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Photoshop CC update: Adobe shows touch version of Photoshop running on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft unveiled its Surface Pro 3 at an event in New York on Tuesday, and with it came the news that Adobe has partnered with the company to bring a new, touch-optimised version of Photoshop CC to the tablet.

However, this as-yet unannounced update to Photoshop CC should work with any Windows 8.1 tablet, including Wacom’s Cintiq Companion.

“This release will enable the ability to pinch and zoom, have smoother strokes, and deliver a more responsive experience on Windows 8 Touch devices,” said an Adobe spokesperson in a statement after the event.

Photoshop CC on Windows 8.1

Michael Gough, vice president of experience design at Adobe, took to the stage at Microsoft’s Surface event to give a sneak peek at the upcoming Photoshop CC update.

“If you take the power of Photoshop and you put it on a device like this, it’s a creative’s dream come true,” he said. “Technology is bringing more mobility, more natural interaction and more expressiveness to all our tools.”

Michael noted that Adobe’s customers wanted Photoshop to take better advantage of the screen, the pen and the touch capabilities of the Surface, so Adobe has added new gestures to the software, and has also made changes that take advantage of the Surface Pro 3’s Core i7 processor. The icons are 200 per cent larger, too.

Plus, Microsoft’s new stylus pen for the Surface Pro 3  – which looks suspiciously similar to Adobe’s Mighty pen that Michael demoed to us last year – is fully supported by the upcoming update for natural and smooth pen input.

At the end of his short stint on stage, Michael left us with a teaser comment: “This is just the beginning,” he said. “There’s a lot more I think you can expect from our partnership in the not too distant future.”

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