The iPad is, of course, a cleverly designed, highly versatile tool, something we’ve covered repeatedly here on Gearcrave. But, thanks to their ongoing war/nerd fight/peeing match over Flash vs. HTML5, Adobe hasn’t really tapped the full potential of the iPad as an input tool for Photoshop.

Fortunately, just as a full-featured Photoshop for iPad is being developed, so are apps to use with your desktop to make Photoshop just that much better.

Adobe recently debuted three new apps for iPad that will be released at the same time as the 5.5 Creative Suite update. All three are great tools and dirt cheap, at least by the standards of what you generally pay for Photoshop.

The first, Nav, is fairly straightforward: you use it to select tools and photos while working, and it’s mostly designed for environments where quick turnover is the rule. It’s cleverly designed, though, and seems very efficient.

The second, Eazel, is what it sounds like: an input tool where you use your finger instead of your mouse, although we hope there’s stylus support for fine control. Finally, there’s Lava, which is essentially a color mixing palette.

None of them are really revolutionary in concept, but they’re great in execution, and we can’t wait to try them out.