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Photoshop 2021 is here. Let me show you my favorite
new feature in this document. I have a photo of a house. The sky is very gloomy, but I can easily replace the sky by going
into edit and selecting sky replacement. This will bring up the sky
replacement window. And from here,
Photoshop will use Adobe Sensei, which is artificial intelligence,
machine-learning technology, to find the skies in the image
and automatically select it and replace it using one of the presets
in these categories, blue skies.

Sunsets or Spectacula You can even upload your
own if you like, but I'll stick with the Sunset group
and select this sky, then you can use the sliders in this panel
to control how the sky affects the image and how the foreground color
is affected by the sky. In this case, I'll leave
the default settings. I'll make sure that Output to New Layer is
selected and I'll press OK Photoshop will then generate this group that contains
all the layers that apply my sky replacement.

As you can see, is very easy to do with not a whole lot
of work and all the layers are there. Everything is editable. Also, in this new version of Photoshop, there is a new option under
the Select menu called Sky. If you click on that, Photoshop will make a selection out
of the sky in your image This Select Sky feature also uses Adobe Sensei
the artificial intelligence found in many of the new features
of Photoshop 2021. Before we start, I would like to mention
that this video is sponsored by MSI. I'll be using my Creator 15 laptop.

I'll talk a little more about
it later on in the tutorial. For now, I just want to mention that if you want to skip to any of the new
features, I will place a time code into the description that will allow
you to skip to any new feature. If you want to learn about a specific one or you want to come back
and rewatch one of the sections. Again, the time codes
are in the description. This next new feature is for designers
who want to create patterns or textures. I'm going to start with this
document that is 1080 x 1080 And to show you how this new feature works I'm going to create
a very simple rock pattern.

I'm going to go into Filter > Render > Clouds then Filter > Stylized > Emboss and press OK. Then I'll go into Image > Adjustment > Hue and Saturation and I'll colorize the pattern and press OK. Now let me show you this new feature and show you how it will help
us create seamless patterns. You can go into View
and enable Pattern Preview. When you'll enable that,
you can press OK and you will see this preview that will show you what is design
would look like as a pattern in no matter how much you zoom out,
you'll continue to see the pattern. And the best part is that what
the Move Tool enabled and an unlocked layer you can click-and-drag and you can see
where the seams of the pattern are. So you can now hide those
seams anywhere that you like. One quick way is by using the Spot Healing Brush Tool and I'm just
going to quickly hide.

These seem so that we
have a seamless pattern. I'll enable the Move Tool by pressing the V key and just move it a bit more to
make sure that we don't have any seams. Everything looks great. The great thing about this feature is that you can also drag-and-drop elements
onto here and see how those elements affect the pattern and I can
adjust it accordingly like so. And I can also hold Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) and duplicate that leaf and rotate it as well. And you can see that every adjustment that I make is instantly
updated in my pattern preview. And like I said before,
you can zoom out and see what your seamless pattern will look like when
you're ready to save the pattern.

All you need to do is go into Edit >
Define Pattern. You'll see the pattern preview here,
then you can name it. And once you save this pattern, you'll be able to use it with the patterns
panel or with a Layer Style. Next, let's talk about
the brand new Neural Filters. These are Adobe Sensei-driven filters.
They, of course, use artificial intelligence
to create some amazing things. We don't have time to go through all the filters, but I will focus
on three filters that stand out. Let's start with a Skin Smoothing filter. We'll use this portrait of myself. It's probably not the best portrait I've
ever taken, but it will definitely help us showcase some of the features
of these neural filters.

Start by selecting your image
and go into Filter > Neural Filters. This will bring up the Neural Filter gallery and from here we can select the
featured filters and the Beta Filters. Let's start with Skin Smoothing. I'm going to enable this and right away you can see that Photoshop will smooth
my skin and I can increase the blur in the smoothness and it
will affect my portrait. I can also click on this icon
to see the before and the after. What I would recommend that you do is that you make adjustments so
that everything is smooth out. But I know it's going to look
unrealistic and that's OK. When you Output, make sure that you
select new layer and press OK and Photoshop would generate this new layer that will create
those smooth pixels. What I recommend that you do is hold Alt on Windows or
Option on the Mac and click on this Layer Mask icon that will create this
black Layer Mask that will hide all the pixels that were
generated by the new filter.

