Microsoft originally unveiled its Surface Dial accessory for its Surface Studio all-in-one PC almost a year ago. App support has been fairly limited so far, but Microsoft did promise that Photoshop would start supporting the accessory. That support is finally arriving today, beyond the basic zoom options that have existed for the past year.
Adobe is updating its popular software to Photoshop CC today, and it includes Surface Dial integration to tweak brush settings. I’ve tested the Surface Dial integration, and it’s limited to just the brush settings. Adobe’s implementation brings up a separate brush menu when you trigger the Dial, and you can adjust size, opacity, hardness, flow, and smoothing by rotating the Dial.
Other apps like Sketchable have shown that there’s so much more you can do with the Surface Dial, so it’s a little disappointing to see such basic support with Photoshop. Adobe’s support does arrive just in time for the Surface Book 2 release next month, though. Microsoft’s new laptop includes Surface Dial support on the screen (just like the Studio and Surface Pro) and the updated Surface Pen.