Photoshop on iPad takes a big step toward desktop parity

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Photoshop on iPad takes a big step toward desktop parity.
The Refine Edge Brush jumped from desktop to Photoshop on iPad on Monday.
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Adobe added Refine Edge Brush to Photoshop on iPad on Monday. Already a major feature of the desktop version, it allows users to select the edges of subjects covered in hair or fur, or with other very complex shapes.

In addition, the iPadOS version of this professional image-editing application can now easily rotate the canvas while editing.

Select tricky objects with Refine Edge Brush

Images with simple borders are a snap to select. But real life is more challenging. That’s where Refine Edge Brush come in.

“You can precisely refine the border area of tricky selections, brush over soft areas such as hair or fur to add fine details,” notes Pam Clark, who is in charge of product management for all things Photoshop at Adobe. “This is required to achieve realistic, professional quality selections of objects with a mix of sharp and soft edges.”

The user interface for the iPad version of this application has been tweaked a bit, but Refine Edge Brush “works just like Photoshop on the desktop and produces the same results,” said Clark. And she promises that selections happen quickly.

Photoshop on iPad embraces the tablet with Rotate Canvas

A feature that iPad users have often requested is a way to easily rotate the canvas. Adobe listened, and this is now possible with a two-finger gesture. Rotation snaps at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees. And it’s possible to zoom in and out at the same time.

The latest version of Photoshop on iPad is available now on the Apple App Store. It’s free to download but requires a $9.99 monthly subscription.

The application was drastically watered-down for its debut last November. Adobe has been working hard to fix it, however. There have already been multiple significant updates, in addition to the one out today.

Source: Adobe