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Adobe Photoshop finally comes to the browser, and Chromebook­s

Adobe’s new web-based versions of Photoshop and Illustrato­r open the tools to a potentiall­y huge new audience.

- BY MICHAEL CRIDER

Users of Google’s Chrome OS have been waiting years—and years, and years, Adobe—for the industry-standard Photoshop image editing tool to become available to them. Today that wait is finally over. Sort of. Adobe announced that subscriber­s to its Creative Cloud service now have access to a web-based version of Photoshop ( fave. co/3noyobd), which offers a limited selection of tools for editing images and projects stored on Creative Cloud servers.

The system is available to subscriber­s today in an open beta, with the vector-based Illustrato­r also available in closed beta testing. The web-based version of Photoshop handles most of the basics of image editing, but power users might find it a bit limited, both in terms of its available tools and its compatibil­ity with long-memorized keyboard

commands. (Trying to activate the Free Transform tool with Ctrl-t, for example, merely brings up a new tab.) Adobe calls the tools available on the web “light editing.” While genuine Photoshop on the web is a potential game-changer, it’s nowhere near as powerful or as flexible as the full version on Windows, Mac, or even ipads.

Creative Cloud users need to upload editable files to Adobe’s cloud-based storage and convert the file before editing it, though the web tool can open basic images from local storage.

Sending the files out for viewing and commenting is free, even if you’re sending to a user who is not a Creative Cloud subscriber.

Web-based alternativ­es to Photoshop like Photopea ( fave. co/3kcavej) and Pixlr.com ( fave. co/30qkxip) have been thriving in Adobe’s absence from this market. While an official option will certainly be competitiv­e, free users are likely to remain with these services as long as Adobe charges a subscripti­on fee. It currently costs a hefty $10 a month for the cheapest Creative Cloud plan that includes Photoshop.

In the same post, Adobe announced new products Creative Cloud Spaces and Creative Cloud Canvas. Spaces is a shared repository of files for teams, and Canvas is a sort of digital bulletin board for showing collection­s of images and documents in the same visual space.

Among other product enhancemen­ts, Adobe showed off powerful new upgrades to the desktop version of Photoshop as part of the Adobe MAX demonstrat­ion ( fave. co/3hhvhkp). Object selection tools have become far more powerful, automatica­lly selecting full objects even multiple items are in focus in the foreground. Users can also create object masks with a new quick menu tool. A Landscape Mixer tool in beta applies a collection of pre-configured filters to any image that can drasticall­y alter the look of lighting and foliage with just one click. Similarly, the Harmonizat­ion beta tool can match color and tone of background­s and foreground­s of any two layers without any manual tweaking.

Artists who work in multiple file types will be happy to learn of the new Illustrato­r Interlop feature. This option allows you to copy vector objects from Illustrato­r into Photoshop while preserving the ability to edit at least some properties, such as fill, stroke, blend mode, and opacity. Adobe announced a ton of more subtle upgrades to Photoshop as part of the MAX conference, which you can read all about here ( fave. co/3clxchu).

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Adobe’s web tool can open basic images from local storage.
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Photopea has been a popular web-based alternativ­e to Photoshop.
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The Landscape Mixer tool lets you alter the lighting and foliage of any image with just one click.

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