Photoshop.com Mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch is now available in the iTunes app store for free. The Photoshop.com Mobile app allows you to edit and share photos directly from your iPod touch or iPhone. It connects to your online Photoshop.com account if you have one, or you can use it to edit the photos stored directly on your device. If you don’t already have a Photoshop.com membership, the free basic plan will give you 2GB of online storage. A Plus membership is $50 per year and gives you 20GB of storage.
I don’t have an iPhone, but I have been playing with the app on my iPod touch and I think Adobe did a really nice job with this app. I can access all the photos synced to Photoshop.com from Photoshop Elements, as well as the photos I have synced to the iPod’s storage. You can also upload photos from your device to your Photoshop.com account–a useful feature for those who have an iPhone with built-in camera.
Editing features in the mobile app are organized under four buttons:
- Basic: crop, rotate, flip
- Color and Tone: exposure, saturation, tint, black & white
- Interactive effects: Sketch, soft focus
- Effects: vibrant, pop, border, vignette blur, warm vintage, rainbow, white glow, soft black and white
For cropping, the app displays a crop rectangle with “rule of thirds” grid, and you simply drag the rectangle to move the crop, or drag corners to adjust the size. You can choose to lock the crop to preset aspect ratios (1:1, 3:4, or 4:3) or do a free crop. To rotate a picture, you just drag your finger in the direction you want it to go. To flip, you slide your finger up, down, left or right. For the color/tone and interactive effects, you slide your finger left or right to increase or decrease the amount of the effect. The last group of effects are one-tap effects with no adjustments.
Strangely absent is a zoom in/out function. It seems like they could have easily done something like the pinch zoom in the default photos app on the iPod, but for whatever reason, no zoom function is provided.
The app provides very intuitive controls and undo/redo options. Popup tips are provided for learning how to perform the interactive function, but they can be turned off once you’ve learned the functions. The app works in landscape or portrait orientation, which is always nice. You can save your edited photos back to your device memory, or upload them to your Photoshop.com online account. When you upload, you can write a description for the photos, and choose an album to put it in. Your online photos and albums can also be shared via email right from the mobile app.
All in all, a very nice first release for a Photoshop mobile app. Definitely get it if you’ve got an iPhone or iPod touch. If you don’t yet have a Photoshop.com membership, you can open one directly from the app.