Is Photoshop Touch for Photos?

Photoshop Touch

As promised, today I am going to take a closer look at Photoshop Touch from the folks at Adobe.  Designed to give photographers on the go something for doing quick edits on their mobile devices (i.e. an iPad), Photoshop Touch is basically a light version of the full Photoshop application that sits on your desktop computer.

Since I will be putting together a more extensive article for Dave over at PhotographyBB, here I’ll just be doing a quick overview of the menus, what options you have for editing, and applying styles and effects to images.  Coming up in the magazine edition, I’ll also briefly discuss some of the features available for drawing and sketching your creative visions from scratch!

The Menus

Photoshop Touch has six main menu options from the top panel.  These serve to do things like crop photos, apply styles and effects, and to perform basic edits on things like white balance adjustments, add text, drop shadows, and other Photoshop-style functions.  Here’s a quick summary of each of the menus (courtesy of the real Photoshop and screen captures from my trusty iPad2)!

Upload to Creative Cloud
Launch Creative Cloud

Save to camera roll
Share to Facebook
Share to email
Send to printer

Add new Folder
Move projects

Duplicate project
Delete project

Connect to Facebook


Photoshop Touch

On my initial edits inside of Photoshop Touch, I can definitely see some stylizing effects that could be useful for the creative eye, typical of what you would expect to see in a “Lite” version of Photoshop.  What I am not seeing though, is very much in the way of photo edits…I don’t see an adjustment brush, and standard types of photo edits like red eye seem to be missing.  There is some potential there, including things like white balance adjustments, and perhaps with some detailed time in, I may ramp up the learning curve enough to make this a decent photo post production alternative for in the field…I don’t think it’s meant for that purpose.

This is more a lite version of Photoshop, rather than Lightroom.  It’s not really a photo manager, there’s no exposure adjustments that I can see intuitively available, nor are there things that I would expect to see in a photo editor like red eye, noise handling, dynamic range adjustments, etc.  These might be obtained through more detailed edits, but I don’t see Photoshop Touch as something for the field photographer.  It’s probably more of a detailed sketch pad for the graphic artist.

I realize here that I am probably creating more questions than answers, but felt that on a first look, it would be helpful to identify the apparent overall goal of the app.  Since it’s only $10 for the app, I am actually going to go ahead and give this a buy recommendation.  Given the features that it does have, I can see the occasional need or use for a photographer.  In the event you can also take advantage of the sketch features, so much the better.  Even if you only get use out of it 10 times in a year (that’s less than once a month), it’s worth the expense.  For the price, and all things considered, this is a pretty solid “lite” version of the full Photoshop.  It’s certainly no workflow solution, but definitely worth the time spent in it for occasional styling, edits, and quick touch ups when you are on the go.

So, if you own an iPad (and at a baseline entry price of $500) you can probably swing the $10 to go ahead with this app.  You can get it from the iTunes App store directly from your iPad, or download via your computer and sync up through that method if you prefer.  More to come from the Adobe front, as we look t Friday where I give another sneak peak into the beta release of Photoshop CS6 (in case you haven’t seen enough of Adobe apps yet! 🙂  )

What about others though?  Has anyone else downloaded this app and kicked the tires?  It’s kind of hard to justify kicking the tires on an app at $10, so not sure what others thoughts are, but if you’ve bought it to try it, share your thoughts here.  Got more questions about it?  Feel free to share those as well.  In the meantime, don’t forget to keep on shooting, and we’ll see you back here on Friday.

Editor Note:  Don’t forget, the March contest eds this Saturday, so if you’re not shooting yet, get it done soon for your chance to win a great book from Joe Farace, titled “Studio Lighting Anywhere”.

LDP Podcast #68: Lightroom 4 – Can There Be More?

Laura Shoe

When Lightroom 4 hit the virtual bookshelves a couple weeks ago, there was quite a bit of buzz in the blogosphere.  I’ve even talked briefly about it solo here on the blog (albeit in Beta format), but now that the hubbub has all died down, it was great to take a step back and really look at the nitty gritty details of the application with the calculating eyes of Laura Shoe!  For those of you that don’t know Laura – she’s an educator and trainer and has released her own DVD and Video resource manual for everything you need to know about LR4.  I invited her on the show to share some thoughts and insights on a deeper level for everyone.  We talk about our favorite features,and look at the roadmap for the program.  Can there possibly be more?  What has Adobe missed or should we expect to see in the future?  We also tackle a few listener questions, so be sure to get the latest from The Learning Digital Photography Podcast!

