Apple’s brand new M1 chips have been the talk of the tech world over the last week, with users blown away by the speed and battery life of the latest Macs. For digital artists, it’s essential that creative software can match the hardware – but judging by the brand new beta of Photoshop for M1 Macs, that isn’t going to be a problem. 

While most apps can run on M1 Macs thanks to a built-in transitionary software called Rosetta 2, native M1 apps will naturally see much-improved performance. Adobe has just released the beta version of Photoshop for M1 Macs, and it seems it will soon top our round up of the best laptops for Photoshop. Check out the best Adobe Black Friday deals if you’re ready to start your Creative Cloud journey. 

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Photoshop is particularly fast on the M1 MacBook Pro (Image credit: Apple)

On the new M1 MacBook Pro, Photoshop opens instantly, and huge image files can be edited faster than ever before. Even when working with an image file containing numerous layers, Adobe says selecting a subject is 8 times faster on M1 Macs. Meanwhile, previously laggy features such as applying lens flare are pretty much instant.



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