Michael Gough, VP of design experience for Adobe, shows off the new touch features of Photoshop CC for the Surface Pro 3.
At Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 launch event, Adobe showed off a sneak peek of a new touch-optimized version of Photoshop CC.
Michael Gough, the VP of experience design at Adobe, took the stage to show off how Photoshop CC works on Microsoft's latest tablet.
The big news is that Photoshop is now optimized for touch. Previously, Photoshop CC worked on touch devices — including the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 — but most of that support was limited to the pressure sensitivity for the pen accessory.
That's frustrating, especially for users who might see a Surface Pro as an alternative to something such as Wacom's Cintiq or Cintiq Companion, which provide similar capability for creative professionals.
Fortunately, Adobe is bringing touch optimization to Photoshop CC and the Surface Pro 3. The interface now has icons that are 200% larger — which is important when working on a high-resolution device.
You can pinch and zoom and pan using your fingers. Users can also rotate images and objects, using the same rotation gestures that are common in iPad apps.
Gough said that he looks forward to more cool stuff coming out of Adobe's partnership with Microsoft moving forward.
What took so long?
Optimized touch support might just be now making its way to Photoshop CC, but Adobe has plenty of experience with building touch apps.
Adobe released Photoshop Touch for Android and iPad tablets more than two years ago. The company has also released touch versions of apps such as Lightroom.
Of course, these are brand-new apps. The challenge with adding touch support to an existing app such as Photoshop CC is that most of the users will still primarily use it with a mouse and keyboard. Finding a way to make support work — without breaking things for other users — can take a lot of time.
Microsoft knows this well. The company still hasn't released a touch-first version of Office for Windows — though its Office for iPad suite shows that it has its direction in place.
It will be interesting to see if the Surface Pro 3 is able to sway any Cintiq buyers to its camp, strictly on the Photoshop abilities.
Adobe didn't offer any release dates for the updated version of Photoshop CC, nor did it indicate which other devices will support the new touch-optimized features.
What say you? Does better Photoshop support make you want to buy a Surface Pro 3?