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Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 technology preview brings MacBook Pro Touch Bar controls

As promised at the MacBook Pro release event, Adobe has made available a technology preview version of image editing suite Photoshop CC 2017 for Mac, adding beta versions of contextual touch tools to the Touch Bar.




All of the familiar brush controls are available on the screen with the Tech Preview release, as well as on the Touch Bar. Users can select brush parameters such as color, flow, hardness, opacity, and size. The Favorites implementation on the Touch Bar includes flip controls, a toggle between full and normal screen modes, and a New Layer button.

Layer Properties on the Touch Bar allow for opacity modification, and scrubbing through blending modes. Other tools added include a layer duplication tool, a preview share button, a button to invoke the select & mask task space, and more.

The tools can be mixed and matched, with Adobe allowing the user to customize the Touch Bar to some extent.



Pricing for new members depends on the application or software suite being purchased. For example, the Creative Cloud Photography plan, which comes with Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC, starts at $9.99 per month on an annual plan, while single-app subscriptions come in at $19.99 per month. Adobe offers an annual plan with access to all apps for $49.99 per month, while the step-up membership with a month of Adobe Stock access and 10 free Adobe Stock images is priced at $79.98 per month.