Adobe releases new ‘Photoshop Mix’ app for Apple iPad

“Adobe has a new Photoshop app for mobile out today,” Darrell Etherington reports for TechCrunch. “The app, called Photoshop Mix, is an iPad exclusive at launch, and it aims to fill a gap between the company’s existing products by providing users with some unique editing functions aimed at making sharing-friendly remixed images quickly and easily.”

“Basically, Mix is based entirely around the concept of creating simple two-layer compositions that use stacked images to produce interesting results you won’t normally get from one picture with filters applied,” Etherington writes. “The key to all the magic is Adobe’s new intelligent selection tool, which makes it easy to highlight just parts of the image, which you can then either cut out from the background (or foreground), or apply filters and edits to separate selections from the rest of the pic.”

Etherington writes, “Adobe has made this as user friendly as possible, and the ability to selectively apply filters to just parts of an image makes it a great resource for people who like sharing their images on image-focused social networks, such as Instagram. ”

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“While free, and available via the App Store — in contrast to most of Adobe’s other new apps, which are usually only available from the Creative Cloud site — it still requires at least a free Creative Cloud subscription,” Lori Grunin writes for CNET. “The coolest new features of the app, powered by the company’s new software development kit (the Creative SDK), are only available on a trial basis, however: as a splash screen warns you, “Upright, Shake Reduction and Content-Aware Fill are premium features. They are free for a limited time.” There’s no indication as to what that means exactly — in-app purchase or paid Creative Cloud sub. I’m waiting to hear back from Adobe on that.”

“Adobe says Photoshop Touch will remain available because it has a different set of tools: they’re far more powerful in most ways, including support for text and highlight/midtone/shadow adjustments,” Grunin writes. “Mix’s capabilities are both more basic and more sophisticated than Touch’s… While it doesn’t deliver professional-quality masking, cut out does a pretty good job. And you can always tweak it in Photoshop.”

Grunin writes, “Photoshop Mix feels like a version 1.0 product — albeit a very slick one — and is mostly worth trying for the curiosity factor.”

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  1. How nice. This sounds like a brilliant deal! Hopefully it is an iOS exclusive. Not only am I partial to Photoshop’s software, but I just can’t see it running on Windows or Linux/Android devices. In my experience, some of the worst artists used Windows, and I like the art made with Macs a lot more. Hopefully, this becomes big.

    1. Hopefully it is an iOS exclusive.

      I’m sure they’ll release an Android version as soon as a critical mass of content creators using Android tablets is reached. Which should happen in approximately never.


  2. I watched the Adobe presentation this morning. Photoshop Mix for iPad is quite interesting. The demo showed show it could outline a furry cat, and carefully knock out the background, retaining details of the furry outline. That is not easy to accomplish.

    What impressed me is that the file’s heavy lifting would be processed in the cloud, and could be saved as a .psd (Photoshop) file, accessible in Photoshop on your Mac. In addition, within Photoshop greater details could be extracted and refined, using the increased processing power of the Mac and Photoshop’s software engine. Then, the cleaned up file could be transferred back to Photoshop Mix on the iPad via the Adobe Cloud, and shared with your other Apple devices in near real-time. Smart.

    In addition, Adobe has expanded its cloud services to allow workgroups to share and collaborate on files. Previously, you could only share files via email, but now, an illustrator you work with in Northern California (I’m based in Southern California) or another partner I have in Spain can work on the same file via the Cloud, and that will be a big productivity boost for me.

    As for pricing, Adobe now offers a subscription package of Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC with Cloud services and sharing for less than $10 per month. I know we grumble about the subscription model, and I screamed about it for months. But when I crunched the numbers, and saw that CC is a lot more stable than previous versions, and that it is constantly being updated, I gave in, and looking back, without regret.

    The Adobe CC apps are a lot more stable now compared to CS 5 and previous, and that is important to me. The subscription pricing has remained reasonable compared to owning and buying updates for a bit price hit each year, which was a bump on my cash flow. I suspect that Adobe’s attorneys heard the screaming loud and clear, and advised corporate executives not to get too abusive.

    Look, I won’t confuse Adobe’s CEO with Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy. Adobe is a big, tough corporation. But I get small hints that the company is listening, and I noted that there are improvements in the latest Illustrator CC update that FINALLY show that Adobe has listened to disgruntled former Freehand users, and are taking features from the dear departed Freehand, and writing new code into Illustrator that replicate what made Freehand a joy to use.

    The new sketch and drawing apps for the iPad go even further toward natural media. It’s a first step, but in a year or two, I suspect I will be most impressed on what can be done. Already, the new Sketch app for the iPad should excite architects, and I think we’ll see a progression where the iPad becomes more of a true drawing and digitizing tablet for the Mac.

    Adobe is a company I love to hate. I’ve had my run-ins with them for years. But some of the ice may finally be melting on the iceberg, so to speak, and I will gladly take what I can. All in all, I liked what I saw today so far. So do your own homework and view their videos, and read up on the latest developments. I think you will come around, as I slowly am as well.

    1. I don’t see their subscription model ever being a benefit for me.

      I need certain pro features of Photoshop for my workflow that aren’t available in any other app or don’t work as well in other apps.

      However, these pro features haven’t changed, nor have my requirements changed in many years. The only reason why I’ve upgraded (for well over a decade now) is because companies that I’ve worked for have purchased me copies.

      Had these companies subscribed me, I would’ve had access on and off, and had to pay out of my own pocket during the down times.

      I know a lot of professions using Adobe CS who are in the similar situation. They bounce around from gig to gig picking up CS that was purchased for them along the way.

      I don’t mind subscription as an option, but for a lot of us, this will end up being a lot more expensive.

    2. This begs the question though – if I’m just going to refine it in the full desktop PS later, I may as well do the entire project there and save myself some time. Not exactly an efficient workflow. . . .

      Though I’m in agreement about the other apps and accessories. It’s all evolving toward, but I don’t think we are quite there yet.

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