Adobe’s Photoshop Fix app has just been released in the Apple store, and it promises quick and powerful retouching at no cost whatsoever.
The software was unveiled on Monday at the Adobe MAX 2015 conference in Los Angeles, alongside Adobe Capture CC, another app for editing and sharing design assets.
The San Jose, California-based company has incorporated the most important functionalities of Photoshop into a free app, which can currently be used on iOS systems (iPhones and iPads). However, according to company representatives, an Android version will be launched soon as well.
The Photoshop Fix app is especially designed for newbies, since it offers a simple and intuitive interface. The software is extremely responsive, and tends to work better with the user’s finger, than with a stylus.
The 10 sets of editing tools can be easily learnt, and they are all placed at the bottom of the screen. For example, although there’s no histogram display and white-balance correction, the adjustment module can be used for changing exposure, hue/saturation, shadows and highlight.
Other tools such as crop and vignette also allow the user to edit the entire image. In addition, there are modules designed for changing particular sections of the photo: healing, smooth, liquify, color, light, paint and defocus.
For example, the light feature permits the designer to make a certain area of the photo brighter or darker, for a more natural appearance.
The healing tool can remove parts of a photo and replace them with pixels from another area, so it can be used for correcting facial features or for making a distracting object disappear from the image.
It works especially well for solid backgrounds from a high-resolution photo, but patterned areas can still be fixed by adding the smooth tool or the clone stamp.
Another interesting tool is liquify, which distorts areas of the photo, by warping, swelling or twirling. The effects range from subtle changes in facial features, such as bigger eyes or fuller lips, to more exaggerated changes like those in a cartoon.
The size, opacity and color of the brush can also be modified before applying the desired effect. For example, when it comes to hues, users can use a RGB palette for HTML, or a CMYK one for print. Changes have to be saved after applying each layer, and they are reversible using the restore button.
Although it can’t be said that this new Photoshop Fix app replaces the traditional full pack, it is still extremely complex and effective.
Those who wish to try the app can download it from the Apple store and only require an Adobe ID, which is also free.
In addition, provided that they have a Creative Cloud subscription, designers that are interested in doing further editing can easily export their projects from their mobile devices to Adobe Photoshop CC.
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