Adobe shows off ‘real’ Photoshop on iPad

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Photoshop on iPad
Full Photoshop will be available for iPad in 2019.
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Adobe is bringing Photoshop CC to iPad in 2019 and in its announcement this morning, it placed emphasis on one word: real as in real Photoshop.

Photoshop on iPad will have all the might of the desktop version but with the pencil and touch workflow of the tablet. The work will automatically and seamlessly sync to the desktop.

“Recently, two Photoshop engineers proposed this crazy idea to try and run Photoshop on the iPad using the real Photoshop code,” Pam Clark wrote for the Adobe blog. “We told them to give it a try, but don’t tell anyone in case it doesn’t work. Inspired by this, our design team also started to reimagine the Photoshop experience on a device.

“With Photoshop on an iPad, designers and photographers no longer need to be tethered to their desktops. Instead you can do real work that is powerful, quick, and transformative right on the iPad either as a companion to your desktop or away.”

Photoshop on iPad: Powerful tools with new touch

Earlier this year, Adobe’s chief product officer for Creative Cloud, Scott Belsky, hinted at the development of full Photoshop for iPad.

Currently, creatives can use the limited powers of Photoshop Express, Photoshop Mix or Lightroom Mobile on iPad. Several software competitors have developed fairly powerful tools for iPad including Affinity and Pixelmator.

Photoshop on iPad will make use of the same multi-layered PSD files while offering the same set of tools familiar to long-time desktop users.

The Adobe blog featured a “proof of life” video showing Photoshop on iPad being applied to a multi-layer file. Adobe’s announcement of Photoshop CC on iPad was part of a number of software developments rolled out.

Adobe did not announce a date, but iPad users can sign up here for updates. Adobe plans to release a 1.0 version featuring basic tools, with more powers to follow in software updates.