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Adobe Plans to Make Photoshop Web Free to Everyone

Adobe has started testing a free-to-use version of Photoshop on the web in Canada and plans to open up the service to everyone.

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Back in October, Adobe released its web version of Photoshop – a simplified version of the famous photo editing app that could be used to perform basic edits.

Photoshop for web was mainly marketed as a collaboration tool, a way for artists to share an image and have others jump in to make minor tweaks and leave annotations.

Adobe slowly updated the service and will reportedly return via a freemium model with a heavily expanded range of editing tools and features.

The new model includes Curves, RefineEdge, Dodge and Burn, Smart Objects conversion, and the ability to create new projects directly on the browser.

The free web-based version will also support previously incompatible devices such as Google Chromebook to access the app.

Adobe says you will need Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge version 90 and above to use Photoshop for web.

If you’re on an unsupported browser, you’ll still be able to view and comment on cloud documents in Photoshop on the web beta.

Interestingly, Photoshop for web won’t work on any Chromium-based browser such as Brave.

Adobe’s goal is to use the web version of Photoshop to make the app more accessible and eventually hook users who’ll want to pay for the full version.

Adobe didn’t provide a timeline on when the freemium version would launch more widely.

You can learn more about the Photoshop web beta on the Adobe website, where Canadian users can also take it for a spin with a free Adobe account.

In other Photoshop-related news, Adobe also previewed a new AI-powered Neural Filter that’s coming to the desktop version of Photoshop.

The new filter lets you restore old photos in a single click by automatically removing scratches, reducing noise, and correcting colors.