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I’m a beginner level photographer with some photoshop skills. Is the IPad Air or IPad 7th Gen compatible with Adobe Photoshop? I just want to upload and edit photos and my 8 year old MacBook Pro is too slow and damaged to do so.

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Mar 19, 2020 4:05 PM in response to Giants1226 In response to Giants1226

There is a specific version of Photoshop for the iPad, Photoshop Express: ‎Photoshop Express Photo Editor on the App Store

It cannot run the Mac version of Photoshop though.

Whether that's enough for you, only you can say.

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Mar 19, 2020 4:22 PM in response to Giants1226 In response to Giants1226

Al apps in the iOS App Store are compatible with all iOS devices.

Your iPad and image editing needs maybe better served with the 2019, 10.5 inch screen iPad Air 3 or one of the new iPad Pro models would even be better!

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Ready to use Photoshop on the iPad? If you have a qualifying membership, just log in with your Adobe ID. If you don’t, try it with a 30-day free trial. Photoshop on the iPad opens the same files as Photoshop on your desktop (macOS or Windows) using cloud technology, so you can stay in sync across all your devices.

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Photoshop on the iPad delivers core tools designed for Apple Pencil and touch. Get inspired and learn tips and tricks in our new inspiration gallery. Share and showcase your projects with the creative community using livestreaming. We’re releasing new product features every month, so check out the “What’s new” page in the app to see what’s coming next, suggest features, and help us build the Photoshop experience you want.

Retouching and compositing:

Enhance images and adjust color tones with Curves. Remove unwanted elements with the spot healing and Clone Stamp tools. Bring in your photos from Lightroom, edit them with the power of Photoshop, and send them back to your Lightroom catalog. Use the Object Selection and Select Subject tools to make fast and precise selections when you’re combining images and fine-tune them with the Refine Edge Brush.

Touch and Apple Pencil controls:

Swipe, pinch, tap, scribble, slide — you’ll feel closer to your work than ever before and with Apple Pencil, you have ultimate precision.

Familiar tools:

Work with your layer stack and toolbar tools just like on your desktop. With context-aware UI, only the core tools and panes are displayed, so you can focus on your canvas, not the clutter.

Full PSDs:

Create on your iPad with the Photoshop features you know and love, from retouching and compositing to spot healing and blend modes. Layers? They’re all here. Resolution? No difference. Your PSDs are exactly the same, whether you’re working on a desktop, laptop, or iPad.

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It’s simple to keep your PSDs in sync across devices. Your documents are automatically saved to the cloud as you work and available on any device running Photoshop

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Version 2.7.2

We've fixed some bugs and updated a couple things:
- You can now add a new layer, adjustment layer, or place an image directly from the [+] button on the layer stack in compact layers
- Added a note to Canvas Projection feature in settings - it can be used with both AirPlay or a cable
- Fixed a bug causing a crash on sign-in / sign-out

As always, we welcome your feedback as we continue to update and improve the app. Send us your ideas, suggestions, and thoughts in the “Suggest features” section of the app!

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Photoshop for iPadOS is powered by the same code base that drives the iconic desktop version, and it adds a new customizable interface optimized for touch and Apple Pencil. It’ll look instantly familiar to longtime fans. But Photoshop on iPad also feels like a new experience. To explore all that’s new, go to the app’s home screen and tap Learn for introductory videos and lessons on masking, creating composite images, and more.

The release could have been handled better, but the features in v1 are well done

As a product manager and designer myself I do sympathize with this kind of reaction to a major release. But it wasn’t unavoidable. It was waaaay easier to spend the last year thinking that an iPad version of photoshop that had feature parity with the desktop version was coming. Many of the outlets reporting on the announcement left out the caveat about v1, and even the official Adobe announcement article only had a single bullet point mentioning it. Most people who read about it walked away with the impression of “full” and “real” photoshop, not “a limited feature v1 that will grow overtime”.

