August 17, 2010
Tablet companions to Photoshop?
In playing with Photoshop Express for iPad, Jesus Diaz from Gizmodo observed:
I got a craving for something very simple, which I hope Adobe can make (and which will be extremely useful for me and other desktop Photoshop users): Release an application to convert the iPad into a Photoshop control surface. I will love to display this application while I’m working on the image and quickly use it to apply filters and transforms. Or just access many of the Photoshop tool palettes, adopted to touchscreen use.
Photoshop-control apps such as Photokeys, Keypad, and perhaps others already exist & have for some time. Do you use them? I haven’t encountered anyone who’s mentioned using them, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. How widespread is this desire?
Other companion ideas that spring readily to mind:
- Using multitouch input from a tablet to drive Liquify (for pinching, rotating, etc.)
- Using multitouch to mix paints together, a la a real artist’s palette, then send the results to Photoshop (i.e. what gets mixed on the tablet is streamed into your PS brush)
- Using a tool like Configurator to assemble custom layouts of tools, buttons, interactive tutorials, etc. that would run on a tablet and drive desktop Photoshop
Your feedback and ideas would be most welcome.