Adobe on Tuesday at its Adobe MAX 2021 virtual conference announced that it is bringing simplified web versions of Photoshop and Illustrator across the desktop and iPad apps.
The aim is to allow users to share Photoshop or Illustrator files with others, open and view your work in the browser and provide feedback, use layers, make basic edits to documents hosted in the cloud without having to download or launch Photoshop.
While the simplified web versions are not fully featured versions of Photoshop or Illustrator, it does let you open documents and use basic edit tools like the eraser, spot healing brush, and selection lasso.
Currently, both applications only allow viewing, commenting, and some basic editing capabilities when a .PSD or .AI file are launched via Google Chrome or Chromium Edge (coming soon to Firefox and other browsers).
You will be able to modify these file types on the web after pulling them from your desktop or iPad version of the apps. Once you are done, you can sync them back, comments, and all to those locations using Creative Cloud. However, more complex edits still require users to open the Photoshop and Illustrator apps.
“We are excited to share a major step forward for collaboration, introducing a new way to collaborate with stakeholders on your creative work from Illustrator and Photoshop via the web. Extending Illustrator and Photoshop to the web will help you open up your creative process, express your vision efficiently, and remove a ton of friction from the process,” wrote Eric Snowden, Vice President of Design at Adobe in a blog post.
To use Photoshop and Illustrator on the web, you need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber. The Creative Cloud All Apps plan in the U.S. costs $52.99 a month and provides access to 20 Adobe apps, including Photoshop and Illustrator. Alternatively, these two apps can be purchased at $20.99 a month each.
You can start sharing Photoshop and Illustrator documents for commenting and feedback via the web by updating to the latest versions of the apps.
Photoshop on the web (Beta) with basic editing capabilities is available as a beta now for all Creative Cloud subscribers. To access Photoshop on the web (Beta), click “Open in Photoshop on the web beta” in the header when viewing a Photoshop file in your browser. You can learn more about Photoshop on the web (Beta) in the Adobe Help Center.
Further, Illustrator on the web (Beta) is an invite-only beta. You can sign up for the beta program via the Adobe website.