Adobe working on a free web-based version of Photoshop

Across the world, Photoshop is lauded for its advanced photo editing and graphic creation tools. However, it remains a considerably costly option, locking out many creators who would like to utilize it for fun and work.

Things are about to change as Adobe Inc, the company that owns and runs Photoshop announced a free-to-use web-based version of the popular software.

The free version is already being tested in Canada where users access the software after creating a free Adobe account. Adobe terms this as a freemium service, signifying that some features may be unlocked upon upgrading to a paid plan.

Adobe’s VP of digital imaging Maria Yap said, “We want to make [Photoshop] more accessible and easier for more people to try it out and experience the product,”

Adobe released the web version of Photoshop last October, but it was a much-simplified version that was more of a collaboration tool. It was loaded with just a few basic tools, but it’s now being opened beyond collaboration cases.

“I want to see Photoshop meet users where they’re at now,” Yap intimated. “You don’t need a high-end machine to come into Photoshop.”

Although it’s been one of the most popular design applications, Photoshop has had several barriers to access, including cost. With a stripped-down version, the software is set for a wider user reach.

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