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Photoshop for Apple Silicon, Release 2, is here!


We are excited to announce the second Beta release of Photoshop, running natively on Apple Silicon hardware! This early version of Photoshop offers many of the core Photoshop features that you've come to rely on for your day to day editing needs, and we'll be adding more features in the weeks to come. Note that Beta software is not officially supported yet by Adobe, but we want to hear from you, and this is the place to let us know how it's going.

Before posting questions, read the notes below to familiarize yourself with the known limitations in the build. As we release new builds, we'll update the notes. If you do have a question, please post it as a new topic rather than a reply to the release notes to aid visibility.


  • Apple Silicon Hardware with M1 chip and current operating system from Apple


  • This BETA will only install and work on M1 hardware that meets the minimum system requirements. If you have qualifying hardware and you do not see the installer, check manually for an update (Help > Check for Updates). If it still does not appear, try logging out/back into the Creative Cloud Desktop application.
  • This is not a fully functioning version of Photoshop; it contains several limitations compared to the more widely available version of Photoshop for Macintosh. Over time, more features will be made available. See the 'Known Issues' section below for more details.


  • As Photoshop migrates away from CEP toward UXP for third party extensions, having the ARM version of Photoshop for your testing is an important reason why we are making this version available to you so soon. Please refer to documentation and support resources here:
  • The C++ SDK has also been updated for ARM, and can be downloaded from; click the Photoshop button to get started


  • Visit our online discussion forums for discussing Photoshop ARM-related issues (URL)
  • Before reporting issues with this build to our online forum, please be sure to first review the Known Issues section so that duplicate issues are not reported.

Known Issues:

Many features are still not available in this version of Photoshop, and some features may experience slow performance. Please refer to the following known issues before submitting feedback.

  • Features ADDED since release 1:
    • Puppet warp

    • Perspective Warp

    • Refine hair (in Select and Mask)

    • Fixed Portrait Classification for Select Subject

    • Select Sky/Sky Replacement

    • Liquify Filter: Face Aware features
    • Face Detection 

    • Camera RAW
    • Import from Lightroom Photos via the home screen does not work
    • OilPaint filter
    • Video timeline and file format support
    • All CEP-based Panels (CC Libraries panel, 3rd party extensions)
    • Adaptive Wide Angle
    • Shake Reduction
    • Rich Tooltips, Coach marks for Discovery Panel tutorials
    • File Info Panel
    • Layer > Smart Objects > Stack Mode menu item disabled
    • Content Aware Fill
    • Content Aware Scale
    • Content Aware Move
    • Focus Area
    • Auto-Blend Layers
    • Photomerge
    • Spot Healing Brush
    • Patch Tool
    • Healing brush
  • Features present, but with limitations or issues:
    • Match font/font similarity only searches locally installed fonts
    • Filter Gallery functions may seem to hang but will eventually succeed
    • All 3D-related functions are limited; either very slow or not fully rendering 3D content; includes 3D printing, 360 panorama editing, normal and bump map filters, Lighting Effects
    • Scrubby Zoom behavior is erratic
    • Changing stroke pixel size not working as expected
    • Opening hundreds of files could cause a crash
    • Several features are running slower on M1 native devices; these will be optimized over time: 
      • Preserve Details 2.0 Upscale (Image Size dialog box option)
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