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Three New iPad Apps for Photoshop


Adobe has three new iPad apps that work together with Photoshop CS5, over any WiFi network. All make use of Adobe’s “Photoshop Touch Software Developers Kit”, which lets apps on mobile devices tap into some features on your desktop version of Photoshop.

• Adobe Color Lava ($2.99) is a color-mixing and color scheme creator, with a
very simple interface. You can start from scratch, or sample colors from an existing photo. Using your finger, you sample colors and mix them to produce
a five-color scheme. An on-screen “water well” lets you clean off your
brush/finger whenever necessary. Your completed color scheme can be sent to the Swatches panel in Photoshop on your desktop computer, or emailed to anyone, such as your client or art director—including the RGB and HSV values for your colors.

• Adobe Eazel ($4.99) is a finger-painting app for grownups or kids. It has no menus or toolbars, so to control it you use sliders that pop up under your fingers when you press all five onto the iPad. To adjust the paint color, brush size, opacity, or to undo/redo, you simply drag the sliders. You can mix the paints as long as the paint is still “wet” (the paint “dries” in a few seconds). When you’re finished, you can send your drawing to Photoshop where it appears
on its own layer, complete with transparency. The art is enlarged to four times its original size during the transmission, producing an image that’s 2048 x 1536 pixels (9 MB). You can also save paintings into the iPad’s Photo library in JPEG format. Unfortunately there’s no way to open a saved painting in Eazel and
continue to work on it.

• Adobe Nav ($1.99) lets you control the tools in Photoshop from your tablet.
You can change your document’s zoom percentage, change Photoshop’s screen modes, and even change the foreground and background colors. If you have multiple documents open in Photoshop, Adobe Nav can display all of them as large thumbnails, providing a handy way to scroll through them to switch among them—which you can’t do in Photoshop. Closing a document in Nav also
closes it in Photoshop (and vice-versa). Nav is also handy for showing Photoshop documents in progress to co-workers or clients— just walk your iPad
down the hall for discussion and collaboration.

For more info, read Lesa
Snider’s “first look” article
for Macworld at

Thanks to Design Tools Monthly for the great read!

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