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Adobe Brings Updated Touch Experience to Photoshop for Compatibility with Surface Pro 3 Tablet from Microsoft

Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems.

Adobe’s 2003 Creative Suite rebranding led to Adobe Photoshop 8′s renaming to Adobe Photoshop CS. Thus, Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the 13th major release of Adobe Photoshop. The CS rebranding also resulted in Adobe offering numerous software packages containing multiple Adobe programs for a reduced price. Adobe Photoshop is released in two editions: Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Photoshop Extended, with the Extended having extra 3D image creation, motion graphics editing, and advanced image analysis features.

The big news is that Photoshop is now optimised for touch. Previously, Photoshop CC worked on touch devices — including the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 — but most of that support was limited to the pressure sensitivity for the pen accessory.

An update well awaited?

Optimised touch support might just be now making its way to Photoshop CC, but Adobe has plenty of experience with building touch apps. Adobe released Photoshop Touch for Android and iPad tablets more than two years ago. The company has also released touch versions of apps such as Lightroom.

Of course, these are brand-new apps. The challenge with adding touch support to an existing app such as Photoshop CC is that most of the users will still primarily use it with a mouse and keyboard. Finding a way to make support work without breaking things for other users — can take a lot of time.

Microsoft knows this well. The company still hasn’t released a touch-first version of Office for Windows — though its Office for iPad suite shows that it has its direction in place.

Following Adobe’s multitude of announcements last week about its new CC software and its controversial payment model – much of the detail about the improvements to its mainstay products have been lost. Adobe has paid a lot of attention to 3D functionality in its initial Photoshop CC release, with tools from the premium-priced Photoshop Extended being folded into the all-new software.

Improvements to the 3D painting experience and the ability to now easily delete, duplicate and create instances of 3D objects through the 3D scene panel should greatly improve the workflow of a 3D artist and cement Photoshop CC as a serious 3D tool. Adobe didn’t offer any release dates for the updated version of Photoshop CC, nor did it indicate which other devices will support the new touch-optimized features.

But the question remains, will professional designers warm to Adobe’s subscription-only model? Do you think this latest development from Adobe will work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Boitumelo Mokotong

Boitumelo is a creative graphic designer with a keen interest in user experience. She is currently freelancing for some of the top brands in South Africa.

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