The Real Photoshop Is Finally Coming to iPad Next Year

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It’s happening: Adobe is finally bringing the real, full Photoshop to the iPad. The company was rumoured to be working on bringing the full version of Photoshop to the iPad earlier this year as part of a major shift in strategy.

At its MAX conference today, Adobe announced it’s working on the full version of Photoshop on the iPad. The company says the app has been redesigned for a modern touch experience while offering the “power and precision of its desktop” counterpart. With the new Photoshop app for iPad, users will be able to edit PSD files on their iPad and make use of all the familiar Photoshop features.

The app will be deeply integrated into Adobe’s Creative Cloud platform, allowing users to sync their files and edits on the fly with all their devices. Adobe is currently planning to release the new iPad app in 2019.

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Adobe is also launching a new video editing app for YouTubers and social media users, dubbed Premier Rush CC. The company’s new video editing app offers a cross-platform experience for easy and intuitive video editing powered by Creative Cloud. It’s available on the desktop, as well as the iPad, iPhone, and Android.

Photoshop for iPad is going to mark the beginning for a major change in Adobe’s strategy. The company is expected to introduce a modern version of Illustrator on the iPad as well, and the Photoshop release could follow the release of its other Creative Cloud apps as well. The modern apps are expected to eventually replace the desktop versions, though that will likely take years to happen.

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  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    15 October, 2018 - 9:45 am

    <p>As all iOS UI is scalable, will this be only “for iPad” or will it also come to iPhone? I could see running it in a XS Max being a decent enough experience to do photo processing.</p>

  • Bats

    15 October, 2018 - 10:14 am

    <p>I think that this is super-huge news, that has been rumored for quite some time.</p><p><br></p><p>Photoshop to the iPad can be seen in a number of ways. One way, is the de-emphasis of desktop dependency for traditionally big programs like Photoshop. It stands to reason, that if Adobe can shrink the size of Photoshop to work on an iPad, then ya know they are going to do it for Chrome OS. Possibly even for the web.</p><p><br></p><p>If you ask me, this is just all-around bad news for Microsoft. One of Microsoft's big selling points for Surface is that it is the only tablet that can run "big" Photoshop, because it's also a laptop that runs Windows. That argument is now gone.</p>

    • Stooks

      15 October, 2018 - 12:15 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#353397">In reply to Bats:</a></em></blockquote><p>I work for a retail company in IT. Our marketing department uses Adobe CC and all parts of it. We are mostly a Mac shop for that but recently have moved part of the shop to Windows PC's for the Premier part of it, since the Mac's were not powerful enough and we did not want to waste money on old Mac Pro's. Premier is running rather well on PC hardware and it utilizes GTX 1080's to speed up renders. </p><p><br></p><p>Adobe and Apple can call this yet to be released product a "full" version but you will not be able to do more than light work on a iPad. </p><p><br></p><p>Our users crush their current computers with 32-64gigs of RAM, and high end i7's with GPU support for Adobe CC enabled. There is simply no way they could run the same work load on a iPad. It would be like cramming 500lb of shate into a 5lb bag. It would be no different on a lame under powered Chromebook as well.</p>

      • nbplopes

        15 October, 2018 - 2:11 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#353464">In reply to Stooks:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Clearly you have more info than Adobe itself. I mean, Adobe repeatedly said its the full Adobe Photoshop, not “full”.</p><p><br></p><p>I don’t see any reason for Adobe to promote the iPad as of some kind of secret agreement between Apple and Adobe to share lies. I find this reasoning ludicrous. They have done several things for Surface Studio too.</p><p><br></p><p>What I can tell you is that any serious engineer will notice how powerful the processing capabilities of an iPad are. So far out and beyond the capabilities you seam to denote the device for that kind of makes me wonder what type of tech hole you live in. Time to get out.</p><p><br></p><p>For instance photo editing in Affinity Photo in the iPad Pro, in performance, it smokes Lightroom in any Surface Pro.</p>

        • Stooks

          16 October, 2018 - 8:11 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#353581">In reply to nbplopes:</a></em></blockquote><p>Read the verge article. It is photoshop light light with 1/10th the features of the desktop version. </p><p><br></p><p>Yes the iPad is powerful but a high desktop CPU say 8700k or Xeon or a Ryzen 2700x or Threadripper with a high end GPU is way way more powerful. Given a heavy photoshop workload/job the PC will do a way better job compared to a IPad. Not to mention the PC can utilize multiple monitors, mouse input, and keyboard shortcuts. </p><p><br></p><p>Also so your comparison of Affinity Photo and Lightroom is off. Affinity is an editor plain and simple. Lightroom is an organizer with a DB, that can do light editing. In fact in Lightroom you designate an editor like photoshop or affinity so than we you edit a photo it will open up in those editors and once done come back to Lightroom for organization. Affinity is rumored to be making their own organizer/Lightroom clone. </p>

