Photoshop on iPad has been released at Adobe Max! Originally announced last year at Max as in development, it’s now available for download and use. How does it work? What can it do? Here’s just a flavor of some key features and how you can get it on your iPad…
This Is Just 1.0!
Today’s release of Photoshop on iPad is an initial 1.0 release, so it’s the just starting point and will continue to grow and evolve. It already has many essential features from the desktop – and it uses the same commands and mindset from the desktop environment. If you have a keyboard attached, even many shortcuts are already available to use!
It’s early days, but we already have multiple layers (hundreds supported!), powerful selections, masks and various blend modes. Running on an iPad the Apple pencil is, of course, supported so it feels more like using a Wacom with Photoshop – although finger and multi-gestures also work. The concept is to use the same commands but designed for touch rather than a simple port of the desktop UI. You can learn more about the new features here.
Opening and Saving Files
Photoshop on iPad uses the native PSD file format and will, by default, save the document as a Photoshop cloud document. While you can save in other formats to the local device, using PSD and the cloud means it’s available on any of your devices that are running Photoshop 2020. You can start working on it on your iPad, then continue on the desktop or laptop, and back again. So, for an existing image on your desktop, just open it and then File menu > Save As > Save Adobe Cloud Document. Then you can see it and work on it on your iPad!
In addition to being able to save your work, Photoshop on iPad also allows for sending direct form your iPad mail client and saving to the Files app (for example, iCloud or Dropbox).
The Lightroom integration with the new Photoshop iPad app hasn’t been developed yet, so you’ll need to copy the photo to the app via the Share sheet. To do so:
1. From Detail view, tap on the Share menu.
2. Tap the settings cog icon next to Open In and turn off the watermark, if you usually have it enabled.
3. Select Open In and then choose Maximum Available for the image size. (Remember, if you’ve synced the photos from Lightroom Classic, only a 2560px smart preview will be available.)
4. Tap the Copy to Photoshop icon to send the photo to the Photoshop app.
If Copy to Photoshop doesn’t appear in the thumbnails, scroll along to the More button. Tap Edit, then scroll down to Copy to Photoshop and tap its + button to add it to the favorites, then press Done twice to return to the main Open In dialog shown above.
5. Edit the photo using the Photoshop app.
7. To send the photo back to your main Lightroom catalog, tap Photoshop’s Share icon (identical to Lightroom’s icon) and select Publish and Export. If you’ve used layers in Photoshop, select the TIFF format. If the finished photo is flattened, you may save it back as a JPEG (quality 12) file, which will be much smaller than a TIFF.
8. Select the Lightroom app from the share sheet. If the icon isn’t available, scroll along to More and follow the instructions in step 4 to add Lightroom to your favorites.
9. Tap Launch Lightroom Now to complete the file transfer.
Download It Now!
Itching to get started? How can you try Photoshop for iPad? Go to the App Store and download it.
If your current Adobe Creative Cloud subscription already includes Photoshop (for example, the Photography Plan or All Apps plan), then you simply download Photoshop on iPad from the App Store, sign in using your Adobe ID, and away you go!
If your current plan doesn’t include Photoshop (for example, you use the Lightroom 1TB plan), you can download and enjoy Photoshop on iPad for a trial period. Your trial starts when you first sign in to Photoshop on iPad. Sign up for a Photography Plan subscription by 31 January 2020 to get Photoshop for iPad included.
Have fun playing, and let us know what you think!