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Photoshop for iPad hands-on: an exclusive look

August 14, 2019

– Adobe has finally announced a real Photoshop app for the iPad that’s coming some time in 2019. We got to try out an
early beta version of that and what we saw was pretty promising. It’s not an exact copy of the desktop app but its biggest selling point is that it uses real PSD files. Adobe has actually created
these new cloud PSD files that will let you work seamlessly
across all your devices and automatically syncs any
edits you make to the cloud. So if you’re retouching
a photo on the desktop and you need to adjust
some stuff on the go, you can open up that same
PSD file in your iPad and continue working on it. But here’s what happens when
you first open up Photoshop. You have all your cloud documents here and I’m just gonna open up this file made by our illustrator, Alex Castro. On the left here, you have all the tools that you may be used
to seeing in Photoshop. There’s brush, gradients, eraser, everything you’re used to seeing. And here on the right, you
have your layers panel, which is collapsible, giving
you more space to work. And what’s really cool about Photoshop is that you can have as
many layers as you want. Compared to some other apps that might limit how
many layers you can have or make you buy more,
there’s really no limit here. So, keep in mind, this
isn’t the finished product, so a lot of the features like Text or Crop have interface elements here
but just don’t work right now. And there’s other features, like Timeline, which aren’t included here at all, so we’re assuming it won’t be in the first version when it launches, which is kind of unfortunate for animators who are the ones who could really benefit from a mobile device for such
a labor-intensive process. So, we’re gonna try to use the
functions that are available and see how far we can get with that. Based on the tools they’ve
prioritized on having in this first build, Adobe’s
focus for Photoshop on iPad is mainly for compositing. So, I’m gonna take a
photo of Carly Rae Jepsen and make it look like
she’s holding a sword. I’m gonna go ahead and import some photos and this version of Photoshop can let you import
photos from iCloud Drive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. I’m going to go to my Camera Roll and open up this photo of Carly. And then I’m gonna add
the picture of the sword. I can resize the sword and rotate it and bring that closer to her so it looks like she’s holding it. I’m going to just erase it and this might take a while. (chuckles) I don’t need to be too precise,
as long as we get the idea. To undo, you can tap with two fingers. Almost there. This is gonna look so good. And now, I’m gonna adjust
the opacity of the sword, so we can look through and
see the part of the hand where she’s actually holding it and then I’m gonna erase that. And there you have it. Carly Rae Jepsen holding a sword. I’m mostly an illustrator, so while Photoshop’s
missing from the App Store, I found alternative apps like
Procreate and CLIP STUDIO that work for me. Same goes for the photographers, designers, and motion graphics artists on The Verge’s art department who each found their own
preferred apps to work on. But we’ve asked them to take
a look at the new Photoshop to give their thoughts and whether they can see
themselves using the app. – What’s going on? It’s Alex Castro from The Verge. I’m an illustrator and designer. – Hi, my name’s Michelle,
and I do photo retouching. – Hi, I’m Will, I’m the
design director for The Verge. – I was able to test out the new Photoshop program on the iPad. It was actually really fun ’cause I got to leave my
desk and work on photos, which normally, I don’t get to do. I have to stand at my desk
or sit at my desk and work, but this time, I actually
got to pick up this iPad, go to the couch, sit down, and I got to edit, which is
really fun and really exciting. – Say you’re kind of tracing something or you’re drawing, you can just rotate it. So, if I’m outlining something, if I wanna get really
close, it’s just nice to be able to turn and color in. I think we’ve all grown
up coloring on paper, so we doing something like this
is kind of just instinctual. – As somebody coming from
a desktop environment, using it professionally every single day, coming to a touch-based UI for Photoshop is really confusing. – On the computer, I have
a lot of the keystrokes, the keystrokes that I’ve memorized, and here, I don’t have a keystroke. I didn’t have a keyboard to use, and so I had to click around to try and figure out
how do I invert a mask. And for a retoucher who
gets lots of images a day, time is of the essence. – So it does have this modifier button that allows you to toggle between say, pink brush and eraser. So, let’s say your in the pink brush and you’re coloring in Andrew’s hair and you went too far over, you can just press, it says
erase, and I can just erase. – One thing I did notice was my hand got a little
bit sore using this pen. The Wacom pen that I use is
a little bit more cushioned, molds to my hand a little bit better, but I felt my fingers and my palm getting a little bit sore with
how I had to grip this pen. – I can see this being
very useful in the future once Adobe adds in a lot of their features that nobody else can get, Typekit integration,
Creative Cloud integration, and the mere fact that you can open up Photoshop files natively
on the iPad is huge. – So I currently use Adobe
Sketch and Adobe Draw, and one of the benefits of that is that I can save these files as PSD and they upload right to Creative Cloud, which is kind of like a
Google Docs for Adobe. Once it’s uploaded, I can
just go to my desktop, open that folder, and jump
right into PSD automatically. What’s gonna be nice is I’m gonna be able
to work the other way, that I can save something on the desktop, save it to the Creative Cloud, and then I can open it
up in the app itself. Something you can’t do right now. – As for pricing, it’s gonna be included as part of the Creative Cloud bundle, so if you already pay a
subscription for Photoshop and you’ve already invested
in an iPad Pro, great. If not, there might be a
one-time fee for the app, maybe another monthly
fee, we don’t know yet. And what does this mean for
other Creative Cloud apps? Does this mean that
Illustrator and After Effects could be coming to the iPad someday? Adobe says it’s definitely something it’s considering in the future. So, that’s our first look at Photoshop for the iPad coming in 2019. It’s definitely not gonna
replace your entire desktop but it’s gonna be a really great
extension of your workflow. Speaking of workflow, you can go check out our newest episode of Workflow
in which you can learn how to make an animated GIF in Photoshop, which you actually can’t do on the iPad ’cause it’s not there yet.