          • nbplopes

            16 October, 2018 - 1:45 pm

            <blockquote><em><a href="#353786">In reply to Stooks:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>The Verge review is over an early release aka alpha for a product that will be liunched next year. The verge also said that is not an exact copy. That is to be expected as the UI will be different.</p><p><br></p><p>The Verge also mentioned some missing features that they expected either to be implemented or assumed it will not be present in the first version.</p><p><br></p><p>Again, this is early release. Not even beta.</p><p><br></p><p>Nothing they said we can conclude that it’s a dumb down or light version as you may call it. Those are your own qualifiers.</p><p><br></p><p>It will the full Photoshop experience, meaning all the features, that is the Adobe objective. </p><p><br></p><p>Yes I know that LR it’s not just a digital dark room, but as an engineer you probably understand that the performance toe is not in managing a photo database with a bunch of fields and blobs. But it is in the imaging tech.</p><p><br></p><p>Of course there will be desktops with the hardware you mentioned and other that is way more powerful. I just don’t how is that relevant. You know that there are GPU that cost almost as much as an iPad Pro if not more.</p><p><br></p><p>I believe that this is more to complement those so called high performant desktops for designers on the go. Or for someone that is not happy with the performance of the likes of Surface Pro for the task … or those that are happy until they actually see what this combination is all about in terms of performance. Because I doubt that Adobe as failed to make a market research that includes people that use the likes of Surface Pro for on the go tasks before they turned the green light on for the project.</p><p><br></p><p>Cheers.</p>

  • MikeGalos

    15 October, 2018 - 10:28 am

    <p>Interesting. A more touch-centric version will work even better on the Surface line than the current versions. Now the question is whether this will be a "real version" meaning it will replace the full Photoshop or will it be a lighter (yet, officially "full") version like the second version of Lightroom that was introduced last year with the real full version kept going as "Classic".</p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      15 October, 2018 - 10:45 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#353398">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>I have no problem with the current version on my Surface Book. I flip it around and just use the pen for everything.</p>

      • MikeGalos

        15 October, 2018 - 10:55 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#353412">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>And I use the "Classic" version of Lightroom all the time on my Surface Pro. Still, there are some UI areas that would work well with a combination of touch and pen.</p>

    • PeteB

      15 October, 2018 - 11:05 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#353398">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Just because they're making an iPad version doesn't mean they're going to waste time doing a "touch centric" for PC.</p><p><br></p><p>Touch is dead on Windows, no matter how relevent a handful of fanboys think Surface really is. Nobody uses them for touch stuff anyway – just as a glorified ultralight laptop.</p>

      • cayo

        15 October, 2018 - 12:57 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#353440">In reply to PeteB:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>You obviously have no idea about what you are talking about.</p>

      • spoonman

        16 October, 2018 - 3:19 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#353440">In reply to PeteB:</a></em></blockquote><p>Why generalise like that and make inaccurate statements simply because you don't like and/or use Windows through touch? I don't think your word has any more weight then any other random person on the internet, you're not steering the general opinion.</p><p><br></p><p>I use my SP4 mainly with touch, and I really can't understand why people really bitch so much about the 'tablet' interface. Works quite well for me.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    15 October, 2018 - 10:30 am

    <p>I now see why there is a 512GB iPhone, er, wait…</p><p>Is there an iPad with enough RAM? You can't really do much with less than 16GB RAM in Photoshop at the moment and the program alone would take over half of the storage on an 128GB iPad, then there is the scratch disk.</p><p>Something somewhere doesn't make sense.</p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      15 October, 2018 - 10:39 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#353400">In reply to wright_is:</a></em></blockquote><p>It's being redesigned so it will probably be a lot smaller. Plus Photoshop CC 2018 on my PC is only 2GB.</p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    15 October, 2018 - 10:43 am

    <p>It's odd that they put the press release out and the updates three hours before the Max keynote where they will be showing this stuff off.</p>

  • melinau

    Premium Member
    15 October, 2018 - 11:08 am

    <p>To each their own.</p><p>Personally I'd be happier if they re-wrote the existing Windows version to be faster, less buggy and more efficient. I wonder how much of the Development was funded by Apple?</p>

  • lezmaka

    Premium Member
    15 October, 2018 - 11:10 am

    <p>All I'm expecting is what they did with Lightroom. Make a brand new version that is missing lots of features of the current desktop version so they can get things to work similarly on mobile/desktop. The old/current version will stick around. Hopefully I'll be wrong but I'm not getting my hopes up until we can actually use it.</p>

  • PeterC

    15 October, 2018 - 11:44 am

    <p>Well I think this is a big moment. Lets see what the new ipad pro models look like in a few weeks time when they're likely announced. The A12 is a very capable chip but it makes you wonder what apples chip roadmap looks like too. Either way, there stretching ahead here and in real terms people ….. </p>