Then with the Layer Mask selected, you can enable the Brush Tool and you can
paint with white to reveal pixels from that layer so you can selectively
decide what areas you're going to apply the smoothing effect so
that the portrait looks more natural. And as you can see,
this is fairly easy to do. This is before and after. So I think that this could be a beneficial tool if you're doing portrait retouching,
let me delete this layer and I'm going to go back into the Neural Filters.

Filter > Neural Filters. And now let's talk a little bit
about some of the Beta filters. So I'm going to click on beta filters. Next, we're going to look
at the Smart Portrait filter, which will allow you to completely distort
a face in ways you can't even imagine. Select the Smart Portrait and enable it. One thing to note is that this filter
processes image data in the cloud. So a faster Internet connection will,
of course, give you faster results and you can start by enabling any
one of these sliders. Let's look at the Happiness slider I'll enable it by clicking the checkbox
and I'll increase the happiness.

Slider and Photoshop would send the image information into the cloud so
that it can process the information. This will take just a few moments
and it will return whatever the artificial intelligence thinks that I
would look like when I'm happy. And you can see the result
even generated here for me. And do you think that looks
like my real smile? I don't think so, but I guess it's not bad considering that Photoshop
generated it in a few seconds.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I can also reduce the Happiness to look
a little sad and also note as one thing. Now that I process the data in the cloud, that second adjustment
happened much quicker. I can also use the Facial Age slider. I can drag it all the way to the left
to make myself look a lot younger. And actually I think this
does a very good job. I have photos of when I was younger and I look a lot like this,
so I think it did a good job. It also generated hair
and it is pretty good. I know that some areas are not good
like here by my neck, but that's OK. You can use the same technique
I used a moment ago.

Output to a New Layer, use Layer Mask and just reveal the pixels
that will make the image work. I can also go the other way. I can increase the facial age,
which will make me look a lot older. The artificial intelligence, I think,
does a good job in placing wrinkles over my face and also adding gray
hair that matches my hairstyle. It doesn't do that good of a job up here,
but I still think that it's pretty good.

I can go with a brush in a Layer Mask
and mask out the top. But again, very good for just
the clicking-and-dragging a slider. There's also other things that you can
adjust, for example, the light direction and let me disable
that Facial AGe so that we can see that I can add light to the right side of my face
or light to the left side of my face. In this, of course,
will be good for compositing. You can also adjust the head direction, I can make it seem like my head is
tilting to the right or to the left. Again, this is a Beta Filter,
so you won't get perfect results, but you might be able to use the pixels
that it generates in your projects.

Also, we have another image here that I'm going to show you
a really cool Neur filter. We have this black and white photo and I'm
going to go into filter Neural filters and I'm going to go into
the Beta filters right here. And we have a brand new Colorized filter,
which is really, really cool. All I'm going to do is click on this button Adobe Sensei, which is the artificial intelligence,
will look at the image and it will colorize it
with one click is not going to be perfect by any means, but it's really,
really good for just one click. You can always come back and adjust it.

So one of the ways that you can adjust that is by using the color here
you can just select the color. For example, if we wanted to give
him a tan suit, we can do that. I can just select the color
from this color picker. And I think that for a tan suit, maybe we need something that looks
more like this whole press OK. And now I can click over the image and Photoshop will apply that color
to the areas that I click on. In this case, I don't think that
changing the color makes it better. I actually like the original colors that
Photoshop selected for this colorization.

I can now Output to a New Layer by pressing OK, and I can just adjust this
composite accordingly. And AI I didn't do that bad of a job considering we got this
with just one click. Next, let's talk about a powerful feature with Smart Objects
to showcase this new feature. I'll start by selecting this layer Right-clicking and converting
it into a Smart Object. As you know, a Smart Object is a container
that allows you to hold one or more layers and you can apply editable adjustments,
distortions filters and transformations. So you can always come back and edit it and let me just press Ctrl T (Windows) or
Command T (macOS) to transform Right-click ad select distort and I'm
going to make a distortion. And the new feature in Photoshop 2021
is that you can reset distortions on a Smart Object all
you need to do is right-click on a Smart Object and select Reset Transform This will remove any transformations
that you've applied to your Smart Object and although this wasn't a big change,
it's definitely one we needed.

