Friday, April 15, 2011

Adobe Roll's Out Three New Photoshop tools for the iPad

Adobe announced three Photoshop companion apps designed specifically for use on Apple’s iPad: Color Lava, Eazel and Nav. The three apps are part of Adobe’s Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) which will allow developers to create touch-friendly Photoshop apps.

Color Lava, Eazel and Nav will not supplant a desktop Photoshop altogether but rather, are meant for users to use tablets in tandem with their Mac/PCs.

With Color Lava
You can do free-form experimentation on the bus or anywhere—just pick up paint and mash it around on the screen to discover complex, interesting hues at a glance. Then, once you like what you see, you can create a whole color theme, adjust the RGB or HSB values, and take things from there. 
When your iPad is connected to your desktop via wifi, you can tap any swatch to make it the foreground color in the Photoshop CS5 color panel.
What's cool is that as you build your swatch library in Adobe Color Lava, you can use it as an auxiliary dashboard and just tap around to enhance your color palette in Photoshop.
By experimenting and sharing, designers can forge creative connections through Adobe Color Lava. But it's also a productivity tool: When studio designers have to come up with a visual design language for a project, they can easily show off their color ideas via the theme libraries, and they can use email to share swatches and themes without the tedium of typing up RGB values.

is a painting tool for the iPad that attempts to mimic real paint—“new technology allows digital paint to ‘dry’ over time”.
Paintings saved on the iPad can also be saved onto a desktop, where they’ll be re-rendered at a higher resolution.  
It's a very pure painting experience with the whole expanse of the screen as your canvas—there are no extraneous palettes or menus in your way.
You can paint with your fingers or any stylus—the Nomad Brush is quite magical. The paint spreads out as you go and 'dries' over a couple of seconds, and what's really cool is that—as you draw over the top of an existing stroke—Adobe Eazel knows how to bleed paint into that color.
We wanted a unique multitouch solution for navigating the Adobe Eazel tools and functions—something zen-like in its simplicity. The five-finger touch was a breakthrough moment for usability. It takes a bit of learning, but ultimately it's very natural.

reinvents the iconic Photoshop toolbar for the tablet. For the first time, you can customize the toolbar to have only the tools you want—up to 16 appear as big, beautiful icons. So a retoucher who primarily uses four nested tools can now expose them up front on the iPad, and it becomes a delightfully simple tool switcher.
Just tap Edit and the tools splay apart. You can move them around, delete some, drag in others, or leave the open spaces.
You can see all your open Photoshop files in a grid on this secondary display, so you don't have to go through the file names in Photoshop or use the Photoshop tabbed view where it's easy to pick the wrong file. And you can just double tap a document in Adobe Nav to flip it over and see the file data.
All open Photoshop documents are cached on iPad, so you can run up three flights of stairs and show comps to a creative director or account manager without having to save everything out to JPG. Files in Adobe Nav are high-res, actual size, and you can zoom in and out.

The three apps are expected to roll out beginning 3 May 2011, and will range between US$2 to US$5 on the iTunes App Store.
Also available on 3 May 2011 is Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and updates for Photoshop SC5 version 12.0.4 

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