Adobe accepting applications to beta test Photoshop CC on iPad

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Adobe on Monday announced it is accepting applications to a beta program for its upcoming Photoshop CC for iPad app, a hotly anticipated version of the company's flagship photographic editing tool expected to debut later this year.

Photoshop CC on iPad


Invitations for access to the evaluation software version are currently being sent out in emails to existing Creative Cloud customers. Recipients are presented a link to a Google Forms page, which asks users for an email address, full name and explanation as to why they are interested in testing Photoshop on iPad.

The beta program was first spotted by 9to5Mac earlier today.

Unveiled at Adobe's MAX 2018 conference in October, Photoshop CC for iPad is touted as a "real" Photoshop experience that goes well beyond previously marketed "light" mobile versions.

For example, Adobe reimagined Photoshop's user interface to take advantage of iPad's form factor, touchscreen and Apple Pencil support. A panel with popular tools including brush, eraser, gradient, marquee, text and crop appear on the left side of the screen, while a minimal layer pane occupies the right. Instead of keyboard-and-mouse controls, a context-aware UI presents relevant options, modifiers and sub-menus specific to each of the app's image editing tools.

Further, because Photoshop CC on iPad is built on the same codebase as Photoshop CC on desktop, the app supports PSD files, layers, advanced compositing, masking and other familiar features. Alongside the ability to "roundtrip" a project from iPad to Mac, or from Mac to iPad, users can choose to automatically sync work progress between tablet and desktop.

Adobe's long-awaited Photoshop solution was later hyped by Apple in an onstage demo during last year's iPad Pro launch.

Photoshop CC on iPad is slated for release later this year.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    With Affinity around now... is it too little, too late?
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 2 of 6
    firelockfirelock Posts: 143member
    I may sign up for this. I came to realize in the last year that I do the vast majority of my personal-use computing on my iPad Pro. My iMac sits in my office upstairs barely getting used anymore. For me the tipping point was Lightroom CC, which finally brought desktop-class photo editing (light) to my iPad in an easy-to-use package. Once Photoshop for iPad releases I suspect I will have even less reason to use my personal Mac. That said, I use a Mac at work and don’t see that changing at all. But this has very much turned into the truck and car analogy that Jobs made years ago. I use a truck at work (Mac) and a car at home (iPad).
  • Reply 3 of 6
    iOS_Guy80iOS_Guy80 Posts: 131member
    With Affinity around now... is it too little, too late?
    Add to your list Procreate, Pixelmator, PixelmatorPhoto and Linea Sketch.
    SpamSandwichtoysandme
  • Reply 4 of 6
    firelock said:
    I may sign up for this. I came to realize in the last year that I do the vast majority of my personal-use computing on my iPad Pro. My iMac sits in my office upstairs barely getting used anymore. For me the tipping point was Lightroom CC, which finally brought desktop-class photo editing (light) to my iPad in an easy-to-use package. Once Photoshop for iPad releases I suspect I will have even less reason to use my personal Mac. That said, I use a Mac at work and don’t see that changing at all. But this has very much turned into the truck and car analogy that Jobs made years ago. I use a truck at work (Mac) and a car at home (iPad).
    Will it require a subscription to Creative Cloud? If so, I will likely not go for it.

    Speaking of Lightroom, do you use it on your iPad and Mac or exclusively on iPad? I’m curious if the app is “the same” on both or if there are things that can be done in the Mac version that cannot be done in the iPad version.
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 5 of 6
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,997member
    firelock said:
    I may sign up for this. I came to realize in the last year that I do the vast majority of my personal-use computing on my iPad Pro. My iMac sits in my office upstairs barely getting used anymore. For me the tipping point was Lightroom CC, which finally brought desktop-class photo editing (light) to my iPad in an easy-to-use package. Once Photoshop for iPad releases I suspect I will have even less reason to use my personal Mac. That said, I use a Mac at work and don’t see that changing at all. But this has very much turned into the truck and car analogy that Jobs made years ago. I use a truck at work (Mac) and a car at home (iPad).
    Will it require a subscription to Creative Cloud? If so, I will likely not go for it.

    Speaking of Lightroom, do you use it on your iPad and Mac or exclusively on iPad? I’m curious if the app is “the same” on both or if there are things that can be done in the Mac version that cannot be done in the iPad version.
    I was about to make the same comment. If their Photoshop iOS requires Creative Cloud there’s just no way I can consider using it.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    firelockfirelock Posts: 143member
    firelock said:
    I may sign up for this. I came to realize in the last year that I do the vast majority of my personal-use computing on my iPad Pro. My iMac sits in my office upstairs barely getting used anymore. For me the tipping point was Lightroom CC, which finally brought desktop-class photo editing (light) to my iPad in an easy-to-use package. Once Photoshop for iPad releases I suspect I will have even less reason to use my personal Mac. That said, I use a Mac at work and don’t see that changing at all. But this has very much turned into the truck and car analogy that Jobs made years ago. I use a truck at work (Mac) and a car at home (iPad).
    Will it require a subscription to Creative Cloud? If so, I will likely not go for it.

    Speaking of Lightroom, do you use it on your iPad and Mac or exclusively on iPad? I’m curious if the app is “the same” on both or if there are things that can be done in the Mac version that cannot be done in the iPad version.
    It will require a subscription, which I already have. $240/year is not really that steep for a professional and I can deduct it from my taxes. In regards to Lightroom, I use it almost entirely on my iPad as that is now my preferred platform for "light" photo editing; however it does seem to be exactly the same app on the desktop and all photos and edits are automatically syc'd between the two, which is very nice. I absolutely despised the older desktop version of Lightroom. I was a huge Aperture fan back in the day and never really found an adequate substitute until Adobe came out with Lightroom CC.

    As for other editing packages, my photographers all use Capture One. I have been using it for years mostly when I need to go back to get a RAW photo from a shoot that wasn’t originally a select. I’ve never really ever gotten very good at it as I find the interface and organization a little convoluted. I’ve actually become a big fan of Luminar, both as a stand-alone product and as a plug-in for Photos. However their lack of an iOS version means I don’t use it very often anymore. Both Lightroom CC and Luminar have excellent AI-powered shadow recovery, where you can recover shadow detail while also preserving color saturation. This is frankly my litmus test for any photo editing software today. If it can't recover shadows while preserving color saturation, the app gets deleted.
    edited May 15
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