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Adobe unveils free version of Photoshop for mobile

Photoshop Fix was demoed as part of last night's Apple keynote

Photoshop Fix was demoed as part of last night's Apple keynote

Showcased last night as part of Apple's event, Photoshop Mix is a forthcoming app from Adobe that promises to improve your ability to edit photos and images on the move.

Photoshop Fix will harness your device's GPU to open very large images and let you retouch in real time. Designed to replace the outgoing Photoshop Touch app, it will be able to handle files of up to 50MB on your device.

It also has a facial detection feature that makes it you alter a person’s features and expressions quickly and simply.

The new app promises to work seamlessly with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, so you'll be able to work on the same file from mobile and desktop devices. However, you can still use the app if you don't have a Creative Cloud subscription – you just need an Adobe ID, which you can get for free.

Interconnected

At the Apple event, Adobe demoed Photoshop Fix in conjunction with two other mobile apps Photoshop Comp CC (opens in new tab) and Photoshop Sketch (opens in new tab). (You can see a recording of the full keynote here (opens in new tab)).

Giving an example of how it might be used, Adobe suggest you might create a layout in Adobe Comp (opens in new tab) (another free app), retouch images using Photoshop Fix, and then save their changes back to their layout in Adobe Comp as one connected workflow.

Everything you do in the app is non-destructive, so your images can be edited on an ongoing basis, accessed across other mobile apps, and saved in formats such as PSD.

Coming soon

Photoshop Fix is built with Creative SDK (opens in new tab), a software development kit that allows Adobe and third-party apps to participate in this ecosystem of connected mobile and desktop apps.

We don't yet have an official release date for Photoshop Fix. But Adobe will be revealing more about it at its annual conference, Adobe MAX (opens in new tab), on October 5-7. We'll be attending in person, so we'll let you know as soon as they announce more about it.

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.