Adobe (news, site) has pulled at the heartstrings of creatives everywhere with an early demo of Photoshop on the iPad.

Full-Fat Photoshop

Okay, there's already a Photoshop Express available for the iPad, but that's not really going to cut it for art and web content workers who want to design on the go. So, those present at Photoshop World got a pleasant surprise when the company demoed a new proper version of Photoshop on the iPad.

With layers, effects and all the tools that arty types need to create their finest works, it looks as close as you can get to the real thing on a limited screen and with fingers for control. Even if it's just an excuse for designers to show off their latest works on the train, this is a further step on the iPad-as-a-practical tool that Apple showed off at the iPad 2 launch with Garageband and other apps.

But, Is It Art?

You can see a video of the brief demo on this site. Expect many changes between this and any final launch, but it will give creatives something to cling to, and an excuse to expense that iPad on the company account as an essential design tool.

It could also help free designers from their massive monitors and expansive desks and see them join the rest of the creatives in the coffee shops and other preferred work environments.