Welcome to my review of Photoshop Touch 1.2 for Android. I’ll be using my Transformer Prime to take you through some of the main features of Adobe’s mobile offering of its desktop image manipulation monster. Adobe says on the Play Store:
Transform images with core 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 tablet.
I like how the interface is a more simplified version of the full blown software, which is exactly what Principal Product Manager John Nack had in mind when he helped develop it. He says on the Adobe Photoshop Touch page he wants to bring Adobe imaging magic to a whole new audience and make creative editing and compositing easier and more delightful. Well sir, you’ve certainly done that. Some might even say he’s made it a little too simple.
The system requirements are at least an 8.9 inch display running at 1280 x 800 on Android 3.1 or later. It does have, at least for now, a maximum image resolution of 2048 x 2048. It runs nice and smooth on the Transformer Prime, and it’s actually really good about not killing your battery. That’s assuming you don’t have the brightness on your tablet turned all the way up. There is also an iOS version for iPad 2 or later running iOS 5.
Photoshop Touch integrates with Adobe Creative Cloud, and with a free membership that comes with 2 GB, it makes it quite easy to share and access your images from almost anywhere. You can even sync them to edit later on the desktop version of Photoshop. You know, in case you didn’t edit it enough on the tablet.
The photo I’ll be using to show you some of Photoshop Touch’s features is some cloud candy I took today. Living in Northwest Montana, we get a lot of great shots like this.
Once you have installed PS Touch from Google Play, take a new photo or go into your gallery and pick one.
Tap the three dot menu and hit edit, then select PS Touch. This will open up that photo for editing.
Once it loads the work space, take a second to get acquainted with the icons and what they do. Starting on the left you have your main tool box, just like in normal Photoshop, except everything is more compact. At the top you have your Marquee Selection, Lasso Selection, Magic Wand, Paint Tool, Healing Brush, Eraser and Blur.
Each of these tools have their own options and settings once they are selected. Under that is your best friend in the whole Photoshop world, Undo, and its cousin, Redo. Under that is the arrow to make the tool box disappear.
Starting on the top menu, the back arrow asks if you would like to save your project.
Inside the Add Image area, you can choose from local photos, Creative Cloud, Camera, Google Images or your Facebook account. You also get taken here from the intro screen if you tap intro, then tap begin a project.
The pencil icon is your edit menu where you find cut, copy, paste, copy merged…etc.
To the right of that is the select all, deselect, select pixels and other selection options.