Adobe Launches Photoshop for iPad

Adobe is today launching its long-awaited Photoshop for iPad app, one year after first announcing plans to bring the desktop version of Photoshop CC to Apple's tablets.

The Photoshop on ‌iPad‌ app is designed to let Photoshop desktop users open and edit PSDs right on their tablet devices, with the ability to see and edit layered documents and access key Adobe tools with touch gestures.

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The app will be familiar to Photoshop users thanks to the standard Photoshop toolbar on the left and a layers interface on the right, both of which are optimized for a touch interface. Adobe has built-in tours and video tutorials to get users started with the app.

Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ was designed with touch and mobility in mind, but it was built using the same code base as Photoshop on the desktop so users don't need to worry about conversions, compressions, or importing or exporting when swapping between the ‌iPad‌ and the desktop. All edits will produce the same results across devices.

Alongside the launch of Photoshop for ‌iPad‌, Adobe is overhauling cloud documents to support the PSD format, which is what will allow PSDs to be worked on cross platform. Work on Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ is automatically saved to the cloud as a PSD file via the new cloud documents feature.

According to Adobe, today's launch of Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ is just the beginning of a more extensive plan to expand the capabilities of Photoshop on tablets.

The first version of Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ focuses on top workflows, compositing, and masking and retouching, with additional functionality to be introduced in the future as Adobe better learns how customers use Photoshop on a mobile device.

The company says it is "deeply committed" to rethinking every Photoshop experience for the Apple Pencil and the touch screen to provide the best Photoshop experience regardless of device.

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Adobe says that new capabilities will be added "as quickly as possible" with a regular cadence of releases after Adobe MAX 2019. "We know we have more work to do," reads Adobe's blog post announcing the launch of Photoshop for ‌iPad‌. Adobe is encouraging Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ users to join its community forums to discuss potential new features.

Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ is available starting now for all Creative Cloud customers who have a subscription to Photoshop. It can be downloaded from the App Store. More information on the new Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ app can be found on Adobe's website.

Adobe is today also introducing Adobe Photoshop Camera, an AI-powered camera app that "brings incredible Photoshop magic" to capturing photos. Photoshop Camera lets you capture, edit, and share photos using Photoshop tools right from the viewfinder.

The app can recognize the subject of a photo, provide recommendations, and automatically apply complex adjustments to produce the best possible photo. The app will also include a "curated feed of lenses" created by artists and influencers like Billie Eilish.

Photoshop Camera is available in a preview capacity on iOS devices, and interested users can sign up for info on Adobe's website.

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Top Rated Comments

Substance90 Avatar
60 months ago
Still subscription based? No thanks, I'll stick to Affinity Photo and Designer.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jmpage2 Avatar
60 months ago
How can Macrumors do this big of an expose on a flagship product like Photoshop and not mention cost? Many of us have parted ways with Adobe over their aggressive subscription model that hurts casual users of their software who otherwise might buy a discounted license of the software and use it for several years.
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RogerWilco Avatar
60 months ago
“We know we have more work to do”

So do I, and Adobe's cloud-based subscription apps are being removed from my workflow.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephKing Avatar
60 months ago
Will never used subscription-based. Good luck to those that do.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve121178 Avatar
60 months ago

Will never used subscription-based. Good luck to those that do.
I don't need any luck, Adobe CC works great for me. Adobe Photoshop used to cost £550-£650 here in the UK. With the subscription it costs around £120 a year and I always have the latest version of Photoshop & Lightoom. It's a good deal.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
terminator-jq Avatar
60 months ago
One word: Affinity...

Seriously. Those guys have made the perfect alternatives to a photoshop and illustrator. Get the Mac versions and get the iPad versions and your good to go. Perpetual licensing and the iPad apps and Mac apps are nearly identical meaning you can open up a file on iCloud Drive - do some work- then continue the same file on Mac.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)