Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To buy and download Adobe® Color Lava for Photoshop® by Adobe, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Adobe® Color Lava for Photoshop®

By Adobe

Open iTunes to buy and download apps.


Dab. Swirl. Mix. Create custom colors and color themes to use in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

With Adobe Color Lava — a companion app to Adobe Photoshop CS5 software (version 12.0.4 or later required) — you can use your iPad and your fingertips to mix colors and create custom swatches and five-swatch color themes. Immediately access those color creations within Photoshop CS5 — all you need is a network connection between your iPad and your computer. Or use Adobe Color Lava on the go whenever inspiration strikes, and then save your colors on your iPad to bring into Photoshop CS5 when you're connected. You can also email your Adobe Color Lava creations to yourself and others.

• Ideal for experimentation — Dab, smudge, and swirl your way to creating unique individual color swatches and five-swatch color themes.
• Interact with Photoshop CS5 in real time — Simply tap a swatch on your iPad to make it the foreground color in your Photoshop CS5 Color panel, or create a color theme and see your colors instantly in the Color panel.
• Make fine adjustments to your color creations — Use Hue/Saturation sliders and view HSB and RGB values.
• Mix colors even when you’re away from your computer — Save them on your iPad to bring them into Photoshop CS5 when you’re connected.
• Easily share your swatches and color themes — Email them directly from Adobe Color Lava.
• Mix colors directly from photos — Use photos on your iPad and with iPad 2, capture a moment of inspiration with a photo taken while using Adobe Color Lava and then dab, swirl, and mix that image into a color theme.

Take your creativity mobile with Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop CS5.

• With Photoshop CS5 (version 12.0.4 or later) and Photoshop companion apps from Adobe and the developer community, take advantage of interaction between Photoshop and apps on your iPad.
• Make sure you have Photoshop CS5 version 12.0.4 or later so you can connect your apps with Photoshop CS5.
• If you don’t own Photoshop CS5, purchase it on its own or as part of Adobe Creative Suite® 5.5 software.
• Want to give feedback or send questions to the Photoshop team? Visit

NOTE, please read requirements:
• ***You need Photoshop CS5 version 12.0.4 or later to connect this app with the desktop version of Photoshop.***
• Your iPad and the computer running Photoshop CS5 must be on the same wireless network to connect with each other.
• This app will not work with Photoshop CS4 or earlier.

To update your copy of Photoshop CS5 to version 12.0.4 or later, do one of the following:

• Select Updates from the Help menu in Photoshop CS5.
• Download the update from

Having issues connecting the apps to Photoshop? Visit

What's New in Version 1.0.3

• New auto-connect feature
• Bug Fixes

iPad Screenshots

iPad Screenshot 1
iPad Screenshot 2
iPad Screenshot 3
iPad Screenshot 4
iPad Screenshot 5

Customer Reviews

Should be more "natural media"

This app is pretty neat, but suffers from an unfinished interface (needs a separate color picker tool so you don't keep smashing colors around while picking the 5 for the palette, could use palette locking (per chip), palettes that are more or less than 5 colors, an undo button), and frankly given the effort put into making it a simulation of watercolors-- why not put in the effort to implement a subtractive color model (I.e. where blue + yellow = green, aka "paint") instead of standard additive HSB?

In general, I'd be surprised if most professional users saw this as more than a neat toy.

I absolutely luv this!

I haven't upgraded my PS yet , but this is still very useful for me. As a apparel designer, I sometimes will see something that will have colors that would represent a perfect color palette for a season. So to take a photo and pull colors and mix them is brilliant. I know there r other apps that do that, but this is PS :D!
On wish list , I also would like to be able to share with PS touch.... But so far a great start.

So much potential

So much potential, but not quite there yet. I'm not so big on mixing my own colors by hand, but I DO want to define them with my own Pantone, process, and hex colors. If I could use this to plug in and save custom palettes for my clients' corporate (or campaign) colors for both web and print, and then control Photoshop with it, I'd use this app fairly often. But… why just Photoshop? If this custom color palette app could control all of Creative Suite, I'd use the app EVERY DAY. As it now though, I will never use it.

Adobe® Color Lava for Photoshop®
View In iTunes
  • $2.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Size: 2.2 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese
  • Seller:

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
All Versions: