Get to know the workspace

Explore where all your favorite tools are in Photoshop on the iPad

As you launch Photoshop on the iPad, you can view the home screen of the app. From the home screen, you can start creating your composites or documents and proceed to the editing workspace. In the workspace, you can find your favorite Photoshop tools, panels, and other options that will equip you to create composites and retouch your creative work. More Photoshop tools and features are coming to your iPad in future releases.

Home screen

Easily find all your documents on the home screen in Photoshop on the iPad.
Easily find all your documents on the home screen in Photoshop on the iPad.

  • Home: the Home icon () represents the homescreen of the app.
  • Your work: Find all your documents in Photoshop on the iPad under Your work section.
    • Cloud documents: View a list of all saved cloud documents in Photoshop, whether created in Photoshop on your iPad or desktop. To learn more about cloud documents, see Photoshop cloud documents | Common questions.
    • Deleted: Accidentally deleted a file? No worries! Find a complete list of cloud documents that you have deleted here. You can choose to restore the documents or permanently delete them.
  • Learn: Access an interactive app tour and hands-on tutorials to help you explore what's different when you use Photoshop on the iPad and understand common workflows.
  • Discover: View a curated selection of artwork, projects, and livestreams from other Photoshop users to get inspired and fuel your own creativity.
  • Create new: Easily create a new document with the option to name the document, set the canvas dimension, change orientation, select resolution and choose black, white or transparent background color. You can also explore common preset canvas options in the Print, Screen, Film, or Video categories.
  • Import and open: Quickly import and open your document from the Camera Roll, Files, or take a new photo with your iPad's Camera. Your imported file converts to a Photoshop cloud document and opens on the canvas.
  • New and upcoming features: View a summary of new features releasing with a new version and what's coming in future releases of Photoshop on the iPad. Adobe is building Photoshop with valuable inputs from its large community of users like you. 
  • Recent: Use the Recent section to access all the documents you worked on recently. 
  • App Settings: Tap  to set your preferences while working with Photoshop on the iPad. To learn more, see Manage app settings.
  • Cloud docs help: Tap  to check whether you're online or offline, and the save status of your cloud documents.

Edit workspace

As soon as you open a document, you will enter into the editing workspace and your creative work can begin. The canvas displays the area where you interact with your open document. Photoshop on the iPad offers you a context-aware user interface. Core tools and tool options are contextual and surface only when you need them.

Get to know the Photoshop workspace on your iPad

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A. Home B. Filename C. Current zoom level D. Undo E. Redo F. Cloud docs help G. Send to H. Document properties 

A. Home: Use the back icon to switch back to the home screen from the editing workspace at any time.
B. FilenameDisplays the name of the document currently open.
C. Current zoom levelDisplays the current zoom level of the open document.
D. Undo
Reverts the last action performed.
E. RedoRestore the last action undone.
F. Cloud docs helpCheck whether you're online or offline, and the save status of your cloud documents.
G. Send toUse the Send to icon to publish, export, and livestream your work.
I. Document properties:
Use the Document properties panel to resize your document to suit your requirements


A. Move: Move selections and layers.
B. Transform: Apply various transform operations to the selected layer or object.
C. Select: Make a selection with the selection tools—Lasso, Quick select, Rectangular marquee, and Elliptical marquee. Long press icon to reveal all selection tools.
D. Brush: Apply brush strokes and control brush settings.
E. Erase: Remove portions in your photo where you apply the eraser brush strokes.
F. Fill: Fill the active selection with the foreground color. Long press icon to reveal the Gradient tool.
G. Heal: Retouch and fix imperfections with the Heal tool. Long press icon to reveal the Clone stamp tool.
H. Crop: Crop your selection, and choose to rotate and recenter.
I. Type: Create a type layer to add text.
J. Place photo: Add photos from Camera Roll, Files, Libraries, and Camera
K. Eyedropper: Easily change foreground color by sampling from any layer.
L. Color chip: View the selected foreground and background colors in the color chip. Swipe vertically to switch between the two colors. Tap the color chip to choose a new color from the color picker that appears. 

Note: Long press the icons that have triangles on the bottom right to reveal more tools.


A. Move B. Transform C. Select  D. Brush E. Erase F. Fill G. Heal H. Crop I. Type J. Place Photo K. Eyedropper L. Color chip 


A. Compact layer view: See all the layer thumbnails in a simplified view. 
B. Detail layer view: See an expanded layer stack with masks, layer names, visibility, and group contents.
C. Layer properties: View blending options, adjustments, and dimensions for the type of layer selected (type, pixel, adjustment, and so on).
D. Add layer: Insert a new layer. Long press for more options — add a new layer, adjustment layer, or empty group.
E. Layer visibility: Control layer visibility.
F. Add layer mask: Add layer masks to hide or reveal portions of a layer.
G. Add clipping mask: Add clipping masks to hide or reveal portions of a layer based on the layer below.
H. Filters and adjustments: Apply various filters and adjustments to the selected layer.
I. More layer actions: Reveal more actions you can perform with layers.

Note: Long press the icons that have triangles on the bottom right to reveal more tools.

A. Compact layer view B. Detail layer view C. Layer properties D. Add new layer E. Layer visibility F. Add mask G. Add clipping mask H. Filters and adjustments I. More layer actions 

Tool options

You can control the settings of your selected tools using the tool options. Tap a tool icon to bring up the tool options. 

Hold and drag the grabber at the top of the tool options to move it around the canvas. You can also dock tool options by dragging it to the bottom of the toolbar and releasing.

Note: All tools do not have tool options.

Touch shortcut

Use the touch shortcut to quickly access alternate actions of a selected tool in Photoshop on the iPad.

To learn how to use primary and secondary touch shortcuts, see Touch shortcuts and gestures.

Touch shortcuts for Brush tool
Left: Primary touch shortcut. Right: Secondary touch shortcut.

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