From an announcement hype standpoint that’s fine. From the standpoint of expectation setting, that was precisely what led to the blowback currently manifesting itself as one star reviews.

The optics and narrative mistakes of the whole thing aside, what y’all have shipped in this v1 is really solid. It’s obviously limited in functionality, but everything that did make the cut is smooth, easy to pick up with knowledge of desktop photoshop, and just feels really good to use. If future functionality is added with the same care, I’ll very much look forward to trying it out.

Amazing, actual real photoshop on a tablet

I didn’t realize until I got an iPad today that they had ported the real photoshop over, but this is amazing. It’s not quite as refined or as capable as desktop PS, but the most essential features are there, it generates real PSDs and was able to open a few of the odd PSDs I’d already had saved to my CC account that were created on desktop. There are a few areas where it even feels nicer than desktop, namely being able to pinch to zoom so smoothly. You don’t mind the floating UI bits because it’s so easy to move the canvas around them, even on an iPad mini it works very well.

Further refinements are certainly needed, but there’s no denying that this is the real deal. I don’t think it will replace desktop for anyone yet, but in a pinch, it’s excellent. Just like an extra-portable camera, it will shine the most in settings where you wouldn’t have had the full experience available. Definitely looking forward to seeing more features and quality of life refinements.


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Photoshop on the iPad is now available

It's been over a year since Adobe officially announced that it was bringing Photoshop to the iPad, but today the company makes good on its promise to do so in 2019. Version 1.0 isn't a full-blown version of the iPad app you're probably expecting though. The first release primarily focuses on compositing and retouching tools -- things like selections, masking, painting, blend modes and adjustment layers. There are some pretty useful tools in that list, but it isn't the full extent of what Photoshop will be capable of on Apple's tablets.

Adobe says it will add more Photoshop tools with each new release. And if you have something you'd like to see in the app, you can submit feature suggestions directly from the iPad software. There are still a lot of useful features in the initial version though, so you'll be able to get to work using it, just be aware it probably won't have everything you need right now.

Photoshop on the iPad

As far as the tools Photoshop on the iPad does have, you'll be able to use full PSD compatibility and a familiar interface from the desktop Creative Cloud app. The workspace has been retooled for the iPad though, so you can view both simplified and detailed layers panels as needed -- just as one example. Tools will display as you need them, including fast-access touch features, so you can harness the iPad's functionality while also saving precious screen space. In terms of performance, Adobe says you'll be able to work on large PSD files with "hundreds of layers" without any compromise in performance.

Like most Adobe mobile apps, all of your files will be accessible on the iPad through Creative Cloud. This means both PSDs and assets you need to create them will be within reach at all times. The files you create and update with Photoshop on the iPad will also sync to Creative Cloud automatically. Even when you're not online, Adobe says you can continue work and things will sync when you're connected again. And just like you see on the desktop, a home screen on the iPad app will offer quick access to files as soon as you open the app.

Photoshop on the iPad is available now in the Apple App Store. In order to use Photoshop on the iPad, you'll need to be running at iOS 13.1 or later. What's more, you'll need to have an iPad Pro (12.9-, 10.5- or 9.7-inch models), 5th-generation iPad, iPad mini 4 or iPad Air 2. The software supports both the first- and second-gen Apple Pencil.

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Photoshop on iPad Pro - Tutorial \u0026 Review

Adobe Photoshop for iPad has reached the App Store after much anticipation. The new development comes just ahead of the Adobe Max conference that kicks off in Los Angeles on Monday where the California-based company is expected to announce the formal launch of the Photoshop for iPad. Adobe was due to launch the iPad version of Photoshop for a long time. Last year, the company was reported to bring the full version of its Photoshop app for iPad under its strategy to develop its products compatible across multiple devices.

As per the listing on the App Store, Photoshop for iPad is available with a 30-day free trial. It requires iPadOS and is compatible with devices namely the iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 11-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, second-generation iPad Pro, iPad 5, iPad mini 4, and iPad Air 2. It also supports both generations of the Apple Pencil.

