Adobe is transitioning its popular Photoshop image editor to mobile platforms by releasing the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) and three touch-friendly mobile companion apps.
John Loiacono, SVP and GM of Digital Media Solutions at Adobe, justified Photoshop CS5′s tablet integration: “Our research shows that creatives are adopting tablets faster than any other group and we heard loud and clear that they want to use their devices to interact with Photoshop.”
Making possible this union between tablet and Photoshop software is the Photoshop Touch SDK, which allows developers to create apps for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry Tablet OS that can interact with Adobe’s core Photoshop CS5 application. To get the ball rolling, Adobe has announced its creation of three initial apps for the Apple iPad.
Adobe Color Lava
The first app from Adobe is Color Lava, a digital palette that allows users to mix colors and create custom hues. The mixing will be entirely touch based, and when users are finished making their swatch, they can transfer it to Photoshop CS5 and use it from there.
This app allows users to finger paint on their iPad, and send their paintings to Photoshop afterward for the final touches. It is more useful for the creation of a full piece of art, whereas Color Lava is much more about creating foundational colors to use with other projects.
Adobe Nav lets users employ many of Photoshop’s base functions on their tablet, as well as allowing them to create new files or browse current projects.
All three of these apps will be available for $1.99-$4.99 in the Apple App Store, and can be expected this May. Many more apps that combine tablets and Photoshop can be expected in the near future, with the Photoshop Touch SDK currently open to developers.