In just a snap, shortly after we posted about a probable Feb. 27 release for the iPad version of Adobe Photoshop Touch, the hotly anticipated app has already hit the App Store. 9to5Mac reports that Photoshop Touch, which was initially released in the Android Market, was made available for App Store customers in New Zealand, but only for a short while. The App Store availability of the app was expected to propagate to other countries in the next few hours, but it was eventually pulled to be released as originally scheduled, on Monday.
While the basic Adobe Photoshop Express has long been at the disposal of iPhone and iPad users, it’s only now that a dedicated and feature-rich iOS companion to Adobe’s popular photo-editing program is made available. Photoshop Touch for iPad inherits many of the core features of Photoshop for Mac and PC. It supports layering, tool selection, adjustments and filters, all of which utilize the iPad’s multitouch capabilities.
A couple of special features are highlighted in the app. There’s the Scribble Selection tool, which allows for selecting parts of an image to retain or remove by merely scribbling in and around the image. There’s also an instrument called Refine Edge, which makes zeroing in on hard-to-select elements much easier. Watch the video overview below for a demonstration of these features by John Nack, Principal Product Manager for Photoshop Touch.
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Of course, Adobe would be terribly amiss not to include a social layer to the app. It has options to share images on Facebook and viewing comments directly on the app, but there’s no mention of any sort of connectivity with the other trendy social network, Twitter. Creative Cloud, Adobe’s paid storage service, is also integrated in the app, as well as image searching and downloading through Google Images.
Photoshop is the first in a projected series of six tablet apps based on Adobe’s Creative Suite software; Adobe Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler and Proto should be coming soon. Before you purchase Photoshop Touch, though, be aware that it is compatible only with iPad 2 units that are running iOS 5. Another limitation to note is the maximum supported image resolution, which is set at only 1600 x 1600 pixels.