Next, let's talk about the new features inside of the Select and Mask workspace
in Photoshop 2021 They will allow you to create better and faster selections
to showcase this next new feature. We're going to work with this image of this woman standing up
against a very busy background. You can see that her hair is flowing in the air and it's definitely not an easy
image to mask In Photoshop 2021 there's several new features
in the Select and Mask workspace. So let me bring it up. If you go into Select > Select and Mask,
you'll bring up the Select and Mask workspace.

I'm currently working in the Onion
Skin mode and is set to 100, which is why everything looks invisible,
but by default it is set to 50%. And I'm going to click on the select
subject button, which will use Adobe Sensei,
which is artificial intelligence machine-learning technology to find
the main subject and select it The algorithm has improved. Photoshop does a much better job selecting
the hair even from busy backgrounds. And we have two modes. This is one of the new features. We have the Color-Aware mode,
which is basically the algorithm that Photoshop had in the past and the new
Object Aware algorithm. And you can select between the two. The Color Aware algorithm is better suited
for simple contrasting backgrounds and the Object Aware algorithm is
best-suited for hair or fur on busy backgrounds, which is
exactly what we have here.

And we have a brand new button
up here called Refine Hair This button will do essentially the same thing as the Refine Edge Brush Tool
with the Refine Edge Brush Tool you can click and drag along the side of the edge
to refine the adjustments on the hair. You don't have to do that by hand anymore. If you don't want to,
you can simply click on Refine Hair and Photoshop will automatically find
the hair and apply that same refinement. You can, of course, still use the brush if
you like, in case Photoshop misses an area, you can still click-and-drag
and paint to further refine those edges.

Next, there's a brand new Remember Settings
checkbox, if you enable this checkbox, Photoshop will remember the settings that
you apply in the Global Refinements area. For example, if I move the Smooth slider
to 6, the Contrast slider to 6 as well,
and shift the edge inwards to -10 and press OK when I come back
into the Select and Mask workspace, you'll notice that Photoshop will
remember those previous settings. So this is what that checkbox does. It just remembers the last
settings that you applied. And we also have a preset dropdown now. So whatever settings you have on this
panel, you can save them as a preset all you need to do is click on, say, Preset
and give your preset a name on a mine. Custom Select and Mask Click on Save. I'll cancel to exit the Select menu workspace and I'll go back into the Select
and Mask workspace, and right now we have the sliders set to 0,
but I can use that preset we just created to bring back those adjustments
we applied a moment ago. So this is a great way of saving the adjustments that you often make when
you use the Select and Mask workspace.

And obviously when you press OK
Photoshop will apply those adjustments. And I would like to point out the fantastic job that the artificial
intelligence does on this busy background is not perfect, but not
bad for just one click. Next, let me show you how Photoshop
2021 handles plug-ins. This is another interesting
change in Photoshop. We now have this plugins menu which is
replacing the extension's menu here. And basically what this plugins menu allows you to do is select the plugins
panel and that will come up and you can click on Discover plug ins and that will
take you into the Creative Cloud app. And from here you can install free
or paid plugins and Photoshop. You can also go into the old plug ins tab and look at all the available
plug ins for Photoshop 2021.

One plugin that I often use
for compositing is Pixel Squid so I can click on Get press OK and I can
install that into Photoshop. The green notice here in the bottom is
letting me know that my plug in has been installed and I can now see the pixel
squid plug in here under my plugins tab. And this is what the panel looks like. If it's closed, I can just double-click
on this and it brings it back up.

I think that this is a much better way of handling plug ins
inside of Photoshop. Next, let's look at live shapes
in Photoshop 2021 I think that these are
fantastic for any designer. I've been waiting for some of these
updates for a long time now and I'm glad they've been implemented
into Photoshop 2021 The first thing I want to show you something that I've been
waiting for for many years.

