Photoshop for iPad is officially here, a year after it was first announced at Adobe’s annual Max design conference.
According to the app’s description from the App Store, Photoshop for iPadOS is powered by the same code base as the desktop version. This means users can do the basics such as composting, retouching, and masking on a mobile device.
“Over time, we’ll add more capabilities and workflows as we learn more about how customers use Photoshop on a mobile device,” wrote Photoshop product manager Pam Clark in a blog post.
In addition, files will follow Adobe’s new Cloud PSD file format to allow users to edit across tablet and desktop. When a regular PSD file from desktop gets uploaded in the cloud, its extension will change to PSDC. Aside from Creative Cloud, users can also save PSDC files in other cloud storage locations. They can make offline edits on the iPad, too. The changes will be cached until they connect the device to the internet.
The app’s interface features a similar interface to the desktop versions. The toolbar, which houses tools like the move tool, selection, brush, type, lasso and more, are found on the left. On the right, users will find the layer panels, photo editing tools, adjustment tools, gradients, blend modes, and more. Currently, users can export their work to PNG, JPEG, PSD, and TIFF.
An iPad must run on iPadOS 13.1 to run Photoshop. It will be available for the following models: iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 11-inch, 10.5-inch, 9.7-inch; iPad 5th-7th gen; iPad mini 4 and 5th gen; and iPad Air 2 and 3rd gen.
Aside from that, Adobe also announced that it is creating its own AI-powered computational photography app called Photoshop Camera. The company will also be bringing Adobe Illustrator to the iPad in 2020.
A few months ago, Adobe launched Fresco, a free drawing and painting app, which mimics the physics of brushes, watercolor, and oil paint.
Download Adobe Photoshop for the iPad here.