If you’re a professional photo editor, you probably use Photoshop on your Mac or PC almost every day. Now Adobe has officially released in Adobe Max the iPad version of Photoshop so you can work anywhere on your project with the iPad. In addition, we want everything to be encompassed in a large ecosystem thanks to the cloud document system so that you can continue a project as you have left it on one device in another with the same reliability and performance.
This version of Photoshop for iPad does not surprise us since it was presented at WWDC 2019 together with iPadOS. What surprises us for bad is that it comes with very few tools available for professionals, although Adobe says they will be including new tools in future updates. In this version 1.0 the composition, masking and retouching are highlighted although there will be much more in the future.
From Adobe they inform that to be able to download this application on your iPad you must have installed the latest version of iPadOS, as well as having one of the compatible iPads which are the following:
- iPad Pro (WiFi, WiFi and LTE)
- iPad Pro (12.9 inches) and second generation.
- iPad Pro (10.5 inches).
- iPad Pro (9.7 inches).
- Fifth generation iPad or higher.
- iPad mini 4 or higher.
- iPad Air 2 or higher.
In addition to these iPads, this version of Photoshop is compatible with both the first and second generation Apple Pencil. Among the tools included in this version 1.0 we can highlight the following:
- Composition: combines digital elements to create something new in multiple layers. You can create both masks and use the brushes found in the PC/Mac version with either your finger or the Apple Pencil.
- Layers: possibility to create as many layers as in the desktop version using a compact and detailed view, so it is easy to navigate and organize.
- Retouching: Edit and enhance images by removing unwanted elements.
Obviously you can create and open full-size PSD files on the iPad and save them to the cloud directly without having to convert them. They also promise that the performance and reliability will be the same on any type of device where you are working.
As we said at the beginning from Adobe they are still working on including more tools in Photoshop for iPad and have already announced that in future updates they will be able to rotate the canvas, refine the edges and more brushing options.
Although you can initially download the application for free from the App Store here, you must have a subscription to Adobe to use it. This subscription covers several Adobe tools, not just the iPad apps, starting at $12.99 per month. In the following image you can see all the available plans.
It’s true that it may seem a bit expensive to have to pay a subscription for an application so incomplete a but we should keep in mind that this is a version 1.0 and is intended for professionals. Users who do not need to edit photography at the highest level have other alternatives in the App Store tremendously interesting but we must understand that Photoshop is more designed for professionals.
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