Adobe Photoshop comes to iPad (Illustrator in 2020)
The list of things iPads can’t do shrank dramatically at Adobe Max when Photoshop finally became available for iPad.
Adobe also confirmed that another key creative industry tool, Adobe Illustrator, will ship for the Apple tablet in 2020.
The do-anything iPad
Introducing the apps, Adobe VP Creative Cloud Services & Strategy, Simon Longbottom confirmed Adobe will continue to improve these products, aiming to deliver something like feature parity across all its supported platforms.
“We are launching the first version on the iPad, starting with Photoshop’s top workflows, compositing, masking and retouching, with more to come,” the company said.
It is perhaps worth noting that Photoshop on iPad is already a beast, capable of handling 500 layers in a single image, and capable of ingesting and working with 1GB image files.
That’s significant, but it’s probably equally important to note that Photoshop for iPad is compatible with any iOS 13 iPad – which means you can use it on older iPad minis.
Of course, the industry continues to move on and it is arguable that Adobe no longer enjoys the same level of industry dominance it once held.
Sure, Photoshop remains a key industry tool, but now faces stiff competition from the likes of Affinity Photo and Pixelmator.
All the same, backwards compatibility and previous investments in creating creative assets using the company’s creative tools mean most of the world’s largest graphics-related companies still need to make use of Photoshop, if only to take a look at PSD files.
That they can now create new assets with these tools will help Adobe retain relevance in competitive age. Making or editing images is now as easy as pulling out your iPad.
Adobe Photoshop on iPad is available to all Creative Cloud customers subscribed to Photoshop, or as a fee-based app at the App Store.
Illustrator is coming in 2020
Adobe confirmed plans to introduce Illustrator for iPad in 2020.
Compatible with Apple Pencil, the company says its “reimagined” app “brings the precision and versatility of the desktop…