P: Add Pen Tool to work with paths on iPad/mobile

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 05, 2019 Nov 05, 2019

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Indeed, this is absolutely not “Photoshop on iPad” as stated and promised in the lead up to launch! You must quickly include the Pen tool to create paths as this is a basic essential of compositing! Please do this quickly. Thank you.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 07, 2019 Nov 07, 2019

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In Photoshop (desktop program), I use the pen tool to draw a path on a photo and then apply a layer mask to cut it out. It's the best and most precise way to cut out a photo. The apple pencil would make cutting out photos so much easier, if only the new Photoshop iPad App would incorporate these features. 

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LEGEND ,
Nov 07, 2019 Nov 07, 2019

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Please add the Pen tool! Huge part of mine and a lot of peoples workflow! Also would be great to be able to start an edit on Lightroom mobile and then transfer it to photoshop mobile. Do that and it would make this 10x better! Thanks Adobe! 

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LEGEND ,
Nov 07, 2019 Nov 07, 2019

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Not only would it be useful to have the standard pen tool where a point is placed on the canvas where you lay your pen, but also perhaps a new type of pen tool that lets you freehand. It would allow you to just draw with the apple pencil or your finger like you would any pencil and it would create a path as you go along. A streamline adjustment feature would be helpful too, especially with this one, to smooth the paths that are drawn.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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You'll have to be patient. I suspect its going to take a while considering how many demands I see for this, that, and the other. I personally don't need the Pen ahead of a lot of other stuff so consider that too, yours might not be the top priority.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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I have been using Photoshop since 1992. I think the least we could expect is that the tools that were available in that version of Photoshop would be available 27 years later. Photoshop is fundamentally a compositing tool, the Pen tool is the most essential part of this process.

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Contributor ,
Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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Photoshop is fundamentally a compositing tool, the Pen tool is the most essential part of this process.

For you! I edit nature macro photos and I almost never need the pen tool.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 18, 2019 Nov 18, 2019

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Pen tool

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LEGEND ,
Dec 06, 2019 Dec 06, 2019

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I just did a ton of updates to use Photoshop for iPad so I could finally use the Photoshop Path tool on my iPad. I was very disappointed that paths aren't yet supported, that was literally the only feature I was looking for. Please bring paths to Photoshop for iPad soon.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 11, 2019

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Amen! I've been waiting as well!

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LEGEND ,
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 11, 2019

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Right on Simon,  the pen tool should be a no brainer!!!!

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LEGEND ,
Dec 12, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

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Yes please! Cutting paths is fundamental for compositing. Can't wait to be able to use the Pen Tool via the PS iPad app (hopefully sooner than later!).

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LEGEND ,
Dec 13, 2019 Dec 13, 2019

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All the selection tools in Photoshop for iPad are lacking. I’ve been using Photoshop professionally since version 2.0. At the very least the selection tools need to be able to select and deselect. Without these basic options this app is unusable.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 13, 2019 Dec 13, 2019

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 All the selection tools in Photoshop for iPad are lacking. I’ve been using Photoshop professionally since version 2.0. At the very least the selection tools need to be able to select and deselect. Without these basic options this app is unusable.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 08, 2020 Jan 08, 2020

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Agreed, need this pen tool asap. ill keep asking every month to keep this current... 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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I can’t see where I can add shapes and/or mask to shapes.  Please let me know if you know where or how.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 18, 2020 Jan 18, 2020

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Funny how they say you change one pixel on your ipad and it will update on your iCloud, too bad i cant change only one pixel at a time, retro game designers need pixel perfect control over their projects.  Im having fun using this especially with apple pencil, but not having a pencil tool means im just goofing around instead of working, how hard can it be to insert a basic feature like this??? How about a quicky update, months between is unacceptable.

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New Here ,
Feb 06, 2020 Feb 06, 2020

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Actually, a couple of the selection tools are growing on me, but I really miss the Polygonal Lasso selection variation the most.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 21, 2020 Feb 21, 2020

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Please Adobe, I refer you to my request made last year for the one single most important part of Photoshop for compositors and that is THE PEN TOOL! Why are you ignoring a tool that has been around for the thirty years Photoshop has been around. I have been using Photoshop for 27 years, surely this is a simple thing to implement. Can you give me a reason why you are not doing this? I look forward to your reply.


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Feb 22, 2020 Feb 22, 2020

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Adobe have said repeatedly that they are working to bring more tools to PS for iPad. Patience is the key. See https://m.dpreview.com/news/204648806...

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LEGEND ,
Mar 11, 2020 Mar 11, 2020

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The pen tool is essential,

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New Here ,
Oct 28, 2020 Oct 28, 2020

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So still no pen tool.

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New Here ,
Nov 05, 2020 Nov 05, 2020

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The Sensei selection tools are not accurate enough to isolate objects from the background for my job.  I was hoping that I could use the pen tool on Photoshop for iPad like I do with the desktop version to isolate and mask objects.  The iPad version is useless to me without this functionality.  When will this be added?  By the way, the marketing material is misleading about the capabilities of the mobile version. I assumed that most of the functionality and filters would be there based on what I see on the Adobe ads and website..  

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LEGEND ,
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 02, 2020

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Another vote for the essential pen tool here please. It’s very useful to be able to create curves when editing photos....

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