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Android App Review: Adobe Photoshop Express

Written on March 20, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Adobe Photoshop Express has all the intuitive and aesthetic photo-editing needs of an average Joe. But if you're looking for a more hardcore photo-editing tool, then you should've used a PC/Mac in the first place.

The Market provides tons of free photo-editing apps that allow users to spice up their images in their own unique way. But with the deluge of photo-editing apps available, it’s a little impractical to download and try them all out.

Usually when we look into an app, we often (but not all the time) look at the name first, and then the reviews. We’re quite a sucker for free branded apps and download them immediately upon sight. Not all the times we get satisfied of what we got, but there are times also when these branded apps deliver the right amount of good stuff for our aesthetic needs; one of these is the .

From the creators of the most epic photo-editing tool on PC and Mac comes a relatively epic photo-editing tool for the Android OS. Adobe Photoshop Express is Adobe Photoshop packed into a tiny little app that provides your basic photo-editing needs. And although this version is a humble offspring of the Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Express has the right amount of tools that are intuitive and easy to use for your everyday Joe.

Here are the tools available for Adobe Photoshop Express:

  • Size and Orientation Tools: Crop, Straighten, Rotate, Flip
  • Photo Adjustment Tools: Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Black and White, Contrast, Brightness
  • Focus Tools: Soft Focus
  • Photo Filter Effects and Borders

Considering how dynamic and abundant the tools are in the original Adobe Photoshop, the tools here in Adobe Photoshop Express may be a let down at first, with common effects such as the different types of blur, the overlays and more expansive photoshop filter effects missing from the table. There are times when insta-photo-editing apps such as PicPlz have more and better than the Photoshop Express. But the more you crave for more options, the more you’ll get to realize later on that if you wanted some hardcore editing, you should’ve gone to a PC/Mac instead of a smartphone in the first place!

Adobe Photoshop Express tools are easy to use, although there could have been some improvements with the overall interface (the undo and redo buttons are annoyingly in the way while you’re editing).

What’s cool about the app is that you can instantly upload your pics to Facebook, Flickr or Photoshop.com for the public to see. A downside to this is you can’t use the app to get online. You have to download them through other means and save them to your gallery.

Overall, for a free app, the Adobe Photoshop Express provides the right amount of powerful photo-editing tools for your average Joe. Graphic designers, don’t even think about using this for your masterpieces because this isn’t for you. If you want hardcore editing and filters, then switch to your laptop/PC. But if it’s a simple change of color or some mundane effect filter, then go right ahead and knock yourself out with this app.


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  • Jorge

    One thing that has kept me from considering a tablet, is the lack of ported PC software to Android platform, but I like the idea, I have played with Photoshop and Corel PhotoPaint, and I enjoy these applications on Windows or Mac OS X, now I am considering Android Tablet due to this app, good for Adobe to stay ahead of the curve and getting in the tablet market, Photoshop Express sounds like a breaktrough.

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