Adobe just released their first three Photoshop Touch apps for iPad. These apps allow you to connect Photoshop on your computer to your iPad and use that connection to interact in different ways. Eazel is an app that allows you to paint on your iPad and send the resulting piece straight to Photoshop wirelessly, where you can touch it up.
What is it?
With Eazel, your fingers are the brushes and your iPad is the canvas. Adobe prides themselves on the painting technology incorporated into this app, which allows for the mixing of wet and dry paint as you complete your masterpiece.
How does it work?
As stated above, your fingers are the brushes, so it’s a little like finger painting. There are some obvious challenges to overcome with the iPad, since it isn’t sensitive to pressure. Thus, Adobe has incorporated controls that come up with a simple five finger tap. This gesture is nice since the controls don’t have to take up precious screen space when not being used, but can be a challenge to use if you have the extra iPad multitouch controls enabled. Each finger involved with your five fingered tap has a menu item associated with it that will also follow it if moved. There’s undo/redo, color, brush size, opacity and settings.
While you can’t use a color picker in this app, you can access every color on the wheel and save five of them at a time. Brush size is determined by dragging up and down to adjust the current size represented in the corner. Opacity is done similarly. And finally, settings is where you’ll set up your connection to Photoshop.
Painting is dead simple to do, but difficult to do right for a number of reasons. Since this app allows for the interaction of wet and dry paints, there’s probably a lot of technique involved with painting something worth looking at. That said, the app seems to bleed paint strangely at points. I’m no artist, but it just seems overly difficult to paint what you intend when paint can bleed far from where you put it on the page. I’m all for realistic mixing of paint, but it seems there is something off here.
When you’re done painting, just bring up the menu and send your masterpiece off to Photoshop. Actually, that’s one of the main features this app is showing off. It happens simple enough; just set up your connection and send of the image.
Is it contagious?
No. It’s one of Adobe’s first Photoshop Touch apps, so one of its main goals is to just show you what’s possible. It does accomplish this in a way. It’s fun and seems somewhat natural at times, but most times the iPad struggles to keep up with what you were doing a few seconds ago, which is incredibly frustrating. I tend to think iPad 2’s processor should be more than enough to power a relatively simple finger painting app, so I’m hoping they find some ways to optimize this code going forward. As such, I have a hard time recommending this app, at least until performance is acceptable.
A price drop may be in order, as well.