We’ve been dying to get our hands on the Adobe Touch Apps ever since they launched on the Android Market a fortnight ago. So it was very nice of Adobe to send us a tablet loaded up with the lot of them to review. Starting with Photoshop Touch we’ll be working our way through the entire suite this week. So stay tuned to Life Of Android for the ultimate lowdown on these top notch Android design offerings.
The first thing to bear in mind when you’re using Photoshop Touch is that it isn’t a replacement for its desktop equivalent. Although an impressive amount of features have made the transition from one to the other, you’d have to spend a hell of a lot of effort getting the same results on a tablet as you would on a PC. With a £6.99 price tag as well, this app is too pricey to justify a casual purchase for a one-off usage.
So why on earth would you download Photoshop Touch? Well, it’s the best photo editing app for Android we’ve tested to date. If your career involves sketching out photo designs on the go and testing out your ideas while they’re fresh in your mind, you’d be a fool not to give this a download.
Such are the number of features written into this offering, even after a day’s worth of testing we feel we’ve barely scratched the surface of Photoshop Touch. This can be a little bit baffling if you try and dive straight on into the app at first, especially since most effects have been given modified touch controls to suit the platform you’re working on.
Thoughtfully, Adobe have included tutorials for almost every major editing technique which are both detailed and intuitive. It’ll take you about forty-five minutes to get through the bunch but by goodness will you be glad you did.
Amongst the many bits of magic you can whip up with Photoshop Touch, there are options to edit images across separate layers, merge different photos into one single picture and add multiple effects to your snaps from a subtle blur to extravagant pirate hats. Because these are proper design techniques, they’re not the kind of things you can do with the touch of a button. You have to learn each trick but, thanks to the combination of those tutorials, an easy button layout and some superb touch controls, this won’t be a problem.
As we said at the start of this review, the end results of your touchscreen endeavours will be be pretty good looking but they won’t be perfect. For an Android tablet design app, it’s really tough to envision how Photoshop Touch can be bettered. Until the its next edition that is.
The Bottom Line
A quality puzzle app going cheap, snap it up while you can.
Version reviewed 1.0.0
Requires Android 3.1 or higher
Download the Adobe Photoshop Touch app from the Android Market.
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