Before I begin, let me be upfront and tell you that I love Adobe’s photo editing software. In my opinion, while they tend to be a little pricey, Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom are the best image editors out there. That’s why I downloaded Adobe Photoshop Touch with high expectations.
Photoshop Touch promises to bring many of the most used (and most useful) features of the full-blown Photoshop program to your mobile device, and Adobe pretty much succeeded in that regard. But that being said, I found several important features and tools difficult to use on a tablet and smart phone.
Don’t get me wrong – this app certainly has its strong points. For example, if you need the flexibility of working with layers and the most popular filters and brushes, you’ll probably be well served by purchasing PhotoShop Touch.
Making basic exposure and sizing edits is a breeze, but the way Adobe handles working with White Balance could use some work.
One of my biggest frustrations arose when I tried working with text. I found the procedure tedious and the results far less than thrilling, in part because of the poor selection of included fonts. Truth be told, other photo editing apps (including several free ones) are much better at handling text.
Bottom line: PhotoShop Touch is loaded with powerful features and tools for editing images on your mobile device, but I believe that many of them are simply too cumbersome to use on a regular basis.
If all you need is the ability to quickly make basic adjustments to your photos, Adobe Photoshop Touch will certainly get the job done with ease. But in my opinion you’d be better off going with one of the many free apps that are available.
With a bit more work, Photoshop Touch has the potential to become a must-have app for anyone who needs to work with images on a mobile device. But in my humble opinion, it just isn’t there yet.