Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad

Yesterday evening, Adobe formally released Photoshop Touch for iPad. Available for $9.99 from the App Store, Photoshop Touch provides a condensed touch-centric version of its desktop counterpart.

In an early review for MacStories, Graham Spencer writes:

The simplified, tablet-ised UI of Photoshop Touch also means it is a great entry point for those who want to learn about Photoshop, as I touched on in the tutorial section. When I first started learning how to use Photoshop, I was overwhelmed with not only the wealth of tools, options and effects but also all the new terms I had never heard of. With Photoshop Touch, a beginner will be eased into learning the important tools and effects because not only are there less, but things are much more visual. Take a look at the Adjustments menu in Photshop Touch and compare it to Photoshop on the desktop. But I don’t want to send the impression that Photoshop Touch is only for beginners — it isn’t. More advanced users will be able to take most of their knowledge of Photoshop and use it in Photoshop Touch, because most of it is still there.

Photoshop Touch is strikingly analogous to the world of iOS and OS X. The touch-centric version of the software provides a great deal of powerful features, but foregoes excessive complexity in favor of an accessible environment for the end-user. The desktop version of Photoshop, on the other hand, allows the end-user to delve into a robust world of settings and excess, all the while attempting to sustain a basic level of accessibility for all users - not just power users.

The unifying entity between the two is Adobe's Creative Cloud. Much like iCloud, the Creative Cloud provides an underlying backbone between the two pieces of software, allowing the end-user the flexibility to move from one app to the other - to shift from the simplistic touch world into an environment characterized by increased flexibility and power.

And yet, the two can exist wholly and unquestionably apart.

For the average user, Photoshop Touch is a fantastic opportunity to gain the power of Photoshop but without the cost. For the advanced user, Photoshop Touch, coupled with the Creative Cloud, offers a unified and portable working environment. Furthermore, with Photoshop and Photoshop Touch's ubiquity across most modern platforms, Adobe's creative ecosystem knows few bounds.

Such is the goal of the modern working environment and such is the nature of Apple's latest software innovations.

The unification of complexity and simplicity is the key to the modern computing equation. Cloud services provide an effective and important bridge between the worlds of the traditional desktop and the simplified touch world without harming the integrity of either one. There is no need for compromise as both integrate fully and simply.

Honestly, Adobe deserves a great deal of credit for making such an important recognition.

Photoshop Touch is available in the App Store for $9.99.