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Adobe demos Photoshop for iPad with real layer support [U]

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Wed March 30, 2011

Adobe Photoshop for iPad to get layers

(Update: video) Adobe at the Photoshop World conference this morning showed off a version of Photoshop for the iPad that could give the tablet real Photoshop image editing. Unlike the mostly filter-based Photoshop Express, the unnamed version would let users add, switch to, and edit layers with an isometric view to show the different layers at a glance. Other additions should bring image objects that can be dragged and rotated as well as a color mixer that allows blending "like a painter."

The software developer didn't say how likely the new version was to come to fruition or give a timeline. Support for Android or other platforms also wasn't mentioned.

An iPad version of Photoshop would help address the lack of content creation, one of the most commonly cited flaws of the platform. A 'full' iOS edition would very likely continue to trail significantly behind the desktop but would allow for much more extensive image manipulation and go some way towards independence for the younger devices. [via Photography Bay]

By Electronista Staff


  1. seth.e

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    If you're just going to reprint stories, can you at least edit out comments like this:

    "An iPad version of Photoshop would help address the lack of content creation, one of the most commonly cited flaws of the platform."

    I know a re-write may be out of the question, but what you meant to say was:

    "An iPad version of Photoshop would add to the rapidly growing list of content creation tools available for the platform."

  1. azrich

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    I hope Adobe gets the iPad version right! As for creation, well I'm creating stuff just fine using mostly Numbers. An iPad version of PS would allow me to create labels without using PS3 on my Mac mini, controlled by my iPad.

    Everyday I am astounded at how much this little guy does now, how did I live without it?

    In honor of the latest criticism and nay saying from a MicroSoft exec, I will rename my iPad from 'iCrack' to 'iPhad.' some fad this is gonna be :)


  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    Everyone knows that you can't create content

    on an iPad. Photoshop is too late since the fad will be ending in a couple of months.

  1. hayesk

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    Doesn't surprise me.

    When Photoshop for the Mac got layer support, it was version 3, and ran on 68K Macs that ran between 20 - 40 MHz at the time. PowerPC Macs were just coming out at the time, and even they ran at under 100MHz. People were extremely productive and creative with Photoshop 3.

    When people say the iPad doesn't have the power to have real creative apps, I have to laugh. If a 25MHz 68040 CPU with 16MB of RAM in a Macintosh Quadra has the power, then yes, the iPad does too.

  1. samirsshah

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    Joined: Oct 2010


    The demo is much more awsome...

    than I thought. PCs days are really numbered.

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