What Is Adobe’s Photoshop Web App And How To Use It?

What is Adobe’s Photoshop Web App And How To Use It

Adobe Photoshop Web App works on mobile smartphones. Adobe’s Photoshop is one of the oldest and popular photo editing tool that has been used by artists and creative people. Earlier it was available in Windows PC as an application. Now you can download this as an app even on iPad.

Photoshop was developed in 1987 by the American brothers Thomas and John Knoll, who sold the distribution license to Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1988. In 2003 Adobe included Photoshop in their Adobe Creative Suite, which bundled the program with Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat, and the next year it renamed the program Photoshop CS. Since 2007, when Adobe Photoshop CS3 was released, the program has offered features that give users greater control over their digital images.

In 2013 Adobe announced that future versions of Photoshop and its other software would be available only through an Internet subscription service called Adobe Creative Cloud or Adobe on the web.

Features of Adobe’s Photoshop Web App

Features of Adobe Photoshop
Features of Adobe Photoshop

Features of Adobe Photoshop include project management, collaboration, configurable workflows, offline access, data storage management, analytics, and more. It enables users to automatically synchronize presets such as shapes, brushes, styles, swatches, patterns, and gradients across desktop devices. The application also helps administrators view previous versions of documents, create photo collages, transform shapes using a custom shape tool, and remove objects from photos.

Adobe Photoshop lets you adjust image colors, remove minor blemishes, add monochromatic effects, and darken or lighten the grey values of specific colors for enhancing the image contrast. It allows you to create drawings with chalk, markers, spray paint, felt-tip pens, and various other types of brushes.

The artificial-intelligence (AI)-enabled platform lets designers invite external stakeholders to edit documents and share projects via live streaming functionality.

The UI of Photoshop is absolutely incredible, and it has a wide variety of features and plugins. Edit photos and graphics it’s easy and convenient. In image manipulation, Photoshop will introduce thousands of doors to the creative world. Selecting a subject and removing background from any image is simply a click away from getting a significant result. It has some crazy features like neuro filter, camera raw filter, sky replacement filter, and so on.

What are the features of Adobe Photoshop web App?

Photoshop on iPad
Photoshop on iPad

Certain Adobe Apps are available for mobile which you can download directly from the app store or Google Play store. Also you need a creative cloud plan and membership on Adobe to get access to all the Adobe apps on mobile. Adobe Photoshop app is also available for iPad.

Some of the features include:

  • You can open full-size PSDs on your desktop or iPad and synced through cloud. You get the same fidelity, power, and performance no matter what device you’re working on, even when you’re designing with thousands of layers.
  • Use Apple Pencil and touch shortcuts to make edits directly on your canvas and speed up your workflow. Find your familiar tools such as selections, mask, healing brush, custom brushes, layers.
  • Send photos from Lightroom to Photoshop and back again to transform them into anything you can imagine. Paint with live watercolor and oil brushes or draw crisp lines with scalable vector brushes using Adobe Fresco together with Photoshop on the iPad.
  • Bring your artwork to the world and share on social media from your iPad. Share your workflow and art in real-time, interacting and creating with the Behance community.

If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud plan that already includes Photoshop, you can simply download Photoshop on the iPad for a limited time without purchasing another plan — simply sign-in with your Adobe ID.

If you don’t have a plan that includes Photoshop, for a limited time, you can purchase the Creative Cloud Photography plan that includes Photoshop on the iPad, Photoshop desktop, Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Spark and Portfolio.  Simply sign-in with your Adobe ID to purchase the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

You can also subscribe to Photoshop on the iPad through the App Store as a single app or as a part of the Design Mobile bundle.

Any Photoshop on the iPad subscription that you purchase from the App Store is managed through your App Store account. 

Any document you create with Photoshop on the iPad is automatically saved as a cloud document, so that you can easily access your creative work from iPad to desktop. Cloud documents are automatically synced across devices to create a seamless workflow.

To view your cloud documents, simply navigate to the Cloud documents tab on the home screen. 

Is Adobe Photoshop Web App free?

Photoshop web app cost
Photoshop web app cost

Adobe Photoshop Web app is available to download on creative cloud. It is a freemium app (But soon going to be free). At the time of writing Adobe didn’t mention a tentative date for when the free version of the web app will roll out to more regions including Canada. Adobe is currently testing out a freemium version of the photo editing app in the country, with plans for a wider rollout in a bid to attract new users to the app, first reported on by The Verge.

To get started you need to visit the Adobe site  and get access to Photoshop on the web by creating a free Adobe account. Initially, Adobe’s website mentions the standard seven-day free trial for Creative Cloud, but after swapping to a supported browser, the web app will pop a banner that reads: “You can currently access a free version of Photoshop on the web for a limited time.” It’s not clear how long the free version will be available.

It’s worth noting you don’t need to make an account (you can access Photoshop for web here without an account). However, going this route requires users to upload an image to start with, rather than creating a blank canvas.

According to the report, while the app is free, and several of the app’s pivotal tools are available in the free version, there are some features that would be exclusive to paying users. “We want to make [Photoshop] more accessible and easier for more people to try it out and experience the product,” said Maria Yap, Adobe’s VP of digital imaging.

Adobe’s goal is to leverage the web version of Photoshop to make the software more accessible with an overarching goal of enticing users to pay for the full version in the future.

Photoshop first introduced its web app in October 2021, allowing beginners, like students with Chromebooks, to take advantage of the globally-used photo editing software. While Adobe didn’t mention a tentative date for when the free version of the web app will be rolled out for other countries, it is continuing to update the app, with new features like refine edge, curves, the dodge and burn tools, the ability to convert Smart Objects and mobile support for reviewing and commenting on images coming soon.

After 7 days free, you need to pay as of now CAD $27.99 /mo to access to all the features of Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Express app is also available on iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets. It can also be installed on Windows desktop with Windows 8 and above, via the Microsoft Store. 

There are many other freemium apps from Adobe to download on your Windows or mobile.

How to download Adobe Photoshop App?

Adobe Photoshop app

Click Download Photoshop to begin downloading.

If prompted, sign in to your Adobe account, then click either Download or Install for your app. You’ll need to sign in with an Adobe ID and password to download a trial.

Follow the onscreen instructions to sign-in and install. If this is your first time installing a Creative Cloud app, the Creative Cloud desktop app installs as well.

Your Adobe ID is the email address you used when you first started a trial or purchased an Adobe app or membership.

You need to sign in periodically for licensing validation every 30 days. Sign-in is also required when you download or update Photoshop. 

For any help you can raise a question at the Photoshop community and get instant answer.

Remember that with Photoshop on the web (Beta), you can make quick edits, retouch and adjust images using a limited set of early features through a browser and editing features will only be available to Photoshop subscribers.