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Adobe Photoshop Arrives On the Apple iPad & Lightroom/Photoshop Get Updates

It's been a year in the making but a version of Adobe Photoshop is now available for the iPad. Plus, Adobe updates Photoshop and Lightroom for desktop and app users.

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Adobe Photoshop on iPad

Adobe Max 2019 is taking place and amongst the announcements, Adobe has introduced Adobe Photoshop for iPad which brings core retouching tools to iPad users. 

Initially previewed at MAX 2018, Adobe Photoshop on iPad features layers so you can work on multi-layered creations, PSD files created on other devices can be opened and edited and, as you'd expect, the user interface is completely touch-based. You can also access documents from the cloud so you can start editing on your iPad and then continue your work on your PC or Mac. 


Adobe Photoshop on iPad


There aren't quite as many tools as you find on the desktop/mac versions with Adobe describing Adobe Photoshop for iPad as a 'more accessible entry point to Photoshop for new users' but you do get access to enough tools to make it a useful app for editing away from home/ the office. 

"The first version of Photoshop on iPad is focused on compositing, basic retouching, and masking, common tasks and workflows that we know will be useful for most Photoshop users. Over time, we’ll add more capabilities and workflows as we learn more about how customers use Photoshop on a mobile device," Adobe. 

Adobe Photoshop on iPad is available to all Creative Cloud customers who are subscribed to Photoshop. It can also be purchased through the Apple App Store. 

As well as announcing the availability of Adobe Photoshop for iPad, the Photoshop Camera mobile app has been introduced which can be used to enhance photos at the point of capture with Adobe Sensei. Plus, Photoshop Camera will include a library of lenses and effects you can apply to your images. 




Updates have also been applied to Lightroom which now features interactive in-app tutorials on desktop and a Panorama Fill Edges tool which automagically fills in the edges of an image using Content-Aware Fill technology. It can be accessed in-app and is available on Windows and Mac.

As well as improved tools, Export now provides more control (also added to the Android and ChromeOS versions), take advantage of GPU accelerated editing and those wanting to migrate from Elements to Lightroom can use the migrator tool to move your images from one application to another. Those using the iOS version of Lightroom are still waiting for some of the features found in the Android and ChromeOS versions but you do get Batch Editing now and those who prefer Lightroom Classic can now quickly and easily apply their custom editing style to photos consistently. Plus, you can export/share presets more easily. 

Photoshop on desktop has new Sensei AI and machine learning has been improved with the introduction of an Object Selection Tool and Content-Aware-Fill tool tweaks. 'Select Subject' has got better edges, too, and it's quicker on Mac. 

Speed improvements have been made which includes an improved home screen, better navigation of panels, the introduction of quick action buttons and an overhaul of Preset Panels. Smart objects can be converted back into component layers to fine-tune designs, you can take better advantage of the depth maps coming out of your camera, learn how to transform multiple layers proportionally and save the variation of a Layer Comp within a Smart Object. Finally, the transform wrap tool is now more flexible and an integrated cloud documents system to save your PSDs across all your devices with Photoshop, with no importing or exporting required, has been introduced. 

For more details on what's new in Photoshop and Lightroom, take a look at the Adobe blog posts: Photoshop & Lightroom.

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