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Adobe lays out future features and functionality coming to Photoshop for iPad

After a long wait, Adobe finally released Photoshop for iPad earlier this month. Just like the desktop software, the iPad version lets you work with Adobe's .psd files and syncs your work to the Adobe Creative Cloud, allowing for cross-platform editing.

However, compared to Photoshop for Mac or PC the iPad version lacks many features that left users who had been looking to editing on the Apple tablet, disappointed. At launch, Adobe said that more powerful features, such as Select Subject, Refine Edge, canvas rotation and improved brush options would be added over time as the company learns ‘more about how customers use Photoshop on a mobile device.’

Select Subject feature

Now Adobe is providing more detail on timelines and features that are to come in a blog post. By the end of this year Photoshop for iPad users will be able to use the AI-powered Select Subject feature which lets you isolate objects in the scene from the background. In 2020 the Refine Edge brush for making selections of fine detail, such as hair, will be made available.

For now iPad users also have to make do without adjustment layers. At least a curves adjustment layers will also be made available in 2020 but there is no word on other types of adjustment layers yet.

Refine Edges feature

Other features on the schedule for 2020 are the ability to rotate the canvas, brush sensitivity features and Lightroom integration which will allow you to make adjustments to photos in the mobile version of Lightroom and then continue editing in Photoshop.

It still seems like Adobe took the 'minimum viable product' approach with Photoshop for iPad as the app is still a long way from the desktop version, making it difficult for creatives to switch between the two.

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MrTaikitso
MrTaikitso

The solution to all this, possible due to the power of the Apple designed hardware in the iPad, is for Apple to stop trying to put lipstick on the pig that is iPadOS/iOS when it comes to doing multitasking & object selection and port MacOS plus Apple Pencil support to the iPad, along with full BYOKB&M support. Sorted: Davinci Resolve, Premiere (not Rush), Real Photoshop in an ergonomically superior modular* form factor.
*Add your own keyboard and mouse if required, as one can do with the superbly designed but let down by Windows Surface Pro. I had an SP4, best form factor ever, except Windows was very buggy on it.
I have an iPad Pro 11. Superb, fast etc. But second you switch apps, you lose your open docs in Google Docs etc, drawing apps etc and of course it is very difficult or fiddly to multi-select objects.

1 week ago*
Ran Plett

Nope. You couldn't pay me to attempt to use that. I can't even imagine the frustration over how slow it is and how crippled it is with mac software.

Not only that, do they still shove their cloud based crap down your throat?

1 week ago
GlobalGuyUSA

Cool -- so Photoshop is coming for iPad in 2020.

Everyone is just a free Beta tester until then.

1 week ago
scotthunter

When will you be able to do HDR merge and panorama stitching and add image based watermarks on export on an iPad? Still can’t do this on LR Mobile either.

1 week ago
Xavios

Adobe wrecked iPad's reputation :D :D

1 week ago
PentaxNick

I must have a future version because mine has adjustment layers.

1 week ago
bmoag

I gave up on the iPad Pro for image processing. Anyone who wants to make themselves do anything other than text based productivity and passive consumption on the thing deserves to. My Surface is supposed to be delivered Monday.

1 week ago
MartynasMartynas

Was it too fast for the editing and you want to slow down your process thus you ordered a Surface?

1 week ago
iozx

all adobe need to do right now is to fix lightroom. otherwise this outdated unoptimized program would gone and disappear from the market. alternatives already better. already faster. give it just some time and adobe's leadership on market would be gone

1 week ago
George1958

well I was buying a new PC as my applications were taking longer and longer to load. After some analysis I figured what was slowing me down was all of the garbage adobe bloatware and also MS office.
I deleted both and I have had a huge performance boost. Yes, its inconvenient to not have adobe, but I have found third party alternatives with a few compromises and saved myself subscriptions and having to buy a new desktop to run bad code.

1 week ago
Zeee

My old iMac was 8 years old and it wasn't too bad. Nothing like I read about but I maintain my computer and followed Adobe's optimization suggestions. I just got a new iMac and LR and PS both fly. No brush adjustment hesitation at all. Maybe it's time to get a new machine and keep up with the times.

I only piped in because what does your response have to do with new iPad features?

1 week ago
Alphaville

Maybe current iPads just don’t have enough RAM (except the 1tb version of iPad Pro) to allow for a full desktop PS experience.

