Adobe Photoshop Tests Free Version for Web

It's part of a pilot that kicked off in Canada, but will reportedly roll out more widely in the future.

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A free version of Adobe Photoshop is available in Canada, and the company intends to bring it to other regions.

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Adobe is offering the web version of Photoshop for free starting with a pilot program in Canada, in an effort to make its photo-editing software accessible to more people. Photoshop's free version will eventually open up more widely, The Verge reported Tuesday. 

An Adobe spokesperson confirmed the free, web-based version of Photoshop to CNET and added that "all editing features are available." However, the service is reportedly described as "freemium," suggesting some features may require a paid subscription or upgrade down the road.

The free version will include enough tools to "perform what Adobe considers to be Photoshop's core functions," according to The Verge. That's a considerable improvement from Adobe's previous web version of Photoshop, which allowed users and collaborators to do little more than share and comment on documents through a browser. 

Users will reportedly need to have an Adobe account, which is also free, to try out the no-cost version of Photoshop on the web. It's unclear when free Photoshop will be available outside of Canada.

The browser version of Photoshop launched in a basic form last year, and Adobe has added features in updates since then.