Adobe’s Iconic Photoshop Comes To Web After Two Years Of Beta

After rigorous beta testing, users can finally access and use one of the most iconic tools on the internet

Digital creativity leader, Adobe has officially announced Photoshop for the web in the ongoing Code Conference 2023. After nearly two years of rigorous beta testing, users can finally access and use one of the most iconic tools on the internet.

The now readily available Photoshop for the web is not merely a replacement for the limited web version that Adobe began testing in select markets back in 2021. Adobe’s Senior Vice President, Ashley Still, took to the Code Conference stage to break this news.

Photoshop can now be directly used within any web browser, removing the need for downloads or installations on laptops and tablets. What sets the release apart is its capability to open any Photoshop file ever created including PSD files dating back over three decades.

Tools in the web app are grouped based on workflows, for users to find the right tool for the task. For those who prefer a more desktop-like interface, the option to hide this view is available. Furthermore, Adobe is introducing Generative Fill and Generative Expand to the web version which takes text prompts in over 100 languages.

Another feature debuting for Photoshop Web is the Contextual Task Bar borrowed from its desktop counterpart. It’s important to note that the web version doesn’t replicate all the features of the desktop version. However, Adobe will add favourites like the patch tool, pen tool, smart object support, polygonal lasso, and more soon.

While the design software giant jumped late on the bandwagon, it has delivered back-to-back major updates in the last six months. The company picked up the generative AI trend more speedily than its rival Canva who is struggling to keep up with Adobe’s pace. Apart from focusing on its extensive loyal user base, the company has also been catering the enterprises. The company has also guaranteed to cover its users back legally and financially on copyright infringement allegations, under certain circumstances.

Tasmia Ansari
Tasmia is a tech journalist at AIM, looking to bring a fresh perspective to emerging technologies and trends in data science, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

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