April 11, 2011 at 10:31 AM ET
Adobe has already demonstrated how impressive Photoshop could be on the iPad, but now the software company is taking things further by offering up apps which will allow tablet devices — such as Apple's popular gadget — to run the show even when you're working with the desktop version of the image editing suite.
How does Adobe plan on doing that? By letting you turn your iPad into a palette, color mixer, or workflow control center, of course.
You see, Adobe is releasing a new software development kit (SDK) that will allow developers to build apps for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS tablets which will make it possible for those devices to interact with — and control — the desktop version of Photoshop.
And to show off what can be done with this new SDK, Adobe has developed the first three iPad apps — Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav — itself:
Adobe Color Lava, allows creative professionals to use their fingertips to mix colors on the iPad, creating custom color swatches and themes to transfer back into Photoshop.
Adobe Eazel, which takes advantage of cutting-edge painting technology, lets digital artists create rich realistic paintings with their fingertips and introduces a new kind of interaction between “wet” and “dry” paints. These paintings can then be sent directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or for taking the artwork further.
Lastly, Adobe Nav increases workflow efficiency by letting users select and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input surface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop files or easily create new files. All three applications take advantage of the iPad tablet’s touch screen for a truly immersive, tactile, on-the-go experience.
The Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop apps will be available sometime in early May and priced at $1.99-$4.99. In order to use them, you will need Photoshop CS5 and to download a free software patch (which will be available after May 3).