Photoshop Blog

Your Photoshop Touch Questions Answered!

A big thanks to our fans, followers and Photoshop and Photoshop Elements communities for making Photoshop Touch the #1 Paid Photo App in the iTunes App Store! We appreciate all the positive ratings and feedback we’ve received since launch.

Photoshop Touch in Spain

Photoshop Touch allows for creativity just about anywhere. Russell Brown, senior creative director and digital imaging evangelist at Adobe, is in Spain this week at the Mobile World Congress show.

Russell decided to incorporate a collection of images of major landmarks and beautiful scenery in Barcelona for his work in the Adobe booth. He’s taking photos of show attendees against a green screen and then using Photoshop Touch on his iPad 2 to composite together fun “postcards” for folks who can’t escape the bustle of the show floor and wander about Barcelona. There are many ways you can leverage core Photoshop features in Photoshop Touch to magically add people to a scene or completely change a renowned work of art into a personalized masterpiece. Russell even had a little fun playing with images of The Mona Lisa. For more photos from the show, click here.

There’s a lot of excitement around tablet devices and creative apps at the show. Samsung invited 30 artists to use Photoshop Touch to create portraits of show attendees using the new Galaxy Note 10.1 – which comes loaded with Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas. Adobe Ideas is another touch app for designers to use vectors, layers, and color themes and then finish their creation in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

Popular Photoshop Touch Questions

We hosted two LIVE demo sessions yesterday with the always creative and entertaining Julieanne Kost, senior Digital Imaging evangelist at Adobe. If you missed the opportunity to see this tour through Photoshop Touch, you can watch and listen to recordings of those sessions to view some of Julieanne’s artistry in action.

Watch the 9 a.m. session here or watch the 12 p.m. session here.

Among the positive comments, we’ve also seen a good amount of questions via our social channels about Photoshop Touch. Here are the answers, product manager Stephen Nielson has provided to some of the most frequently asked q’s.:

@maguay asked – Oh goodness. Photoshop Touch is only for the iPad 2? Come on, Adobe! My iPad 1 isn’t *that* old yet!

& David Sherjan asked – Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels?! This generally rules out editing for pro photographers

Stephen:  It’s never our intent to alienate users, but the fact is the iPad 2 has some enhancements that optimize the Photoshop Touch experience. John Nack, principal product manager at Adobe, drafted a blog post that addresses these questions quite well, so I thought I would reference it here.

(Taken from John Nack’s Blog) Now, let me anticipate two questions which go hand in hand: Why does the app require an iPad 2, and why is the maximum image size 1600x1600px? The iPad 2 has twice the RAM, twice the processing cores, and ~5x the graphics grunt of the iPad 1. PS Touch brings some seriously powerful algorithms (e.g. Refine Edge) from the desktop to mobile, and we wanted to ensure a good match between hardware & image size. The app is geared more towards remixing photos & sharing them onscreen than towards print work; having said that, note that a 1600×1600 doc could be printed at 10.6×10.6″ at 150dpi.When we develop a new app we always have to make trade-offs in order to make sure what we’re delivering is optimized for performance and overall user experience.

@iToucanet – Will Photoshop Touch for iPad be supported with upgrades (for example the iPad 3’s retina display and processor support)?

Stephen:  Some have been wondering what will happen when the next iPad (iPad 3) is announced. We’re eagerly awaiting whatever Apple & other companies currently have in development and rest assured, we can adjust these limits as the new hardware appears.

Is Photoshop Touch also available for Android?

Stephen:  Yes, we first announced Photoshop Touch at the Adobe MAX conference and its first availability was for Android tablet devices. You can find Photoshop Touch for the same price (US $9.99) in the Android Market.

Marc Bourcier asks – When will it be available for the Playbook?

And others have also asked about Kindle Fire.

Stephen: We are currently focused on  Android and iOS devices and don’t have any near-term plans for the Playbook and Kindle Fire. However, feel free to leave a suggestion or request via our forum.

Download the app  for U.S. $9.99 in the iTunes store or Android Market and tell us what you think!


Other news, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Touch

Join the discussion

  • By Lyn Caudle - 1:11 PM on March 2, 2012  

    Fantastic job on this app of course, really look forward to what is next for this.
    I realize this is about Photoshop touch questions, however what I really want to do is edit video with touch, are there plans for a Premiere Touch Application?

    • By Stephen Nielson - 2:34 PM on March 2, 2012  

      Thanks Lyn! We are looking at several different opportunities to bring technology from the Adobe Creative Suite to tablets, but we don’t have anything to announce with video just yet.