  • Reply The Verge October 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    What would you use Photoshop for on your iPad?

  • Reply Ryan Paterson December 28, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Affinity Designer does all of this already

  • Reply Absolutely Dreadful December 28, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Ok this is fantastic and all but I really need it to have the original photoshop layout instead of this awkward user interface.

  • Reply Pamix December 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    iPhone dowlonad ?

  • Reply Pamix December 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Program name?

  • Reply MeshaL M December 30, 2018 at 1:43 am

    just buy a surface..

  • Reply Sunrrzz Z January 4, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    what is it called

  • Reply Veronica Vazquez January 5, 2019 at 3:19 am

    please I need it NOW

  • Reply Luis Camacho January 5, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    When will it be released? Thank you NEXT

  • Reply cameraman655 January 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Any hints as to when this will be released this year? I am chomping at the bit to give it a try.

  • Reply Krayz_1 Mitchell January 8, 2019 at 7:41 am

    If the price isn’t in line with Affinity Photo I’m not getting it. If a small company can afford to put the work into giving us a fully functional editing app for cheap then big ole giant Adobe can do the same. I ain’t buying into name brand loyalty anymore.

  • Reply Nguyễn Chí Cường January 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Can it runss on Ipad Air 2?

  • Reply Hey Imaness January 10, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    So… buy the affinity for ipad or wait that photoshop for now?

  • Reply BeyondBr1aNn88 YT January 14, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Can they please release this soon?

  • Reply Hej San January 16, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Please don’t make it full white/bright. I want it dark like desktop ps

  • Reply Santiago Lopez January 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Just us affinity photo 🙂

  • Reply Adnan A January 18, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    The best part of this will be a similar interface, but procreate is pretty good.

  • Reply Lisa Schmit January 20, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    When finally photoshop comes for ipad?

  • Reply Flyqueen January 21, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I'm an illustrator myself and the only thing i care for is if i can use my Photoshop brushes in the app and how the LINESTROKE feels.
    Every app on the ipad feels different to draw with and for artists (who don't draw in a kids style, like the ones shown in this video) this is important.
    So yeah…depending on that the app may be great or just ANOTHER app you can draw with, that just doesn't feel like the desktop tools we are used to.

  • Reply Starfire Technology January 23, 2019 at 12:07 am

    If it's a subscription, then no thanks

  • Reply MisterWealth January 23, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Is this worth getting (Ipad pro)? I want something with minimal lag and very portable when using the pen in photoshop for skin retouching

  • Reply The Little Grape January 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    How can I download it now?

  • Reply Margaret c January 26, 2019 at 7:34 am

    It’s 2019 do we have a date yet ?

  • Reply Marcus Shaw January 26, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    If they can incorporate my actions, that would be amazing!

  • Reply baraka kautsar January 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Will this work on the 6th gen ipad?

  • Reply Nez D January 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    My video editor said photoshop was always over his head but the Ps Apps (Fix, Mix, Express) are much easier to understand. Hopefully those aren’t made irrelevant for the non Ps specialists

  • Reply Ponyony February 1, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    WTF? 3:45 rotates the iPad :O why not rotate the canvas :O?

