Retina Display Support Comes To Photoshop Touch
September 7, 2012

Adobe Photoshop Touch Finally Adds Support For Retina Display

Michael Harper for — Your Universe Online

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular names in the world of digital imaging and creativity, offering a powerful suite of tools for digital artists of all skill levels. Therefore, whenever Photoshop Touch was launched for iOS and Android, many who had previously thought otherwise began to see tablets as creation devices. Hard to believe, then, that since its release, Photoshop Touch has not supported Apple´s high-def Retina Display on the most recent iPad.

On Thursday, Adobe finally rectified this issue, releasing an update which not only brings Retina Display support, but other improvements, such as more available effects, smoother animation and gestures.

The new Photoshop Touch app is available in both the iOS App Store and Google´s Google Play app store for $9.99. Existing users will, of course, be able to download the upgrade for free.

“Those of you on the new iPad (third generation) will be able to see your images like never before, now that Photoshop Touch supports the new Retina display,” writes Stephen Nielson on the Blog.

“The interface, text, and virtually all other areas are now more crisp and clean as well. It was no easy task to get such a complex app like Photoshop Touch to work with the Retina display, but we think you´ll love the result.”

Elsewhere in the update, Adobe also added support for print-resolution images with up to 12 megapixels in multiple layers. While the default setting for Adobe Photoshop Touch 1.3 is 4.2 megapixels with ten layers, users can boost these settings to 12 megapixels in the preferences. It is worth noting, however, that the iPad 2 only supports images up to 10 megapixels.

Adobe also announced an integration with Apple´s Photo Stream service which allows iOS users to store and sync their photos across multiple devices, including Macs. Now, Photoshop Touch users can pull photos to edit directly from the cloud without having to take a picture directly on the device or sync it through their computer.

Photoshop Touch 1.3 also adds two new effects to mobile platforms–Colorize and Shred– as well as some other overall improvements, such as:

- Smoother animation and scrolling in the organizer, tutorial browser, and file picker

- New three finger tap gesture to toggle 100% view and fit screen

- New pixel nudging mode for precise movements

As with any update, Adobe also promises “Various Bug Fixes” with Photoshop Touch 1.3.

Adobe has been offering mobile apps for mobile devices for a while now, beginning with, an app which later became Photoshop Express. Adobe then released Carousel, an app which also got a name change to Revel. As it stands, Adobe´s Photoshop Touch brings many powerful tools to mobile devices as well as tutorials to help newer users along.

Adobe also announced last month that they´d be bringing Retina Display support to their Mac apps as well, including HiDPI support to their Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, Illustrator, Prelude and Premiere Pro apps. MacBook Pro with Retina Display users have had to rely on a non-Retina compatible app since the computers were released this June.