Photoshop for iPhone and Android
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Published on November 8, 2016
Versions of Photoshop for iPhone and Android have been released by Adobe in an effort to grow the base of Photoshop and Creative Cloud users. While Photoshop remains the standard for professional image editing, Adobe has yet to capitalize on the significant growth in mobile photography. Apple and Google have widespread use of their photo storage, editing, and sharing apps, Adobe is not seeing significant adoption of their mobile apps. With the release of new versions of image manipulation apps that Adobe has placed into the Photoshop family of products: Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix. These two Photoshop related apps have existed for some time on the iOS platform for iPhone and iPad, and are also available for Android devices. Despite including Photoshop in their name, don’t expect professional-level Photoshop functionality within them, as these mobile tools attempt to meet the needs of those working on a phone or tablet. In a nod to most users’ choices to use services other than Adobe’s for storing and managing photos, Adobe makes it possible to bring images from Google Photos into these Photoshop-branded mobile apps.
Adobe has introduced the first version of Photoshop Fix for Android, which joins an already established version 2.3 of Photoshop Mix for the same platform. These Photoshop tools compliment a wide array of mobile apps from Adobe as part of the Creative Cloud family, which now include Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Draw, and Comp CC. These are not part of the full-featured Adobe CC apps on which we provide Creative Cloud classes and Photoshop classes.
Photoshop Fix provides minor retouching capabilities, such as use of the “healing and liquify functionality found in the big-brother version of the app, the full-featured version of Photoshop. This latest version of Photoshop Fix works on both Android phones and tablets.
The mobile retouching tool adds features for automatic skin smoothing to identify and remove wrinkles within a face. Photoshop Fix also adds adjustments to change the warmth of an image as well.
The complimentary app, Photoshop Mix, is more of a drawing tool than an editing tool. The Photoshop Mix cutout feature with the ability to use brush, lasso, and shapes as part of a cutout. As it is used on phones and tablets, a new finger painting selection option also includes the ability to change the brush size along with the hardness of the edges.
The Lasso tool provides controls similar to those in the full version of Photoshop , with the ability to define an area to create a selection, as well as add or remove from the selection to be used in a cutout, or use any of the new shape selections for defining a circle, rectangle or other standard shape for a selection.
Both the Photoshop Mix and Photoshop Fix apps are available from the Apple and Android stores at no cost, and require an Adobe account to use. While these mobile apps are available at no cost, they do not provide access to the full features of Photoshop, which requires a paid subscription.
About the author
Jennifer Smith is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.
Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.