This week Adobe updated Photoshop to version 2023. They added better Object detection and selections, improved ways to remove objects, as well as some Camera Raw updates for editing portraits, selecting background and other objects. In the video below we’ll take a look at the new changes.
NOTE: If you’re having trouble updating or seeing the updates please watch this video (Click Here)
Check out my new Lightroom Portrait Editing System and Presets (Click Here)
A longer deep dive video in to the Portrait masking in Lightroom Classic (Click Here)
Download the free Portrait masking sample presets (Click Here)
Matt, I think I know what the issue is. I’m working in Windows & you’re working with Mac. Guess I should have said that when I submitted my previous inquiry… Is that what I’m missing here? Obviously I’m not quite as astute as some of your other students.
Hi Matt. Thanks so much for this update. It’s very helpful. I was having issue with the quick key use of Shift & Delete to eliminate objects. I found myself cutting pixels instead. I discovered that when I used Shift & Backspace, I was able to successfully remove the object & replace it with appropriate content. Perchance, do I have a wrong setting in Photoshop that would allow the Shift & Delete quick key to work properly, or should the quick key function have been Shift & Backspace? In any case THANK YOU for presenting this very helpful information.
Suggestion re. Object Selection Tool: At least on my iMac Pro computer using Ps 2023 (v 24.1.0) the Object Selection Tool isn’t always available at the get-go. Sometimes it even appears, then a few minutes later is gone… until I use Edit > Toolbar… > Restore Defaults. Photoshop is absolutely wonderful, but alas here is another Shame-on-Adobe moment. Thanx for your videos.
Hi Barry. Instead of shaming Adobe, contact their support and get it fixed. You paid for for the software right? Just sayin’… Posting it here gives you a 0.0% change of getting it resolved 🙂
Barry I just found out from what you said it is happening on my Mac also.
When I select an area, like you did with the green leaf, and right click on it, I DO NOT have the “Delete and Fill Selection” choice in the drop down. i have version 12.1 PS.
Hi. It appears Adobe removed the feature. Thanks.
Thank you so much for this video. So many new features!! Great lesson.
Hello Matt, Are these new Photoshop tools if you don’t want to use Lightroom? And do you need to purchase the presets for photoshop? Will these tools work on Black & White portraits?
BTW I’m kind of old school when it comes to Portrait retouching and finds most of the portraits done nowadays as snapshots rather than high-end portraits. Would love to ask more questions if you are interested and send you some files to chat about the differences in portraiture.
I am retired after 50 years in photography and portraiture. Had a portrait studio in San Jose and have been using Photoshop for 20 years or so. I am also working on a white paper that lists the different aspects of high portraiture verse that of high-quality family photographs as it relates to the art of portraiture. Thanks for your time and consideration.
Hi George. Yes the tools are in Photoshop. The video you watched showed them in Photoshop. And yes the presets will work on B&W photos. Thanks.
Hi Matt. Thanks for these videos. Just a quick question. I recently bought PS System from you and wondering how I get the updates for it. Thanks so much and as usual, great teaching.
I can’t find the preset you made. please advise. Thank you. great video!
Hi Matt. I just purchased your LR 12 video and plan to view it over the weekend. In the meantime, I updated to LR 12 and, after messing around a bit, noticed a weird issue. When viewing images in the Develop Module, LR is crushing the blacks. When in the Library Module, all is normal as should be. When Exporting the image, it, too, is, experiencing crushed blacks. To make sure I wasn’t crazy, I reinstalled the previous version, and the problem went away. I have reported this via the Adobe Support Community but haven’t heard from anyone yet. I’m wondering if you’re experiencing this at all or have an idea of why this is happening to me. I’m on a 2019 iMac Intel machine, in case you need to know.
Hi. Sorry I haven’t heard of this though.
Great video. Does the 2023 version come automatically? It’s now Oct. 21 in Washington State, and I haven’t received the new update.
Hi Please watch this video: https://mattk.com/help-cant-update-lightroom-or-photoshop/
Thanks Matt. The adjustment I would really like to see in Lightroom and Camera Raw under object selection is the HSL panel. So many times have I wanted to adjust the hue, saturation or luminance of just that specific selection but at the moment I can only do that in Photoshop and use masking to target the specific area I want to make those changes to. The colour slider that is currently there just doesn’t provide the granularity I am looking for.
Hi Kevin. In a way you (mostly) have HSL right? For the Hue part, there is a Hue adjustment. There is a saturation slider too. Lightness is the only thing missing right?
Thanks. Appreciate your insights.
