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Adobe Photoshop Touch Coming to Android in November, Showcased on Samsung Prototype Tablet (Updated)

Adobe Photoshop Touch was just demoed on stage here at Adobe MAX, dropping quite a few jaws and grabbing enough cheers to get us excited.  I actually booked it immediately after the on-stage walk-through over to Samsung’s booth to get some hands-on time with it and I’ve got to say, that this is going to be one cool tool when it launches in November.  As a piece of software that won’t be here for another month, it was very polished, easy to navigate, and powerful.  While I am by no means a PS pro, I saw every tool, brush, and setting that gets me through my day.

The tablet that Adobe is using to showcase it on is a prototype from Samsung that they won’t reveal much on (no it’s not running Ice Cream Sandwich).  It was built specifically for their new pen technology that is pressure sensitive and allows you to draw, erase and choose colors in a jiff.  In fact, we aren’t sure this model will ever make it to stores, but the idea of this type of pen experience on a tablet is intriguing.

The app will run $9.99 when it is released.

Update:  In the Adobe executive team Q&A that is going on right now, one question brought up the idea of plug-ins to Photoshop Touch.  Would there ever be any?  As of now, there are no plans, but you get the feeling that Adobe has already thought about it and will possibly introduce them in the future.  They did point out though, that tablets right now are where PCs were 5 years ago.  What they mean by that is that we have a long way to go before tablets can even come close to what we can currently do on a computer. Could plug-ins come in the next year?  Possibly.  I think NVIDIA’s quad-core processor is a step towards this happening.

Update 2:  In case anyone was wondering, all of their new Touch apps were built in Adobe AIR.

Press release, including their other new Touch apps below.  

Adobe Touch Apps Redefine Creative Software

Six New Tablet Apps Kick-Start Major Company Initiative: Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe MAX 2011
October 03, 2011 12:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time

LOS ANGELES–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–At its MAX 2011 technology conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Touch Apps, a family of six, intuitive touch screen applications, designed for Android tablets and Apple iPad that enable anyone to explore ideas and present their creativity anytime, anywhere. Inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software, these stunning new apps bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users. The apps address multiple areas of the creative process: image editing; ideation; sketching; mood boards; website and mobile app prototyping; and presenting finished work. They are headlined by Adobe Photoshop® Touch, a groundbreaking app that brings the legendary creative and image-editing power of Photoshop to tablet devices for the first time.

“With Adobe imaging magic coming to tablet devices, new apps like Photoshop Touch will open your mind about the potential of the touch interface for creativity and demonstrate that tablets are an essential part of anyone’s creative arsenal.”

Available soon as standalone apps, Adobe Touch Apps are essential components of Adobe Creative Cloud, a major new company initiative also announced today (see separate release). Adobe Creative Cloud will become a worldwide hub for creativity, where millions can access desktop and tablet applications, find essential creative services, and share their best work. Files created via Adobe Touch Apps can be shared, viewed across devices or transferred into Adobe Creative Suite software for further refinement – key features of Adobe’s vision for the Creative Cloud. With stylus capabilities expected to become a key feature on some next generation tablets, Adobe Touch Apps are designed to work with both finger and stylus input.

“Adobe Touch Apps deliver high-impact creative expression to anyone who has a tablet,” said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer, Adobe. “With Adobe imaging magic coming to tablet devices, new apps like Photoshop Touch will open your mind about the potential of the touch interface for creativity and demonstrate that tablets are an essential part of anyone’s creative arsenal.”

Adobe Touch Apps Redefine Creative Software

Anticipating the way people are integrating tablets into their everyday lives, the new family of Adobe Touch Apps empowers users to create on tablet devices (see below for supported devices) freeing them from the desktop or laptop computer. The new Adobe Touch Apps include:

  • Adobe Photoshop Touch lets users transform images with core Photoshop features in an app custom-built for tablets. With simple finger gestures, users can combine multiple photos into layered images, make popular edits and apply professional effects. The tablet-exclusive Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Adobe Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges, such as hair, are easily captured when making selections. Additionally, the app helps users quickly find images, share creations, and view comments through integration with Facebook and Google Search. Using the syncing capabilities that are a component of Adobe Creative Cloud, files can be opened in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Adobe Collage helps creatives capture and refine ideas and concepts by allowing them to combine inspirational images, drawings, text and Creative Suite files into modern, conceptual mood boards. Features include importing of images, four customizable pen types for drawing, adding text, and applying color themes. A virtually unconstrained canvas grows as needed to accommodate more assets. Files can be shared or transferred for access in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Adobe Debut allows users to present designs to clients and stakeholders virtually anywhere. Adobe Debut quickly opens tablet-compatible versions of Creative Suite files for convenient and beautiful viewing on the tablet, including Photoshop layers andIllustrator® art boards. Feedback is gathered using a markup pen tool to add notes and drawings on top of the work.
  • Adobe Ideas is an easy-to-master, vector-based tool for drawing. By using a stylus or finger, strokes appear smooth at any zoom level. Starting with a blank canvas, users can choose color themes, and pull in tablet-compatible image files that can be controlled as separate layers. Finished results are easily accessed in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
  • Adobe Kuler makes it easy to generate color themes that can inspire any design project. Color can be explored and discovered, with hundreds of thousands of Kuler themes already available via the creative community. Social engagement in the community is enhanced by rating and commenting on themes, which can be exported as color swatches for Adobe Creative Suite projects.
  • Adobe Proto enables the development of interactive wireframes and prototypes for websites and mobile apps on a tablet. Ideas are communicated and shared with teams and clients using a touch-based interface. Gestures quickly express a design concept, explain website structure or demonstrate interactivity. The wireframe or prototype then can be exported as industry standard HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and shared in popular browsers for immediate review and approval.