1 week ago
EricWN

I strongly doubt that. Maybe RAM isn’t enough for certain rather high end workflow tasks but desktop PS had to exist in times with much lower amounts of RAM.

1 week ago
HitFilmPro

I am strongly considering to replace adobe... Instead of focusing development resources on useful AI for fast GPUs and improving their full-function programs they waste development time on crap-devices like iPads and overpriced Macs... Both crippled, severely underperforming devices with sub-par Operating systems and connectivity options. Trying to get these crap devices to run software "almost" on par with OLD versions is ridiculous !!!

1 week ago*
fotolapsa
fotolapsa

Used in conjunction with Lightroom on an iPad is no drama most bases are covered.

1 week ago
Greybeard2017
Greybeard2017

I wonder if Lars has used the app - it already has adjustment layers

1 week ago
Max Iso
Max Iso

Adobe should take a hint from the phones and multiple systems adding super rez features. Give us a stacking feature like that, there has been others in the past that were standalone programs, i'd bet Adobe could do much better.

1 week ago
heikkipekka
heikkipekka

”You get more new features, faster”, they said for their reasoning the subscription model.

What we got is MVP products. Take a look at “new” Lightroom to see how fast Photoshop for iPad is going to develop – years later the “new” Lightroom” doesn’t have the basic functions like Sort Collections by Date.

The amount of income won’t matter for Adobe, they just are slow. Now they just get our money faster. That’s all.

1 week ago
Thoughts R Us
Thoughts R Us

LR Mobile does indeed have an option to sort by date...only in LR the collections are called Albums.

But I can sort by date, name, photo count, and locally stored.

LR Mobile overall is quite good. Aside from sort, there is also search and there is AI built into the search function. So I can search for "dogs" and get my dog photos. I can even search for a color, for instance "green," and get all of the photos with green in them. This is useful for searching for a photo to fit into a certain color palette of a project.

1 week ago
reinipic
reinipic

Sorry gentlemen, what about we are talking? Dpreview wrote an article about Photoshop for ipad and what Adobe is doing in the future - nothing more. And now we have a discussion about Adobe - Apple, subscription models etc. I recommend to everyone who is angry about Adobe (me included :-( - make the change I did two years ago. Buy the Affinity Photo program (I have it for my Macbook Pro and für the ipad) and you are fine. Finished. Affinity photo for ipad is in the moment with special conditions :-)
Greets, reinipic

1 week ago
alexgannis

Glad I own my Photoshop and Lightroom without renting.

1 week ago
munn1

Great until you buy a new camera (around 2014 or newer), Lightroom won't open the raw files from them, plus you don't have any of the new tools to work with, like the new selection tools that can save you a whole lot of time. The "owned" versions are kind of like owning a 20 year old car, it's not as clean, doesn't handle worth a damn, & the gas mileage sucks! Is it worth putting up with? Not for me, I'd much rather have the one that works, especially for $9.99 / mo. That is less than 1 UV filter per year. ( Just 1 opinion)

1 week ago
NDT0001

here's a gold medal for whining.

1 week ago
Ken60

Why is it that Apple is seen as the only viable mobile platform for photography ?
Is this because Adobe and Apple originate from the same place ? Is this protectionism ? Well go for it guys , perhaps we will see one of the emerging companies come up with a link to an emerging software outfit and present a 14" tablet with inbuilt retouch software that also adds a stylus with amazing pressure sensitivity.

Remember when Kodak were arrogant about what they would release ... then came Fuji Velvia and stole the market. As a decades long user of Non Apple products may I appeal to the Huawei, Samsung, Google etc of this world to add value and give us one application from desktop to pad .

1 week ago
Gannon Burgett
Gannon Burgett

@Ken60: The answer is multi-faceted and I'm only going to be scratching the surface with my two answers.

First, Apple's tight integration between hardware and software means the likes of Affinity and Adobe can achieve impressive amounts of processing power with (relatively) minimal impact on battery life, which is a massive factor when processing huge amounts of data on tablets.

Second, much like the Android smartphone market, the Android tablet market is so incredibly fragmented that it's challenging for developers to create software that works well across all devices; screen sizes vary greatly, internal components vary, battery capacity, and so on. Even more so when a vast majority of non-iOS tablets are from inexpensive, non-major brands.

