Adobe Adds Curves and Apple Pencil Pressure Sensitivity Adjustments to Photoshop for iPad

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When Adobe introduced Photoshop for iPad back in November, it promised to provide regular updates to add missing features that are available on the desktop but not in the tablet version of the software.


Adobe is making good on that promise and today has a Photoshop for iPad update out that introduces two useful features: Curves and Apple Pencil pressure sensitivity adjustments.

Curves are designed to allow iPad Photoshop users to make adjustments to the color and the tone of the image, editing contrast, exposure, saturation, highlights, shadows, and color balance in a non-destructive way. The initial version of the Curves tool includes adjustments of total curves for all channels, multi-node selections, and a feature that lets the app recognize when you want to tap and drag a node or select it.

As for Apple Pencil, Adobe is adding options to adjust the pressure sensitivity of the Apple Pencil for more precise brushing and effects when using brush-based tools. A new pressure sensitivity slider provides greater pressure values applied with less force at the end of the range and greater force for maximum pressure at the higher end of the range.


Adobe is also updating Adobe Fresco today, adding a multicolor eyedrop for selecting multiple colors, capture shapes, vector trimming tools for cleaning up vector art, support for Photoshop Mixer brushes, advancements to the ruler tool (pinning and pixel-length measurements), better blending for Live Oil brushes, new keyboard shortcuts, and more, with full details available in Adobe's blog post covering the update.


Adobe Fresco and Adobe Photoshop can both be downloaded from the App Store for free, but there are subscriptions required to use the software. Adobe Photoshop for iPad is available for all Creative Cloud plans that include Photoshop access, while Adobe Fresco is $9.99 per month after a 7-day free trial on a standalone basis or available through Creative Cloud plans.

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ruka.snow

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Fantastic news. Glad to see more being built into the iPad Photoshop. It’s proven to have a very solid foundation.
 
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cupcakes2000

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This is great news, and it will be a solid app. Two things make it still unusable for the most part for me.

1) No RAW support 🤣 This is ridiculous.
2) No round tripping from lightroom CC. This will be a key feature, for me. To be able to link lightroom classic to lightroom CC using smart previews like normal, and then be able to round trip those previews between Lightroom and Photoshop on the ipad, and then have them sync back to classic with the edits applied to the raw.
 
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cupcakes2000

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Just use Affinity Photo, ditch Adobe.

Not quite as simple as that when you’re professionally tied to a ten plus year old lightroom Library! There is no real feasible Lightroom Classic replacement on the ipad, so that’s a huge issue. The best option I have found is smart preview syncs from lightroom classic. if they expanded this functionality for round tripping, it would require photoshop, as affinity wouldn’t be able to make it work i wouldnt think.

Affinity is a very good app though, and I often use it. Way better than Photoshop for iPad is, right now anyway. If you only needed a photoshop like app, then i would agree 100%. I wish they would make a DAM, then I could consider.
 
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richpjr

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This is great news, and it will be a solid app. Two things make it still unusable for the most part for me.

1) No RAW support 🤣 This is ridiculous.
2) No round tripping from lightroom CC. This will be a key feature, for me. To be able to link lightroom classic to lightroom CC using smart previews like normal, and then be able to round trip those previews between Lightroom and Photoshop on the ipad, and then have them sync back to classic with the edits applied to the raw.
These are the two things holding me back from using it.
 
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Aside from how bad Fresco and Photoshop for iPad apps are compared to ProCreate.....the file management build into these Adobe apps is the worst I have seen on any computer. I would enjoy command line file management on a dumb 30 years old c/pm computer more than this crap. They could integrate the Files app but no...they have these thumbnails that are almost useless (nothing compared to Bridge or Finder) and try to force you to use Creative Cloud sync. You delete a file...it goes to the cloud. Then you have to go to the cloud and delete it from there.

The Files app itself is like a toy version of the Finder. I don't even know why they didn't use the iconic Finder name that everyone knows.
 
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cupcakes2000

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As a professional photographer, until they add dodge and burn, it's useless. I can't believe Adobe would consider this "desktop worthy," because it's not even close.
Well, how do you dodge and burn in the desktop version? I don’t know many photographers that use the dodge and burn tools as they aren’t very good. I myself use a 50% grey layer and 2% black or white brush or by using curves. The latter is now available. So that problem is solved for you if you put your mind to it. You’ll end up with a way more flexible solution using curves anyway.

