Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are finally coming to the web, but it’s not what you think
Today, Adobe announced some pretty big news: its two most popular editing apps are officially coming to the web! That’s right, Adobe Photoshop for photo editing and Illustrator for vector graphics design will be accessible directly through your browser via a simple URL in the near future, as discussed at Adobe Max 2021.
This means Chromebook owners can finally fulfill their dreams of using Adobe software on their Google laptops and ditch Microsoft Windows – just kidding, we’re not there yet. For now, both apps will only allow viewing, comments, and some basic editing features when a .PSD or .AI file is launched through Google Chrome or Chromium Edge (coming soon to Firefox and more). ‘other browsers). You will be able to edit these types of files on the web after you extract them from your desktop or iPad version of the apps. Once you’re done, you can sync them, comments, and all of those locations using Creative Cloud.
You can start sharing Photoshop and Illustrator documents for comment and comment via the web by updating to the latest versions of the apps.
In addition to this neat update, Creative Cloud Spaces (Think Google Drive for Adobe Files and Libraries) has been announced, alongside Creative Cloud Canvas, a tool that will allow you and your team to think together. to creative work and review it in real time. Both will also be usable from the browser.
The company’s Creative Cloud efforts have never included full-fledged software running in the cloud, ironic as it sounds. CC was increasingly focused on providing ways to connect creative entrepreneurs and their work via the web to others via sharing, storage, and lightweight collaboration. However, it is clear to me and evident to me as well that the trajectory of such a branding initiative would eventually and inevitably turn towards web-based software.
At this point, you can try Photoshop on the web in beta with basic editing features by clicking “Open in Photoshop on Beta from the Web” in the header when viewing a Photoshop file in your. browser or by clicking here when signed in to Creative Cloud. It becomes available during a phased deployment, so you may not have access to it right away. There is also an FAQ that you can read to get more context on the strengths or weaknesses of the web app and what it can do at that time.
New features and potentially more editing tools will be coming to Photoshop on the web in time, and to influence what gets released first, you can submit a feature request in the Adobe Photoshop Beta community by starting a new conversation at using the “Idea” option.
For Illustrator, you can only access it through a private beta until further notice. If you’re interested, you can watch the full Adobe Max 2021 keynote for yourself, as more sessions are coming in addition to the details we’ve shared here today. Let me know in the comments if you’ve made the switch to other tools outside of the Adobe ecosystem or are looking forward to a full editing suite through your web browser.