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Adobe, the foremost name in creative digital applications, has announced the next in line of its Creative Cloud suite of programmes. Amongst the top announcements is the highly-anticipated Photoshop for iPad, along with Adobe Illustrator for venerable Apple-made tablet. It’s up-and-coming Fresco drawing app has also been extended to Microsoft Surface, and Photoshop Camera comes to mobile.

Some of the new features showcased during Adobe Max 2019. Image: Ian Ling

Augmented Reality also gets an boost with the Adobe Aero authoring tool. Other updates are to existing apps, like Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign and Adobe XD. These include implementation of Adobe Sensei’s machine learning capabilities to enable creatives to be more efficient with their time and effort in their endeavours.

Adobe Photoshop on iPad

Previewed at MAX 2018 and promised for 2019 at the launch of the 2018 iPad Pro, Adobe Photoshop on iPad was a game-changing announcement. Bringing the promise of desktop-level performance and feature-set to a mobile tablet platform, Photoshop on iPad will be specifically designed for the user interface with a focus on accessibility for both new users and professionals.

Adobe Fresco for Microsoft Windows

First announced for iPad earlier this fall, Adobe Fresco now comes to Windows platforms starting with the Microsoft Surface Pro X, and Wacom MobileStudio Pro hardware.

It will have the same class-redefining realistic interactions between different media and substrates with its integration with Adobe Sensei, a machine learning platform informed by an immense amount of real-life artworks.

Previously available on iPad, Adobe Fresco will be coming to Microsoft Surface and Wacom MobileStudio Pro hardware. Image: Ian Ling

Enabling users to access raster, vector and new Live Brushes, Fresco will be integrated with Creative Cloud apps, allowing users to sync their favourite Photoshop brushes for an easier transition.

Adobe Illustrator on iPad (Preview)

Illustrator is an indispensable tool for designers and illustrators, and it comes to iPad stronger than ever with full integration to Adobe Stock, Adobe Fonts and Creative Cloud libraries. 

Like other Adobe apps on iPad, Illustrator on iPad is designed for a touch platform with a focus on intuitive use.

Intelligent features on Illustrator will also be available on iPad, including the new symmetry tool, along with clone and radial clone tools. Image: Ian Ling

Adobe Photoshop Camera

Also previewed at Adobe MAX 2019 is the Adobe Photoshop Camera, which brings the fantastic vision of Photoshop to the camera in your pocket.

With a fun, easy interface, users can inject magic into any photo, and access an automatic enhancement courtesy of Adobe Sensei. Photoshop Camera will also pack a library of lenses and effects from creatives round the world, including musician Billie Eilish.


An indispensable tool for photographers all around, Lightroom brings a new Panorama Fill Edges feature, which fills an image’s edges with Content-Aware Fill – accessible on mobile and desktop.

Lightroom also brings in-app tutorials for desktop, allowing users to lean how to edit photos from professional photographers.

Premiere Pro

Updates Premiere Pro were also announced, with features like Auto Reframe, which leverages on Adobe Sensei to analyse footage to apply intelligent panning and cropping to keep the subject framed – saving valuable time in the edit on such a manual task.

For example, a landscape 16:9 video with a subject moving across the frame can be quickly reframed and centred for use in vertical 9:16 aspect ratio for mobile viewing – all automated.

After Effects

After Effects has also been improved with improved performance with playback of cached previews, faster Multichannel EXR files, along with a faster Content-Aware Fill that uses half as much memory.


InDesign now supports SVG Imports for both digital and print design workflows, while having the option to use customisable variable fonts. Fonts can be adapted in terms of weight, width, slant and optical size. 

A new feature for Asset Link now allows users to directly link between Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Assets and InDesign, enabling a more efficient workflow.

Adobe XD collaboration: Live Coediting and Document History

Adobe XD has been radically improved to accommodate groups of users collaborating on a project. Teams can edit a project together in real time, with Document History to allow access of previously-saved versions. 

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop for iPad is available as a free addition to users subscribed to Photoshop on Creative Cloud. It can also be available as a purchase through the Apple App Store.

Adobe Fresco is available standalone at USD 9.99 per month, or free with most Creative Cloud plans. A “freemium” version is available with most features of the full app.

Adobe Illustrator on iPad will be available in 2020. Users can sign up for a beta here.

Adobe Aero is available as a free iOS app. 

Also showcased was the all-new Adobe Aero mobile AR creation app that will be free for download. Image: Ian Ling

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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