Perhaps the best bargain for improving digital photographs is Adobe Photoshop Express. It works with built-in cameras on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, Android devices, Windows Phone, and Windows tablet, as well as with the Photoshop.com online photo service.
The full version of Adobe Photoshop can cost you hundreds of dollars, but the Photoshop Express app is free.
To be sure, Photoshop Express contains only a small subset of the features available in Photoshop or even in the cheaper Photoshop Elements. However, the capabilities of the free Photoshop Express are still very impressive. The app appears to be designed primarily for editing pictures snapped by a cell phone’s or tablet’s built-in camera. According to the Adobe web site, Photoshop Express includes the following:
- Fix photos fast—crop, straighten, rotate, flip, adjust color, and remove red eye and pet eye.
- Adjust hue, brightness, white balance, and more with easy slider controls.
- Enhance in fun artistic ways with Looks like Vibrant, Superpunch, and Glow.
- Add a finishing touch with borders and frames.
- Post photos to favorite social sites like Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.
- Email and SMS text your photos to family and friends.
- Snap pictures from right in the app.
- On iPad devices, you can view photos at their sharpest and most vibrant images possible thanks to support for the iPad with Retina display.
While Photoshop Express itself is available free of charge, the program does offer optional add-on packs for a few dollars:
- Adobe Effect Pack for $2.99 offers more than 20 unique photo Looks.
- Adobe Advanced Pack for $4.99 offers noise reduction to reduce grain and speckling in your night photos and also DeFog to reduce fog and haze from photos. The Adobe Advanced Pack is available on Windows Phone 8 and iOS only.
I have been using the free Adobe Photoshop Express app for a couple of weeks now on an iPhone and an iPad, but I have not seen any need to purchase the extra-cost Effect Pack or Advanced Pack options. I am pleased with the free version by itself. Perhaps someone with a more discerning eye than I have will want them, however.
While Adobe Photoshop Express may not have nearly as much capability as its “big brothers,” you still cannot argue with the price! This is a great program for touching up the photos you take with the cell phone’s or tablet’s camera. If you need more capability than what is within Photoshop Express, you can always transfer the image to your laptop or desktop computer and use a more powerful photo editing program there. However, I suspect you will find that the free Adobe Photoshop Express has much of the capability your want.
Adobe Photoshop Express may be downloaded free of charge from the iOS App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, and from the Windows Phone Store.