1 week ago*
Ken60

Might also have something to do with back doors and who holds the keys ?
I have no statistics on Android Tablet market, but I should think Samsung hold quite a high percentage at the quality end ... where image editing would be of interest. I believe that the Apple thing is more linked historically to the old associations with Quark Express and DTP, Adobe followed as this seemed to be the " graphics" format. Windows at that stage was using Gem Paint and so the choice was clear. I believe that in this market I would not put it past the emerging hardware brands to see an opportunity and starting from the processor up co design a unit to rival Apple and Adobe. Again I feel that this mobile market will challenge the Laptop, desktop, phone trio ... I shoot to my 10"Android tablet and can phone out directly from it ....... all I need now is a little more horse power ( its a few years old) and a more credible retouch software.

1 week ago*
Gannon Burgett
Gannon Burgett

@Ken60: I don't think that's at all the case. Developers are going to go where the users are and where there are minimal barriers to entry. In other words, where they can gain the most profit with the least amount of work. That's not to say it's due to laziness, but simply good business and good practice to ensure their software is consistent and reliable. If Android presented benefits over Apple's iOS/iPadOS ecosystem, I have no doubt Adobe would jump on board. It's not an allegiance thing—it's good business and common sense.

1 week ago*
Ken60

Just checked a stats prog on the net and 2012 - 2019 Apple were 10 million to Samsungs 4.6 million. So your right about numbers ... but what would be an amazing way to address this ? Interestingly they already have pressure sensitivity on the note units with a pen .

1 week ago
SigZero
SigZero

Keep in mind that most Android devices are still missing basic color calibration - its not supported natively by OS nor by most of applications.
Apple is the only mobile platform that has color management built-in into OS and has pretty well calibrated displays in its modern mobile devices.

1 week ago*
Thoughts R Us
Thoughts R Us

I guarantee you that among creative professionals, the iPad dominance is even greater. I would guess 90% or more, of those that use tablets, are using iPads.

1 week ago
Ken60

And what of those that refuse to be sucked in by the "i" generation . All the comments of its the only way seem a little incestious when Chainfire managed to produce DSLR Controller only for the Android market and have sales in excess of 100,000 ! How many of the I Pad sales ( though huge) are to under 16s using it for iTunes and facebook ?
There needs to be alternatives, it is supposed to be a free market.

1 week ago
RedEssence

Apple users are more likely to want paid apps and almost always have sufficient resources to run an app of that complexity.

1 week ago
Ken60

+Of course utter superiority , unless its storage, I simply plug another 250 gig card into the side along with my phone and data sim to send images out ......

1 week ago
tschotsch

@Ken60

“And what of those that refuse to be sucked in by the "i" generation…”

Why is it that you think that one is “sucked in” for buying an iPad or a Mac?! Have you ever considered that there are those who actually make informed decisions when deciding for an iPad/Mac? Just because others don’t agree with your views you feel you have the right to belittle them by giving negative connotations or use platitudes when making your faulty analysis.
Google/ Android do not qualify as some misunderstood technically superior underdog standing up to Apples evil alliances and machinations. Google and Android just simply sucks! That’s all!
Apple is the superior product/ platform. It was always superior to Windows then and is superior to Android now.
Apple sell technology and innovation. Google sell stolen loot and ads.

1 week ago
Ken60

Yes of course , thats why they decided after years of closed shop, to allow U Max to build their computers.... think it had something to do with killing off their owner and then when they crashed , AKA almost gone , begged Jobs to come back and revive them. Along comes the "i" generation of product, popular for two things .... Firstly stealing the MP3 format and calling it theirs "i tune" and with this the MP3 player became the "i pod" . Technologically ahead ? NO stolen. Why was " i" so popular , because it appealed to a self infatuated group of cronies that loved anything that was all about "i" . Read the news about far east product launches , your days of self infatuated its all about "i" products are quite limited. Perhaps consider buying a shovel , as your saviour might be difficult to bring back into the fold this time.

1 week ago*
Vincent O'Sullivan

I'd have to disagree about iPhone screens being "pretty well calibrated".

I needed to get some paint to redo some of the walls in our house, just last weekend. Not knowing the name of the colour on the wall I took a photo with my iPhone X (about a year old) thinking I would take it to the shop. Held next to the wall; the picture on the phone bore no close resemblance to the actual wall colour. It was completely useless for colour matching.

I tried it on a couple of different coloured walls, too. Same thing. The colour on the screen was a significantly different shade to the wall. The surprising thing is how "normal" most photos looks considering these results.

