We’ve been working hard to build custom support for the Touch Bar, and I’m pleased to announce that, as promised, it is available in today’s update to Photoshop. I’ve had a chance to use the Touch Bar a bit and I find it exciting for two reasons. First, the Touch Bar is useful for surfacing a contextual “next step”. This is helpful both for a beginner who might not know how to navigate Photoshop, and for an experienced user in giving them speedier access to the desired next action. Second, the Touch Bar is useful for accessing controls in a new way, especially controls that were sometimes clumsy with a keyboard and mouse.
Adobe says in designing the Touch Bar it identified three categories of functions that would be useful: Layer Properties, Brushes, and (true to Photoshop’s ethos) your customizable Favorites.
Inside the Layer Properties section, you can access common actions like place a Smart Object, clip Layers, and open Select & Mask. There are also controls for changing the blend mode and scrubbing through the history.
The Brushes section gives you quick access to brush color, size, hardness, opacity and flow. Each of these commands has a movable slider to pick the right value.
The Favorites sections allows you to configure your own set of favorite actions. This includes any combination of actions from the previous sections, or other commands like Full screen mode, Flip Horizontal/Vertical, and launching the macOS share menu.
More details on of the new Touch Bar capabilities are available at the link below.