Photoshop Touch finally lands on the iPhone

By , Feb 26, 2013

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After what has seemed like nearly an eternity, a useful version of Adobe Photoshop has finally landed on the iPhone. Officially dubbed Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPhone, the app is largely the same as the original iPad version, which was released some time ago.

For those of us that have to alter images on a day-to-day basis, this is a welcomed addition to the App Store library.

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If you’ve never used Photoshop Touch before, and are tempted to dismiss it as another watered down app for mobile devices, then don’t kid yourself. Photoshop Touch features many advanced editing tools, layers, and is compatible with Adobe’s Creative Cloud for easy interoperability with the standard desktop versions. I use the iPad version on a day-to-day basis when editing images, and it’s become absolutely indispensable to me.

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The only negative thing I have to say about Photoshop Touch for iPhone is that Adobe double dipped, meaning that it’s not a universal app that works on both tablets and phones. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you already broke bread to purchase the iPad version sometime back — you’ll have to fork over another $4.99 to enjoy this version.

What do you think? Are you as happy to have Photoshop on your iPhone as I am?

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  • TesticularFortitude

    Seeing as you use this daily, I might have to give it a try.

    I always assumed it would be practically useless on my iPad.

    • Jeff

      Well, don’t get it unless you’re serious about image editing. I (obviously) do this on a day to day basis for the blog, that’s why I love it.

      • TesticularFortitude

        You’ve sold me on it… :)

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        Just curious – what do you do besides cropping/enhancing? the pics that usually land on the blog are either screenshots or mockups, but I don’t think you do mockups.

      • Jeff

        I do mockups at times, I also make creative feature images for the blog and images for my videos. I do tons of stuff with PS daily.

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        I’m assuming you’ve used other photo-editing apps – can you tell me what PS does (at least for your workflow) that other editing apps don’t do?

      • No Whammy

        Presumably the ability to use basic layers. I have no experience with this app though.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Meh, I do the real editing (drop shaddows, flash effects, etc) on my PC. On the go, all I need is resize, brighten/dim and crop; which comes in the stock photo app.

    • Jeff

      You don’t get true resize on the stock photo app. iOS messes with the dimensions. That doesn’t always matter, but in my case, it matters heavily.

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        no true resize meaning you can’t specify the exact pixel width/height? because the stock app gives you plenty of resizing options, ratio-wise.

      • Jeff

        Yes, exact pixel ratio. That’s very important. Being able to chose real quality settings, and the list goes on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jhonny1x Jonathan Jaimes

    About time andriod had it for a while now.

    • regkilla

      It wasn’t the official Photoshop app for Android smartphones version though.

  • Zapatista

    snapseed is fine for me.

    • http://twitter.com/tomuky Tom

      Do you not understand the concept of ‘layers’?

      • http://twitter.com/chaoticbuddhist The Chaotic Buddhist

        Thank you. That statement is like saying, “Yeah, I’ve seen the iPhone but I think paper and pencil is fine for me.”

      • Zapatista

        So what?i dont care of the layers you are talking about.its my opinion if you dont like it?the hell i care.Just STFU!in the firstplace iphone is not for photoshop editing.if you like a better editing using photoshop then use a mac or a pc.

      • regkilla

        dude STFU

  • EditWars

    Was kinda bummed it didn’t support iPhone 4 out of the box but with a little work I got it to install and it works just fine.

    • fra

      I don’t know why but disqus deleted my reply… How did You do this? I have an iphone4 and wanting to know what to change to have it working

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    “many advanced editing tools, layers”
    Am I the only one that doesn’t think that makes sense? Or am I just awake too early again?

    • Falk M.

      Awake too early. Mind the comma, or what makes you wonder? :/

      • http://twitter.com/JavHasAChubby Javier Martinez

        No experience with photoshop is likely the cause for confusion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sanil.chitrakar Sanil Chitrakar

    Not just photoshop but there are many other great apps that is frustrating to use it on an iphone because of it’s tiny screen. Please increase the screen size apple.

    • teejay87

      You’re free to pick a note II.
      I love my iPhone’s screen as it is.
      And indeed, iPhone is not made for using photoshop, this version is intended for little emergency retouches.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sanil.chitrakar Sanil Chitrakar

        Hahaha. “Iphone is not made for photoshop”. Why do you need faster processor, better memory and all other better specs for?
        ” you said as if you made the iphone by yourself.
        Do even know why its called SMARTPHONE???
        What will you say about the app iphoto. Apple made that app for ios devices. I want to hear you say iphoto is not made for iphone.

      • teejay87

        I meant iPhone is not made for using photoshop as you use it on a tablet, or better, on a desktop computer.

      • regkilla

        Photoshop works well on iPhone. Stop complaining.

      • teejay87

        Never said it doesn’t.
        HE is complaining about screen size.

      • regkilla

        The taller screen on the iPhone 5 makes everything better.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      yeah all this power and speed in iphone5 and the screen is too small to use most of it.. and the 5S will be even faster ..lol

    • regkilla

      Shrek fingers much?

  • http://twitter.com/yaclexx Yaclexx

    PicShop does the job for me

    • regkilla

      PicShop and Photoshop both are great on iPhone.

  • inc188

    how does this compare to iPhoto?

  • http://twitter.com/chaoticbuddhist The Chaotic Buddhist

    This is cool, but I would never try to work with layers in a format this small.

  • Marvin

    You would make a good salesman.

  • seyss

    so if you paid for the iPad app you have to give money to Adobe again to use the app in your iPhone?

    • seyss

      and when ppl pirate stuff you hypocrites cry “steal steal steal”