The Real Photoshop Is Finally Coming to iPad Next Year

Joanna Estrada
October 15, 2018

Described by Adobe as an all-in-one cross-device video capture, publishing and editing app, it features customizable motion graphics templates, and benefits from Adobe Sensei-powered sound and voice normalization.

Earlier this year Adobe confirmed that it was working on a full-featured version of Photoshop for the iPad, but no real details on the product were given.

As Adobe's Pam Clark explains on the company's blog, the process of bringing the complete Photoshop experience to Apple's tablet began when two engineers asked if they try to get the program up and running on an iPad using the real Photoshop code. Adobe didn't want to tell anyone in case the experiment was unsuccessful, but a few months later, a "proof of life" concept of the full Photoshop app was launching on an iPad. None of these, however, can match the functionality provided by the desktop-based Photoshop CC, with Adobe crediting its arrival on iPad to the "beefier power of devices".

With the same code base in place, Photoshop CC on the iPad will be almost indistinguishable from the desktop app, save for some adjustments to the user interface and the addition of touch gestures.

The interface of the app on an iPad Pro
The interface of the app on an iPad Pro

Cloud PSDs will eliminate the need for importing or exporting files, removing a major friction point that now stands in the way of working with Adobe's apps on the iPad. With Creative Cloud's automatic syncing of all files, you should be able to pick up editing on any device at any time without needing to do a thing.

When manual importing or exporting does make sense to your workflow, those options will still be available in Photoshop for iPad. This itself is part of a wider announcement, namely that PSD files will be supported by a greater range of apps in the CC ecosystem than before. Instead, there have been lightweight versions like Photoshop Express, or apps that focus on specific Photoshop features, like retouching. The desktop version of Photoshop CC, meanwhile, now has an expanded Content Aware Fill workspace (below) among other revisions.

Photoshop for iPad will be available free to all Creative Cloud subscribers, but there's no word now on whether a standalone purchase or iPad-only subscription will be possible. Adobe made a touch version of Photoshop for Windows, but Apple fans haven't been able to take advantage of this tech because iPads weren't powerful enough to handle the software until the iPad Pro came along.

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