The latest Photoshop release is specifically designed for iPad devices. It enables retouching and compositing of images as well as supports blend modes. Further, there are built-in Toolbar tools to provide an experience similar to what's available on desktops.

Adobe has provided a context-aware UI that enables the Photoshop app to show only the core tools and panes on the screen to help users focus on their canvas. There is also the Adobe Creative Cloud integration to offer syncing between multiple devices.

"This first version focuses on core compositing and retouching tools designed to work best on the iPad with Apple Pencil and touch. And we're just getting started. For future versions, we're looking at enhancing our tools used for brushes, masks, refining edges, and selecting smart subjects," the company noted in the App Store listing of Photoshop for iPad.

Back in July last year, a Bloomberg report quoted Adobe's chief product officer Scott Belsky to suggest the imminent launch of Photoshop for iPad. The report said that the company planned a cross-platform iteration of Photoshop to boost subscription sales. Adobe, however, didn't specify the formal launch date.

Having said that, Photoshop for iPad is likely to get an official debut at the Adobe Max conference later on Monday. The annual conference would also be the place where the company could unveil its other creativity-focussed products for iPad and other devices alongside updates to its cloud service.

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The best Photoshop alternatives in 2021

Photoshop alternatives used to be only for amateurs and hobbyists who couldn't an afford an Adobe subscription. But in recent years, that's all changed. 

The latest Photoshop alternatives are surprisingly capable. Some of them equal Adobe's software, and even improve on it. Others may be less powerful, but only a fraction of the price, or even totally free. 

In this article, we've brought together the best Photoshop alternatives available today. Note that Photoshop does a lot of things, so some of these apps are quite specific. For instance, if you primarily use Photoshop for digital painting, then Procreate or Rebelle are good choices. Or, if you want to make quick photo edits, Pixlr is a great option. 

That said, there's only tool that replicates the majority of Photoshop features, with a similar interface and level of sophistication, and that's number one on our list, Affinity Photo. So if you seek something that feels and acts like Photoshop overall (but without the subscription), that's our top pick.

Below, we list the best photo apps and photo editing software that can rival Photoshop today. But if after seeing all these rivals, you decide you want to download Photoshop after all, check out the deal below.

The best Photoshop alternatives 2021

01. Affinity Photo

The best Photoshop alternative overall


Platform: Mac OS 10.9+, Windows 10+; iPad version sold separately: iOS 12+

Latest version: 1.10.1

Free trial: Yes

Free version: No

Reasons to buy

+Professional tool +Advanced features

Reasons to avoid

-No Android version -iPad version sold separately

Fully compatible with Photoshop and other file formats, Affinity Photo is the most serious of the Photoshop alternatives we've seen to date. Aimed squarely at professional photographers and designers, it's hugely cheaper than Photoshop (with no subscription). But its creators argue it's actually better.  

Affinity Photo comes with a promise of higher speeds, fewer crashes and unlimited undos. That said, the amount of improved performance you'll get will probably depend what equipment you're using (it's been specifically designed to take advantage of the latest quad core technology). 

Affinity Photo is available for both Mac and Windows, and there's a separate version for iPad. If you're looking for an affordable alternative to Photoshop, Affinity Photo is definitely worth investigating. 

02. Procreate

The best Photoshop alternative for digital painting


Platform: iPad (iOS 13.2+), separate iPhone app (iOS 12+)

Latest version: 5X

Free trial: No

Free version: No

Reasons to buy

+Low cost +Apple Pencil support

Reasons to avoid

-iOS only-Lacks some advanced features

If it’s a painting app for iPad you’re primarily looking for, then let us point you towards Procreate. What started out as a basic drawing app back in 2010 has transformed over the years into a highly professional tool; so much so, it's even bagged itself an Apple Design Award. 

With an easy-to-use layout, Procreate is packed with features artists will love, from true-to-life pencils and inks to advanced layer compositing and unique digital tools. Added palm support means you no longer have to worry about accidentally drawing over your canvas, and an ever-growing library of Procreate brushes will help you add flair to your artwork. 

