Adobe Photoshop is one of the most enduring editing apps, and also the most popular photo-editing software. However, while there are free versions of the platform most premium tools are behind a paywall. If you are using Photoshop on the web, Adobe is knocking down that wall and making the app free to all.
The only caveat is you will need to have an Adobe account to access Photoshop for free on the web. This free-to-use model is currently in preview so Adobe can test the situation. That trial is only available in Canada, but the company says it may extend to our countries.
If the trial is successful, the free web Photoshop will roll out everywhere. As for having an Adobe account, it is worth noting a free account is all that is needed to enjoy Photoshop at no cost.
So, what exactly do you get for free? Well, most tools but not quite the complete Photoshop suite. Yes, in other words, the web version will remain under a freemium model. The difference will be that more tools and features will be on the free side of the paywall.
Which Features are Free?
Adobe says most features, brushes, and other tools will be available for free. Some high-level features will remain exclusive to entice users to pay for a subscription.
“We want to make [Photoshop] more accessible and easier for more people to try it out and experience the product,” says Maria Yap, Adobe's VP of digital imaging.
You may be thinking that Adobe Photoshop has been available on the web for ages but that is not the case. In fact, the web version of the editor made its debut in 2021, making it a relatively new product. However, in its free state, the app provides a relatively limited selection of tools, although Adobe has been expanding the feature set.
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