Adobe Brings Photoshop And Illustrator To The Web As Web Apps

Computers can serve different purposes, serving different types of people. But what is certain, almost all computers for designers have Adobe products installed.

Most notably, the Adobe products would be the ubiquitous Photoshop and Illustrator. The former is Adobe's answer to photo- and image-editing software that deals with raster, while the latter is Adobe's solution for creating vector images.

While not everyone uses the two products, everyone who deals and/or work with images must have heard of them.

For all this time, the two products can be installed as standalone apps on various platforms and operating systems, on both desktop and mobile.

But this time, Adobe is going beyond that, by bringing two of its most popular products to the web.

Initially as betas, the web version of Photoshop and Illustrator allows users to make changes to their files that are hosted in the clouds, without having to download them, or even open up the app.

All they need to do, is open up their browser.

"Over the past year, we’ve made key advancements in Photoshop to support mobile and collaborative workflows; things like enabling you to store PSDs in the cloud so you can work on a single document across all your devices. Last February, we added the ability to create and share links to PSDs stored in the cloud so you can co-edit them with your collaborators and share them for review and comment via the web."

"Today we are shipping the ability to read, create and respond to these comments in a new commenting panel inside Photoshop on desktop and iPad, a big time-saver."

Initially, the products are brought to the web with more than many limitations.

None of the two products are fully-featured versions of their desktop apps.

Due to limitations of the web as well as browsers, the web apps for Photoshop and Illustrator only allow users to do basic things, like navigating through layers, leave annotations and comments, and make minor edits using tools like the eraser, spot healing brush, and selection lasso.

For more substantial changes, users are still required to open the the standalone apps.

The limitations don't stop there, as the appearance of the web-based Photoshop and Illustrator is also pretty bare.

“We’re not bringing all the features on day one, but we really want to unlock all those basic edits that are just best done now in the browser with whoever you’re working with,” Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer, said on our podcast Decoder.

Adobe Photoshop for the web
Adobe Photoshop for the web. (Credit: Adobe)
Adobe Illustrator for the web
Adobe Illustrator for the web. (Credit: Adobe)

Belsky described the web version of Photoshop as offering a "light level of editing" that works with “real PSD” files.

Despite the limitations, still, the advancements of technology and browsers allow Adobe to bring the two popular editing tools to the web, where usage is no longer restricted to devices.

At the time of announcement, the Photoshop and Illustrator for the web can be accessed using Chrome and Edge browsers, and only available to Creative Cloud subscribers.

The announcement came with some other big themes Adobe announced on its blog post.

Other notable announcements, include better Creative Cloud support, an improved Photoshop's object selection tool, new neural filters, landscape mixer, color transfer and Harmonization feature, Photoshop and Illustrator interoperability, and more.