So Matt how come you guys sold old info at high prices for the summit when you must have known this major upgrade was coming? I am a pensioner and couldn’t afford the almost R3000 it costs in South Africa. However a number of fellow members of my camera club did pay and are now angry and frustrated. I know a lot of the info is still valid and your talk on masking was great, but couldn’t you have waited and sold up to date info? Pam
Hi Pam. We plan the summit far ahead of when it actually is – so no… I didn’t know the extent of what would be done. And honestly, you have all of the new features right here in my two videos right? There’s nothing missing. 3 new features would have have significantly changed any content or classes in the summit. I know it seems like big changes but in reality only about 10% of summit classes would have been affected. Lightroom is still Lightroom, and everything you learned in the summit is 100% still accurate and true – nothing is outdated. Finally, I recorded a video specifically for summit VIPs that will go out later this week.
I have to agree with the people that are saying that AI is killing creativity. I know a person the took a nice scenic photo. He did a Sky replacement and as we know all you have to do is push a button. Now he wants to add the sky reflection to the water but, guess what, there is not a push button for that. Since he has never learned how to use the tools to do this he is stuck. My point is that people are not learning how to use the tools and rely on AI to do it for them. When I am trying to do something new in PS I can rely on the things I learned to get help me.
For you to say this is BS surprises me. You have obviously learned the hard way which has made you better at post-process because it also teaches you how to think. It has also enabled you to teach it. Without understanding the tools and how they work you would not be able to do it as well.
So 20 years from now when self-driving cars are the norm why bother to learn how to drive.
Isn’t history full of things that used to be difficult but are now simple? To your car analogy, try finding a stick shift to even teach young kids today. Are they any less of a driver because they didn’t learn the “hard way” like we did. Are they worse of a driver because they never had to sweat while sitting on a hill, with cars behind them, hoping they didn’t stall? Of course not. Every single thing in our lives today is simpler, easier and faster than it was 30 years ago. I’m not sure how Photoshop making the process of selecting something (grunt work) is killing creativity. There’s absolutely nothing creative about making selections. It’s almost like saying people need to learn photography the hard way first… shoot film… no auto focus… no EVF… no blinkies to show highlights… etc… And if they don’t they’re not really good at photography. That would be absurd right? So why can’t the same logic be applied to selections in Photoshop.
Thanks Matt , I love your style of teaching. It was great as always in describing all the new features in Lightroom and PS.
I have ask this question on FB “ask Matt” but I will also ask here. I updated all the Creative Cloud apps today. I then worked on a photo in Lightroom CC, did some Topaz noise reduction, then tried to open it in Photoshop. It gives me the message This version of Lightroom may require the Photoshop Camera Raw plug in version 15.0 for campatibility. Please update the Camera Raw plug in using the update tool available in the Photoshop help menu. When I do that if says Camera Raw v 15.0 updated today. I have also tried older photos from Lightroom and non of them will open into Photoshop when I do edit in.
Matt, I think I found the problem on my recent question. I was opening Lightroom from an icon on my desk top. Works fine when I open from the Adobe Creative Cloud section. Sorry!
Hi. Make sure you update Camera Raw as well through your Adobe updater. If you update Photoshop it does not update Camera Raw. Thanks.
I updated my Adobe PS to 2023. I follow you can not get my object selection tool on the screen. On top it says Adobe 2023. I use Monery 12.6 Mac. Can you please help me
Hi Stuart. Unfortunately I can’t troubleshoot that. You’d have to contact Adobe.
Thanks Matt. Great as always!!
While many of these features are beyond astounding, I fear that we’ll see many more DQ’s in worldwide exhibitions. AI is replacing the photographers brain and ethics for sloppy photographers who live by the statement, “I’ll fix it in Photoshop.”
Thank you Matt for sharing these new features.
Hi Bill. There is nothing about the AI in this release that is replacing or making it easy for sloppy photographers are unethical. It simply makes selections (grunt work) easier. You still need a good photo and good skill (and taste) at editing that photo.
Thanks Matt: So helpful as always.
Excellent, very useful Matt, and very exciting stuff. thanks!
Is there a way to take a Camera RAW selection and make it a layer mask in Photoshop itself?
With the new object selection, are you defaulting to Cloud based selection or do you think that might make less of a difference now? Side note – I find curves with masking is far more useful than global curves, I hope they add that to LR!
Hi. Not sure but give it a try both ways and let us know!
How about landscape AI presets?
Hi. Check out: https://mattk.com/lightroom-ai
Or click PRESETS in the menu and you’ll see them.