Adobe ships Photoshop on the iPad 2.7
Originally posted on 21 October 2020. Scroll down for news of the 2.7 update.
Adobe has released Photoshop on the iPad 2.0, the latest version of the new edition of its image-editing and digital painting software “reimagined” for use on mobile devices.
The update adds a livestreaming system, enabling users to broadcast to their work to Behance.
Core Photoshop features, reimagined for use on mobile devices
First released in 2019, Photoshop on the iPad takes the core features of Adobe’s image-editing and digital painting software, and adapts them for use on a touchscreen.
Unlike previous Adobe apps like Photoshop Express, it is built on the same code base as the desktop edition of Photoshop, and is intended to produce identical results.
Files can be exchanged between the two editions via standard export formats like PSD, TIFF, JPG and PNG, or via a cloud documents system.
The initial release included only a restricted subset of Photoshop features focused on “compositing, basic retouching and masking”, but successive updates have steadily fleshed out the feature set.
New in Photoshop on the iPad 2.0: new livestreaming options
The update adds a new livestreaming system, enabling users to broadcast to Behance, Adobe’s social media platform and portfolio site, streaming both footage of themself and the Photoshop canvas.
A new Discover tab on the Home screen makes it possible to browse other people’s livestreams.
Users can also now edit the output resolution and dimensions of images via the Document properties panel.
Updated 10 March 2021: Adobe has released Photoshop on the iPad 2.2, the March 2021 update.
Like the 2.1 update, which we covered in a separate story, it focuses on online collaboration, adding the option to view the version history for cloud documents, and make them available to view offline.
Updated 9 June 2021: Adobe has released Photoshop on the iPad 2.5, the June 2021 update.
The release adds the option to load custom brushes created in the desktop edition in .abr format.
The previous update, Photoshop on the iPad 2.4, added support for five new languages, including Russian and Korean.
Updated 17 August 2021: Adobe has released Photoshop on the iPad 2.7, the August 2021 update.
The update adds two commonly requested features from the desktop edition of Photoshop: the Magic Wand tool for quick selections, and the Healing Brush, for automatically removing small imperfections from images.
(The Healing Brush, shown in the video above, was actually added in Photoshop on the iPad 2.6 in June, but Adobe lists it again in its blog post about the 2.7 update.)
In addition, it is now possible project the Photoshop canvas to a TV or external monitor by hooking up your iPad via HDMI or USB-C, making it possible to work on images on a larger screen.
Pricing and system requirements
Photoshop for iPad itself is available for iOS 13.4+. You can trial it for free, but you have to make in-app purchases of $9.99/month to continue using it if you don’t have another qualifying subscription.
Photoshop subscriptions, which also include Photoshop for iPad, cost $31.49/month or $239.88/year. All App subscriptions cost $79.49/month or $599.88/year.