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Photoshop 2020 June release, new features in Photoshop 21.2

How to use the new features in Photoshop 21.2, June Photoshop 2020 release. See all the new features and the new ACR 13.

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New Features in Photoshop 2020 June update


On June 16th Adobe released a new update to Photoshop. There is definitely something here for both designers and photographers. Watch the video above and see how to use these new features and here is a quick rundown of all that’s new. (Spoiler alert, I saved the best for last, Camera Raw has a whole new interface)

Also see: Lightroom Classic 9.3 March 2020 new features

New App icon

The first thing you might have noticed is the new app icon. Some of the icons have three characters now, such as Psc (Photoshop Camera) and Lightroom Classic. Love ‘em or hate ‘em. They are here to stay and time to get new stickers for my macbook pro.

Ok, onward with the actual features.

Select Subject portrait optimization

You might be familiar with Auto Select, choose the Quick select or Object selection tool and you will see an option on the toolbar: Select subject. Click the button and Adobe Sensei (AI) finds the main subject in the photo and makes a selection around it.  its pretty neat and it’s AI had undergone some additional training, particularly in the area of portraits. It now does a better job of selecting people. See the comparison between the previous version and the new update here.

Adobe Fonts Auto activation

When you open a document containing fonts that aren’t on your system, things are smarter. If they are an Adobe font, Photoshop connects with Adobe Font, downloads and installs the fonts you need. For non adobe fonts you can manage the fonts in one place and replace them, or find and install the fonts. It’s a huge time saver.

Rotatable Patterns

When you apply patterns either from the Patterns panel or from layer styles, you have always been able to scale them, but now you can also rotate the patterns in real time.

ACR 13. Camera Raw 13

Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) is now a teen. Welcome to ACR 13. It’s got some slick new features, but the big news is that sexy new modern interface! You can either use a horizontal or vertical filmstrip.

The thing I like the best is those tabs are gone. You can new scroll through all the different panels just like in Lightroom. In fact ACR looks and acts very much like the develop module in Lightroom.

You can view the panels in solo mode; when you open a panel, the others collapse. The panel is context sensitive and displays the contents for the tool you select from the new vertical toolbar.

A Hue slider has been added to the local corrections; Adjustment brush, Radial and gradient tools. This enables you to change the color of objects in the photo by painting. This is also useful for removing color contamination and evening out the color of skin, such as reducing sunburn. If you hold down the alt/Option key as you move the slider it goes into “use fine adjustments” precision mode and moves very slowly.

ISO Adaptive Presets.

Imagine a preset that alters the amount of noise reduction or sharpening depending on the ISO of the photo? You need to select 2 or more photos with different ISO settings. Make a preset and vary settings between the different ISO images, such as turn up noise reduction on the higher ISO image. Save as preset and turn on the magic “Create ISO Adaptive Preset” button.

There are some more features in ACR that you can see in the video and also covered more in depth in my Lightroom Classic article. Yes Lightroom Classic is also updated today.

Match Font

Match font now supports Japanese fonts.

Lightroom Classic 9.3 March 2020 new features

Alright everyone, that’s it for the June 2020 Photoshop update.

You can browse all our Superguides, which cover almost every feature and every release in Photoshop since CS3. Also covers all the updates in Lightroom. It’s interesting to see which features went into which version and also it will make you aware of features you didn’t know exist, and of course they are all tutorial style.


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23 responses to “Photoshop 2020 June release, new features in Photoshop 21.2”

  1. What happend to the camera/lens correction. Also I can not find the correction for level. Most of my photography is hand held so I used often.

  2. “Select Object” is missing, this happened in the last version as well.
    Is there a way to download it or is it only for special friends of Adobe

    • Reset yout toolbar preferences, Click and hold on the 3 dots in the toolbar to do it. I also show it in my fixing 2020 bugs tutorial

  3. Thanks again Colin. Perfect timing. I always have difficulty finding changes in PS updates.

  4. Hey Colin, Thanks for the review. Question. When you opened the Detail menu, I did not see these items: Sharpening: amount, radius, detail, masking, and under Noise reduction: Luminance, Luminance Detail, Luminance Contrast, Color Detail and color smoothness. Have these been removed? If they are still there where are they? I ask as I use some of these on a regular basis. Thanks!

  5. Colin, Currently I have PS CC 2019. I have managed to get Raw installed but as I do not want Creative Cloud at all, can I get Bridge installed with out it or not. Lots of places says I can but when I attempt it it installs Creative Cloud desktop.
    Help would be appreciated.

  6. I love new changes, but I have an issue with Liquify, I can’t fast change brush size (with al+right click on the mouse-changing like in slow motion) it’s very very slow (make big or small size of the brush) for some reason! If anyone has the same issue?

  7. after I create a mask for one layer I try to move that object within the background I drag the image , the original stays put and I am moving a copy, why?

  8. Is anyone else noticing a big slowdown in saving a file since the update? Saving has been taking a second, maybe two. But now it is more like 8 to 10 seconds. Late 2015 iMac 27″ Mojave 10.14.6 (Guess I should ask if it is time to update to Catalina)

  9. Hi Will love the new look once I get used to using it. The icons on toolbar are not so obvious without the stroke round them. Find the crop tool in Raw difficult in Custom Mode. It very slow to react, Staighten is ok
    Would love a new tutorial on selecting flyaway hair from a busy background. New select subject much better but when I put it onto a white background get a lot of grey and I don’t have the skills to remove them. Ok on black.
    Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials

  10. Why can’t I get Liquify ,I’ve had it before ,but since update when I go into it it’s all greyed out .
    Error message says check graphics processor is checked ( which it is ) any ideas ,it’s really frustrating when I want to work on a face and can’t .

    How in Photoshop 2020 in the Free Shapes Tool to remove all these “Trees”, “Animals”, “Boats”, “Flowers” and install your Shapes downloaded from the Internet?

  12. I have impression that the use of the high paas filter is changed. The change of the blending mode is no visible anymore in the high pass layer. I have to go back to the original image and click on it and then go back to the HP filter layer to adjust the opacity or fill in. Is this normal or is it my computer? In any case it is not an improvement.

  13. Hi Colin, I can’t seem to figure out how to access my camera raw filters/presets in the updated camera raw interface. These are ATN files that aren’t appearing in the “presets” section of the camera raw interface. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for all your work!

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