For designers on the go, iPad finally gets a full version of Photoshop

Adobe’s premiere image editor, Photoshop remains the industry standard because of how the software can assist photographers and graphic designers in doing their jobs. It is, however, about the get a lot easier for Apple users. This year Adobe is finally bringing Photoshop CC—a fully functional version of the photo editing software—to iPads.

This means that Photoshop users will get all of the features of the beloved program that they can use as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps. If you already use Photoshop CC, then you are either a Creative Cloud or a Photography Plan subscriber, which means that the 2019 update is automatically available. If you are not a subscriber, new features may inspire you to give the app a try.

Bringing Photoshop to the iPad

The news was unveiled at Adobe’s annual MAX conference in Los Angeles, which came about when two Photoshop engineers decided to see what would happen if they ran Photoshop code on the iPad. While Adobe already has a mobile version of Photoshop across numerous platforms, its functionality is greatly reduced. However, after running the code and adjusting elements to work on a touchscreen, the end result is Photoshop CC for iPad.

A full version of Photoshop CC for the iPad

“We’re completely rethinking the user experience for a modern touch device,” Adobe says. “You’ll find it familiar, but also adapted in smart ways for the device. We’ve designed Photoshop on iPad with natural touch gestures in mind to speed up workflows.”

It’s been eight years since the iPad was released, but there’s never been a full version of Photoshop on the iPad until now.

Because the code is the same as on desktop versions, the edited files will look identical no matter what device you are using. And by taking advantage of Adobe Cloud storage, users will be able to switch from iPad to desktop without issue; thus being able to start edits from anywhere and finish them off when sitting in the office.

A full version of Photoshop CC for the iPad

So what does this mean for bringing other Adobe programs to the iPad? Is Illustrator on the way?

“I certainly want to bring more of the suite of creative products to the iPad,” said Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer. “Every product should be a multi-surface system.”

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