The world's biggest imaging application goes mobile
Photo: Debbie Grossman
Our original shot (top left) came in flat, so we added contrast (top right), then tried some effects (bottom row).
Adobe Photoshop Touch, the tablet version of Photoshop that launched late last year for Android devices (and just became available for the iPad) is no replacement for the Photoshop on your computer. But it packs surprising power—supporting layers, levels, and curves—and even makes use of layer blend modes.
For now, images are limited to maximum pixel dimensions of 1600x1600. So what’s this app good for? Some creative pros are using it as a way of making quick mockups on the go—a photo sketchbook of sorts. For enthusiasts, it’s a way to add the kinds of photo effects that are popular right now, but on a more sophisticated level.
The interface takes some getting used to, particularly if you are well-versed in the computer-based version of Photoshop. Tools in the toolbar appear and disappear, and menu items are represented by new icons.
Here’s a brief look at what Photoshop Touch can do, from importing to adding effects and sharing. Even if you never try the app, it’s an interesting glimpse into the future of image manipulation. As tablets get more powerful and high-speed Internet connections more common, we expect that full-scale image editing will soon be possible on portable, touchscreen devices.