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  • Last night I was talking with a buddy, and we started talking about what we would really like to see in a Photoshop iPad app. I think all the things that Adobe is doing right now in that space, especially with their introduction of a Software Development Kit (SDK) enabling other people to create apps that interact with Photoshop is incredible. However….

    …..what I really want is for Adobe to create Photoshop as an App for the iPad. Real Photoshop. Basically, “Photoshop for the iPad” with the same type of interface, where everything is where we expect it to be—not some reimagined program that really isn’t Photoshop. I don’t want to learn something completely new, or I’ll just stick with the iPad photo apps I have now. I want PHOTOSHOP! Real Photoshop!

    We can’t have it all
    Now, I know there’s no way possible to have the complete version of Photoshop CS5, which is designed to run on a very powerful computer with literally Gigs of RAM, run on an iPad with just Megs of RAM, and that’s fine because I don’t want everything that Photoshop CS5 can do in “Photoshop for the iPad.”

    For example, Photoshop CS5 has 108 filters. I just need six.

    Photoshop has more than 80 tools. I just need 19.

    There is tons of stuff I don’t use on my full version of Photoshop, so I surely don’t need them in my iPad version. For example, I don’t need the single-pixel Marquee tools or the Art History Brush. I don’t need the Paint Bucket tool, or the Note tool, or the rotate view tool, or the Background Eraser tool. I could go on and on.

    I don’t need all this stuff either:
    Same thing with Panels (we can’t have them all, right?). I can live without the Animation panel and the Measure Log panel (yes, that’s a real panel), and the Navigator and Tool Presets (among others).

    I don’t need all those Image Adjustments either, like Variations and Channel Mixer, and Posterize and Threshold (if any of those made you gasp—NOT THAT ONE!!!! Just remember, you’ll still have Desktop Photoshop—you don’t have to trade it for the iPad version).

    So, I went through Photoshop and looked at stripping it down to just the bare essentials that I’d need for editing my photos, retouching my photos, and doing what I need to do daily in Photoshop. I wouldn’t use my “Photoshop for iPad” for magazine production jobs, or building Web sites from scratch, or processing 1,200 images from a Wedding shoot (that’s for “Lightroom for the iPad”). But I don’t want to learn the 3rd party Apps out there, and keep switching every three weeks to the new “Latest & Greatest” photo app. I want one App that I can stick with. I want Photoshop for the iPad.

    Here’s what I want in it (and just this stuff, unless of course, I forgot something really useful, which is entirely possible):

    Tools:
    The Move Tool
    Marque Selection Tools
    Lasso tool
    History Brush
    Crop Tool
    Eyedropper Tool
    The Healing, Brush
    The Clone Stamp Tool
    Gradient Tool
    Pen Tool and Path Selection Arrows
    The Line tool
    Type Tool
    Mag Glass (Zoom tool)
    Grabber Hand
    Eraser Tool
    Quick Select Tool

    Filters:
    Gaussian Blur
    Liquify
    Lens Correction
    High Pass
    Unsharp Mask
    Add Noise

    Adjustments:
    Levels
    Curves
    Hue/Saturation
    Photo Filter
    Shadow/Highlight
    Desaturate
    HDR Pro
    Invert

    Panels
    Character Panel
    Actions Panel
    Brush Panel
    Channels Panel
    Layers Panel
    History Panel
    Adjustments Panel

    Other stuff
    Smart Objects
    Free Transform
    Transform Selection
    Refine Edge (+ remove mattes + Defringe)
    Image Processor
    Define Brush Preset
    Photo Merge (auto-align layers)
    Load Selection
    Rulers & Guides
    Image size & Canvas Size

    So that’s the list, but again—it has to look and feel JUST LIKE PHOTOSHOP. If I wanted another program, I’d be using that instead.

    What do YOU want to see?
    OK, so that’s what I’d like to see included, but to make this what “We” really want, I’d love to hear what you guys would expect in a full-blown Photoshop for the iPad (if Adobe would even consider it?).

    What do YOU want to pay?
    If you’re thinking $9.99, you can absolutely guarantee that Adobe will never produce this App. They’re not going to take a $700 software application, and make it into a $10 App and stay in business very long. So, would you pay:

    (a) $49
    (b) $99
    (c) $199
    (d) $299
    (e) $399

    If it did all those things, did them all very well, and it was REALLY Photoshop for the iPad?

    Let me know what you think on both counts. I really want to see what you guys think of this idea (and I want to Adobe to see, too!).

    P.S. I’d like a separate app called simply “Camera Raw for iPad.” :)

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