Adobe has just revealed that Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) will be coming soon to Photoshop on the iPad. This is an exciting new addition for iPad users and will vastly improve on-the-go editing workflow for busy travelling photographers (ahem when we get busy travelling again!).
Previously, the only way to work with raw images directly on the iPad was to use Lightroom, which worked but now with the new capabilities of ACR for iPad, it will streamline the raw to edited process. Product manager Ryan Dumlao demonstrates in the sneak peek video above how you can harness this tool to import and open camera raw file formats.
This version of ACR will support DNG to Apple ProRAW files as well as the more common raw file types from other leading camera manufacturers. Users will be easily able to make adjustments such as exposure and noise and all of the other non-destructive editing techniques already available in ACR. Additionally, the files can then be opened in Photoshop as a smart object, making life easier by avoiding having to use both Lightroom and Photoshop.
The video also displays just how easily you can make adjustments and edit directly onto the iPad with the Apple pencil. We no longer need to bring a laptop and Wacom tablet with us for editing, just draw directly onto the iPad. With both the Adobe cloud and the iPad now better able to deal with external memory storage this is perhaps going to be a bit of a game-changer for any photographers wanting to streamline and lighten up their way of working in the field.
There is no date for the launch as of writing, but with Adobe MAX all set for the end of October, we should see this addition very soon.