Photoshop maker Adobe Systems, Inc. has released a long expected iPad companion aptly named Photoshop Touch. The Android version was demonstrated at Maxx earlier this year and released shortly thereafter.
The first in a series of six touch-optimized apps (the other five being Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler and Proto), it supports Photoshop layers, arguably the basic and most-oft used Photoshop feature. With simple finger gestures, users can combine multiple photos into layered images, make popular edits and apply professional effects. It also provides advanced selection tools and adjustments.
According to Adobe’s web site, the tablet-exclusive Scribble Selection Tool lets you extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Adobe Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges, such as hair, are easily captured when making selections. Photoshop Touch also plays nice with Creative Cloud, a brand new paid cloud storage service from Adobe for seamless sync of your Photoshop files between desktop and iPad.
Social sharing is also supported via Facebook or email and you can import images from Facebook, Google Image Search and your iPad’s camera roll. Photoshop Touch works only on iPad 2 and requires iOS 5. The app is a $9.99 download from the App Store. Photoshop Touch has also been available on Android devices since last November.
Screenshots and three nice demo clips can be found right below.
Note: A bunch of additional clips highlighing specific features of Photoshop Touch are available on Adobe’s Photoshop channel on YouTube.