Adobe Touch Apps build on the launch of Adobe Carousel, the only photography solution that gives access to your entire photo library across your tablets, smartphones and desktops — no storage issues, no manual syncing hassles. Enjoy all your photos anywhere you are, and make them look terrific using the same powerful photo-processing technology as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® software.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Touch Apps will be available for Android devices in November 2011. Adobe expects to make an announcement regarding iOS availability in early 2012. Adobe Ideas is already available for the iPad. Introductory pricing is US$9.99 for each app. Access to the file viewing, sharing and transfer functionality of Adobe Creative Cloud is included in the price of each Adobe Touch App. Details regarding pricing of the Adobe Creative Cloud and its expanded capabilities around applications, services and community will be announced in November 2011.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

© 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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  • James Jun

    Know that I think about it, if someone can get Wacom tablets to be recognized on Honeycomb/Ice Cream Sandwich Tablets, that would be amazing with this. 

  • If there was one thing Adobe should NOT have done, it’s give me this type of ability on the go. Now it’s WAR TIME. {{^_^}}

  • Andrey Feldman

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  • Knatcal

    Or just use Sketchbook pro that has been out for a while.  Plenty powerful for on the go editing/sketching.

  • Jonathan Hunt

    “They did point out though, that tablets right now are where PCs were 5 years ago.  What they mean by that is that we have a long way to go before tablets can even come close to what we can currently do on a computer.”
    My EP121 says otherwise.  Plus it has a Wacom digitizer for hundreds of levels of sensitivity that not many other tablets have.

  • Jake

    I hope this is better than their crappy Photoshop Express app for phones. Also, I hope that this allows me to save higher resolution images and work with RAW files. It’s precisely those features that have me considering an iPad.

  • SeanMaloney

    “It was built specifically for their new pen technology that is pressure sensitive and allows you to draw, erase and choose colors in a jiff.”

    How is that different from the HTC Flyer Stylus?  I really hope they take full advantage of HTC’s stylus, especially since the Flyer just dropped to $300!

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    About time we saw some development and use of layers. Are layer masks included in this? I just wish they would release illustrator and indesign, that way I don’t have to buy a macbook for $1000+ to use when I need to do my Graphic Design while away from my work station. No go for PC laptop for me.

    • Jake

      True, but on the Adobe site, did you notice on the page for the Adobe Ideas touch app that only iOS devices will allow moving and scaling of layers independently and that they can buy additional layers? The page for the PS Touch app didn’t say this, but I wonder if the Android version will have less functionality than the iOS one.

      • Anonymous

        I hope the Android version doesn’t have less functionality. I am on the site and I see what you are saying though. Looks like iOS is getting additional features that Android is not. Darn it. I can believe Adobe would do this after Jobs outed flash on iOS.

  • Volumepie

    Tell me again why we need this? I don’t ever think PhotoShoppers (heh) would do much editing on the go on a media tablet/phone especially with all the features they’re adding in.

    • Jake

      I doubt I’d want to batch process a bunch of images, but I do like working on one or two standout images while I’m in the field and then immediately sharing it, printing it, or blogging. A few times each year my family visits the in-laws out of state and we stay with them for about a week. They always ask for a slideshow of my choice images from our visit (especially pics of them with the grandkids). This app would allow me to bring just a table instead of a full-blown notebook computer.

  • Anonymous

    How about dreamweaver touch, eh?

    • Anonymous

      Yes. And I would like illustrator and indesign too.

  • Travislufsey

    when will it be a app of the day on amazon! lol

  • Janis

    Look at the reflection closely, you can see the Galaxy Nexus in the background.

    • Younggottimmg

      I see it too!!!!!

    • EC8CH


      Galaxy Nexus is so awesome, it haz no reflection.

  • EC8CH

    I’m just here to see if anyone placed a Galaxy Nexus within frame of this prototype tablet….


    • Mctypething


      • EC8CH

        u confused bro?

        • Mctypething

          yeah, maybe because your comment makes no sense.

          • EC8CH

            u need it spelled out for ya bro?

            The only reason I clicked on this post was to see if someone placed a Galaxy Nexus within the frame of any photos of this prototype Samsung tablet.

            I then said “darn” because they didn’t.

            Then you’re like “huh”?

          • Mctypething

            Because it’s really likely for that to happen. Good luck with that. I’m sure lots of people are going around putting Nexus Prime’s in the same pictures as random tablets.

          • EC8CH

            You’re right I guess… something like that would never happen:


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