Adobe is working on a free version of Photoshop

Patrick Devaney


Adobe Photoshop is both the number one graphic design suite in the world and a shining mecca on the hill for Softonic users. Everybody wants Photoshop! Well, today we can bring you good news, Adobe is working on a web-based version of Photoshop that will be available to use for free. Let’s dig into this news a little further.

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Back in October last year Adobe launched a beta test version of a “freemium” version of Photoshop for web in Canada. Adobe calls this freemium web version of Photoshop, “a preview of a small set of Photoshop editing features all running on the web”. Well, the big news now is that it is now out of beta testing and is now available to users in Canada for free.

Adobe is working on a free version of Photoshop

The free web version of Photoshop comes with quite a few features too. Most importantly, perhaps, is layering. You will be able to add different layers to your graphic design projects, you will also be able to crop, resize, and make text edits. Other basic functions available include the paintbrush and eye-dropper tools. If you are a professional graphic designer, you probably won’t be impressed by this set of features, but for pretty much everybody else, you will have more than enough available here to pull off whatever basic graphic design projects you will have.

Speaking to The Verge, Adobe’s VP of digital imaging said:

“We want to make [Photoshop] more accessible and easier for more people to try it out and experience the product […] want to see Photoshop meet users where they’re at now You don’t need a high-end machine to come into Photoshop.”

This is big news because, as we have already mentioned, everybody wants Photoshop but hardly anybody wants to pay for a Creative Cloud subscription as they don’t actually need it. Photoshop is a massive design suite in itself and most people will probably use less than 5% of all its tools and features. If there is a stripped-down version available on the web for free, we can see this being very popular indeed.

If you are in Canada now, all you have to do to gain access to the new free Photoshop is sign up for a free Adobe account online. For everybody else, all we can do is wait. If you like the sound of Photoshop for free but would rather you had something a bit more fully-featured, you should check out our guide to the best free Photoshop alternatives.

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