Photoshop finally arrives on the iPad

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Photoshop is coming to the iPad – over 30 years after its original release. Photo: Adobe.

Defining package

Photoshop has become synonymous with photo editing, certainly being the defining package in the niche. Adobe celebrated the release of the popular utility for iPad by publishing a blog post, outlining the particular qualities of version 1.00 for the Apple tablet.

Adobe was keen to emphasize that the Photoshop program has been significantly redesigned in order to properly fit the context of a mobile device. But most of the tools that would be associated with the main software are present and correct, with compositing, retouching, and masking particularly well served.

Although those familiar with the Photoshop platform will notice a few omissions, Photoshop product manager Pam Clark assured fans of the software that these missing features will steadily be added to the iPad app.

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Most of the features from the desktop version are included. Photo: Adobe.

“This is the beginning. The first version of Photoshop on iPad is focused on … common tasks and workflows that we know will be useful for most Photoshop users,” Clark wrote in a blog. However, Adobe is likely to experience some criticism. The software was originally labelled as ‘real Photoshop’, but some beta testers were disappointed with the slimmed-down package on offer.

Desktop gulf

Nonetheless, it is perhaps somewhat unrealistic to expect the first iPad version of Photoshop to benefit from all of the features of the desktop version. While users of the Apple tablet may wish to see the pen tool or animation timeline built into the software, it was obvious that there would be some features left out of the first release.

And the term ‘real Photoshop’ does seem legitimate, as the iPad application is built from the same source code as the desktop version of Photoshop. Even some of the more intensive features of the desktop version are present and correct, with the new Cloud PSD file format enabling users to sync edits across tablet and desktop platforms. Adobe also hopes that users will store Photoshop creations in the cloud more often in the future.

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Other Adobe programs such as Illustrator are joining the iPad in 2020. Photo: Adobe.

“We’re never compromising on this notion of the actual, real Photoshop code on iPad, so that you have an absolute extended workflow from the desktop,” Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer, Explain that the max design conference.

Similar layout

Most of the Photo editing tools from the desktop version of Photoshop are present and correct, and the layout is basically the same as the original release. However, there is so restriction on ownership of the software, with Photoshop on the iPad only available for Creative Cloud customers. Anyone else will have to pay a minimum subscription of $9.99 monthly.

Photoshop was originally launched in 1988, and has since become a byword for the entire concept of photo editing. Adobe’s vector-based design software Illustrator, is set to be released on the iPad come 2020.

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