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Adobe Photoshop will soon be free to use on the web – Android Police

The company sure is reinventing itself as a freemium service provider
Adobe’s creative suite is still largely unmatched in professional environments, but the competition doesn’t sleep. Consumers and prosumers are increasingly walking away from the expensive subscription-based Adobe services, with many capable alternatives cropping up. In particular, there are some great web-based options out there, and now, Adobe is finally reacting by moving to a freemium model for Photoshop on the web.
As covered by The Verge, Adobe announced during a consumer event in Paris that it will experiment with moving to a freemium model for Photoshop on the web. The test will first come to Canadian users, who will be able to use Photoshop for web for free. In the long term, the company wants to move away from free users, making them only available to paid subscribers, but it should be possible to use basic Photoshop features for free. To get started, you still need to sign up for a free Adobe account, though.
There is no timeline on when the free model will launch more widely. In any case, Adobe is hard at work improving the Photoshop app for the web with more and better features. We should expect better refine edge and curves tools and enhancements to doge and burn. it will additionally be possible to convert Smart Objects in the future. In the collaborative department, the app will also receive support for reviewing and commenting on projects.
Photoshop on the web is available on Adobe's Creative Cloud website. It's currently officially still in beta.
The move is a reaction to the increasingly web-based nature of productivity. Many workflows have moved to the browser entirely, with cloud-first operating systems like Chrome OS encouraging this even further. In fact, Adobe’s Photoshop software wasn’t really available in a first-class capacity on Chromebooks before the company released Photoshop for the web in late 2021, at least if we discard the more limited Photoshop Express Android app.
Manuel Vonau joined Android Police as a freelancer in 2019 and has worked his way up to become the publication’s Google Editor. He focuses on Android, Chrome, and other software Google products — the core of Android Police’s coverage. He is based in Berlin, Germany. Before joining Android Police, Manuel studied Media and Culture studies in Düsseldorf, finishing his university “career” with a master’s degree. This background gives him a unique perspective on the ever-evolving world of technology and its implications on society. He isn’t shy to dig into technical backgrounds and the nitty-gritty developer details, either. His first steps into the Android world were plagued by issues. After running into connectivity problems with the HTC One S, he quickly switched to a Nexus 4, which he considers his true first Android phone. Since then, he has mostly been faithful to the Google phone lineup, though these days, he is also carrying an iPhone in addition to his Pixel 6. This helps him gain perspective on the mobile industry at large and gives him multiple points of reference in his coverage. Outside of work, Manuel enjoys a good film or TV show, loves to travel, and you will find him roaming one of Berlin’s many museums, cafés, cinemas, and restaurants occasionally.


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