Adobe has just released three new iPad apps designed to work with the latest version of Photoshop. Last week Adobe released Creative Suite 5.5, which now includes support for iPad apps that can be used seamlessly with Photoshop. With these new apps, Adobe has finally given users a new and more tactile way to interact with the program. The new apps include Adobe Eazel, Color Lava and Nav for Photoshop.
Adobe Eazel for Photoshop ($4.99) is the most versatile app of the bunch. It turns your iPad into a virtual canvas where you can paint with your fingers. Adobe has also come up with a unique solution to switching tools when you’re painting. Simply put five fingers on the iPad screen and an array of tools pops up beneath your fingertips. “With Adobe Eazel, you can use your iPad and your fingertips to paint beautiful works of art. Paint across your entire iPad screen, and easily access the tools you need.”
Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop ($2.99) turns your iPad into a virtual color palette giving you the freedom to mix custom colors and use them in Photoshop as you work. “With Adobe Color Lava, you can use your fingertips to mix colors on your iPad and create custom swatches and five-swatch themes. Instantly access them in Photoshop CS5—all you need is a network connection between your iPad and computer.”
Adobe Nav for Photoshop ($1.99) lets you use your iPad as a Photoshop toolbar and document viewer. “With Adobe Nav and a network connection between your iPad and computer, you can customize the Photoshop CS5 toolbar on iPad to easily access the tools you use most. Browse, reorder, view, and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents on iPad.”
Total cost for all three of these cool new apps is only $9.97. Not too bad if you’ve upgraded to version 5.5 and already have an iPad. All three apps are available now. I guess it’s about time for me to upgrade from CS3 so I can access some of these great new tools for Photoshop.