After four years, Adobe is putting an end to its high-end photo editing app, Photoshop Touch. It is a grim day for Photoshop fans everywhere, but rest assured that there are some silver linings flickering out there. If you already have the app, you will still be able to use it in the future and if somehow you’ve missed it until now, then you will just have to wait for Adobe’s new app that will replace Photoshop Touch.
The most important detail that fans need to be aware of is that Adobe will be pulling Photoshop Touch from Google Play and Apple App Store on May 28th. Until then, you are still free to download it for a price ranging from $5 to $10.
And if you’re wondering why you would want to do that, since the app will soon be history, then you’re in for some good news. Adobe cannot discontinue the use of the app if you already have it. The only thing that you will not be getting anymore are the updates.
Judging by the fact that Photoshop Touch was pretty complex as it was, offering a good alternative for tablets and phones to computer-based Photoshop fans, it will still be a better option than all the light-weight photo editing apps out there.
Furthermore, Adobe made its last update back in 2012, so there truly is not a lot that you’d be missing. It’s still going to be the portable mini version of the mother program and it is most likely it will be more than enough for the photos you have on your phone and tablet.
If by some huge stroke of very bad luck, you’ve missed Photoshop Touch until now and you will not be able to download it until May 28th either, you should not lose your hope for getting a high-performance photo editing program. For the record, there is a Lighroom app out there, that remains untouched for the moment, and as you might know, Lightroom is Photoshop’s serious younger brother.
If Lightroom doesn’t do it for you, then you can wait to see what Adobe plans to replace Photoshop Touch with. For the moment though, they are being very secretive about their upcoming substitute. There are some theories out there, that sound pretty good, to be fair.
Firstly, there is the single-app replacement theory that says that Adobe will issue an entirely new app, that will be almost nothing like Photoshop Touch. It plans to be a mini-me of the computer-based Photoshop, but the company wants it to be fresh and extremely accessible for everybody.
This means that they want the app to be appealing not only to photography buffs, but to every selfie-taker out there that wants to add fancy filters to his/her photos. And they plan to make it free, probably for the same reason.
This always constitutes an advantage, because it will be extremely easy to see which version you like best. And yet, there are slim chances that the hard-core Photoshop fans will be satisfied with a simplified version of their favorite photo-editing app, regardless of how colorful and hip it will be.
Secondly, there is the three-app theory that says that Adobe will replace Photoshop Touch with three separate apps that will do pretty much everything that their predecessor managed to do on its own. There is a possibility that they will be called Color CC, Brush CC, and Shape CC.
Color CC will offer the possibility of editing color themes on photos and of creating entirely new ones by pointing the camera on your device to the things around you that have your desired shades. Then, you will be able to put these color themes on Adobe Color service and use them wherever you like from there on.
And there’s more, because Shape CC will enable you to construct your very own vector images, from your very own photos. Then, you can sync them to Creative Cloud and then use them on the program of your choosing from there on.
As you might have guessed, Brush CC will provide you with personalized brushes that you can use later on through Creative Cloud. Actually, this is where the CC at the end of each app comes from.
Despite the fact that these three apps are going to be free, there is a catch, since they are rendered useless without access to Creative Cloud and for that you need to pay a monthly subscription. But if you were a fan of Creative Cloud already, then there is no change for you.
Taking all the theories into consideration, you might want to make time to download Photoshop Touch until May 28th, just to be on the safe side. $5 to $10 seems like a reasonable price to pay so that you have a high-level photo-editing app on your phone and tablet that you can use for however long you like, despite the lack of updates.
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