That was then and this is now. We live in a mobile app age. So, how can you get that Photoshop experience on your iPhone or iPad? Is it even possible?
Photoshop Touch Is Not Photoshop
Adobe’s answer to mobile devices, especially the iPhone and iPad, is Photoshop Touch. Is this $10 app the mobile answer to Photoshop on the Mac?
No. The two are entirely different applications. Photoshop on the Mac is feature rich and capable of nearly any graphic design feat.
Photoshop Touch on the iPhone and iPad is capable and improves with each release, but don’t expect a similar feature set.
In fact, Touch could easily be considered an entry-level Photoshop. It works well with finger and stylus, especially on the iPad.
It comes with plenty of filters and effects, tools and layers, which, combined with a little talent and experience, is capable of creating professional level designs.
Instead of floating palettes of tools, Photoshop touch options ring the screen with toolbars.
Touch a tool and a pop down overlays the image on the screen.
I focus on using the iPad to create designs in Photoshop Touch because the iPhone’s screen’s real estate is simply too limited for anything more than enhancing photos or sketching out basic designs.
Projects in Adobe Creative Cloud can be synced between Photoshop touch and Photoshop CS6 for Mac or Windows.
Photoshop Touch is sufficiently sensitive to finger touch that small objects can be created an moved around on screen.
It supports layers, selection tools, fine adjustments, and filters and effects– all similar to what you find in Photoshop CS6, but adapted for touch usage.
Work on higher resolution images up to 12 megapixels (Photoshop on Mac or Windows is capable of editing far larger images).
Overall, the experience of using Photoshop Touch to enhance photos is more complex than many of the better standalone photo enhancement apps for iPhone and iPad. That’s not how to use Photoshop Touch. It’s a graphic design tool, modestly priced, with basic Photoshop features and functions, and with some integration into Adobe’s ecosystem (no iCloud or Dropbox support).