Laura Shoe

Show Notes:

Our Five Favorite Updates to LR4 and Why…

1.  Highlight and shadow detail – dynamic range
2.  Adjustments brush and graduated filter – we now have localized White Balance adjustments
3.  Soft Proofing
4.  Map Module
5.  Book Module

Features Features to Hope For

1. Panos in Lightroom
2.  Books plugins
3.  Slideshow Module
4.  Content-aware fill in the adjustment brush
5.  Manage PDF Files

Listener Q&A

Find Laura Shoe:

On Twitter
On Facebook
On her website

Thanks to Laura for taking the time out to sit down and talk with us on the show!  Especially exciting as we enter the last week of the March giveaway too, knowing what’s on deck!  Are your photos in yet?  More is coming up this week, so if you haven’t gotten your photos in yet, be sure to get in soon!

First Looks…that’s plural!

Adobe Reviews

There’s been a lot of screaming press lately in the camera industry, and in typical fashion I am a day late to the party here.  Some really exciting changes in software options have been announced by the Mother Ship (a.k.a. Adobe), and lots of blogs, forum communities, and watering holes for photo-geeks like you and I are filling with fodder.  Is LR4 really the bees knees or is it a little sluggish?  What’s the deal with that Photoshop Touch app for the iPad?  And then yesterday, or is it two days ago… the big guns came out – Photoshop CS6!  We’ve seen a few demos on the high profile blogs already (don’t tell me they didn’t have prior access…no one is that fast and good!  🙂  )along with some flashy promotional stuff and other “thoughts” from industry professionals.  How biased or accurate are they?  Tough call.

Don’t get me wrong though, I like salivating over the tools of the trade just like everyone else, but when someone is a self-professed Evangelist  for the folks at Adobe, it does rather temper the impulses from “ooooh-ing” and “aaaah-ing” prematurely.  Well, the good news is that for the rest of us is that some real reviews are on the way! Yep, yours truly was included in what I suspect is my final year of inclusion in the review membership club for Adobe products.

As you may recall, I was not kind to Adobe a while back when some flack about upgrade policy changes hit on CS6 a while back.  Adobe since backpedaled (although probably not from my voice, because….let’s be serious, it’s just me) but I suspect I ruffled a few feathers.  For now though, my participation in the review program remains intact for another season of Adobe products…and what that means is that for those of us who just want real reviews, real thoughts, and real tutorials on usage in real world scenarios (none of those lab-created scenarios where everything is specifically set up to showcase the best features and minimize things like memory consumption, speed/performance, and the occasional oddities of the programs), some stuff is on the way!

I know – much of this is all last weeks news and some nuggets even older, so apologies are in order, but unfortunately, this blog and my photography are not my primary source of income (I’ve also mentioned this before that there may be a dearth of content periodically…).  The “real job” has kept me busy, and a nasty flu bug also sidelined me for a tad too, so the can went empty yet again.  So, mea culpa for the delayed blogging post, but exciting things are coming.  Next week on the blog we should see three exciting posts:

1.  A new podcast with an amazing Lightroom instructor – Laura Shoe!  She’s got an incredible talent for not only the software, but for the educational value and the quality of her training videos are unparalleled in my opinion!  Look for that on Monday!

Lightroom 4

2.  A first look of my own on the app that has taken tablets by storm – Photoshop Touch!  It’s got a few surprises in there, and certainly nothing you’ve seen from the canned demos on the higher profile evangelist sites, so make sure you tune in Wednesday for that!  (The regularly scheduled Wordless Wednesday will be back the following week…)

Photoshop Touch

3.  Then, of course, (if all goes well)…by Friday I’ll have a few insights and thoughts on the new features of PSCS6 to share with everyone (this of course will be off the publicly accessible beta which anyone can download for free now).  I gotta say in advance though – totally digging their launch splash screen!

Photoshop Cs6

More resources on LR4, Photoshop Touch and CS6 are starting to filter in from many good friends of the blog, so you may also see some blog posts talking about some other eBooks and good learning materials as well, so definitely stay tuned, as a whirlwind tour of products, learning resources and a bunch of stuff is on deck!  So, that’s what’s in store…are you ready for it?  About the only thing more exciting I can think of is that Peyton Manning is now a Bronco!  But that’s a post for another blog…