[ad]Photoshop over the years has become the number one program for users who work in computer imaging. For years people have been using the program to clean up photos, add effects and create work from scratch. The combination of the iPad and its touch screen has gotten people excited about the future of the program. Users of Photoshop could then just draw on the screen instead of using a mouse or drawing on touch computer screens. This anticipation has gotten Apple working on taking Photoshop CS 5 to tablet devices.
Apple is not ready to release a version of Photoshop on the iPad but released a few apps to show how things will work in the future with the iPad and Photoshop.
First on the app list is the Adobe Eazel. The Eazel app is extremely limited at this time and is more to show off future features than for actual use.
When you first use the Eazel app you will feel like you are painting on a slick surface with extremely wet paint. When you paint the colors will blend into another. You will also notice that the colors will be brighter and then dimmer as paint would on a canvas.
In the app you have a few things you can adjust first the size of your brush, color and opacity. You will find that the whole screen turns into a canvas to work on. All of your options will be hidden and to get to them you will tap the upper corner on the left of the screen. This is a great way for users to be able to get the most out of their screen.
When you are producing your image you will be working with will be at a resolution of 2048 x 1536. This will allow you to zoom in on the image to get in greater detail. After you have finished you can send the image to Photoshop wirelessly.
Next up on the apps to try is the Adobe Color Lava which can be extremely useful when you want to create a unique color for your images. If you have used Photoshop in the past this will look similar to the old color mix palate that was removed.
You will have six different colors to start. You first will select one and then pain it onto the canvas. Next you add another color to start blending them together to get the desired color. You are then able to save the color to be used for further use. This allows you to create almost any color that you ever thought of. You can also pull images from your photos and take colors from them.
Once you get your colors you can send the image over to Photoshop.
Lastly we have the Adobe Nav. This is the most limited of the apps on the iPad of right now. When in use you will be able to swap colors and images from the foreground to the background. You also will be able to switch open windows on your screen. This app didn’t get much use during testing.
Overall these apps are a great preview for image creation on the iPad. Other developers will also be able to use the software developer’s kit in the future. During this time the apps don’t have much use in the practical terms for current Photoshop users except for the Color Lava.
Expect in the near future to see Adobe use its influence to its advantage on the iPad landscape. Designers would gladly like to use the software from the convenience of a tablet.
Della J. Staples writes review of online Photoshop courses to share her knowledge about Adobe Photoshop and help web designer to learn how it works. She also featured a review of the Powermonkey solar charger to help Ipad users charge their device with solar energy.