In keeping its promise, Adobe has announced Photoshop on iPad is officially here.
It’s been over a year since Photoshop on iPad was officially confirmed by Adobe, but the Creative Cloud giant fulfilled its promise to deliver the program before the end of 2019.
As noted in the initial announcement, Photoshop on iPad relies largely on the same underlying code, but tweaks a few things to account for the more touch-based input method the iPad offers. Like the desktop version of Photoshop, Photoshop on iPad offers full PSD support so working on projects between multiple devices shouldn’t be a problem and new projects created on Photoshop on iPad will automatically be saved to Adobe Creative Cloud so you can pick back up on your computer if need be.
As previous reports from beta testers noted, not all of Photoshop’s features are present in the current version of Photoshop on iPad. In Adobe’s own words, it focused on bringing ‘common tasks and workflows that we know will be useful for most Photoshop users.’ Specifically, Adobe has included basic adjustments, brushes, cloning, spot healing, cropping, eyedropper, masking, layers and a few other features.
More powerful features, such as Select Subject, Refine Edge, canvas rotation and improved brush options will be added over time as Adobe learns ‘more about how customers use Photoshop on a mobile device.’
Photoshop on iPad will run on iPadOS 13.1 or newer on the following devices:
• iPad Pro (Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi and Cellular)
• iPad Pro (12.9-inch) and 2nd generation
• iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
• iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
• iPad 5th Generation
• iPad Mini 4
• iPad Air 2
Adobe is offering a free 30-day trial for Photoshop on iPad. After that, pricing gets a little confusing. If you currently have Adobe’s 20GB Photography Creative Cloud plan (or purchase it before January 31, 2020), iPad on Photoshop will be included alongside Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop on desktop.
If you wait until after the cutoff date, you will have four more expensive options: subscribe to the Photoshop single app subscription (which includes Photoshop on desktop and iPad) for $20.99 per month, subscribe to the 100GB Photography plan for $20.99 per month, subscribe to the Adobe All Apps plan for $52.99 per month or make an in-app purchase on your iPad for a recurring $9.99 per month subscription to use just Photoshop on iPad.
Below is a little hands-on The Verge did with Photoshop on iPad a month back.
Photoshop on iPad is currently available to download on compatible devices in the iOS App Store. You can find out more about Photoshop on iPad on Adobe’s product page.