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Adobe releases a new free Photoshop app for iPads

Adobe releases a new free Photoshop app for iPads

The word "Photoshop" is almost synonymous with the act of editing a photograph. It's basically a verb now. But the cost and complexity of the software make it impractical for many average users. Now Adobe is aiming to bring Photoshop to the masses with a free, simplified new app for iPads called Photoshop Mix.

It's a photo editing app that is designed to let you "mix" multiple photos. If you want to insert your face onto another body, or transplant your body into space, Photoshop Mix makes it easy to do that. It also has some other basic touch-up and manipulation features. And the best part is it's free.

The one downside is that because it's a pretty powerful program, older or weaker iPads may struggle a bit while using it:

Mix is also a really demanding app for the iPad to run. It's hardly worth using on the original iPad mini, where it constantly stutters and is even a bit glitchy, but it gets by dramatically better on newer hardware. Still, to compensate for performance issues, Adobe is actually offloading some of Mix's most intensive processes to the cloud, including shake reduction for photos and the ability to automatically cut part of a photo out and fill it back in with whatever the app guesses would otherwise have been there. Unfortunately, you'll eventually have to be a subscriber to Creative Cloud to take advantage of those offloaded features.

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