People have been using Photoshop to edit photos on their computers for years. However, Photoshop Touch for mobile users is a relatively new offer. Many smartphones have built-in cameras that are just as good as standalone digital cameras, so Photoshop Touch is just one more way to enhance photos on your phone, on the go. If you take a lot of photos on your phone and you’re interested in Photoshop Touch, take a look at these six awesome features.
Learn with Interactive Tutorials
Photoshop has never been known for being user friendly, but that’s because it is packed with so many features. As a matter of fact, most professionals have to take several classes before they are really able to take advantage of all Photoshop has to offer. However, Adobe tried to avoid this problem with the Photoshop Touch app. There are interactive tutorials available to help you learn how to do just about anything you want. All you have to do is browse through the comprehensive image gallery to find photos with similar elements that you want to incorporate in your own photos. Then, follow the step-by-step guides.
Access Photos with Adobe Creative Cloud
Cellphones still have limited storage capabilities — the average is 16 GB. This was a potential problem when Photoshop Touch first came out because edited photos can quickly eat up that storage. However, this problem was solved by integrating the app with Adobe Creative Cloud. This means mobile users can store their photos on the Internet without taking up storage space on their phones. Plus, this also makes it easy to access photos from any computer. You can also pull photos into Photoshop Touch from other sources, such as Facebook, Google Image Search, or a computer.
Use Filter Brushes and Paint Easily with Your Finger
You can add just about any special effects to your photos with the filter brushes. All you have to do is use your finger to add them where you want them. Additionally, Photoshop Touch has a built-in edge-aware feature that makes your paint and special effects stop when you reach the edge of an element in a photo. It auto-detects where these edges are located to make your photo editing easier. Plus, everyone knows a fingertip isn’t as precise as a standard computer mouse, so Photoshop Touch wanted to minimize the headache. As a matter of fact, you can even select individual strands of hair to avoid distortion.
Combine Layers with the Selection Tools
One surprising feature of Photoshop Touch is the ability to combine multiple images into one. This is because Photoshop Touch allows users to manipulate layers independently. So, you can add opacity to one element in a photo without affecting others. There are also several selection tools to make adjusting elements within a photo easy. For instance, the Scribble Selection tool allows you to quickly extract part of an image.
Add Text, Shadows, Fading, and Strokes with Easy Tools
There are also several standard tools that allow you to add text and other effects to your photos. It’s easy to add shadows, fading, and much more. Just select the tool you want to use and apply it to your photos with your finger. You’ll have mind-blowing photos in no time. If you already know how to use the desktop version of Adobe Photoshop, you’ll easily pick up how to use the tools in the Photoshop Touch version.
Keep High Resolution Photos with Retina Display Support
Another great feature of Photoshop Touch is that you don’t have to worry about losing image quality or resolution. The retina display supports images up to 12 megapixels. That means you never have to worry about blurry/fuzzy images after you’re done editing. And, since they’re stored via Adobe Creative Cloud, there’s no reason to lower the image quality
This is just a quick overview of the features available on Photoshop Touch. Download it now to see what else you can do. It is available through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Prices vary, but the app is typically around $4.99. That’s pretty affordable in comparison to the desktop version of Adobe Photoshop, and with more features and benefits than Photoshop Express.
Morgan Sims is a writer and recent graduate who loves all things tech and social media. When she’s not trying out new gadgets and tweeting she spends most of her time with her dog, cooking and staying active. Follow her: @MorganSims00.