Adobe is reportedly testing a free web version of Photoshop, which it plans to later offer as a free service to all Adobe account users around the world.
The company plans to call the free service of the most popular photo editing tool “freemium”, which means that while users will have enough “core function” tools to perform the essential functions of image editing, some functions of the software will disappear. . are not available for free.
In other words, Adobe plans to pay for some features against paying subscribers. This means that such features are offered exclusively to only those who purchase the subscription for the service.
Currently, the “freemium” model for Adobe Photoshop’s web client is available to any user in Canada with a free Adobe account, according to the report.
For the inexperienced, Photoshop’s web version first launched in October 2021 as a public beta, which framed Adobe as a collaboration tool for artists to share an image with others so they could make some minor adjustments or leave notes. .
While this simplified version can be used for basic editing, the service did not include all the features, including layers and core editing tools.
However, in recent months, Adobe has made several updates to the service, adding many functionalities such as Curves, RefineEdge, Dodge, and Burn, and the ability to convert Smart Objects.
In addition, in the first release, users had to share a document on the web via the desktop app. However, with the updated version, any Photoshop subscriber can now sign up to start a new document directly from the web.
The updated version also gets mobile support for viewing and commenting on images.
With the move to a free model, Adobe hopes to make the browser-based version of Photoshop more accessible and easier for people to try and introduce more users to the app.
This could be the company’s strategy to attract more users to its platform and increase the number of paid subscribers who can later purchase the subscription to access more premium features after trying the free version.
“we want to make” [Photoshop] more accessible and easier for more people to try it out and experience the product. I want Photoshop to meet users where they are now. You don’t need a high-end machine to get into Photoshop,” Maria Yap, the VP Digital Imaging at Adobe, told The Verge.
It’s unclear when the free-to-use browser version of Adobe Photoshop will be made available to more users outside of Canada. Stay tuned to this space for more updates!