  • By Nancy Campbell - 1:39 PM on March 2, 2012  

    I just started again with Photoshop – this time with CS5. And I just got Photoshop Touch for my iPad 2. I want to use it mainly for manipulating art work. My main memory problems are with me, not my computers! Is there going to be a manual for Photoshop Touch so I can identify the tools and some of the actions? I tried the tutorials and some of them asked me to do things I don’t understand. I find all my Mac challenges to be intuitive and I’m pretty good at that, but this Photoshop stuff is harder. At least there are many books out there about Photoshop. Will there be helpful books like that for Photoshop Touch? Anybody got answers for this, or is it just too new?

    • By Stephen Nielson - 2:47 PM on March 2, 2012  

      We don’t have an official manual for Photoshop Touch, but we do have a pretty active forum, with links to video tutorials and more. Photoshop Touch just launched on iPad this week, so it is a little bit earlier for books and online tutorials to come out, but we hope there will be some soon. You can access the forum here:

      • By Charles Brewer - 10:19 PM on June 11, 2012  

        Video tutorials and ‘an active forum’ are no substitute for a manual. You cannot look up a particular function on a video, and the average forum consists of inaccurate information, hidden under misleading titles and has no organisation.

        Like any PS application PS touch has large numbers of functions in non-obvious places often with strange names. Books are the only technology yet devised which allow convenient scanning of data where the user and the author do not have a good common nomenclature.

  • By K Brown - 1:59 PM on March 2, 2012  

    Why not just admit that this was designed to be run on an iPad 3?
    You have screwed over iPad 1 users as inadequate…
    You have crippled iPad 2 users with 1600x1600px limitations…
    I’ll bet it will work “magically” much better on an iPad 3 and the 1600x1600px will be upped…

    Adobe. Just another company.

    • By Stephen Nielson - 2:53 PM on March 2, 2012  

      Photoshop Touch does some very complex and difficult calculations to get 1600×1600 pixels, up to 16 layers, multiple blend modes and still have responsive painting and other effects. We’re very excited that it runs well on a device with such limited hardware like the iPad 2. We felt that the iPad 1 experience was not good enough for our users.

      • By Marseena - 8:00 AM on August 31, 2012  

        I was so excited to get my iPad1… Now not so much. I am an artist who works at home because of disabilities. Was excited about Revel/touch/and other things from Apple also… Now that you have chosen to leave iPad 1 users out of your app circle… Not so much… Thanks a lot guys…not so much!!!

  • By K Brown - 4:17 PM on March 2, 2012  

    The silence regarding the iPad 3 performance is quite telling…

    Soon to screw over the iPad 2 users with “new” features is my bet.

    Too bad Adobe, you’ve becoming just another of the $$$ chasers, $9.99 at a time.

  • By david morris cunningham - 6:47 PM on March 2, 2012  

    regarding the image size question, I would love to see, and even if it were an in-app purchase, a image size function that allow the user to resize by ppi as well was by h/w. it is not for the purpose of printing but for the purpose of uploading to publications and clients images in the size/ppi they require. even if you had to flatten the images before saving at a higher ppi. having this option would allow me to only have to bring my iPad on many jobs.

    and one more request. layer masks.


  • By My FLow - 4:56 AM on March 3, 2012  


  • By Tom - 8:08 PM on March 3, 2012  

    Why can I only access my camera roll. Why not allow photo stream access as well. It’s not that difficult considering the many other options you allow.

  • By John - 1:59 AM on March 6, 2012  

    I have tried and tried to access Facebook on the new ps touch,,but after signing in it goes to the success screen,and stays on that screen,not allowing me to get into the Facebook photos I want to get to.
    How can I get into my Facebook photos,the screen just stays on success,,no back button . Also I agree with the lady above that as new to this photoshop ,the tuTurial isn’t good enough,it doesn’t show you where the buttons are,,it tells you to use this or that,but doesn’t show where the actual buttons are??? Very confused,surely there is a way to understand what the buttons are for,,it can’t be hard to add a page for new ppl to understand what all the button do ,the tutorial helps a bit,but doesn’t explain the buttons up top,leaving me to guess,,and finally get fed up after a few ours,,why no help section showing all the buttons,,I don’t think the lady above is referring to released books to show how to use the app,I think she means something in the app to help us,,,we are not all photoshop experts,and while lots of ppl have ps more don’t,,please cater for us… If you have a section with help or a site,why not have itin ps touch for us dummies,,it seems like this was rushed app and not thought through in regards to new people using the app,,don’t believe me,,check the fan sites,,also log in as a new user pretend you don’t now anything about the app and try and work it from a beginners point of view,,garuante you will give up after an hour of frustration..someone please help,,feel we are left behind after paying my ten bucks on an app that I can’t hardly work.

