Adobe began testing Photoshop online, and plans to make the free version available to all users to increase usage.
Adobe is currently testing the free version in Canada. Adobe users can access Adobe online using their free Adobe account. Adobe calls the service “freemium”, but plans to make certain features available to paid subscribers. Adobe will offer enough tools for users to use core Photoshop functions.
Maria Yap, Adobe’s Vice President for Digital Imaging, stated that “we want [Photoshop] more accessible and easier for more people to use it.”
In October, Adobe’s web version of Photoshop released. This version was simplified and could be used to make basic edits. It did not offer all the features such as layers or core editing tools. Adobe framed the service as a collaboration tool. It allows artists to share their images, tweak them, and then give them back.
Adobe has made several improvements to the service over the last few months. It opened the service up to other collaboration applications. In the past, you needed to send a document via the desktop app to the internet. Now, any Photoshop subscriber is able to log in and start a new file from the web.
Adobe plans to make Photoshop web-friendly, and to attract customers who want to buy the full version. The company has also taken similar steps with its mobile apps, including Express and Fresco. This web version allows users to use Photoshop up to Chromebooks. These Chromebooks are very popular in schools.
Yap says, “I want Photoshop meet users where they’re at now.”
Adobe didn’t provide any information about when the freemium version would be available. Adobe will keep updating Photoshop for the web with new tools like the refine edge, curves and burn tools, as well as the ability to convert Smart Objects. The web version will soon have mobile support for editing and commenting images.
Adobe also demonstrated a new AI-powered Neural Filter today. It will be available in Photoshop. The “photo restoration filter” automatically removes yellowed photos and restores some colors. To add color to black and white photos, the “photo restoration” filter may be used in conjunction with Adobe’s colorize filter. Although the final result might look a bit cartoony, it can still bring back an old photo.