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Big Adobe updates from Max 2019 (updated)

By Marcus Wong - on 25 Nov 2019, 1:31pm

Big Adobe updates from Max 2019 (updated)

Note: This article was first published on 5th November 2019. It's been updated to include information on feature updates in Photoshop for iPad.

It’s that time of year again when Adobe finally unveils what they’ve ready to release to the masses. This year, they’re working on the pillars of Applications, Resources, and Community. The Applications pillar of course brings probably the most significant changes, and we’ve singled out three for you.

Photoshop for iPad officially launches 

We’ve been talking about this for a while now, but Photoshop for iPad is finally here. It’s going to bring the full power and performance of Photoshop to the iPad , with the advantage of easy connectivity to Adobe Stock. Photoshop on the iPad is available to all Creative Cloud customers who have a subscription to Photoshop at no added cost. (i.e. Everyone on a Photography plan, Adobe Photoshop single app plan, All Apps plan or the Educational plans will get it for free)

Updated 25th November 2019 -

Some new upcoming features on Photoshop on iPad have been announced to launch this year:

  • Select Subject: Select Subject uses Adobe Sensei to enable you to automatically select the subject of an image without needing to make complex selections.
  • Cloud documents: The Photoshop cloud document format is optimised to save only the incremental changes made to the PSD, so you can easily work across all your devices with Photoshop.

These features will also be coming in the first half of 2020:

  • Refine Edge: The Refine Edge brush will be added to Photoshop for iPad so you can use it to make complex, soft edge selections on challenging subjects, or to perfect selections of objects.
  • Brush sensitivity and Rotate Canvas:  The amazing brush sensitivity from Adobe Fresco app and of course you want to rotate the canvas to perfectly position it for any angle.
  • Lightroom Integration: Process raw images in Lightroom premium on your iPad and take them further in Photoshop using workflows designed specifically for the iPad.


Illustrator for iPad is coming too

Just as they’ve done with Photoshop, Adobe is looking to bring a version of Illustrator to the iPad. This will again take advantage of the dimension of touch to streamline the workflow. New tools are planned, with Snappy Pencil and Radial Repeat being two that were highlighted. Snappy Pencil lets you easily create vectors simply by tracing over a sketch, so you can easily bring your drawings to life. Meanwhile, Radial Repeat lets you easily create a loop of repeated elements that can be edited simply by making changes to the first one. Existing tools have also been tweaked, so the gradient tool for example now has a Point Gradient option that lets you add splashes of colour to your illustrations.

As is Adobe Photoshop Camera

Not content with just bringing you Photoshop tools on your mobile device, now Adobe's looking to create a camera app that adds Photoshop magic direct at the point of capture. Adobe calls it "a fun and easy way to create and share imaginative, high-quality images on social media", but you can expect plenty of computational photography features, this time powered by Adobe Sensei.

Fresco for desktop

If you've seen our demo of Fresco, you'll know that this is Adobe's latest painting and drawing app. It was previously launched as an iPad-only app, but here's great news for those of us who don't have an iPad Pro: it's now available on Windows, beginning on Microsoft Surface Pro X devices and Wacom MobileStudio Pro hardware. Here are the 10 devices that are already compatible:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4, 5, 6
  • Microsoft Surface Book 1, 2
  • Microsoft Surface Studio 1, 2
  • Microsoft Surface Go
  • Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13″, 16″

The full version of Adobe Fresco is available for S$13.98 per month, or with most Creative Cloud plans. A freemium version is also available with many of the same features as the full version. Find out more at this page.


Project Aero is officially launched

Previewed together with Fresco (then known as Project Gemini) last year, Project Aero has now been officially launched as Adobe Aero. This is a free app for iOS that will let you easily create interactive Augmented Reality experiences without coding. This brings familiar tools from Photoshop, Illustrator and Dimension to let you really tweak your 3D environment, and will get tools from Adobe's recently acquired Substance suite too. 

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