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Pro-grade Photoshop will soon arrive on touchscreens

Above: Sketching in Photoshop CC using a Surface Pro 2.

Image Credit: Microsoft

Photoshop CC is getting friendly with your fingers.

The fully-fledged, cloud-based version of Photoshop is now optimized for touch devices, as Adobe demonstrated today at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 launch event.

When Adobe launches the new software features for tablets, graphic-design warlocks (“wizards” was getting old) will be able to zoom, pan, and rotate images with their fingers, just as they’re used to doing inside other iPad, Android, and Surface apps.

Photoshop CC already works on Microsoft’s Surface tablets, but that support is mostly limited to pen accessories. Adobe is introducing a number of enhancements to make its Photoshop software more viable for touch devices, such as enlarging icons by 200 percent.

Adobe has put out a few mobile apps bearing the Photoshop moniker — Photoshop Express and Photoshop Touch — but they are far from full-featured. Photoshop CC is the real thing: Photoshop for pros.

We don’t have an exact timeframe for the rollout of Photoshop CC for touchscreens — and if Photoshop CC will arrive on iOS and Android — but they’re likely to arrive on Surface within the next few months or perhaps even weeks.

This is a big deal for graphic designers. It’s unlikely they’ll use Photoshop primarily on their tablets — a keyboard/trackpad/stylus/Wacom tablet combo will almost surely remain the optimal interface — but with a touch-capable version of PhotoShop CC, they could keep working on their projects on the go.

And Microsoft is hoping they’ll buy a Surface Pro 3 to do so.

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25 comments
Josh Kim
Josh Kim

scalability and practicality?

Andrius Shliosas
Andrius Shliosas

its distress to work without keyboard or shortcut buttons.

Luke Fullagar
Luke Fullagar

Psyched. Gonna need to start producing much larger storage capacities on those tablets...

Scott Lightner
Scott Lightner

$49./month x 36 months = $1764. Adobe still has that stellar (DOA on hold) customer service too, so you got that going for you as well O.o

Desmond Hinkson
Desmond Hinkson

I sure hope the interface doesn't have teeny weeny buttons like that.

Stephen Kosloff
Stephen Kosloff

This is great with MS tablets because so few graphics people use apple products.

Matt Slatner
Matt Slatner

Never seen someone use a Microsoft anything? Look harder.... the Dell XPS 12 would work great with this.

Josh Poulain
Josh Poulain

None of their Creative Suite software costs thousands of dollars any more. It's all on the subscription model these days ($49/month I believe)

Chung Yang
Chung Yang

I have never seen professional graphics designers use Microsoft anything, so this will be interesting. There maybe a window of opportunity for MS before Apple comes out with its A8 based iPad and perhaps with ~12" screen form factor.

Jose R Fermin
Jose R Fermin

If it will cost thousands of dollars nobody will be interested...