The latest is Adobe Photoshop for iPad, which is attached to my Adobe account, but if you’re interested, you can get it for $9.99. A month. Yep. A month. But you also get Photoshop for the Mac or Windows, too. FWIW Department, Photoshop for iPad is not the real Photoshop yet.
Reviews R Us
As of now, I’ve had about 45-minutes to monkey around with Photoshop iOS on my iPad– let’s call it my lunchtime but without the lunch. Yes, it’s that new. As of this moment, Photoshop for iOS has over 125 reviews on the App Store and an average rating of about 2.7 stars.
Not a good start, Adobe.
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.
Why is this not equal to Photoshop on the Mac or Windows? First, remember that Photoshop is a moving target, always being upgraded and improved, gaining new features and polish.
Adobe acknowledged, properly, that this is the first version of Photoshop on the way to a real Photoshop, and with that being the case, some features from macOS and Windows won’t make the cut for a while.
It is enough to get started, despite the overwhelming number of one-star reviews.
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. Plus, we want to make it easier to access your brushes and fonts in Creative Cloud.
For example, you create standard PSD files with layers and similar resolution on the iPad. Tools look and feel the same (haven’t tried it yet with keyboard and mouse on my iPad), and everything else will be somewhat familiar to Photoshop users.
Of course, what you get in return is far more mobility and intuitive sketching capability than on a Mac or PC. After all, an iPad Pro is more powerful than more than 90-percent of all PC notebooks on the market, but most of us know those are not Adobe’s primary Photoshop targets.
A few more notes: You’ll need a Creative Cloud membership, of course. It helps to have a recent iPad Pro vs. the $329 entry-level iPad, and you need to manage your expectations. Adobe appears to be in this for the long haul, recognizing that Apple– with Mac and iPad– is the largest PC vendor in the world (hey, if Microsoft’s surface thingamajigs are tablets, then an iPad can be a PC, too) and needs modern tools to grow the platform.
After I’ve had a few weeks in the iPadOS version and get a few upgrades with more tools I’ll do a more comprehensive look.
Wait. Photoshop is here again? Not on iPhone. That still gets Photoshop Express. When it comes to graphic design, screen real estate rules.