Photoshop adds Chromebook support through its new web interface – here’s how it works

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Adobe Photoshop is the gold standard for photo editing, but despite the tremendous growth of Chrome OS laptops in recent years, millions of Chromebook owners have not been able to access Photoshop until now.

Adobe just announced a new web-based Photoshop on its blog, which is currently available to Photoshop or Creative Cloud subscribers in open beta (via PCWorld).

While the ability to use Photoshop in any way from your browser, and therefore a Chromebook, is good news, the downside is that it’s much more limited than the full desktop version of the software. Even Adobe says on its blog post that the web version of Photoshop is there to “do light edits”.

You can use Photoshop on the web in either Chrome or Microsoft Edge, and it includes basic editing features for now. However, an expansion is planned for the future. Tools available currently include simple layers, selection tools, masking, painting tools, eraser, paint buckets, text tools, cropping, and a handful of others.

Adobe Photoshop for the web annotation tool for a landscape photo of a lake

(Image credit: Adobe)

This has some advantages over traditional Photoshop in particular, as you can now share Photoshop images with anyone and allow them to open, view, edit, and provide feedback without downloading or installing anything. You have complete control over the feedback and editing permissions when you share the link, so you control the level of involvement. For many users, this will be the highlight of Photoshop for the web, as creatives will have an easier time sharing with clients before handing in a finished project.

Photoshop for the web is in open beta starting today for anyone with a Creative Cloud subscription, and Adobe is actively seeking feedback. Hopefully we’ll see the feature set expand as we work towards a full release of the product.


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