If you click on the Rectangle Tool, nested
that under it you'll see the line tool And the line tool is
completely different now. Now you really do get a single line with two points and you can control
the width and the stroke options from the Properties panel so you no longer
get a line with four points like before. This is a true line. Much like in Adobe Illustrator. We also have the polygon tool and I'm going to click-and-drag
to create a polygon.

And we can adjust the roundness of the corners, though,
like you see there, and we can push the inside points
in to create a star effect and you can add more sides to your polygon
by dragging this slider to the right. There are fully customizable, so make sure that you take advantage
of the new live shapes in Photoshop. Next, let me show you the new Discover panel in Photoshop twenty twenty one
and what it's all about to bring up this new tool you can control
f Alt on Windows Command f Unsharp Mask.

Or you can click on this icon
to bring up the Discover panel. The Discover panel replaces the old
search feature in Photoshop. And let me show you a couple of things
that you can do in the Discover panel. First of all, you can type the name of a tool or menu in Photoshop,
for example, the Move Tool, and you can hover over the tool
and Photoshop will highlight it. And if I click on it, Photoshop will highlight it
and select that particular tool. I'll bring that back up. And I could also type in a subject like
retouching and Photoshop, HSL, Move Tool that I can use
for that particular workflow. Also in the home menu,
we have the new hands on tutorials. You can click on that to open
up these new tutorials. If you go into the photo editing tutorials, you'll see this one here
adjust lighting in a photo with levels. And if you click on View All, you'll also see control, photo
brightness and contrast with curves. These two hands on tutorials
are my tutorials.

So if you open one up, you'll see
that this is in fact my tutorial. And you can click on Start Tutorial and you'll go through a step by step
process on how to adjust an image using the Curves Adjustment Layer you can see
the on screen overlays of what to do. Obviously I'm not going to go through that, but if you're interested,
check them out.

I think that these stories are fantastic. There's a lot of different categories. Check them all out. But I am pretty proud to have two tutorials in here in Photoshop
twenty twenty one. And at the time of this recording, I'm the only non Adobe employee to have
tutorials inside of Photoshop everyone else there is either an Adobe
employee or an Adobe contractor. Let me know in the comments what you
think if you decide to try them out. Next, I'm going to show you one of the most useful features
in Photoshop twenty twenty one. Let me show how it works. I'm going to work with this composite. As you can see, it has
a whole lot of layers. And the important thing is
that this is a cloud document. If you remember, they were
neum in Photoshop 20-20 and.

You can see this cloud icon here, and in case you don't know,
you have this cloud document tab here that shows all the documents that you've
saved to the Creative Cloud, when you open up a cloud document,
it will open up in Photoshop, just like a normal document that you
have saved in your computer. But notice that this is a copy as
the C a Photoshop cloud document. So it's not saved.
My computer is saved in the cloud. And one of the new features
is really, really cool. If you're in windows,
you can go into a file. Version history, but if you're UniMac, you're going to have to go in window
and find the version history menu item, but I'm on Windows,
so I'm going to go back into file and select version history and that will
open up the version history panel.

And you can see the different
versions of this particular document. So I have two versions basically said one minute apart, but they could have been
saved days or weeks or even months apart. The point is, is that I have
two versions of my document. One of them has the color gray that you're seeing now and the second
one has a different color. Great. So maybe you apply a color gray
to an image and you save the image. You go to sleep, you come back the next day and you kind of miss
the old color grid. With this new feature,
you can come back and it's still there just because a Creative Cloud is now
keeping old versions of your document.

And the cool thing is that you
can rename each version. So, for example, I can name
this version and I can call it. Warm because this is
a warmer color, great. See that and I can rename this one
into Cool, because this is a cooler color grade
and I could also open it up in a new tab. So now I have both versions open. At the same time, of course,
is downloading it from the cloud. But there it is.
This is a brand new document. It's not the same document.

