Adobe Photoshop for iPad has officially arrived on the App Store before its formal launch at the Adobe 2019 Max Conference that starts in Los Angeles on Monday. The app for iPad was announced by the California-based company last year when the 2018 iPad Pro was unveiled.
As per the listing on the App Store, the first version of Photoshop for iPad is available as a 30-day free trial. The app has full support for Apple Pencil, PSD editing, layers, context-aware tools, advanced selection tools, retouching and cloud syncing. The company has also modified oft-used Photoshop functions for touchscreen interfaces, such as quick selection and paintbrush.
“The world’s best imaging and graphic design software is at the core of just about every creative project from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. And now you can harness the power of Photoshop on your iPad to create anything you can imagine, wherever you’re inspired,” the company noted in the App Store listing of Photoshop for iPad.
“This first version focuses on core compositing and retouching tools designed to work best on the iPad with Apple Pencil and touch. And we’re just getting started. For future versions, we’re looking at enhancing our tools used for brushes, masks, refining edges, and selecting smart subjects.”
Below are the main features of the app as shared by Adobe on the App Store:
Create with full PSDs:
Create on your iPad with the Photoshop features you know and love, from retouching and compositing to spot healing and blend modes. Layers? They’re all here. Resolution? No difference. Your PSDs are exactly the same, whether you’re working on your desktop or a mountain top.
Familiar tools, fingertip control:
Work with your Layer stack and Toolbar tools just like you do on your desktop. Swipe, pinch, tap, scribble, slide — you’ll feel closer to your work than ever before. And with the context-aware UI, only the core tools and panes are displayed, so you can focus on your canvas, not the clutter.
It’s simple to keep your PSDs in sync across devices because now you don’t have to. Your documents are automatically saved to Adobe’s cloud as you work and available on any device running Photoshop.
Make precision selections with the Quick Selection tool, Lasso tool, and advanced selection options such as feathering. Use the paint brush to mask in and out certain parts of your image to create sophisticated composites.
Edit and enhance images and remove unwanted elements with features such as spot healing and clone stamp.
Future updates being worked on:
Selecting smart subjects
Brushes and fonts sync with Creative Cloud
If you are interested in getting this app for your iPad, you need to have iPadOS 13.1 or higher installed on the following compatible devices.
- iPad Pro (Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi and Cellular)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch) and 2nd generation
- iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
- iPad 5th Generation
- iPad Mini 4
- iPad Air 2
The app also supports 1st generation and 2nd generation of Apple Pencil. However, it does not support the new 10.5-inch iPad Air and regular iPad models.
If you are an Adobe CC subscriber, Photoshop for iPad is included as part of your subscription. For non-subscribers, Adobe is offering a 30-day free trial after which you will need to subscribe to a qualified Creative Cloud (CC) membership, either via in-app purchase or directly via Adobe.
You can download Adobe Photoshop for the iPad by clicking here. The monthly stand-alone subscription costs $9.99 and does not include access to the desktop variant of Photoshop.