Adobe has been experimenting with tablets and Photoshop for a long time. A couple of times the company even held demonstrations of their concepts. Once she showed how an iPad can be used as an additional tool for the desktop version of Photoshop, and the second time she worked with layers using her fingers. It looks like Adobe’s fantastic ideas have begun to be implemented in commercial products. In May, the first applications within the framework of the project will get into the App Store Photoshop Touch.
The company decided to act in a big way and for sure. She will release not only utilities for interaction between the tablet and PC when working with Photoshop, but also SDK for third party developers. In fact, anyone can create their own graphic applications for the tablet, which can be easily linked to Photoshop. The announced programs from Adobe – Nav, Color Lava and Eazel – are a great example for enthusiasts and handy tools. In addition, Adobe plans to support not only Apple iOS, but also Google Android and RIM Blackberry Tablet OS. The Photoshop CS5 desktop application will also be updated to support the Photoshop Touch SDK.
As for applications, Adobe has shown prototypes of some of them before. In particular, Nav is the same Photoshop control panel implemented on a tablet. The user can place 16 frequently used tools, plus the program acts as an image browser. It is possible to view up to 200 images open in Photoshop, their properties and display the required image on the PC screen. By the way, using Nav in Photoshop, any image from the iPad library is easily transferred to a PC.
Color Lava implements the concept of a real palette, the one with paints and a brush, only instead of them an LCD display and a finger. That is, the user can create their own samples of color schemes, both offline and in real time, when the application is constantly synchronized with Photoshop. If desired, offline created color schemes are transferred from the tablet to the PC.
The most interesting application of all – Eazel. This is a unique drawing tool with very unusual features. The program engine allows realize the effect of wet paint, and over time it will dry out, like on a real canvas. It is possible to mix wet and dry paint, achieving unusual results. The interface of the program deserves special attention. The brush controls are literally under the user’s fingers, just put your palm on the tablet and you can select the size of the brush, its color and transparency level in one motion.
The question arises, what does Eazel have to do with Photoshop on the PC? The most direct relationship! Export of finished paintings is done through a desktop graphics editor, but this was not done for the sake of linking the Adobe tablet utility to Photoshop CS5. The fact is that the user can export his drawing in any resolution, even for poster A0. The picture will be formed directly from digital data and no pixelation!
The new apps are expected to hit the App Store this May. With the desktop version of Photoshop, they interact via a Wi-Fi network.
This is clearly just the beginning. In the future, you can expect from Adobe RAW pre-processing utilities and some analogues of what the company recently showed at the Photoshop World conference. At one time, Jobs called the iPad a new generation of computing device, a gadget that will change the computer industry. Now it is happening before our eyes. What was initially perceived as a simple, albeit unusual entertainment product, is gradually turning into a multifunctional tool for musicians, artists, photographers, doctors and people of other professions. Maybe in 10 years, people, holding some futuristic analogue of the iPad in their hands, will remember that computers were once large, heavy and folding, with a huge number of buttons and a complex interface. [Gizmodo]
Adobe has been experimenting with tablets and Photoshop for a long time. A couple of times the company even held demonstrations of their concepts. Once she showed how an iPad can be used as an additional tool for the desktop version of Photoshop, and the second time she worked with layers using her fingers. It looks like Adobe’s fantastic ideas have begun to be implemented in commercial products. In May in App…
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