Adobe is hard at work bringing its powerful suite of photo editing tools in Photoshop to the iPad. The company just announced that finally, for real, proper Photoshop will be making its way to the device in 2019.
The announcement comes as part of the next generation of Adobe Creative Cloud apps, with Adobe noting the updates are a "major inflection for the future of creativity."
Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad will bring “all the power, performance, and precision of Photoshop reimagined for a modern touch and gesture-based interface.” That's all well and good, but the real focus is this is actual Photoshop on your tablet. Yes, the same one you use with the Apple Pencil, most likely. This is awesome news.
The idea came after some Photoshop engineers proposed the "crazy idea" of running authentic Photoshop code on the iPad, and grid a few things here and there along the way, which eventually resulted in a "proof of life" concept that blossomed into a complete product. The iPad version of the editing program reportedly doesn't compromise on performance or results, and the mobile version can be worked on across multiple devices. You can do selections, use filters, select layers, and more, all optimized for a touchscreen device.
The full suite will be available in 2019, though there's no firm release date just yet. If you already subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud, you can use the iPad version as part of your membership as soon as it's released.