Everyone knows that the tool developed by Adobe to enhance and edit images is one of the best that we can download for both Mac and Windows. We've seen so version after version, and if Photoshop CS6 was already great, Adobe PhotoshopCC 2020 improves its performance thanks to the options offered by Creative Cloud's online services

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Mar 10, 2021 Photoshop on Apple M1 MacBook 50% faster than on Intel models, Adobe says. Adobe releases a version of its photo-editing software that runs natively on Macs powered by Apple's own processor. Bring in your raw photos from your camera, iPhone 12 Pro (ProRaw), or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, edit them with the power of Photoshop, and send them back to your Lightroom catalog. Use the Object Selection and Select Subject tools to make fast and precise selections when you’re combining images and fine-tune them with the Refine Edge Brush. Download the latest version of Adobe Photoshop for Mac for free. Read 167 user reviews and compare with similar apps on MacUpdate. Adobe's world-class imaging and design software is at the core of just about every creative project, from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. And now you can harness the power of Photoshop across desktop and iPad to create wherever inspiration strikes.

There's no discussion about the latter although we do have to admit that over the last few years we have come across some decent and more affordable alternatives to Photoshop, as is the case of Aurora HDR, which is willing to give Adobe's development a tough time.

Nevertheless, PS can be considered as the standard in the professional photo editing world thanks to all its possibilities to enhance images, create professional compositions and montages, and apply different styles and effects to correct flaws or imperfections on any photo. If we add its capacity to work with videos and 3D designs, it offers us a huge range of possibilities in terms of creativity.

One of the favorite programs amongst professionals that work in different image sectors.

We do have to point out that Photoshop isn't easy to use: starting off requires plenty of tutorials and it can take some time to master it. So, if you're looking for an image editor for domestic or less complicated purposes, you might want to consider other options. However, it's also true that Adobe has also released Express versions for mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS that only come along with the most basic and simple functions to enhance an image.

Main features

  • Filling technology to correct image flaws.
  • Creation of realistic and natural paints by merging colors by means of the mixing brush tool.
  • Complex selection of objects.
  • Improvement in the process of creating images with a high dynamic range (HDR).
  • Agile workflow of applications.
  • Export settings to work with the same environment on any computer.

Remember that this a trial version that you can download totally free of charge. It's an edition with all the functions and latest updates to the newest version of Photoshop that you can try out for 30 days starting from the date on which you download it.

In turn, unlike the previous CS6 version, since it works over Adobe's Creative Cloud platform, you can make the most of all the adventures of this online system such as the possibility of getting hold of your own website with your work portfolio, different fonts, and 20 GB of cloud storage space. It also offers you the possibility to manage the updates to your applications, files, fonts, and many more options, as well as the chance to watch hundreds of video tutorials to find out how to make the most of all of its tools.

Download this tool for Mac and get hold of the most versatile and powerful photo editing tool, which is also preferred by the best image edition professionals.

What's new in the latest version?

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  • Fixes for security problems and issues detected by users.
  • This is a trial version that you can use for 30 days.
  • Runs on Mac OS X 10.7 (64 bits) and 10.8 (64 bits).
  • Requires a multicore Intel processor, compatible with 64 bits.
  • System compatible with OpenGL 2.0.
  • Internet connection required for the installation. The installer will download Adobe Illustrator. Once downloaded it will start the installation of the application.

Adobe claims that the latest version of Photoshop, released on Wednesday, could run 50% faster on the Apple M1-equipped MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The first benchmark tests—including our own—are now available, and they don’t quite match this claim, but they do suggest that Photoshop users will see significant improvements over older versions of Photoshop that don’t run natively on the M1 processor.

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On all PCs we test, we run a Photoshop benchmark, applying a series of 10 filters to a stock PCMag image. What we found in our early tests: Our own Photoshop performance test is 16% faster when running the latest version of Photoshop on the M1-equipped MacBook Pro versus running the latest version of the Creative Cloud software we ran at the M1 Macs' launch late last year. Other benchmarks show even greater gains compared with older versions of Photoshop, which are intended for Intel processors and run in the Rosetta 2 emulation layer on Macs that use the M1 chip.

Testing Native Against Rosetta

Adobe’s claim of 50% better performance is based on average results from many different Photoshop activities performed during the company’s internal tests. They include opening and running filters, and compute-heavy operations like Content-Aware Fill and Select Subject. Adobe notes that some of these operations “feel noticeably faster,” which will likely gratify photographers and other digital artists who use Photoshop all day long.

Every artist uses Photoshop differently, of course, and so does every benchmark test. Our test involves timing how long it takes to apply a series of 10 filters and effects to a JPG image. While the test has evolved slightly over the years, many of the operations haven’t changed much since Photoshop CS6 was released nearly a decade ago. These include resizing the image, applying Watercolor and Stained Glass effects, and using several types of blur filters.

Here is the breakdown of how long our 10 test filters took on the new M1 version of the software (version 22.3), compared with how long it takes when we forced the same version to run in the Rosetta 2 emulation layer:

Adding up the per-filter figures, the entire test took 2 minutes and 17 seconds (2:17) on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 processor running version 22.3 of Photoshop natively. When we ran the test a second time using version 22.3 in forced emulation mode, the entire test took 2 minutes and 31 seconds. While most people won't run the latest M1-native version of Photoshop in emulation mode, Adobe does recommend this approach if you run into any of the known bugs or compatibility issues.

The same test took 2 minutes and 43 seconds (2:43) when we tested the same laptop when it was released last fall, using the then-current Creative Cloud version of Photoshop (version 22.2) in emulation. Altogether, that's a 16% improvement with the optimized software running natively on the M1.

You can also see how the native version 22.3 results stack up against a few competing laptops in the chart below. Of course, the non-Apple systems are not using an M1-optimized version of the software.

Gains Depend on the Benchmark Composition

While our test uses many 'classic' filters and effects that aren’t necessarily optimized to show off the capabilities of modern processors like the M1, we believe it’s representative of many real-world workflows.

Other tests use alternate workflows that tax a computer’s resources in different ways. One emerging benchmark is from Puget Systems, a small firm that builds PCs tailor-made to the complex workflows of digital artists. Like our test, the Puget benchmark includes image resizing and many blur effects, but it also adds the especially intense Content Aware Fill and Photo Merge tasks.
Using a Mac mini running the Puget benchmark, PetaPixel demonstrated a 33% performance improvement. That’s double the improvement our test shows, though it’s not quite the 1.5x average that Adobe is claiming.

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Still, even a 16% boost is impressive considering that improvements are limited to software tweaks alone. Photoshop running in the Rosetta 2 emulation layer on M1 Macs is already competitive with the results from many Intel Core i5- and Core i7-powered laptops running Photoshop natively.
This means that laptops equipped with Apple’s silicon offer an unquestionable advantage over competing machines for creative pros who use Adobe’s products frequently. And the advantage is likely to grow as Apple releases even more efficient processors over the coming year and more app developers release M1 native versions of their apps.

Adobe has already updated other apps and features in the Creative Suite to run natively on the M1, including Lightroom and Camera RAW.

The company notes that there are a few parts of Photoshop that still don’t run natively on the M1, even in the latest version released this week. They include Invite to Edit Cloud Documents and Preset Syncing. If you frequently use these features, you may want to hold off updating your app to the latest version. Otherwise, the upgrade is a no-brainer for anyone running Photoshop on the latest Macs.

[Editors' Note: This article was updated shortly after publication to add performance data from the M1 version of Photoshop running in forced Rosetta 2 emulation.]

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