Today's announcement highlights what an exciting time it is to be an iPad user.
Adobe didn't waste any time giving attendees of its Adobe MAX conference something to cheer about on Monday, as the software company announced that Photoshop CC is finally coming to iPad.
Though Adobe has been investing heavily in mobile apps for the last several years, there hasn't been a full version of Photoshop available for iOS.
Photoshop CC and Project Gemini on iPad will be available in 2019.
Starting with the latter, Adobe Photoshop CC for the iPad brings full PSD support, layers support, the major Photoshop tools like various Brushes, Gradient, Marquee, Lasso, Adobe Sensei-powered Content-aware and cloud sync. The app will be synced with the desktop, meaning you can resume work on projects began on one with the other.
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"Today, we unveiled a portfolio of next-generation creative apps that deliver meaningful value to our community by transforming creative workflows across devices and platforms", Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president of Creative Cloud at Adobe, swooned. The first release will contain the main tools while Adobe plans to add more in the future.
With Photoshop on iPad, the application has been redesigned for a touch-based experience. It combines raster graphics, vector drawing, and the Photoshop engine into a single application designed for artwork and illustration.
Adobe will be releasing a version 1.0 soon, however, the release will be significantly limited in feature scope initially.
The maker of Photoshop said it expects sales for its suite of media-editing creative software to increase about 20 percent in fiscal 2019. As for the timeframe, Adobe has yet to milestones or specific dates. These include Lightroom CC, which will now have the option to import images directly form Apple Photos, as well as Adobe Bridge CC, which gets an updated UI among other things. This will also provide a more natural user experience.
Microsoft has made a concerted effort to attract the Adobe heavy creative types with its Surface Studio and Surface Pro devices by leveraging its deep partnership with Adobe and tweaks both companies have made to support one another's efforts.