Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad has been released in the iPad App Store today, and it looks very impressive. Of course it’s not on par with the full desktop Photoshop apps, but it looks like an awfully powerful and feature-packed app for the iPad.
Here’s a slice of its App Store intro section outlining some of its notable capabilities:
Transform images with core Adobe® Photoshop® features in an app designed for tablets.
Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.
• Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.
• Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.
• Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.
• Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.
• Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
• Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you’d like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
• Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects.
• Upload projects to Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop CS5.
• Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels
I installed the app this morning and have spent only a little time with is thus far. One thing I’ve noticed straight away is that it’s got an excellent set of tutorials to run through to get comfortable with some of its very cool features. Here’s a couple screenshots of that section:
I haven’t used Photoshop on the desktop in many (many!) years so I’m nowhere near expert enough to offer a rundown of how the iPad version compares. I did read a very good review of the iPad app by Graham Spencer at MacStories this morning though. He points out a few of its weak points – including the fact that it’s only for iPad 2, it’s max. resolution is 1600X1600, it doesn’t automatically upload to Adobe Creative Cloud and doesn’t support iCloud. On that last point I should mention that it does let you save your projects to the Camera Roll, so that should be backed up by iCloud.
I’m going to spend some evening time going through the tutorials and I may do a review if I feel like I get to grips with the app well enough.
In any case, this looks like a heck of an impressive new iPad app, especially for those of you who are Photoshop masters.
Here’s an App Store link for Adobe Photoshop Touch; it’s priced at $9.99.