  • Reply D G February 6, 2019 at 4:55 am

    will there also be adobe illustrator?

  • Reply nathan mr February 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    how to get it "beta version of PSD for iPad pro?

  • Reply Tiffany Lea February 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Wonder how much it will cost? I get the Johanna Basford books copied and color in Photoshop. 🙂

  • Reply Belinda Love February 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Can I do text in text in here?

  • Reply Andy February 9, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Great video! I liked that you showed how different artists view the app's functionality because it gives you a great sense of the versatility.

  • Reply Perry S February 10, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    And the 3D animation export to video also in the app?

  • Reply Laura Bednarski February 11, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Hmm how come my screen looks totally different? I have PS express what are you using?

  • Reply nerdwithjordans February 13, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Is the pencil tool available?

  • Reply Lee Bowers Jr February 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Did they release this photoshop yet?

  • Reply kami411 February 20, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    What happens If your left handed and you lay your hand down slightly on the screen? Does the app think your hand is the pencil and messes up your drawing?

  • Reply EntityOR February 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    How will you get it?

  • Reply vikas upadhyay February 21, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    So if I bought an iPad today , will it not be outdated for Photoshop when the Photoshop is launched.? .my fear is that will it work for the next version of iPad ? Or should I go ahead and buy the latest iPad and Photoshop will work on it whenever the Photoshop is launched on iPad ?

  • Reply elisha wallis February 22, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Yes I would I really look forward to having photoshop cc on the i pad I want it on the i pad for so long

  • Reply EntityOR February 25, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    How to get this?

  • Reply MONARCH GAM3R February 28, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Please where are we on this? In 2019

  • Reply Bethany Bishop March 3, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Does anyone know if the when they release Photoshop for the ipad pro if you have to have the most recent version (gen3) or will it work on a gen 2 ipad pro?

  • Reply Billy Quinn March 6, 2019 at 4:59 am

    When will the full version be released?

  • Reply Pavlo Valero March 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    What about fonts? How do u get them on the ipad

  • Reply Monzer Farouk March 14, 2019 at 4:42 am

    How can we get the beta version

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  • Reply GamersNiko March 17, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Sooo any info, when will Adobe Photoshop CC released for iPad Pro 2018, how much will it cost? Can I just pay once or is it going to be Monthly Subscription?

  • Reply Otis Bl March 20, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    There’s an app called overlay which can do the same thing as what she did with the sword

  • Reply Absolutely Dreadful March 21, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    We really need a release date

  • Reply Niem Nguyen March 27, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Wtf, is there no selection tool?

  • Reply Dylan McDonald March 27, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Still waiting…

  • Reply Tom Zeimet March 31, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Does this version have Camera RAW?

  • Reply flatearthlogic dot net April 3, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Thx a lot. Do you know when it's coming out exactly? I can't wait.

  • Reply Purifier Phoenix The Mecca April 4, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    billion years later ……………….. ?

  • Reply Purifier Phoenix The Mecca April 4, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    anyone got a leaked version? Need to try it been waiting for nearly a decade.

  • Reply Ben Allen April 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    When in 2019 ?

  • Reply elisha wallis April 21, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    I would use if you could make a Wattpad book with it

  • Reply Leonel Remille April 26, 2019 at 4:28 am

    I don't know about this…

  • Reply Tony Joel April 28, 2019 at 1:18 am

    they are still in negotiations

  • Reply A1 Credit April 28, 2019 at 6:40 am


  • Reply Olivia M. May 5, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Come almost 7 months later I haven't heard anything about photoshop for the ipad. It could be because I don't have the new ipad (yet) and I'm not up to date with any news about it, but it kind of makes me doubt that photoshop is coming up soon, or at least before I go back to college for fall semester.

  • Reply Anand Asinkar May 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Adobe has been napping over Photoshop on mobile devices. Still not an exact desktop/laptop experience…uuh

  • Reply XD ViperzZ May 13, 2019 at 1:06 am

    What is it called

  • Reply StayZe May 19, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    How to get this ?

  • Reply ❤TwightHeart❤ May 21, 2019 at 5:33 am

    It’s 2019 and I’m still waiting

  • Reply MZONE3D May 27, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I use affinity photo, save PSD files to Google drive and work on them further in Photoshop or Affinity on desktop. £22 for the app, all done! No subscription, no uploading to Adobe's Cloud.

