Adobe is testing the free version of Photoshop in Canada
ADOBE — The company has started testing a free-to-use version of Photoshop on the web and also plans to open the service up to every user.
The Verge reported that Adobe is currently testing the free version of Photoshop in Canada, wherein users are able to access Photoshop on the web via a free Adobe account.
Based on a report, the company describes the service as “freemium” and eventually plans to gate off some features that will be exclusive to paying subscribers, adding that enough tools will be freely available to perform what the company considers to be the core functions of Photoshop.
Adobe’s VP of digital imaging Maria Yap said that they wanted to make Photoshop easier and more accessible for more users to “try it out and experience the product”.
The company first released the web version of Photoshop in October last year, delivering a simplified version of the said app that could be used to handle basic edits on the platform.
Adobe’s goal is to use Photoshop’s web version in order to make the software more accessible and to potentially hook users who will want to pay for the full version.
“I want to see Photoshop meet users where they’re at now,” Maria Yap said. “You don’t need a high-end machine to come into Photoshop.”
As of this writing, the company didn’t provide a timeline on when the “freemium” version of Photoshop would launch more widely.