Photographers who use Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of graphics apps are getting some love today. Both Photoshop and Lightroom have been updated to improve synchronization of photo workflows between compatible devices (ie. the Mac and the iPad). You can edit a photo on one platform and watch the changes show up on the other side; while this was already in the iPad app. now there's a feature-equivalent iPhone version of Lightroom for even more portability.
To make this power more accessible to pro and enthusiast photographers, there's a new Photography plan for Creative Cloud -- launching today -- that includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom for desktop and iOS, and more for US$9.99 per month. Adobe is presenting the whole shebang in a live webcast today at 1pm Eastern.
There are some really important developments here, so let's dive right in.
Photoshop's new features include perspective warps, new motion effects in the blur gallery, improved focusing routines and improvements to the content-aware tools.
Meanwhile, Adobe has now supplemented the three-month-old iPad version of Lightroom with a build for iPhone. Both versions let you seamlessly edit photos with sync between all your iOS devices. Lightroom now synchronizes star ratings and sort order between the desktop and mobile versions, as long as you're running Lightroom 5.5 or better on the desktop. The iOS Lightroom app is free but requires a Creative Cloud subscription to work.
Adobe also released a new iPad app called Photoshop Mix, which lets you open images from your camera roll, the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile or even Facebook. It's like a lite version of Photoshop that's been redesigned for the iPad.
Most of its operations are carried out on Adobe's cloud servers, which let you open PS documents, individual layers from PSDs and images from Lightroom Mobile. You can perform sophisticated edits on your iPad, including computationally intensive operations like content-aware moves and fills. The resulting changes will be available in Photoshop on your Mac or PC. Likewise, changes made on the desktop will appear in Photoshop Mix.
The app has dozens of presets for quick edits, and a host of sophisticated tools that you would not expect to find in an iPad app. Your work can be saved back to the Creative Cloud, or to your local camera roll. Photoshop Mix is a breakthrough for photographers who want to do heavy editing on their iPad. You'll find more details on the app on the Adobe website.