  • By John Shannon - 9:25 AM on March 8, 2012  

    I have CS2. Can I upload a project I used in PS touch, using an iPad 3, and use it in PS (CS) 2?

  • By John Shannon - 9:29 AM on March 8, 2012  

    Do you plan on increasing the limitation of a maximum workable file size for the PS touch app when using the iPad 3 (third generation) ?

  • By Max - 2:08 PM on March 8, 2012  

    Will there be an update to do more than 1600*1600 for the iPad 3?

  • By Squishy Kuma - 8:32 AM on March 9, 2012  

    I’m interested in the cloud feature. Is this compatible with CS4 and my ipad2? Thanks.

  • By Alex H - 4:25 PM on March 9, 2012  

    I purchased PS Touch for Android 4 and it’s pretty great, with one niggling concern – there’s not a brush of any sort, and no masking feature. If you add this it would make the editing so very much better. Any plans for this?

  • By Danetta D - 10:37 PM on March 9, 2012  

    You say it is available for android but none of my tablets are listed as compatible. When will this truly be available to download? I have the HTC Evo View.

    Thanks… Can’t wait for this app.

    • By Macboy - 8:39 AM on March 10, 2012  

      Get an iPad and stop your whining. Lol

  • By Kevin M - 10:01 AM on March 13, 2012  

    Is there a way to take things files off (& put on) my Ipad using a USB for transfer.
    Still Snow leapord and not yet ready to upgrade to Lion for iCloud.

  • By Glenn - 10:16 AM on March 13, 2012  

    Since this application has been optimised for iPad2 is it worth purchasing for the ‘new’ iPad. Will there be a new App released for the new iPad at an extra cost or will the present App be upgraded at no further cost. Im sure there will be many new iPad owners over the next few weeks wondering what your plans are relating to the new iPad.

  • […] the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona in February, we unveiled Photoshop Touch for iPad. Now the magic of Photoshop editing […]

  • By GabriellaHDG - 9:11 PM on March 24, 2012  

    Hi! I want to know when the spanish version will be available?

    • By Steve - 5:08 AM on May 1, 2012  

      Very soon!

  • By Edward - 9:20 AM on May 22, 2012  

    Seriously 1600×1600! Is the PS app going to downsize my images shot with the iPad 3 or the iPhone 4 or 4s? All 3 of these devices shoot images larger then 1600×1600, so that makes this app useless for even editing images on the new ipad or iPhone! Please lift this limit!

  • By tramadol kopen - 10:09 AM on May 23, 2012  

    Cool weblog you have! Iff you still post more articles like these I’ll subscribe your blog even more…

  • By Derril - 2:48 PM on June 6, 2012  

    I recently curves mask and now every time I try to use auto correct in photoshop……… the resulting image has an orange tint……… same results when I use the highlights dropper in curves. This happened in CS5 and CS6……. but not until after I used curves mask.

  • By Dave F. - 8:23 PM on July 6, 2012  

    I have 5 photos taken of a building at night from a distance with fireworks going on around it. I want to stack these images into one picture. since generally each photo is the same except for the fireworks, combining these would give me one scene with a lot of different fireworks in one picture. There are a lot of points in the pictures that I can line up. I have photoshop cs5 and lightroom 3.

  • By Mike - 12:22 PM on July 22, 2012  

    I believe thatI am not stupid and passed a BSc degree in a science but I can not understand the tutorials in Photoshop Touch. Some things are simple to understand then on the next line no explanation where the tool is and when I do find it it does not do what the toro rial says it does! I think the explanations are really insufficient for a new user and leaves me totally unable to use most of this app. I really don’t understand how anyone can fully use this app. Very disappointing.

  • By J Saale - 2:24 PM on July 27, 2012  

    No manual???? The least you can do is provide a PDF Quick Reference Card with each icon that appears and it title and a very brief explanation of when to use it.

  • By Georgie - 5:40 PM on September 7, 2012  

    Photoshop Touch for iPad3: The tutorial for moving a piece of one picture and placing it in another utilizes a tool called Scribble? My program does not have that on the toolbar at the left. Is there something wrong with my program? If not, where can I find that function?