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Adobe Has Introduced A New Update To Photoshop For the iPad, Bringing It Closer In Functionality To The App’s Mac Counterpart

A new slew of features has been introduced to Photoshop for the iPad via a recent update that brings the software even closer to its Mac counterpart in terms of functionality.

There’s always this massive canyon of disparity between the desktop and mobile versions of applications, mostly owing to the latter’s lack of processing power. However, in recent times, not only have smartphones and tablets gotten much more powerful, their usage has also skyrocketed, finally making the endeavor to equalize different iterations of the same app a reasonable one; financially, at least. With smartphone demand rising, and users relying on handheld devices more and more for tasks both every-day and work-oriented, apps need to rise up to the challenge as well. Naturally, I’d understand that an app such as Photoshop would take some time in bridging the technological gap between its different iterations, but apparently the software’s iOS version is catching up at a decent speed.

Starting such a restorative process on an Apple device as opposed to an Android one was probably the best idea that Adobe could have had. While Android phones can meet their Apple competitors head on in terms of processing capabilities, and even trump them sometimes, production quality is rather inconsistent across the board, and more often than not, can’t keep up with the massive powerhouses that most desktops are. Macs and iPads on the other hand are built by the same company, have similar chips powering them, and only have processing deficits differentiating them. iPads are also typically much more powerful than their iPhone counterparts. It’s a much straighter gap to bridge, for lack of a better terminology.

So, what new features have been introduced to Photoshop for the iPad? Well, they make up a rather extensive list, covering content-aware fill, remove background, select subject (with separate ones for hair and people), auto-tone, color & contrast, and a new font browser. Most of these features are an essential part of Photoshop as a whole, and it’s amusing to think that the iPad interface was just trudging along without them. Background removal and subject isolation is such an integral part of the software, that imagining an iteration without them just feels alien.

At any rate, between these new additions and picture editing tools such as color & contrast, I suspect that iPad users are going to be having a lot of fun experimenting with what the new update has to offer.


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