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Photoshop: Introducing Touch gestures for Windows 8 Systems

The Photoshop team welcomes your feedback on this experimental feature. Let us know what you think!

Touch Gestures have been enabled in Photoshop CC 2014 for Windows 8 systems. Touch input is recognized from any touch-capable device attached to the system, including opaque finger pads and indirect tablets as well as direct-touch devices integrated directly with a display. You can control Photoshop using devices which support two or more simultaneous touch points.

In Photoshop, two-fingered touch gestures are used to control the location, rotation, and scaling of the image canvas view. Users may alternate between touch view control and other interactions using the mouse or stylus, but touch may not be used simultaneously with other input. Touch control of the view is very convenient when painting on large monitors which are difficult to rotate physically and on tablets to avoid constantly shifting the device.

General considerations

  • Photoshop constrains the freedom of view changes based on the motion at the beginning of the gesture so the user can control different aspects of the view independently.


    • When the user moves both touch points in parallel, the view pans without rotating or scaling.


    • When the initial motion is a pinch, scaling and pan will occur.


    • Rotation of touch points about a relatively motionless center enables rotation and pan but with no scaling.


    • Finally, by pinching and rotating at first, all three aspects may be adjusted. As a convenience, this latter free-transform gesture mode can also be chosen by simply holding initial touch points motionless for a moment.


  • As expected, when not in the full-screen mode, Photoshop does not pan a canvas view that is smaller than its document window. To pan windowed views with touch, first use pinch to scale the view until it intersects a window edge. In full-screen mode, all view transforms are always available.


  • The two-fingered double tap can be used to reset the image canvas view to show the entire canvas. A second two-fingered double tap will restore the user’s previously selected view.


Gestures currently supported

Pan Two fingers down, then dragged in any direction with fingers kept approximately the same distance apart and with the line segment connecting them kept approximately unchanged.

Zoom-Pan This gesture is a combination of the Zoom and Pan operations.

Two fingers down and dragged apart or together; spreading or pinching the fingers, with the angle of the line segment connecting them staying approximately unchanged. Once the zoom has started, the image can also be simultaneously panned.

Rotate-PanThis gesture is a combination of the Rotate and Pan operations.

Two fingers down and then one or both fingers "swept" in a rotating motion. The contents view should rotate around the center point between the two touch points if both fingers are "sweeping", or around the stationary one if only one is sweeping. Once the rotate has started, the image can also be simultaneously panned.

Free-form When two fingers are held down for given period of time, the gesture is processed as free-form. Any or all of pan, zoom, and rotate operations can be executed as part of a free-form gesture simultaneously in ordinary conditions.

Double tap Carries out the Reset or Restore operation.

A quick double tap of two fingers simultaneously on the active document view.

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6 y ago

Additional gestures have been added in Photoshop CC 2015.1: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usi...

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7 y ago

My update of Adobe Photoshop does not have the experimental features tab available. It would be nice if this feature was available as advertised.

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7 y ago

It's a windows feature, for one thing. But otherwise should be there. Do you see the experimental features tab in the preferences dialog?

David

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7 y ago

No - there is no experimental feature tab in the updated windows version of Photoshop.

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Launch Photoshop CC 2014, instead of the older Photoshop CC.

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okay, let me take a look at what's going out.

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I checked the release bits. On Windows, Photoshop CC 2014, I choose Edit ==> Preferences. In that sub menu there is a choice Experimental Features. When you start this version of Ps, you should see the updated splash screen with the woman and shoreline photo. Help ==> About Photoshop will indicate version 2014.0.0 Release. On my 64-bit system I also see 20140508.r.58 x64.

Is any of that info different for you?

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7 y ago

Thank you for the excellent new features in CC 2014. They work really nice on a Surface 3.

The gestures for rotating an image are too sensitive. I find myself rotating way too often, and I never intend to. Also, I cannot undo once I've rotated, so it's extremely frustrating to try to get the canvas back the way it was.

I'd rather not have the rotate gesture at all. But if you decide to keep it, can you make it less sensitive? Thanks!!

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see my next post for a response to yours, Alex.

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Alex,
I glad CC 2014 is making you happy. Thanks for the feedback about rotation. I take it you are using gestures for zoom and/or pan and while those gestures are useful, too often a rotation also occurs? I could see enabling rotation separately, or providing some choices as to the thresholds. I guess while we were developing it we always wanted to test rotation, so we didn't notice it could be too easy.

Your point about undoing the last gesture is well taken, thanks for that. Not to excuse the lack of undo, but perhaps it would be useful to use the double-tap feature to reset to a screen-aligned view, and then you'd just have to restore the zoom and pan. Another thing to be aware of is rotation is enabled when two fingers are placed on the tablet and held for a moment, so perhaps by more intentionally (and quickly) committing at the beginning of a gesture to pinch or swipe would help keep from rotating.

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Agreed. Thanks for the note about the two-fingered double tap. That solves most of my problems. Thanks!

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7 y ago

WOW! I am so glad you guys released this. I have a Thinkpad Yoga and it has made it so i can really use this as a tablet. I have been waiting for this feature for over 5 years. Thank you so much.

My workflow is a lot faster now.

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Terrific, Chris. As you spend time with it feel free to comment here with your experience and suggestions for improvements.

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All gestures need to be smoothed.
The Rotation feature is useful most of the time. It could be more useful if you could hold shift and lock it to increments of 15 degrees or so.

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Thanks, Chris. I had some easing in there at first but it did not perform reliably on different hardware and with different content, so I turned most of it off. I agree the feel could be refined. I'll see what I can do. That's a great idea about providing detents at certain angles. Let me see what the interaction designers say about that. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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The Touch Gestures don't work on the pad of my Asus X55C notebook.

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sorry to have not responded earlier Sergio. Let me see what I can learn from our testers on Monday.

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in the meantime, what OS are you running?

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Sergio, let me know if you are still having trouble.

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I'm running Windows 8.1
Basically, I can't do anything that involves two fingers, except moving up or down.
No left-right, pinching or rotating.

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But it works fine in Lightroom.

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7 y ago

I am running Windows 7 64

also
Adobe Photoshop CC
Version 14.2.1 x64

Under Edit>Preferences I see no Experimental Features option.

Is this option only available for Windows 8?

Thanks John

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John,
I have good news and bad news. After you update to Photoshop CC 2014 (version 2014.0.0 Release or later) you will see the Experimental Features entry under Edit ==> Preferences.

Under Experimental Features you will see
- Enable MultiTone Printing
- Scale UI 200%
- Use Touch Gestures

Unfortunately though, of these features, Touch Gestures are available for now only on Windows 8. So, I'm sorry but Touch Gestures will not work on your Windows 7 computer.

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David,

Thanks for your help.

The first clue was "after you update to Photoshop CC 2014" and I thought to myself "wait I did update to 2014".

What I did not update was what was pinned to my taskbar.

After unpinning and re-pinning, voila the correct version of PS and all my other apps are now being used.

I realized the "touch" capabilities would only run in Windows 8, which is OK because right now I am quite happy with Windows 7.

Once again thanks for the help.

John :)

"Adobe Photoshop Version: 2014.0.0 20140508.r.58 2014/05/08:23:59:59 x64
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit"

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7 y ago

Are there any plans to add touch gestures for Windows 7 users? It would be great to make better use of my Logitech T650.

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7 y ago

I lost all my apps on my surface pro 2 and re-installed photoshop cc 2014 but the touch gesture experimental feature doesnt show up anymore. i really need this feature. the start screen is not the women on shoreline but a head with hand on left side of screen. please help

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Make sure you install all the Photoshop CC 2014 updates.