Adobe Photoshop Touch – Review – Edit photos like a pro right on your iPad

On July 10, 2012

App Type: Uncategorized

Adobe Photoshop Touch – Review – Edit photos like a pro right on your iPad

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By: Adobe Systems Incorporated

Version #: 1.2

Date Released: 2012-05-11

Developer: Adobe Systems Incorporated

Price: 9.99

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Both available on iPhone and iPad, Adobe Photoshop Express is a decent photo-editing app. But let’s face it: the app is pretty basic. It suffices for such simple actions as cropping and rotating. But for more advanced editing tasks, it’s admittedly underqualified. Fortunately, Adobe has released Adobe Photoshop Touch, a more feature-rich iOS version of its popular image manipulation software.

Unlike Adobe Photoshop Express, Adobe Photoshop Touch is compatible only with iPad (second- or third-generation, to be specific). Which is just as well, considering its functions are more suited to be performed on a much bigger screen than the iPhone’s.

To be sure, Adobe Photoshop Express doesn’t offer its desktop counterpart’s full suite of features. It does, however, offer access to essential photo-editing functions including layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters.

If you already know your way around these functions by virtue of your experience with Adobe Photoshop on your main computer, then using them on Adobe Photoshop Touch is just a matter of adapting to the iPad’s touchscreen. Otherwise, you can refer to the app’s detailed tutorials, which also give instructions on how to arrive at certain photo effects.

The app also comes with two special tools called Scribble Selection and Refine Edge. The former lets you specify portions of an image to keep or remove by just scribbling on it, while the latter enables you to perform more refined selections.

Adobe Photoshop Touch is tied with Creative Cloud, Adobe’s very own cloud storage service. When you’re finished touching up an image, you can sync with the service to have your file saved in the cloud, in addition to having it shared via Facebook.

Supporting a maximum image resolution of 2048 x 2048 pixels with 10 layers, Adobe Photoshop Touch is a well-designed tablet version of arguably the most famous piece of software from Adobe. While it still lacks Retina display support for the third-generation iPad, it’s able to facilitate the modification of images for more or less optimal results.

Quick Take

Value:Very high.

Would I Buy Again:Yes.

Learning Curve:A bit high.

Who Is It For:Users who are inclined to perform photo manipulations.

What I Like:The touch-optimized interface.

What I Don't Like:No Retina display support yet.

Final Statement:Adobe Photoshop Touch is a more than worthy iOS implementation of everyone's favorite image editing software.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Transform images with core Adobe® Photoshop® features in an app designed for tablets.

Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.

• Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.
• Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.
• Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.
• Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.
• Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
• Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
• Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects.
• Sync projects to Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop CS5 or higher.
• Free membership to Creative Cloud gives you 2GB of cloud storage plus the ability to sync between tablet and desktop, access files from the web, and easily share with others.
• Maximum image resolution: 2048 x 2048 pixels with 10 layers

• Requires iPad 2 or later and iOS 5. Not available for iPad (first generation).

*Internet connection and complimentary level of membership to Adobe Creative Cloud is required for use of this feature. Creative Cloud membership is only available to users 13 and older and requires agreement to additional terms and Adobe's online privacy policy. Creative Cloud may not available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice.

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