I don't even know why they didn't use the iconic Finder name that everyone knows.
I have named the folder that contains my cloud apps as finder, and on my iPad my local folder is called Macintosh HD 🤣🤣

If Affinity ever comes out with a good DAM, I would consider it. I already have both the iPad and desktop version, but the cross platform access that Lightroom and Creative Cloud provides is just way too convenient for my workflow.
Absolutely this.
 
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cupcakes2000

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I’m late to the party, here. Curves weren’t present at release? Seriously?? They’ve LITERALLY been part of Photoshop since version 1, way back in 1990, yet they didn’t include them on the iPad version?!!
They are now so all good. And keep in mind, this is version 1.4 of the iPad rewrite, so they’re introduced technically in version 1 on the iPad too. However...still no raw support is a big issue.
 

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When every employer I work for and agency I freelance for uses Adobe, why am I going to use a different product?
People who recommend the alternative apps aren't working in an integrated environment. Many of them are doing basic bitmap editing and don't have a good idea of some of the deeper features of app like Photoshop. They don't go into the advanced stuff. For them it's ok.

For everyone else who has to share Actions, scripting, do the same advanced proofing, compatible fonts/vectors/filters/layers, etc it's not an option to use the alternative apps on the desktop.

On iPad things are different from desktop. Photoshop for iPad is a basic toy. It can't be used for most professional level things as it doesn't even have a path tool, proofing or liquify. Pencil sensitivity is still bad in the new version. Can't open multiple images to compare colors. Masking is a pain in the butt. To invert a mask.....you have to go to the effects menu. Invert mask should be in a selection or mask menu, not effects menu. It's like Adobe hired the biggest UI idiot they could find.
 
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People who recommend the alternative apps aren't working in an integrated environment. Many of them are doing basic bitmap editing and don't have a good idea of some of the deeper features of app like Photoshop. They don't go into the advanced stuff. For them it's ok.

For everyone else who has to share Actions, scripting, do the same advanced proofing, compatible fonts/vectors/filters/layers, etc it's not an option to use the alternative apps on the desktop.

On iPad things are different from desktop. Photoshop for iPad is a basic toy. It can't be used for most professional level things as it doesn't even have a path tool, proofing or liquify. Pencil sensitivity is still bad in the new version. Can't open multiple images to compare colors. Masking is a pain in the butt. To invert a mask.....you have to go to the effects menu. Invert mask should be in a selection or mask menu, not effects menu. It's like Adobe hired the biggest UI idiot they could find.
Bro I don’t even own an iPad.
 

edgonzalez32

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Well placed to judge any app on the ipad then I see.
Word? Where am I judging an iPad? I'm speaking from the perspective of the two ecosystems in my professional field, Adobe and Affinity.

Bro I swear to god I hate ****ing people on this site idk why I bother commenting on these articles sometimes lmao.
 
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cupcakes2000

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@edgonzalez32 - Calm down! Blimey. It’s hard to speak from a perspective concerning iPad apps at all if you don’t even have an iPad.

We’re in a similar field It seems and adobe does indeed have the monopoly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to use other apps.

For example you said:
When every employer I work for and agency I freelance for uses Adobe, why am I going to use a different product?
If you have an iPad, or *needed* to use an iPad, then your’ll find photoshop quite lacking for the moment. It’s a shame, but it’s perfectly possible for You to use affinity photo, which is extremely advanced. You could easily save your work as a PSD, and nobody would be any the wiser.

So, you see... that is why you (or someone else) may want to and could indeed, use a different product.
 
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I used to hate on adobe for having a **** photoshop app. I do quite a bit of editing for my small business. But it wasn’t till I tried out affinity photo on the iPad that I realized that photoshop is optimized for iPad. Affinity photo just feels like the desktop version (which is very good) thrown onto the iPad. Photoshop on the iPad is very intuitive.
I have already jumped ship from adobe LR, PS to Pixelmator photo and pro. Those apps are optimized for their respective platforms and they are doing great at it. I’m sticking with Pixelmator because of all the ML stuff they got.
now if adobe incorporates more ML along with more parity with desktop, then I may consider switching back.

Anyway My point is that perhaps Adobe is doing the right thing by taking their time, at least if you have the subscription anyway, you get the app ‘for free’, to build a more optimized app. I understand how it may be frustrating for some. But try seeing it from this way.
 
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