  • Yaggs

    15 October, 2018 - 12:12 pm

    <p>I would be interested to see how useful this is without a more precise pointing device… I know a pen is technically precise but it just isn't the same as using a mouse for detailed selections, etc… hopefully whatever they introduce also comes as some kind of mode for the windows version. I guess there are enough folks out there that have convinced themselves they need to use an iPad as a PC… so this is happening… </p>

    • PeterC

      15 October, 2018 - 12:24 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#353463">In reply to Yaggs:</a></em></blockquote><p>I think this looks like an up-sell cycle to all ipad owners, so its a big potential market. Theres a smart connector on the back of the ipad pro's sepcs ive seen, which sound ominously like its for a new keyboard cover. I agree about the pointer/mouse, however they solve it will define its initial success, I do wonder if you might use your iPhone as a mouse touch pad though.</p>

    • curtisspendlove

      15 October, 2018 - 12:52 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#353463"><em>In reply to Yaggs:</em></a></blockquote><p><em style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I know a pen is technically precise but it just isn't the same as using a mouse for detailed selections, etc…</em></p><p><br></p><p>I dunno about that. I have watched some very impressive artists draw some very impressive things all without touching a mouse. </p><p><br></p><p>A “pencil” device can easily substitute for a cintique, which was what those artists used (instead of a mouse).</p><p><br></p><p>Also, in most “art” apps, prescision is generally handled via zoom functionality. (Hence the Surface Dial, which is actually a brilliant device to help a mouse become more precise for “art” applications.) </p><p><br></p><p>I’m very curious to see how this plays out. </p><p><br></p><p>On the other hand, my wife was drooling over about 8seconds of camera time that a Surface Studio got on NCIS: LA last night, so I think a Surface Studio is probably in the cards for the near future. </p><p><br></p><p>Even then, the Studio is essentially a huge, mounted iPad. </p><p><br></p><p>My artist friends that (unlike my wife) love iPads, really, really want Apple to release a 27” iPad. </p><p><br></p><p>The rest of them (like my wife) that hate Apple, drool over the Surface Studio and wish they could justify the purchase. </p>

  • HellcatM

    15 October, 2018 - 1:08 pm

    <p>It'll be a bigger deal and more useful when it comes to ChromeOS. Then more people will buy ChromeOS devices.</p>

    • Jeffsters

      16 October, 2018 - 9:14 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#353482">In reply to HellcatM:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yeah..because we all want to give Google more ways to spy on us…you know to make their services better and provide more relevant advertising </p>

  • skane2600

    15 October, 2018 - 1:18 pm

    <p>We'll have to see how truly "full" or "real" this version turns out to be. As far as retiring desktop versions in the future, we'd have to see a massive uptick in tablet adoption and they seem to have reached a "mature" market state that took desktops decades to reach.</p>

  • FalseAgent

    15 October, 2018 - 1:21 pm

    <p>The Verge has a video up on about the app on the iPad, and it's……….not really photoshop. Obviously we know it was going to be different, but the depth of the difference makes the iPad photoshop more like a "photoshop fork" rather than actual photoshop. Even the saved files are being called a "cloud psd", which I have to assume is not transferrable to local storage anywhere.</p>

    • dontbe evil

      16 October, 2018 - 4:09 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#353517">In reply to FalseAgent:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>but but that's apple… think different… you're thinking wrong</p>

      • Jeffsters

        16 October, 2018 - 9:13 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#353765">In reply to dontbe_evil:</a></em></blockquote><p>It’s not your fault. </p>

  • ErichK

    Premium Member
    15 October, 2018 - 2:19 pm

    <p>Our industry sure is replete with these moments, isn't it, where the norms are challenged because we try to squeeze something really large into something really small. I mean, I don't know how well Photoshop is going to run on an iPad. I own an iPad, but I've never used Photoshop. But still, remember we thought a mainframe couldn't fit on a desk — and then we thought mice were frivolous — and then we thought we couldn't fit a computer into a five or six-inch device, etc.</p>

  • randallcorn

    Premium Member
    15 October, 2018 - 4:38 pm

    <p>Power users of Photoshop in my experience wanted larger monitors to see small detail but still have a good overall view. Thus the 21" and larger monitors. In my office and several others offices users use 2 and even 3 monitors. I remember the days of using a 14" monitor for Photoshop. Painful. </p><p><br></p><p>Also keyboard commands. One hand setting on the keyboard while you draw so you can maximize speed.</p><p><br></p><p>One other thing is ram. Huge files and lots of layers need lots of ram. We put minimum 32 GB of ram on our computers now because the files are just that big.</p><p><br></p><p>Not saying Photoshop on a tablet will not be good, just saying will not be a real replacement for most users. Or at least Power Users.</p>

  • dontbe evil

    16 October, 2018 - 4:08 am

    <p>I'm curious to see how much FULL and FAST will be photoshop on ipad</p>

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