Photoshop CC for iPad is nearly here, but it will be missing some key features

Oct 18, 2019

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Photoshop CC for iPad is nearly here, but it will be missing some key features

Oct 18, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It’s over a year since it was first reported that Photoshop was coming to the iPad, promising pretty much the complete version of the software you get on the desktop, but for your Apple tablet. Now, Photoshop CC for iPad is almost ready to be launched but according to a report on Bloomberg, it has some key features missing.

Bloomberg says they’ve been in touch with some of the Photoshop for iPad beta testers, which has been going under the codename “Rocket”. They say that the testers have complained that some of the beta versions don’t include some fundamental tools available in Photoshop. Tools like the pen tool, custom paintbrush libraries, filters, vector drawing, colour spaces, raw editing, smart objects, layer styles and various mask options.

They that one tester told them that “feature-wise, it feels like a beefed-up cloud-based version of their existing iPad apps and not ‘real Photoshop’ as advertised”. And while the software is supposed to be based on the desktop version code, although optimised for touch, one tester says “it doesn’t feel like it right now”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccSBlU8YB90

Chief product officer of Adobe’s Creative Cloud division, Scott Belsky, said in an interview that the beta feature set doesn’t represent the final version for consumers. But he also said that the need to collaborate with Apple means that many features are “coming in hot” ahead of the launch, although some familiar features will be missing at launch.

Launching every single feature that was accumulated over 25 years on the iPad on day one would not best serve our customers and the needs they have.

– Scott Belsky, Chief Product Office, Adobe Creative Cloud Division

He says that Adobe “will definitely expand the capabilities” of Photoshop on the iPad over time. With Apple pushing Photoshop as a key selling point for the iPad Pro tablets since the app was announced, this is likely to disappoint some people. While the software does seem to be on track for release at the end of this year, there’s no telling right now exactly what features will be included at launch and which will come later – nor how long they’ll take to arrive.

It makes sense that they wouldn’t really be able to introduce the full power of Photoshop on the iPad right away, even with 18 months between the announcement and release time. But hopefully, soon we’ll be able to find out exactly what features will be missing at launch and how long it’ll be before we see the rest of them. Or at least some kind of confirmation of what will or won’t be coming to Photoshop for iPad.

It will be interesting to see exactly what they do bring in the initial release, though, especially as the competition is a little stronger now than it was when Photoshop for iPad was initially announced. Affinity Photo for iPad has come a very long way since then and has become extremely popular amongst iPad Pro users.

[via Bloomberg]

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5 responses to “Photoshop CC for iPad is nearly here, but it will be missing some key features”

  1. Tod Heckert Avatar
    Tod Heckert

    affinity photo.. Photoshop is overpriced.

  2. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    That’s what you get for buying an Apple product.

  3. Tod Heckert Avatar
    Tod Heckert

    affinity photo works on ipad too.. DIYPhotography make is sound like only PS works on ipad….Get affinity photo for ipad here. and for only $19 not $200 https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/

  4. Jay ElectroBlum Avatar
    Jay ElectroBlum

    Affinity all the way.
    Too late for adobe with iPad apps. I can already imagine being out and about and needing WiFi to connect because the app needs your Adobe ID. That’s why the mobile apps like Lightroom and Comp are a bust for me.

  5. Image Editing Avatar
    Image Editing

    Two thumbs up!!! One for being useful and another for not being a gear review!!!