1 week ago
SigZero
SigZero

You are mixing two things - camera and display calibration.
iPhones highly process taken photos to make it appealing for viewers- I you cannot use it as colorimeter definitely.
As a matter of fact without specially crafted reproduction profile You can’t use regular camera for that also.

1 week ago
Larabee119

No adjustment layers = no deal.

1 week ago
Greybeard2017
Greybeard2017

It has adjustment layers

1 week ago
PLShutterbug

I’m disturbed at Adobe’s characterization of the iPad as “a mobile device,” and thereby lumping it in with smartphones. Increasingly the iPad is the primary computer for lots of people, and it has more power than laptops did even a few years ago.

iPads are full-blown computers used by creatives to do full-blown work, and Adobe would do well to consider this in their roadmap.

1 week ago
Archer66

"iPads are full-blown computers"
Nope and never will be.

1 week ago
tschotsch

@PLShutterbug

I agree completely.

1 week ago
Video-vs-photo

Yeahh if you compare iPads to 200-300$ PC laptops maybe they are comparable or faster. But if you compare them to mid/high range laptops or PC tablets they are just pathetic!
Yes monitors are good and colors are good. Now they are able to list the files. Maybe one day they will become really useful to wide range of people using PCs.
But you listen tooo much to the marketing, need to learn how to read the specs.
And yes most people does not need 32GB RAM and 4-8 cores to read a mail or listen to the music. But those that will try to use current PS or LR on 4-6GB RAM will be very surprised.

1 week ago
Alphaville

Where is Final Cut X for iPad?

1 week ago
KelvinHammond

All I want for Christmas is a larger brush maximum size on the iPad. !000px is too small. How about 2000px?

That shouldnt be a hard thing to do, should it?

1 week ago
Fly18
Fly18

“ It still seems like Adobe took the 'minimum viable product' approach with Photoshop for iPad as the app is still a long way from the desktop version, making it difficult for creatives to switch between the two.”

And that’s why users hate SUBSCRIPTION model. No incentive for Adobe to rush anything. Take your time. 2, 3, 6 years. Your revenue still rolling.

1 week ago
Gannon Burgett
Gannon Burgett

@Fly18: I would argue the opposite. The subscription model incentivizes Adobe to iterate at a more consistent, albeit more incremental pace. With a full-purchase model, Adobe has zero incentive to add more features or functionality as they already have the money in their coffers once a user purchases the product whereas on the subscription model a user can pull out at any time if the user feels Adobe isn't putting enough effort into its products (unless, of course, they've agreed to an annual subscription). This ultimately means less mind-blowing features at once, but also means Adobe will likely roll out those incremental updates more often., as has been the case.

Go back and look through the updates between various CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 Photoshop versions. The updates weren't overly spectacular by any stretch and they more or less came just once a year.

1 week ago*
hjs_koeln

@GFannon Burgett: CS1 to CS4 showed very little actual new functionality, CS5 was a pretty big jump however (case in point: software rotation, liquefy filter). Part of the reason was constantly changing technical platforms (new CPUs, etc.) to which Adobe had to adapt.

With every CS upgrade I could assess if I needed the changes and then go ahead or skip, with CC there is no skipping, you´re in whether there´s an upgrade or not. PS & LR alone in CC are cheap, but add another program and CC is clearly more expensive. Sticking with CS6 has saved me approx. 4.500 - 5.000 so far.

However, the biggest issue is you throw yourself entirely at the mercy of one software company. Once you´re in CC, you´re condemned to stay in if you want to have access to your work files with full functionality.

1 week ago
Video-vs-photo

@Fly18 you are incorrect! They need a waaay more time:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/hsl_controls_for_adjustment_brush_and_gradient_tools

9 years for local HSL and still not here ...............

1 week ago
Horshack

The only part of Adobe's software that's feature-complete is the billing system that charges customers their monthly subscription payments.

1 week ago
Fly18
Fly18

Totally.

1 week ago
Gannon Burgett
Gannon Burgett

@Horshack: Sometimes even that isn't feature-complete:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4172182

https://www.dpreview.com/news/5825311091/adobe-exposed-the-account-information-of-more-than-7-5m-creative-cloud-users

1 week ago
Fly18
Fly18

One word. Pathetic.

1 week ago
gaul

Admitting they need to step up from the current Beta-version.. quick..

1 week ago