  • Reply hullstar242 May 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    “All the tools you expect to see” yeah except like half of them but okay sure

  • Reply Tech-Co Direct May 30, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Adobe finally lie to iOS user about “real” photoshop

  • Reply Alice S. June 6, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I hope this doesn't sound offensive, but I honestly thought I was looking at Anna Akana for the first 30 seconds

  • Reply PixelDrawStuff June 6, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Adobe should release a adobe animate cc for I pad

  • Reply Lizzy Hale June 9, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    If it’s subscription I’m sticking with procreate, if it’s not the full thing I’m sticking with procreate, if you have to buy features in it on top with paying a subscription I’m sticking with procreate. ANY one of those things happening I’m sticking WITH PROCREATE.

  • Reply Khash Erdene June 10, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Damn she is beautiful

  • Reply Fahad Muneeb June 11, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    How much it would cost?

  • Reply Fredric Andersson June 15, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Affinity just updated both Photo and Designer on desktop and iPad. Fast, convenient, powerful and intuitive to say the least. I have switched over to Affinity and this hands-on look doesn't make me second guess my decision.

  • Reply jus June 19, 2019 at 10:54 am

    By 2019…they meant AD?

  • Reply muhammad hairan June 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    thank you for information.. 😊😊😊🙌🙌🙌

  • Reply xOr June 21, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    8 months later and still not really out yet ….

  • Reply Markus Einspannier June 22, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Check my Channel. I create Composings on an iPad with Affinity Photo

  • Reply Glitchy The Noob June 25, 2019 at 5:41 am

    When you use ibisPaint X on a phone…

  • Reply CFGamble June 25, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Love the honest reviews from different people with different styles of working.

  • Reply glyenda toler June 26, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Is adobe photoshop cc app for the iPad or it for the iPad Pro?

  • Reply glyenda toler June 26, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Adobe is so much money 🍮🍦🥮🍢🍡🍧🍨🍥🥠🍥🍤🥟🍱🍣🍛🥘🥫🍝🍜🍲🥗🌯🌮🥙🥪🌭🍔🍟🍕🥞🥓🥩🍗🍖🍳🥚🧀🥨🥖🥔🍠🥐🥯🍞🥕🌽🌶🥒🥬🥝🍅🍆🥑🥦🥥🍍🥭🍑🍒🍌🍉🍇🍓🍈🍋🍊🍐🍎🍏🍩🍭🍬🍫🍿🍪🌰🥜🍯🥛☕️🥤🍴🧂🍽🥣🥡🥢🤑💸💵💴💶💷💳💰💷💎

  • Reply COMREDCAM IN AYANADS June 27, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Is it work on iPad 10.5

  • Reply JuanK_U June 30, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Ipad pro or Wacom, if one should choose one of the two which would be the election and why?

  • Reply 李潤模 July 1, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Not enough memory ㅋ

  • Reply Maria Dem July 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    When is this is gonna be released?

  • Reply EdmundFaust July 3, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Whats with that weird noise in the background? … I watched the video till the end but it wasn't easy ..

  • Reply —爱chanlix. ¡! July 8, 2019 at 12:50 am

    im still waiting for it :[

  • Reply Bright Life7 July 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    great video

    i also added a photoshop tutorial video in my channel about how to add text on photo in photoshop cc for beginners…

  • Reply Jonathan G July 13, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    No stamp tool? When they say full photoshop.. I really hope they mean it. i.e smart filters, smart objects, colour profiles, actions, content aware, camera raw. I'm nervous to hear what else gets the cut apart from timeline :S

  • Reply Jordan West July 20, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Love the video

  • Reply Marvin Çoban July 25, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    What Photoshop App is That? I have all of them on my IPad Pro but non of them can do what you did in your Video.

  • Reply Swagger IcyBoi July 26, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Witch photoshop is it

  • Reply Probal Jyoti Hazarika July 27, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Will it be available for iPad 6the generation?

  • Reply Safa Qadri July 29, 2019 at 10:48 am

    its 2019 , there is no photoshop.

  • Reply Peter Štuller July 29, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Is it true that photoshop can only be used with the iPad pro 2018 or lastest? When will be released… I see that you are using an older version of the iPad. How is it?

    Thank you for your response.

  • Reply Pedro Rubini August 8, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Do you seriously call that a review? I haven't heard of a single specific tool covered by this "review". Please, let us know what Photoshop for the iPad IS and what it IS NOT!

  • Reply Erdadler August 10, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    August 2019…but this app is nowhere to find! Much talk, but nothing else!

  • Reply V86 August 11, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    9months later , still not a thing

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