Procreate has full support for both first- and second-generation Apple Pencils (depending on your iPad model). And since 2019 there's been a dedicated iPhone version named Procreate Pocket. 

You won't find all the features you'd expect from Photoshop here, but for digital painting specifically, you'll have at least most of what you need. There’s a free handbook on the Procreate website, featuring an overview of all the apps features and tools, to help get you started. Lifetime access to all this, for such a low price, begs the question, 'Why wouldn’t you?'

03. Photopea

The best Photoshop alternative for editing images in the browser


Platform: Web

Latest version: N/A

Free trial: No

Free version: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Free version+Cross-platform

Reasons to avoid

-Lacks advanced features -Ads with free version

Thanks to continual advances in web technology you don't always need a discrete app to do much of what you'd use Photoshop for. Photopea, which runs in the browser, is a case in point.

Designed to be an advanced editor with pro tools, it bears a distinct resemblance to Photoshop and features most of the tools you'll need for everyday image work. It'll open most standard file formats such as JPG, PNG and RAW, and it'll accept Sketch, GIMP and even Photoshop PSD files.

Photopea supports layers and layer masks, lets you use blend modes, and features a stack of selection tools, from standard marquees through to a magnetic lasso and a quick selection tool. While it doesn't offer the sort of advanced features you'd expect in Photoshop, such as content-aware fill, it still has a more than enough going on to keep most designers and artists happy, and it's completely free to use. 

On the downside, it comes with ads, although paying for the premium version gets rid of them, and gives you extra levels of undo (60 rather than 30).

04. Rebelle

The best Photoshop alternative for emulating traditional painting


Platform: Windows 7, 8 and 10; OS X 10.11+

Latest version: 4.1.2

Free trial: Demo version

Free version: No

Reasons to buy

+Mimics real paint+Tilt option

Reasons to avoid

-Not for mobile devices

If you’re looking for a program that provides a true-to-life painting experience, look no further than Escape Motions’ Rebelle 4. This affordable program replicates traditional painting techniques – watercolour in particular – with absolute authenticity – making it a worthy contender on our list of Photoshop alternatives.

Rebelle mimics the way paint behaves in the real world, enabling you to simulate a drop of colour being blown and running in different directions. You can also specify the blow length, drip size and the amount of water you ‘use’ with your paints, while the Tilt option lets your colours run in any direction you choose. 

The latest update (Rebelle 4) solved the previous issue of the limited number of brush presets – there's now more than 170 presets available. There are also new watercolour and oil effects, brush stabilisation and a bunch more brilliant updates. We're impressed.

A highly professional painting software package, Escape Motions is keen to keep the focus of Rebelle on traditional media and the best way to present it in the digital realm. And we have to say it’s doing a darn fine job. 

05. ArtRage

The best Photoshop alternative for realistic and intuitive drawing


Platform: Mac OS X 10+, Windows 7+; separate apps for for iOS and Android

Latest version: 6

Free trial: Demo version

Free version: No

Reasons to buy

+Thick oils+Delicate watercolours

Reasons to avoid

-Not the cheapest-Mobile app sold separately

ArtRage is designed to ensure artists can focus on their creativity. It offers realistic oils, pencils, watercolour, canvas textures and other traditional media painting tools, many of which are fully customisable. 

The program’s minimalistic interface disappears when you start painting near it, and returns as soon as you finish. Popular tools are immediately visible, with other less-frequently used features concealed in pods to avoid taking up space. A small workflow issue crops up in the program’s multiple ways to resize a brush, but this is by no means a deal breaker. 

If you’re new to digital painting and looking for an affordable, intuitive program, ArtRage is an option seriously worth considering. The software is also available for iOS and Android, although you pay for those apps separately.

