Adobe brings new Artistic Cloud apps to M1 Macs and the net


Enlarge / The somewhat obscure branding for Adobe’s MAX conference.

Today marks the first day of Adobe Max 2021, the software-as-a-service company’s annual conference to announce key features for Creative Cloud products like Photoshop.

This year’s event began with the announcement of several new features for the various iPad apps from Creative Cloud, two more applications that run natively on Apple Silicon Macs, and new web versions of some apps.

Adobe said it is adding or improving AI-powered tools across the suite, including an updated object selection tool for Photoshop on the desktop. And some AI tools previously used in Photoshop, like the Sky Replacement tool, are being introduced for the first time in Lightroom on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

The iPad version of Photoshop will support RAW images and will receive several new tools and the ability to convert layers into Smart Objects. Illustrator for iPad also gets some enhancements, most notably the ability to vectorize images, track version history, and revert to previous iterations.

In addition, After Effects and InDesign on newer Macs get support from Apple Silicon.

It’s not just about native applications, however – Adobe announced this week that it will bring versions of Photoshop and Illustrator to the web.

The web versions are not as robust as the desktop versions, but you can make minor changes and offer a way to share and discuss work with colleagues or customers. The apps allow users to review their work and leave comments without launching a native version of Photoshop – think of it like a stripped-down version of InVision that exists right in the Creative Cloud ecosystem.

There are numerous other changes and features to the Adobe apps, and you can read most of them on the Adobe blog or watch the Adobe Max 2021 presentations.