Adobe Introduces Photoshop Touch SDK for iPad

Along with the introduction of Creative Suite 5.5, Adobe announced its new Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit on Monday. The SDK lets developers build iPad apps that work in concert with Photoshop over Wi-Fi networks, and Adobe introduced a couple apps to show off some of what’s possible: Adobe Nav, Adobe Color Lava, and Adobe Eazel.

Adobe Nav shows a collection of Photoshop tools on an iPad display, and lets users select Photoshop tools and jump between documents from their iPad. USers can also customize their tool bar, and create new documents.

Adobe Color Lava is an app that lets users mix custom colors with touch gestures, then send swatches back to Photoshop.

Adobe Eazel is a finger painting-type app that lets users create art with the iPad’s touch surface, then send the images to Photoshop for additional editing. The “paint” in the app acts like water colors, so the longer it sits the drier it gets, making colors interact differently depending on how long they’ve been on your digital canvas.

Photoshop users wanting to try out Nav, Color Lava and Eazel will have to be patient. The apps, along with the Photoshop CS5 update needed to take advantage of them won’t be available until May 3.

The Photoshop Touch SDK is free and available now for download at the Adobe Developer Center Web site.