Wednesday, June 21st, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Adobe ships Photoshop 24.6

Adobe has released Photoshop 24.6, the latest version of its image-editing and digital painting software.

The update makes a number of workflow improvements to the layers system, including non-destructive painting on text and shape layers, and the option to deselect layers intentionally while using the Move tool.

Photoshop on the iPad 4.7, released alongside it, adds the Stroke and Drop shadow layer effects from the desktop edition of the software, along with more control options when double-tapping.

Photoshop 24.6: non-destructive painting in text and shape layers
Photoshop 24.6 makes a number of workflow improvements to the software’s layers system.

Arguably the most significant is that painting is now non-destructive when working with text, shape, video layers or smart objects, as shown in the video above.

New brush strokes are created in a new layer, rather than over the content of the existing layer.

It is also now possible to deselect a layer intentionally while the Move tool is selected; and the Layers and Tools panels get new tooltips, some with short embedded videos.

Photoshop on the iPad 4.7: support for Stroke and Drop shadow layer effects
The iPad edition of the software included free with Photoshop subscriptions has also been updated, with Photoshop on the iPad 4.7 adding the Stroke and Drop shadow layer effects from the desktop edition.

Users also get more options when double-tapping with the Apple Pencil, including Show color picker, Switch to eraser, Switch to last tool, Zoom to fit and Undo.

Pricing and system requirements
Photoshop 24.6 is available for Windows 10+ and macOS 11.0+ on a rental-only basis. In the online documentation, the update is also referred to as the June 2023 release.

Photography subscription plans, which include access to Photoshop and Lightroom, start at $119.88/year. Single-app Photoshop subscriptions cost $31.49/month or $239.88/year.

Read a full list of new features in Photoshop 24.6 in the online documentation