Full-fledged version of Photoshop CC is coming to iPad

Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad with all the same features as its desktop counterpart. And Adobe promises no performance issues on this mobile version.

While Photoshop CC won’t be out on the iPad until 2019, there’s still a ton to be excited about with this announcement. For starters, this iPad version of Photoshop CC will be a purely touch-optimized version. In the three decades since the original Photoshop 1.0, this hasn’t happened. Additionally, we can expect all features on the desktop version to be included on the iPad. This is going to be a full version of Photoshop on the iPad, not a watered-down one. That doesn’t mean however it’s going to be an exact copy of the desktop version.

The iPad’s Photoshop CC is the same as, and different to, the desktop version

The iPad Photoshop CC reportedly draws inspiration from the user interface design of Adobe’s latest mobile applications. So this means we can expect a slimmed-down version of the panels and tools. Adobe really has to optimize the working space in its programs when working off of a workstation, so it makes sense the iPad Photoshop CC would follow suit.

As for the performance, you don’t need to worry. It appears the iPad version can handle pretty much any PSD file that you computer can handle. There was an online demo that showed a file with over 200 layers running fine on an iPad Pro.


While the desktop version of Photoshop has introduced a touch interface prior, the iPad version will have an entirely different version than what’s been seen before. For instance, its system will be capable of expanding, docking and rearranging tool panes — making it much more suited to mobile use.

The iPad version will additionally include a new Touch Modifier tools — which works as a miniature tool toggle that stays in the bottom corner of the display.


Photoshop CC for the iPad will be released next year.

To say the least, this is a groundbreaking announcement for Photoshop CC. It will be very useful to be able to use the program on mobile devices. It looks like the program will make workflows much more simpler for creatives, much like Adobe’s new Premiere Rush CC.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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