Notice that it doesn't have a cloud icon like this one here, but all
my layers are still here. So essentially, I have two documents of the same thing,
but with the different color grades. And if I scroll down, you'll notice that the history expires
after 30 days unless you bookmark them. But these are already bookmark. If I go into the marked sections,
you can see them here. So if you wanted to delete any one of these after 30 days,
you can just bookmark. So if I am bookmark the blue one,
notice that it's still here in the history, but it will no longer
appear in the marked versions.

So this is a really powerful way to work. I really hope that you take advantage
of the Photoshop cloud documents. Now we're going to look
at technology previews. These are not necessarily
updates to Photoshop. They're more like beta releases. So we have to enable them
in order for us to use them. But before we get into that, I would like to talk a little bit
about our sponsor, which is MSRA.

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the link below in the description. But anyway, now let's talk about the two technology previews that I think are worth
looking at in Photoshop twenty twenty one. Let's start with a technology preview that will take advantage
of the cloud documents.

I think you're really going to like
this one is a very useful one. I'm going to press control. Can Windows Command can the Mac and go into my technology previous and make
sure that invite in is selected? You will have to restart Photoshop
in order for this to work. Once you bring Photoshop back up,
you'll see this icon here, which is the invite icon, or you could
also go into file and select invite.

They will both bring up this invite window and you can type another users,
a Dovid to invite them and work with you on this document a lot like you would
with a Google doc or a Dropbox folder where multiple people could work
on the same document, same idea here. Keep in mind that this is a technology
preview, almost like a beta, really. So it may have some issues. I haven't found any yet. Hopefully you don't come across any. Next, let me show you
another technology preview. This is the Content-Aware Fill. Eraser Tool is a new tool that you can add into your toolbar to create
paths and Vector Mask. Let's check it out. Start by enabling it. Press Control Chaon Windows Command. Can the back then click on technology
previews and make sure that you enable the Content-Aware Fill tracing tool
press OK then restart Photoshop.

When it comes back up under the Pentel, you should see the content,
the word tracing tool. If it's not there, what you can do is click on the three
that icon go into edit toolbar and make sure that it's not hiding
under the extra tools. If it is, just click and drag it into the pen to a group or anywhere
else you would like in Layers Panel. But anyway, once you select the content, the word tracing tool, you will see
all these controls in the options bar. First, select the tracing option. By default you'll see normal. And those blue lines represent the edges
that Photoshop is going to trace. You can click-and-drag on the detail slider to control the different
areas at Photoshop will select. If I select detailed,
you'll see that you'll get a little more detail on those lines or
simplified will be less detail. So what I recommend that you do is
that you work with the smallest detail as possible and still get
the lines that you'll need.

Two trays over the object
that you want to select. So in this case, we can start with something low,
like five percent, and you can just click with the Content-Aware Fill tracing
tool to add that Vector Mask. Also, notice that this Option is selected and this will allow me to create
these vectors around my objects. I'll click and add them to my selection. If you get to an area and nothing appears,
you may need to increase the detail to add more detail and you can just
create those better paths. Then you can select this plus icon to join
the different paths that are not connected and you can just hover over
the path to see where they connect. Let me zoom in so that you can
see what I'm talking about.

See that pink line
in between the two paths? When I click Photoshop would
join the paths using that line. And you can just hold the space bar at Click-and-drag and look for areas
that need to be connected like so. And I'm just clicking in between those two points, using this tool
with the plus I can select it. So I'm just making sure that I
have a complete path all around. And in this case it looks like I do.

I'll double-clicking the Hand Tool to fit
the image, the screen, and it looks like I managed to connect all
the points and that looks pretty good. Now I can hold control and when those Command in the back and click on the
Layer Mask icon to create a Vector Mask. So this tool was designed to create
vector paths and Vector Mask much faster. Let me know in the comments what you
think about this technology preview. This was a quick rundown of all the new features instead of Photoshop twenty
twenty one, I'm going to come out with full length tutorials on a lot
of these individual features. I'll place a link to my Photoshop twenty twenty one playlist below
in the description. I will also released a video on Camera Raw and the new features
in the Camera Raw update.

And of course I would like to thank our sponsor, MSF,
for sponsoring this tutorial. And if you're new to the Photoshop Training Channel,
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