Adobe gets iPad Apps

Source: ReadWriteWeb,  Apr 2011

Today, Adobe revealed three new Photoshop Touch applications designed for the iPad: Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. The apps work with Adobe’s Photoshop CS5 desktop software, which will be updated to version 5.5 in order to support the new functionality. The update is due out in a matter of weeks.

Photoshop Touch Apps, Making Art on the iPad

These forthcoming Photoshop Touch apps only augment the Photoshop experience, they do not replace it. But the add-ons unlock the functionality of the touchscreen in a new way, bringing back the physical interaction between color and palette that typical Photoshop use had lacked. Instead of clicking a mouse, designers swirl their fingers over the touchscreen’s interface, mixing paints on anactual palette.

After mixing colors in Lava, artists can then port the new color combinations back to the desktop software, which they can navigate using Adobe Nav. This new user interface for Photoshop puts the software’s tools and menus right on the touchscreen, where toolbars can be customized and files can be opened, accessed and zoomed into, both on the tablet and PC, simultaneously.

In Eazel, the new touchscreen drawing application, artists use their fingers to create paintings. Press all five fingers to the screen at once to reveal Eazel’s tools, in order to change things like brush size or color. It even introduces a new technique involving “wet” and “dry” paints. In Eazel, the paints dry as they would in real life: over time. Paintings made in Eazel can also be ported back into the desktop version of Photoshop.

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