06. Krita

Great free Photoshop alternative for brush performance


Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux

Latest version: 4.4.8

Free version : Yes

Reasons to buy

+Free+Open source+Excellent brush selection

Reasons to avoid

-Lacking photo editing features

If you're after software for digital painting, Krita is an excellent Photoshop alternative. So much so, our sister site Tech Radar voted it the best free painting software back in 2019. 

As an open source program, it's been created by artists who want to give others access to quality, affordable software. And they've focused on tools they know artists want and need. The brush tools, for example, are excellent (there are 100 brush types, nine brush engines, and brush stabiliser). 

The interface is very similar to Photoshop, so users familiar to Adobe's software will find this easy to master. However, as a digital painting program, Krita does lack some of the specific photo editing features of Photoshop. 

07. Sketch

The best Photoshop alternative for UI and UX design


Platform: MacOS 10.14.4+

Latest version: 77

Free trial: Yes

Free version: No

Reasons to buy

+Professional tool +Clear focus on UI design

Reasons to avoid

-Mac only-No raster editing

Sketch is a professional vector graphics app for creatives that's created enormous buzz within the design community, and web designers in particular, since its launch in 2010. 

The development team behind Sketch has made it as flexible as possible, with it supporting infinite zooming and vector shapes that are perfect for multiple resolutions. You can build a new graphic from primitive shapes, or start a new one with the Vector or Pencil tool.

It has a pleasingly simple UI and has many features similar to that of Photoshop and Illustrator, including layers, gradients, colour picker and style presets. Its popularity means there are also plenty of community-created Sketch plugins you can use to extend its functionality.

08. GIMP

The best free Photoshop alternative overall


Platform: Linux, Windows, Mac

Latest version: 2.10.28

Free trial: No

Free version: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Free+Open source

Reasons to avoid

-Learning curve-Can be laggy

A free, open-source Photoshop alternatives pick that's been around for donkey's years, GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. Today it's available for Linux, Windows and Mac.

GIMP offers a wide toolset, similar to Photoshop in many ways, and is a great option if you're looking for a no-cost image editor. The interface differs somewhat from Photoshop, but a version of GIMP is available that mimics Adobe's look and feel, making it easier to migrate over if you're ditching Photoshop.

The full suite of tools is available here – everything you're accustomed to is within easy reach, including painting tools, colour correction, cloning, selection, and enhancement. The team that oversees development has worked hard to ensure compatibility too, so you'll be able to work with all the popular file formats without any trouble at all. You'll also find a very capable file manager built in, along similar lines to Adobe's Bridge.

09. Pixelmator Pro

Image editing app for the Mac


Platform: macOS 10.14+

Latest version: 2.0

Free trial: Yes

Free version: No

Reasons to buy

+Low cost+Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

-Mac only-Limited features

Pixelmator Pro is a kind of Photoshop-lite tool for Mac only, bringing together a photo editor, illustration and painting tool in one place. It offers non-destructive image editing, and supports features like tabs, fullscreen and split view. 

The interface is nicely minimalist and so won't be confusing for newbies. Plus there's a great 'hidden interface' option you can activate if you just want to see your image, with no distractions. 

This Photoshop alternative is fairly limited on features compared with the original. But it's cheap, light, fast and fun to use, so if you just need to do basic Photoshop-like things every now and again, it might be just up your street.

10. Pixlr

Free browser-based image editor


Platform: Browser

Latest version: X / E / BG

Free trial: No

Free version: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Simple to use+Free

Reasons to avoid

-Limited features -Doesn’t work with TIFFs

Pixlr is a suite of three tools that work in the browser and via iOS and Android apps. The first is Pixlr X: a photo editing tool that's great for giving your work a quick boost with one-click edits and artistic effects. If you're used to using Photoshop, you'll find its interface easy to pick up quickly, as it's very similar.

Pixlr E is a more substantial image editing app, with collection of useful editing tools. Finally, Pixlr BG is an AI-powered tool focused on one thing: removing backgrounds from photos. All three apps are free to use, with premium versions available to unlock advanced features. 

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