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Adobe Sets Out Photoshop For iPad Roadmap With New Tools Arriving At The End Of This Year & Into 2020

The first version of Photoshop for iPad shipped earlier this month and Adobe has shared the new apps' planned journey, with additional tools being introduced soon.

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Adobe Photoshop Apple iPad

Coming to Photoshop on the iPad in 2019:Select Subject


At Adobe Max 2019, Adobe introduced Adobe Photoshop for iPad, which brings core retouching tools from the popular photo editing software to the fingertips of iPad users, and now, Adobe is sharing its plans for the future of Photoshop for iPad. 

Adobe began by introducing compositing, masking and basic retouching tools as well as the ability to edit PSD files and giving users access to the cloud so photos edited on a Mac or PC can then we transferred to the iPad version.   

There aren't quite as many tools as you find on the desktop/mac versions but Adobe's latest roadmap shows that this is something the company are working to change over the next year. 

With the introduction of Photoshop on the iPad, we started to scratch the surface of what’s possible and began our journey to build the best mobile application for all of you," says Adobe. "That’s why today, we’re excited to share how we think about the future and give you a glimpse into what’s to come."

Coming in 2019, the Select Subject tool uses the Adobe Sensei AI machine learning technology to enable you to automatically select the subject of an image to speed up complex selections. Cloud documents will also become faster to load/save.


Adobe Photoshop Apple iPad

Coming in The First Half of 2020: Refine Edge


During the first half of 2020, the Refine Edge tool will be introduced which means iPad Photoshop users will be able to make complex, soft edge selections on challenging subjects like hair and fur easier. Curves for tonal adjustments will also be introduced along with the option to 'adjust by colour' range (and more) when using Levels. 

Adobe says they will also continue to work on adjustment layer options to give users a better, non-destructive workflow experience and they plan on introducing brush sensitivity options as well as the ability to rotate the canvas. 

Those who use Lightroom will be happy to hear that they will be able to integrate Lightroom into their Photoshop workflows on the iPad as the Adobe Photoshop for iPad team are now working with the Lightroom team to begin to deliver Lightroom integration. 

"With these new capabilities, you will be able to process raw images in Lightroom premium on your iPad and take them further in Photoshop using workflows designed specifically for this device," says Adobe. 

We're in the process of reviewing the new version of Photoshop for iPad and will share our opinions over in Reviews when we've finished accessing it. 

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