Adobe unveils 5 new mobile apps

A new Photoshop app for iPad, new sketching tools and more - and they're all free!

Adobe have rolled out a number of brand-new applications for mobile use. They've all created for use on iOS 7, and are all available for free - although you'll need a Creative Cloud subscription to make full use of most of them.

The thread tying together these apps is the new ability to use the cloud for raw processing muscle. In other words, some functions are actually uploaded to Adobe servers and you use their server processors to chug through your photo-manipulations. And that means you can do some pretty processor-heavy design work even though the iPad doesn't pack a lot of processing power.

So here we present a brief introduction to the new Adobe apps.

01. Adobe Sketch

Sketch is an app for drawing on the move

Sketch is an iPad app for freeform drawing on the move. Providing designers with a connected process that works with the rest of their Creative Cloud tools, it provides essential drawing tools in digital form: a graphite pencil, an ink pen, two blending markers, brush tip, chisel tip, and an eraser. It also allows you to get live feedback from the creative community via Behance as you work, if that's something you fancy doing.

Sketch has been optimised for use with Adobe's new digital pen and ruler, which is also released today - read all about that here. But you don't need them to use the app.

02. Adobe Line

Line is designed for precision drawing and drafting

Adobe Line is an iPad app designed for precision drawing and drafting. As Adobe puts it: "Line recreates the art of drafting, combining organic drawing with beautiful straight lines, French curves and perfect shapes that can be drawn in plan and elevation views or in perspective."

Line brings virtual versions of traditional drawing tools like rulers, Tsquares and shape templates to your tablet, and you can also use the app to access assets and Kuler color themes via the Creative Cloud, as well as sharing your work via Behance.

Again, it's optimised for use with Adobe's new digital pen and ruler, but you don't need them to use it.

03. Photoshop Mix

Photoshop Mix lets you do some pretty powerful edits on an iPad

Photoshop Mix brings the power of Adobe Photoshop software to the iPad, with processing handled by the Cloud to make editing images and layouts on the go a reality.

Built using the Adobe Creative SDK - which has been opened up to developers as part of the Creative Cloud 2014 release - the app is designed to work seamlessly with your desktop version of Photoshop while you're on the move.

Use your iPad to open Photoshop documents and individual layers from PSDs, as well as images from Lightroom Mobile (see below); create advanced selections and masks; access advanced Photoshop features like Upright, Content-Aware Fill and Camera Shake Reduction; then export your layered and mask comp to Photoshop CC for further refinement later.

Photoshop Mix is available to download from iTunes here.

04. Lightroom Mobile for iPhone

Already on iPad, you can now use Lightroom on your iPhone too

Following its April release on iPad, Lightroom Mobile is now available for the iPhone. A way to manage and edit images across desktop, mobile devices and the web, Lightroom enables you to automatically import images from your iPhone's camera roll and sync them to a Lightroom catalogue on the desktop.

Additionally, the recently announced Adobe Voice, a free animated video app for iPad, has also been updated to work with your Lightroom catalogues.

05. Creative Cloud app

As the name suggests, this is a new app that allows Creative Cloud members to access and manage their files, assets, and more from their mobile device.

And what about Android, you might ask? Adobe says that research shows its subscriber base is overwhelmingly using iOS devices, and so it has are no immediate plans to develop Android versions of any of these apps.

Head here to read our round-up of today's Creative Cloud 2014 releases.


Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he’s worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella. Follow him on Twitter @tom_may.