- Adobe is bringing Photoshop and Illustrator to the web, allowing you to edit documents without having to download and launch the software.
- The purpose of Photoshop and Illustrator on the web is to make it easier for others that you’re sharing files with for review.
- To use Photoshop on the web, which will be accessible as a beta, you must be a Creative Cloud subscription.
Adobe brings Photoshop and Illustrator to the web
Adobe is bringing Photoshop and Illustrator to the web, allowing you to edit documents housed in the cloud without having to download and launch the software.
It’s an exciting step forward for these two applications, but it’s also a very tiny one for the time being: these aren’t fully-featured versions of Photoshop and Illustrator — or even close to it.
You can use tools like the eraser, spot healing brush, and selection lasso to browse layers, write annotations and comments, and make basic modifications. However, any significant changes will still need you to launch the app.
“We’re not introducing all the functionality on day one,” said Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer. “But we really want to unlock all those fundamental adjustments that are really best done today in the browser with whoever you’re working with.” According to Belsky, the web version of Photoshop provides a “light degree of editing” and works with “genuine PSD” files.
Making collaboration easier
The improvements support one of Adobe’s major themes today: making it simpler for users to cooperate across its Creative Cloud services. The purpose of Photoshop and Illustrator on the web is to make it easier for others that you’re sharing files with for review – a client, an editor, or a friend — to collaborate on revisions. Previously, they could add annotations and comments to the paper. However, if granted permission, they will now be able to hop in and make some simple adjustments as well.
Adobe is also introducing a window to desktop Photoshop for reviewing comments. It’s also launching a new internet center to help teams manage materials and build collaborative mood boards.
To use Photoshop on the web, which will be accessible as a beta, you must be a Creative Cloud subscription. Illustrator for the web will be available as an invite-only beta.
Photoshop will also receive a slew of new capabilities. The app’s object selection feature is becoming even more sophisticated, displaying exactly what it can highlight automatically as you hover over things in your environment. A landscape mixer allows you to remix your scene with a different setting or season, and new color transfer and harmonization filters allow you to apply the appearance of one image or layer to another. Adobe also claims to have updated last year’s Depth Blur filter (essentially Photoshop’s equivalent of portrait options) to produce a “more realistic blurred backdrop.”