost sight of its direction.

To make things worse Adobe now killing its own Photoshop with Fresco and Sketch.

1 month ago*