Adobe Photoshop Express – PhotoShop it, in your pocket.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe have bought Photoshop to Android, it’s not quite the full Photoshop suite (no putting the heads of your loved ones onto monkeys I’m afraid) but it does offer up some useful tweaks for improving pictures taken on your Android handset. According to Adobe you can “Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Quickly share with family and friends” and whilst this is true it’s not quite the smooth ride you may be hoping for.

Adobe make flash. However they do not make flashy intro screens.

The front end of the end is smart enough, a gallery of the pictures stored on your phone open up for you to scroll through. If you have an Adobe ID you can also see any pictures you have uploaded to your account (if you don’t have a free account you can sign up direct from your handset). On my handset APE did a good job of only picking up the pictures I had taken with my camera and ignored all the other image media on my phone (album artwork for example). On the downside there’s no option over what folders are checked by APE so you may find yourself unable to access pictures stored somewhere that APE isn’t looking. It’s also been mentioned in the Marketplace comments that if you have a lot of pictures stored on your phone you may find the gallery slow to load. Despite these drawbacks the gallery does flow smoothly and menus respond quickly to your actions.
Selecting a photo brings up a full screen view and from here you can either upload it (to Facebook, Twitpic or Photoshop), edit it or delete it as well as set it as wall paper or start a slideshow.

An un-edited photo....

... and the 'Vibrant' effect in full swing. Lovely. (Click both pics for larger comparisons)

Editing pictures is simple, effects are listed at the top of the screen and you simply select what you want to apply, from simple cropping and touch up effects to more extravagant filters (the ‘Vibrant’ effect is essentially the ‘star wipe’* of this app, giving pictures more life and making them look more, well, vibrant). All added effects can be un-done and your original photos always stay intact, any edited photos are saved as copies.
Basic editing such as cropping or straightening is intuitive and effective. Being able to crop and edit photos whilst on the move is a real plus. For more flashier effects however a point for concern is the fact that all processed photos are automatically compressed with no option to choose otherwise. In my experience files originating at 1Mb were squished down to approximately 150kb (depending on the effect). In a side by side comparison processed photos are noticeably smaller by 15-20% which some users may be fine with but I personally I would like the resolution and quality of my photos to stay intact. Because of this reason I am not 100% sold on APE, what’s the point of editing and trying to improve images when the final result is compressed and altered beyond my control? This app could prove ideal for users looking for quick photo editing and uploading, for me it’s just not quite the golden ticket it promised to be.

Link : Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : A nicely put together app with some great basic editing effects. Sadly the app seems to shoot itself in the foot by automatically compressing photos when you decide to use the more flashier effects.

*This is a Simpsons reference where Homer makes a video about Flanders and every scene transition consists of a Star Wipe.

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