Ahead of the Adobe Max conference later today where Adobe will officially announce the release of Photoshop for iPad, the app has gone live on the App Store. The app was originally announced by Adobe at its 2019 Max conference.
As a report from last month claimed, the initial release of Photoshop for iPad lacks a lot of features. While its UI/UX is similar to the desktop version of the app, it is not exactly a full-fledged app. For now, Adobe has focused on core compositing and retouching tools and it will now continue bringing features from its desktop app to the iPad for feature parity between the two versions. The app also has Apple Pencil support which should make manipulating images in the app easier.
Below are the features that Adobe is highlighting on the App Store listing of the app:
Create with full PSDs:
Create on your iPad with the Photoshop features you know and love, from retouching and compositing to spot healing and blend modes. Layers? They’re all here. Resolution? No difference. Your PSDs are exactly the same, whether you’re working on your desktop or a mountain top.
Familiar tools, fingertip control:
Work with your Layer stack and Toolbar tools just like you do on your desktop. Swipe, pinch, tap, scribble, slide — you’ll feel closer to your work than ever before. And with the context-aware UI, only the core tools and panes are displayed, so you can focus on your canvas, not the clutter.
It’s simple to keep your PSDs in sync across devices because now you don’t have to. Your documents are automatically saved to Adobe’s cloud as you work and available on any device running Photoshop.
Make precision selections with the Quick Selection tool, Lasso tool, and advanced selection options such as feathering. Use the paint brush to mask in and out certain parts of your image to create sophisticated composites.
Edit and enhance images and remove unwanted elements with features such as spot healing and clone stamp.
Photoshop for iPad is already included in Photoshop CC’s subscription. If non-subscribers, Adobe is offering a 30-day free trial. Since the app also integrates with Creative Cloud, it automatically syncs all your work across devices. So, you can start working on an image on your iPad and then continue where you left off on your PC.
Adobe Photoshop for iPad supports all iPad Pro models alongside the iPad mini 4, iPad mini 5, and the iPad Air 2. There’s no support for the new 10.5-inch iPad Air and regular iPad models though. It also requires iPadOS 13.1 or higher to run properly.