Monday, February 27, 2012

Adobe's Photoshop Touch to hit the iPad 2 on Monday, same $9.99 price as Android

Adobe's Photoshop Touch, which hit Android tablets back in November is about to hit iOS. Briefly leaked to the Australian and New Zealand App Store on Saturday, it was pulled, but you'll be able to find it among the Adobe apps on Monday, for $9.99, just as on Android.

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The app will be available only for use on iPad 2s, not iPads. Just as with Android, it will be tablet-optimized. The Android version of the app lists the following features:
  • Use Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.
  • Use your tablet camera to fill an area on a layer with the exclusive camera fill feature.
  • Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.
  • Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.
  • Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
  • Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
  • Sync projects with Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop.
  • Image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels
The app currently has a 4.2 star rating in the Android Market, with 287 ratings.

Reviews of the Android version were pretty positive, particularly when the price is taken into account. We'd expect at least the same from the iPad 2 version, as well.

A few tidbits from Steve Troughton-Smith, who took apart the iPad 2 app: it's an AIR app, which he believes is why it's an iPad 2-only app, there is no integration between Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 and Photoshop on the desktop, and despite expectations of the app based on pricing, it does far more than the original desktop version of Photoshop.

You can watch a short overview of Photoshop Touch, below.

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