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Adobe launches Photoshop on the web

Friday, October 29th, 2021 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Adobe has launched the open beta of Photoshop on the web, an experimental new system that lets users view, comment on and make ‘light edits’ to Photoshop documents in a web browser.

The platform was launched at Adobe MAX 2021, with Photoshop 23.0 and Photoshop on the iPad 3.0.

A similar system for Adobe Illustrator was launched in closed beta.

Share, review and retouch Photoshop cloud documents in a standard web browser
Photoshop for the web enables users to view and edit Photoshop cloud documents inside a web browser: currently, only the desktop versions of Chrome or Edge.

Support for other browsers, particularly Firefox, will be added “soon”.

According to Adobe, you don’t need to have downloaded Photoshop to the machine you’re working from, although you will need an Adobe account and an active Photoshop subscription.

The platform is focused around image review, with users able to comment on annotate documents.

In its initial state, that’s probably the main point of difference to existing online image editors like Pixlr and Photopea, since Adobe describes Photoshop on the web’s current image editing capabilities as “limited”.

At the time of writing, there doesn’t seem to be a detailed feature list, but you can get some idea of what is possible from the documentation for the online workspace and the list of supported file types.

In its blog post announcing the platform, Adobe says that it is initially focusing on “common Photoshop use cases” like image adjustment and retouching.

Read Adobe’s online FAQs for Photoshop on the web

Launch the beta of Photoshop on the web in your browser
(Requires an Adobe account)

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