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Adobe MAX 2021: Photoshop and Illustrator come to the web

Adobe MAX 2021
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Adobe's annual creative conference, Adobe MAX, is well and truly underway, and once again it's online and completely free to attend. The event usually offers us our first glimpse of exciting new creative features and software the company has up its sleeve, and if the conference so far is anything to go by, 2021 will be no different.

Adobe MAX 2021 kicked off yesterday, and runs until Thursday 28 October with talks from various creative luminaries and celebrity speakers and numerous sessions and workshops. If you're ready to start your Creative Cloud journey, check out today's best Adobe deals. Meanwhile see below for more on this year's event.

Adobe MAX 2021: the latest news

Adobe MAX 2021 kicked off yesterday with its opening keynote, in which Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen and Adobe EVP, Creative Cloud, Scott Belsky teased some of the things we could expect from the news few days. 

And the first day didn't disappoint, with Adobe announcing Photoshop and Illustrator are extending to the web, so users can access their projects from anywhere, simply using a URL. And even better, simple edits will be possible within the browser. 

Photoshop on the Web is already in public beta, and doesn't require users to download any software or even have a Creative Cloud account – files can simply be viewed in any browser with a link. Illustrator in the Web is currently in private beta, and we have yet to discover when this will be available to the masses. 

This year's event features 400 sessions, keynotes, workshops and MAX Sneaks labs (which offer a glimpse at the new innovations brewing behind the scenes at Adobe). There are also competitions and numerous breakout sessions on everything from graphic design and illustration to video, photography UI/UX and 3D and AR.

Speakers confirmed for Adobe MAX 2021 include the Oscar-winning writer and director Chloé Zhao, Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson, the rapper Young Thug and actors Tilda Swinton, Henry Golding and Zazie Beetz. From the design world, there will be talks and creative inspiration from Pentagram's creative director Eddie Opara, Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co, BUCK's creative director Michelle Higa Fox, and the designer and letterer Lauren Hom.

We can also look forward to hearing from the illustrators Yuko Shimizu, Wendy MacNaughton and Skottie Young, while from the world of video, we'll have appearances from Nerdforge, Casey Neistat and Josh Olufemi.

Adobe MAX 2021: There's still time to register

Anyone can go to Adobe Max, regardless of whether you have an Adobe account. The event is held virtually online, and it's completely free to attend. To sign up for Adobe MAX 2021, head over to the event's website to register. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, here are some highlights from last year's event to whet your appetite.

Adobe MAX sneaks 

Adobe MAX 2021: MAX Sneaks logo

Get a sneak peek of the latest tech (Image credit: Adobe)

A highlight of the Adobe MAX calendar, Adobe Sneaks is where the company reveals some of the top-secret tech it's been working on over the past 12 months. And 2020 did not disappoint, offering a glimpse of texture generation tools, mind-blowing AR technology and everything in between (see our roundup here.) 

Big announcements from previous Adobe MAX events included the release of Illustrator for the iPad and Adobe Fresco for iPhone. It also revealed new AI-powered Photoshop neural filters to change everything from someone's age and expression to the direction in which their head is facing. We're therefore very excited about what Adobe has in store for 2021's event.

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Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.