First reviews of Photoshop for iPad are here. And they say it’s horrible

Nov 11, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

First reviews of Photoshop for iPad are here. And they say it’s horrible

Nov 11, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Over a year after the initial announcement, Photoshop for iPad was finally launched last week. But judging from the first reviews, even this was too early. Truth to be told, Adobe admitted that some features are yet to come. However, judging from the early reviews, the app seems to be terrible.

In the Apple Store, the app is presented as Editor’s Choice, with a pretty unusual rating for a recommended app: 2.1 out of five. Under the “Editor’s Choice” badge, there’s the following text that could make you download and try out the app immediately:

“Photoshop for iPadOS is powered by the same code base that drives the iconic desktop version, and it adds a new customizable interface optimized for touch and Apple Pencil. It’ll look instantly familiar to longtime fans. But Photoshop on iPad also feels like a new experience. To explore all that’s new, go to the app’s home screen and tap Learn for introductory videos and lessons on masking, creating composite images, and more.”

But if you read the reviews, the users don’t seem to agree. The 2-star review right next to the Editor’s Choice” badge reads that “it’s clear that this app wasn’t ready for release.” Shortly before the app’s release, some beta testers confirmed that there were some key features missing. Apparently, many users have the same impression.

At the moment of writing this article, there are nearly 700 ratings, with an average rating of 2.1/5. People have also tweeted about Photoshop for iPad, complaining about all sorts of drawbacks and issues:

To Adobe’s defense, Creative Cloud Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky notes that it wasn’t the team’s idea to just “port 30 yrs of stuff (and baggage) on day 1.”

In a recent interview with PetaPixel, Belsky said that “thirty years of features dropped on our customers on day one is a recipe for failure.” He noted on Twitter that the v1 of the app can’t please everyone, and since it’s a reimagination of a 30-year-old popular and global product, it “will displease many.”

Judging from the early reviews, the first version of Photoshop on iPad has indeed displeased many. However, there’s always room for improvement, and I believe that Adobe will work on improving its latest app in order to bring the best experience to iPad users.

[via PetaPixel]

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11 responses to “First reviews of Photoshop for iPad are here. And they say it’s horrible”

  1. Youenn Thms Avatar
    Youenn Thms

    Like Lightroom at the beginning…just wait for the full features

  2. J Kenrick Bernard Avatar
    J Kenrick Bernard

    When I saw that price tag I was like naaaaaa uninstall lol

  3. John Atkin Avatar
    John Atkin

    Affinity Photo for iPad is still half price until tomorrow

  4. Nick Smith Avatar
    Nick Smith

    How easy is the conversion from PS to Affinity John is the menu layout similar? I keep getting told by PS I don’t have a genuine copy!

    1. John Atkin Avatar
      John Atkin

      Nick Smith on the desktop version there’s a lot of similarity, though there’s still a learning curve. The iPad version is streets ahead of the new Ps app.

  5. Steve Stanger Avatar
    Steve Stanger

    It’s beta software. It’s a start, but as of right now there’s definitely better IOS photo editing apps.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      No, it was beta software. It was officially released a week ago. That’s how come people can leave reviews now. :)

    2. Steve Stanger Avatar
      Steve Stanger

      I know, you misunderstood. They pretty much released beta software, not ready for prime time, somewhat crippled, etc.

  6. Diego Callegari Avatar
    Diego Callegari

    Liking Affinity more, no subscription and works fine for my needs

  7. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    If you buy the affinity desktop version, do you automatically get the affinity iPad app as well?

  8. tanhua Avatar
    tanhua

    To be fair, there aren’t a lot of direct competitors for this. The closest is probably Affinity Photo .

    But it’s pretty lightweight for someone interested in Ps. No layers at all, apparently, which really limits the usefulness over something like Raw Power in iOS.

    having Photoshop gives me opportunity to make an average photo into a good one. I usually editing photographs on Photoshop and Lightroom . I have a XP-Pen Deco Pro Drawing Tablet for work on my desktop. For Photoshop it’s powerful and well integrated.