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Google and Adobe partner, bring Photoshop to Chrome


Are you a Creative Cloud user that’s been taking advantage of Adobe services? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that Photoshop is coming to Google’s Chrome OS — removing a reason to find an alternative to Google’s web browser for the entire Internet experience.

Adobe Photoshop won’t be a separate app, nor is it ready for primetime just yet. Instead, Google’s Chrome OS will bake the Photoshop software right into the Chromebook OS, running all its processes in a virtualized environment. Adobe Photoshop for Chrome OS is currently in beta mode and will only be available for Creative Cloud education users. This means that only those with a paid Adobe Creative Cloud subscription will have access to the service although Google and Adobe may roll out this feature to a wider audience within the next few months.

Photoshop will also integrate will Google’s Google Drive, so you need only save your artwork to the cloud to take advantage of the service. Chrome for Windows will also bring the Adobe Photoshop software to its experience, so Windows users can also enjoy the same experience as those who use Chrome OS on Google’s Chromebook Pixel and other Chromebook models such as those offered by Acer and other manufacturers. Sorry, there’s no Adobe Photoshop integration for other operating systems such as Android mobile OS or Mac OS X.

Adobe recommends that you have an Internet connection speed of 5Mbps to use the new Adobe Photoshop software in Chrome OS; if you lose your internet connection, Google Drive will save a recovery folder from which you can access the work you were doing before losing your connection. You’ll also need to have 350MB of free disk space, 512MB of random access memory (RAM), Windows 7 or 8, and have an Intel Pentium 4 processor (or higher).

Adobe Photoshop software is crucial for photographers who look to “doctor” their images before sending them, publish them on blogs, or use them for personal purposes. With the addition of Photoshop, users can now, literally, do anything on the Web on their Chromebooks.

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