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”.

November Contest Begins with Image Wizards

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We’ve had a logistical delay, but the November contest is finally underway – with the prize being a pretty cool product – a print from the folks over at Image Wizards!  You’ve likely heard lots of industry notables talking about Image Wizards, including Moose Peterson, Tom Rothenberg, RC Concepcion, and of course Scott Kelby.

I should be getting a print soon, and you know a review will be forthcoming once in hand, but for now, it’s exciting and news enough to announce the giveaway!  Thanks to the folks over at Image Wizards for sponsoring the November contest!  Here’s the particulars:

1.  One image per person, with the longest side between 600-800px.

2.  Share your photo in the Flickr thread here.

3.  The theme is Shiny!

4.  All images must be work-safe/family-friendly.

5.  Taken within the last 90 days (preferably during the contest window).

6.  Image submissions must be done by December 2nd.

7.  Have fun!

Notice that the deadline actually extends past the end of November.  This is partly due to the fact that we are starting a tad late, but also because November ends in the middle of the week, so it just makes sense to finish things up on that Friday.  The winner will be announced the following Monday, and the December giveaway will also be announced then.  Good luck to everyone!

Special thanks and shout outs go to the folks at Image Wizards!  (I can’t wait to get the print to review!)  If you have some time, do check out their products and services over on their website – the results seem to certainly speak for themselves!

The June Winner is….

June Contest Winner: Jawdoc

Okay, no drum rolls, no fancy build-up, gonna make it easy peasy this month!  The winner of the free copy of Photo Mechanic from the folks over at Camera Bits, is none other than:


June Contest Winner: Jawdoc

His image of the Tilt-a-Whirl (or whatever you call it) really stood out for me in terms of the sense of motion and speed, so congrats to you sir.  If you could be so kind as to drop me an email, I will forward your name and info over to the folks at Camera Bits who are ready for delivery of your installation code for Photo Mechanic!  One final nod of thanks to them as well, for their generous contribution for the June Giveaway!

And now, for the July Giveaway, our next prize is yet another doozy!  The good folks over at Thinktank Photo have generously sent some of their latest product line to me for review, and now up for grabs is none other than their already well-received Streetwalker Pro bag.  This holds an astounding amount of gear for its size, allows for a tripod, and much more.  I’ve not had a chance to kick its tires yet (so to speak), but you know a review is going to come up soon for this month, so keep an eye and ear open!

It retails for $159 US, and this one is a beauty!


Again, because the prize will be shipped from my location rather than Thinktank, the shipping requirementsare built into this months guidelines:

1.  All images must be between 600-800 px on the longest dimension.

2.  Each person can submit up to two images

3.  The theme is STREET, fitting for a Streetwalker Pro

4.  Contest Deadline is:  July 31st at midnight Mountain Time (GMT -7).  Add or subtract for your own time zone as needed.

5.  US Residents only…sorry international folks.

6. The photo must be included in this Flickr thread.

7. The Flickr photo must be downloadable – we share the winning photo via announcement here on the blog and in newsletters – so I need to get it to do that!

8. Have fun! Remember photography is supposed to be fun so keep that in mind as you approach the May giveaway.

9. Reminder Guidelines and Rules of Engagement links are here for easy reference.

Special thanks to not only Camera Bits and Think Tank photo, but to all the sponsors – and for readers out there, if you would like to see a product reviewed and/or offered up for a giveaway, feel free to drop suggestions in the comments – that’s where vendors look! 🙂

The link to enter the contest is here – good luck to all!