Adobe releases a free version of Photoshop for browsers

Adobe plans to introduce a stripped-down, web-only version of its popular photo-editing tool Photoshop, The edge Today. The company is currently testing this new freemium version with users in Canada, but will eventually make it available to a wider audience. For now, anyone in Canada who creates an Adobe account can access the free browser version of Photoshop. Engadget has reached out to Adobe to find out when it plans to make the tool available to users around the world, and will update when we hear back.

Photoshop has long been the industry standard for image editing, but the monthly license fee keeps most people from using it. Meanwhile, free or freemium photo editing software like Pixlr, Canva and Photopea have embraced casual users and have also become more sophisticated in their offerings. As The edge notes that Adobe is making its basic photo-editing tools available for free to reach users who are not the mainstream audience. Adobe hopes some freemium Photoshop users will become paying subscribers, especially as the company plans to offer more advanced features in the web version that can only be unlocked with a subscription.

If this sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because Adobe launched its web version of Photoshop and Illustrator for subscribers last fall; though their functionality was limited to basic editing and sharing of comments between collaborators on projects. This new free web version of Photoshop greatly expands the tools available and allows users to start new projects and access more advanced color correction and editing tools.