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Photoshop users yearning for a full version of the software to use on an iPad tablet will have their wish fulfilled next year.

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At its Adobe Max Creativity Conference, Adobe said that it will release a version of Photoshop for the iPad with the same "power and precision" as the desktop version. Photoshop CC for the iPad will let users open and modify PSD files using the familiar lineup of editing tools. The new app will also include the handy Layers panel through which people can add and work with text, graphics, and other elements to build a complete image.

Adobe already offers a free version of its popular image editing software for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. But Adobe Photoshop Express lacks many of the robust features and functionality of its desktop counterpart, including layers. Photoshop CC for the iPad promises to combine the power of the full version with the freedom and flexibility of working on the go. The challenges lies in the translation from desktop to mobile and how Adobe will preserve and present the tools that's made Photoshop the king of image editors.

In its news release, Adobe said that Photoshop for the iPad has been redesigned for a touch experience, implying that users will be able to use gestures to manipulate their images. Further, Photoshop users will be able to start their work on an iPad and then continue with their edits on Photoshop for the desktop by using Creative Cloud. The company also said that Photoshop CC will come first to the iPad in 2019, which sounds like the app could then find its way to other tablets.

Beyond teasing Photoshop CC, the company revealed a drawing app destined first for the iPad. Known as Project Gemini, this new app will combine raster, vector, and new dynamic brushes for drawing. Project Gemini will work with Photoshop CC and let Photoshop users access their favorite brushes. Further, Adobe unveiled a new AR tool called Project Aero geared toward designers and artists who want to create augmented reality experiences.

Adobe also unveiled major updates to some of the core programs in its Creative Cloud suite.

Photoshop CC gets a new Content-Aware Fill workspace that gives users greater control when working with images. Illustrator CC gets freeform gradients through which you can create natural gradients. InDesign CC now has a powerful Content-Aware Fit than can detect an image and crop it to automatically fit a frame. Character Animator CC has adopted a feature called Characterizer, which transforms a portrait into an animated character. Other applications in the suite have also earned new and enhanced features. These updates are now available to all Creative Cloud subscribers.

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Takeaways

  1. Adobe will release a full version of Photoshop for the iPad in 2019.
  2. Photoshop users will be able to sync changes to their images between their desktops and iPads.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."