Adobe Photoshop Express 2.0
iOS App of the Week Having taken the plunge into iPhone photography with the Slow Shutter Cam app, I decided my next step should be Adobe's Photoshop Express, which has just been updated to version 2.0.
Adobe Photoshop Express: the UI's as straightforward is it could be
Photoshop Express is by no means the most sophisticated photo-editing app available, but the basic version is free and is very quick and easy to use.
If you’re using an iPhone, you can shoot photos within the app itself and then go straight into editing mode. Oddly, though, Adobe seems to have overlooked the cameras in the iPad 2, so you still have to shoot photos using Apple’s Camera app and then import them into Photoshop Express for editing.
The editing tools provided are straightforward, and include options such as crop, rotate and straighten, and basic controls for exposure, saturation and contrast.
Crop your snaps (left) then upload them direct (right)
There’s also a small selection of effects filters, and the app makes good use of the touchscreen controls by allowing you to adjust settings by sliding your finger across the screen.
Next page: Optional extras
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Re: You didn't get the memo?
>I mean, no Excel.
What, too good for Numbers are you?
... for Android.
I also make extensive use of Iris Photo Suite for comprehensive general editing plus effects, textures, layers, etc. It's a fantastic app. I use Photoshop Express occasionally but it's not all that great in comparison to these other options.
Well, it's by a big name, so it's got to be the best, right?
Personally, I would have gone for Camera+ - not free, but at 59p, it's hardly going to break the bank.
This allows users to take photos, edit them and them share them. I won’t go through the list of the camera functionality, but features like exposure control, stabilizer and a grid for lining up shots is very handy… plus a self-timer, which Adobe is charging extra for. I haven’t used this latest version of PS Express, but with the last one, Camera+ won hands down in terms of taking pictures.
In terms of editing, Camera+ allows you to crop, rotate, straighten, plus apply a very decent number of effects and filters (much more than here). Normally, the end result is good and there’s no need to fiddle around with contrast, saturation etc. However, if I’ve found that there was a need to, then the best tool is Mill Colour – free and seriously good stuff… now things might have changed in this version of PS Express, but the previous one as a tool was substantially inferior to MC.
Although not free (but very cheap), Photogene and Photoforge have always been considered to offer rather more functionality as a photo editor than PS Express and it might be interesting to compare these apps sometime.