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Photoshop now supports Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro

Just a few weeks ago, Apple revealed the all new MacBook Pro featuring a breakthrough new interface that replaces the traditional row of function keys with a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display called the Touch Bar. We’ve been working hard to build custom support for the Touch Bar, and I’m pleased to announce that, as promised, it is available in today’s update to Photoshop.

I’ve had a chance to use the Touch Bar a bit and I find it exciting for two reasons. First, the Touch Bar is useful for surfacing a contextual “next step”. This is helpful both for a beginner who might not know how to navigate Photoshop, and for an experienced user in giving them speedier access to the desired next action. Second, the Touch Bar is useful for accessing controls in a new way, especially controls that were sometimes clumsy with a keyboard and mouse.

In designing the interaction with the Touch Bar, we imagined three distinct categories of functions that would be useful to our customers: Layer Properties, Brushes, and (true to Photoshop’s ethos) your customizable Favorites.

Inside the Layer Properties section, you can quickly access common actions like place a Smart Object, clip Layers, and open Select & Mask. Controls for changing the blend mode and scrubbing through the history are especially nice to use on the Touch Bar Retina display because of a visual preview of the result.

The Brushes section gives you quick access to brush color, size, hardness, opacity and flow. Each of these commands has a movable slider to pick just the right value.

The Favorites sections allows you to configure your own set of favorite actions. This includes any combination of actions from the previous sections, or other commands like Full screen mode, Flip Horizontal/Vertical, and launching the macOS share menu.

More details on of the new Touch Bar capabilities are available here.

It’s an exciting time in computing, bringing all new ways to interact with your content and control your device. The Photoshop team is constantly evaluating new technologies and thinking of ways to make our customers more productive. As we continue to evolve our support for the Touch Bar and other alternative input methods, we would love to hear your feedback. Please let us know your feedback and suggestions here.

To install the update, choose Help > Updates… More info here.

For a complete read me including fixed customer issues, see here.


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  • By Henry B Matthes - 8:47 AM on December 14, 2016  

    Great move, my new MBP is on order and I am anxious to get started… One can hope that the TouchBar support for lR is not far behind!

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    Version Photoshop cc 17?

  • By Abhijeet - 9:29 AM on December 21, 2016  

    Excellent article thanks for sharing

  • By Ruchi - 9:05 AM on December 22, 2016  

    Great i will also use it. Its also have interesting features.

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    Thank you so much for the guide, we are looking forward to buy Photoshop and Macbook pro.

  • By DijitalGO - 3:05 AM on December 23, 2016  

    I can say… thank you adobe.

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  • By Lors - 3:26 AM on December 23, 2016  

    Ohh exactly what i need! Thanks.

  • By Phil Smith - 12:36 AM on December 24, 2016  

    Been looking for an excuse to upgrade my laptop and to the latest version of photoshop!

  • By Priscilla Steelman - 8:23 AM on December 24, 2016  

    How do I open a jpg in Camera Raw on the new 2016 Macbook Pro (from either Bridge or from CC?) I cannot see an “open as” command (new to Mac, not to Photoshop.)

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  • By suranga - 5:29 AM on December 27, 2016  

    its good

  • By Cameron Grant - 7:50 AM on December 29, 2016  


    Can we expect to see other Adobe programs compatible with MacBook Pros touch bar? It’s fantastic with Photoshop and think it would be the same with other programs.



  • By جت پرینتر هیتاچی - 11:50 PM on December 29, 2016  

    Thanks! Great news. Welcome to Touch Bar!!!

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    This One Great I Really Need This In PS For Mac

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  • By Sam - 12:48 PM on January 5, 2017  

    Really great news.

  • By jehzlau - 5:31 AM on January 6, 2017  

    Nice can’t wait to use it! 😀

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    Photoshop CC 2017 very good

  • By FileHorse - 5:51 PM on January 9, 2017  

    Amazing post! Thanksss

  • By Fundas - 1:40 PM on January 16, 2017  

    Does it work for all versions?

  • By Campamentos de Verano - 5:23 PM on January 16, 2017  

    Great!! Nice notice Stephen , thanks

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  • By Palladium - 8:55 PM on January 17, 2017  

    Great move, my new MBP is on order and I am anxious to get started.

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  • By JJMack - 12:37 PM on January 22, 2017  

    The Scripting bugs I report are still in this 1/22/2017 so I still on CC 2014. It would be a goo idea to fix reported bugs. Not many have a touch bar. All have the Photoshop bugs.

  • By John Poul - 1:13 PM on January 23, 2017  

    Do you guys changing anything for Microsoft Surface Studio?

  • By cananda fashion - 10:56 PM on January 24, 2017  

    Yet that very right option to edit new photo and hence video. Great move, my new MBP is on order and I am anxious to get started… One can hope that the TouchBar support for lR is not far behind! THanks sir.

  • By mehndi - 9:24 AM on January 25, 2017  

    Thank you..! for sharing this touch bar on the new mac book..Happy to see this updates.

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  • By Ron - 2:47 PM on January 30, 2017  

    Thanks for the great information Stephen. It will be an useful addition.

  • By Ron Zepplin - 2:48 PM on January 30, 2017  

    Thanks for the information Stephen.

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  • By Kindle - 5:13 AM on February 2, 2017  

    Could Lightroom work on touchbar now?
    I really hope I can use this on Lr.

  • By Dron - 8:37 AM on February 2, 2017  

    nice notice!!

  • By Mark Anthony - 7:57 PM on February 2, 2017  

    I think every MacBook pro lovers love this photoshop touch bar. Really absolute news.

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    nice bro

  • By steve cook - 11:23 PM on February 11, 2017  

    That’s a good news for the new macbook bro owners that’s great work done by the adobe photoshop too coping up and supporting the new technology

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    We also are using Photoshop for all flowers retouching, and it helps as so much. Thanks for sharing all this information.

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    Thank you very much for sharing good information… Very nice!

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  • By Edgars - 1:35 AM on February 22, 2017  

    Great! I can’t wait for my new MacBook Pro! Touch bar not so bad!

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    Thanks for sharing the information! I use a macbook pro, good news!