Adobe Unveils Three Photoshop Apps For iPad (VIDEO)

Adobe on Monday took the wraps off new tablet-optimized Photoshop software, including three iPad apps.

As part of the release of Creative Suite 5.5, Adobe is releasing a Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit, which allows developers to create tablet and smartphone apps that communicate with a desktop running Photoshop.

To give developers a taste of what these tools can do, Adobe showed off three new apps, which are coming to the iTunes App Store in May.

The first, a $5 finger-painting app called Eazel, lets the user wirelessly send work to a desktop Photoshop app. The second is Color Lava, a $3 palette app that lets the user mix, blend and create colors and themes to export to a PC. The third app, Adobe Nav ($2), taps into a desktop version of Photoshop and lets you control PC documents on your tablet.

Gizmodo wrote about the upcoming apps and the potential the developer's kit holds:

The possibilities of the Photoshop Touch SDK are truly endless. People would be able to use their iPad or Honeycomb tablet to do things like fully control Photoshop tools, from brushes to colors to layers. In effect, this transforms your favorite tablet into a control surface for your favorite image editing software, just like there are apps that could work a control surfaces for music and video editing software.

Note, however, that these apps are not a standalone version of Photoshop for tablets, which was previewed in March and has yet to be released. (You can see a demo here.)

Take a look at the video (below) to see these three forthcoming iPad apps in action.