New Features of Photoshop 2022

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New Features of Photoshop 2022

Adobe has announced new features of Photoshop 2022. Every year, Adobe drops the biggest update to most of its CC products. Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom are definitely a big part of that. The new features include an auto object selection tool, new neural filters, enhanced sharing and commenting more integration with other Adobe products (Illustrator), and more plugins.

In this tutorial, we are going to discuss these new updates, let us begin!

  • Auto-masking Object Selection Tool

  1. Object Selection Tool (Object finder)

New Features of Photoshop 2022

The Object Selection Tool has been significantly improved. Now, just hover over the object you want to select in the image and a single click will select it. the tool can detect most objects within an image. Adobe is constantly improving the Sensei AI machine learning models to detect additional categories of objects.

Selections made with the Object Selection Tool are now more accurate and preserve more details in the edges of the selection, which means you spend less time getting those perfect selections.

If any objects are not detected or only partially detected, you can simply click and drag a marquee over any of the areas you’d like to select. (This is how the tool worked previously, but now you can also just hover to click what you want).

New Features of Photoshop 2022

Photo by Pixabay

  1. Masks All Objects in a Layer

Adobe has added a new menu item to Layers that leverages the smarts of the Object Selection Tool.

New Features of Photoshop 2022

Choose Layer>Mask All Objects to easily generate masks for all the objects detected within your layer with just a single click, and in separate layers.

New Features of Photoshop 2022

  • New Neural Filters

The Neural Filters feature are released last year. Neural Filters is a workspace inside Photoshop that introduces new non-destructive filters that use Sensei AI machine learning to help you explore creative ideas in seconds. You can discover a rapidly growing and improving library of artistic and restorative filters in this workspace, which will speed parts of your workflow.

  1. Harmonization filter (Matching photos automatically)

One of the time-consuming editing workflows is to match the colors and luminosity of two photos when you are doing a compositing project of two photos.

The new harmonization filter can match the color and tone of an element on one layer to another layer using the machine learning magic of Adobe Sensei. The Harmonization Neural Filter saves time in creating flawless, realistic composites by intelligently adjusting the hue and luminosity for the look you want.

You can access the filter by clicking Filter > Neural filter > Harmonization

New Features of Photoshop 2022

In the following two examples, we use a photo of a subject (the girl), separate her from her background, and use another photo as a new background. Finally, we apply the harmonization filter to match the subject with its new background.

New Features of Photoshop 2022

The original photo by Monstera from Pexels

New Features of Photoshop 2022

The original photo by Tuấn Kiệt Jr. from Pexels,

  1. Color transfer

Sometimes you find an image that had great color or tone and needs to achieve a similar look in your photo. The color filter can quickly make the color of one image look like a reference image by transferring the color from the reference to the original.

Color Transfer takes the color palette of an image and makes it easy to apply it to a different image. This is a major timesaver for a very common workflow.

Perhaps you may have used color or gradient overlays, or even gradient Maps these are really good tools for color grading images. Color transfer filter takes this to a different level.

You can access the filter by clicking Filter > Neural filter > Color Transfer

Example 1

The original photo is shown below

New Features of Photoshop 2022

Photo by Ali Yasser Arwand from Pexels

The edited photos and their reference photos are shown below

New Features of Photoshop 2022


  1. Landscape Mixer

Landscape Mixer (beta) allows you to create entirely new scenes, and concepts. It can change the attributes like the time of the day or the season in just a moment.  The filter changes the season of a scene by creating a winter scape from a sunny summer day or changing the leaves on trees from summery green to autumn colors. This Neural Filter makes it nearly automatic and takes just a moment. You may use photo presets available in the filter or use your own photo.

Example 2 (season change)

The original photo is shown below

New Features of Photoshop 2022

Photo by Lisa from Pexels

The edited photos are shown below after mixing the original photo with different presets.

New Features of Photoshop 2022Example 3 (daytime change)

The original photo is shown below

New Features of Photoshop 2022

Photo by Pixabay

The reference sunset photo is shown below

New Features of Photoshop 2022

Photo by pattama choomsree from Pexels

The edited photo is shown below after combining the original photo with the sunset photo.

New Features of Photoshop 2022

  • Sharing & commenting

Now, you can quickly share your designs with your fellow collaborators for viewing and receiving feedback right within Photoshop without having to leave the app.​

The new share for comments feature enables you to:

  • Collaborate with others on your Photoshop cloud documents
  • Leave comments and observations for yourself to review later
  • Create learning journeys as educators while teaching how to use Photoshop
  • Share comments and feedback with others
  • Improved interoperability with Illustrator

Improved interoperability between your favorite apps — Illustrator and Photoshop, allows you to enjoy interactivity and easily bring Ai files with layers/vector shapes and paths and vector masks in Photoshop that you can continue to edit and work with.

  • More plugins

Creative Cloud’s new unified extensibility platform (UXP) is a shared technology stack providing a unified and modern JavaScript engine that is more performant, reliable, and secure. We continue to see new partners build on this new platform like Globaledit, a DAM to enable enterprise creative workflows, and Smartsheet for work collaboration.


Related Posts

What Are The Selection Tools In Photoshop?

How to Match a Subject into Any Background

How to Color Grade In Photoshop

If you are interested in reading more about post-processing tips and tricks, you may check our photography editing articles.


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    • Thanks for your comment, The last update contains an automatic subject and hair refine selection tools. You may try them, they are amazing.

  • I always thought that photoshop was bad because people on social media tends to abuse it. But it can also be used for good. This article has opened my eyes and showed me that it can be used for good. I will be sure to try them on my very own pictures and I will let you know how it goes 

  • Hi there,

    Awesome article on the latest Photoshop updates 2022. I am a big fan of photoshop and I must say the latest update and additional specifications are mouth-watering.

    I was having a discussion last week with friends on the latest development in Adobe and photoshop was a definite discussion point. I will definitely be sharing this article with my friends. 

    Thank you for the free quick start photography ebook. It is a must-have for any one lover of photography

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