Brand new version of Photoshop unveiled

Optimised for touch and stylus use, a new version of Photoshop is coming your way soon.

Yesterday Microsoft unveiled its new laptop-tablet the Surface Pro 3 at an event in New York. You can find all the main details of that here - but what may interest you more is that Adobe used the occasion to show off a new touch- and stylus-optimised version of Photoshop CC.

Photoshop has always worked on touch devices of course, plus there are dedicated apps like Photoshop Touch. But the forthcoming version Photoshop CC that Adobe is working on will bring two big improvements for those wanting to use their fingers or a stylus rather than a mouse.

Firstly, the UI elements and icons are double the size, which will make interaction with the interface much easier via touch, especially using pinch and zoom.

Secondly, the new Photoshop will be ready to support high-density displays such as that of the Surface 3.

Michael Goff showed off the new version of Photoshop at the Surface Pro 3 launch

Speaking of Photoshop's use on the Surface Pro, Michael Goff, vice president of experience design at Adobe, told the audience: "Our customers said they wanted Photoshop to take better advantage of the screen, the pen and the touch."

In the new version of Photoshop (which will be released "in the not-too distant future"), "the pen input is natural, the performance is great. The first time I got my hands on this I was blown away. If you take the power of Photoshop and you put it on a device like this, it's a creative's dream come true.

"We find that artists like to get in real close and then back out to look at the context," he continued. "So panning is straightforward, it's a lot more natural than using the scrollbars.

It's optimised for touch and stylus use

"If you hold your fingers down for a second you can pan, tilt, zoom any place you want, get totally lost - it's a lot like working with a piece of paper on a desktop. And if you do get lost, a simple two-finger double-tap takes you right back to where you started."

Goff stressed that the new software was very much a work in progress and that "there's more on the way" by way of announcements. And he made it clear it won't just work with the Surface 3 but with any tablet.

Keep your eye on Creative Bloq and we'll bring you the latest news of this new version of Photoshop as it progresses...

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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.