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Hands-on with Adobe Photoshop Express for Windows Phone

Don't you love it when big-name apps make it to the Windows Phone Store? Earlier today, we told you about the arrival of Adobe Photoshop Express. It has been available on iOS, Android, and even Windows 8. Now, Windows Phone users can join the fun. We've installed it on our Nokia Lumia Icon. Head past the break to watch our hands-on video.

There are already several image-editing apps for Windows Phone. Some of our current favorites are Nokia Creative Studio, Fhotoroom, and Camera360. But having options is great! After spending some time with Adobe Photoshop Express, we think many of you are going to make this app your primary photo editor.

Features:

  • Basics: Crop, Straighten, Rotate, and Flip your photos. Remove red eye.
  • Auto-Fix: One-touch adjustment for Brightness, Exposure and Shadows.
  • Color: Slider controls for Exposure, Contrast, Clarity, Vibrance and more.
  • One-touch filters "Looks": Choose from over 20 eye-catching effects!
  • Share easily to social sites like Instagram and Facebook, and via SMS text.

Adobe Photoshop Express

You can send a photo to Adobe Photoshop Express directly from the Windows Phone camera roll. With the image open, click the three dots on the lower right corner, tap edit, and then select Photoshop Express. You can also open existing photos from within the app.

Like all other editing apps, you have options to adjust several things such as exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance and more. There are also sliders to adjust the strength of the adjustments. Despite all these available controls, our favorite feature is the quickfix button. With one click, Adobe Photoshop Express automatically adjusts several options. It does it really well. If you're still not happy with the quickfix, you can jump in and make your own little adjustments. There's a toggle at the bottom that let's you see the original photo.

Adobe Photoshop Express

We also really like the red eye removal and noise reduction tools on Photoshop Express. With the red eye tool, there's an automatic fix, but it works much better manually. Just tap on the person's eyes. Noise reduction also works great, but it's available as an in-app purchase. It costs $4.99, but we're really pleased with the results. Just remember that applying too much reduction decreases the sharpness of your image.

If you prefer filters, Adobe Photoshop Express has them too. There are several looks to choose from, although you're not able to adjust the strengths of the looks applied. There are over 20 looks that are available for free and additional 20 premium looks available for purchase.

Adobe Photoshop Express

When you're done editing, you can save, share, or upload to Adobe Revel. Saving the photo keeps it in your camera roll, while share allows you to send it over to other apps like email, Instagram, OneDrive, Facebook, Twitter, and more. The third option lets you upload to Adobe's Revel service.

Adobe Revel (adoberevel.com) is a service that lets you collect, preserve, and share a digital photos and videos with other people. You can invite friends and family to join a Group Library so you can all create a huge collection of everyone's photos and videos.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a free download from the Windows Phone Store, but we highly recommend purchasing the Noise Reduction Pack for $4.99. You can do without the additional premium looks. This app is also available on Windows devices.

Will Adobe Photoshop Express become your main photo editor for Windows Phone? Let us know in the comments!

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Hands-on with Adobe Photoshop Express for Windows Phone

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Well in aware that it's usually +random Lumia model. So I guess it's just a quick way of saying what phone you use.

Exactly. And its original, and we created it, and its an inside thing, and its hip, and we enjoy it.

Well I guess if writing +1 you add +1 to the previous opinion... that kind of improves it's significance. Now if you say +1020 it's a biiiig improvement and it also happens to be a model number.

About time!!

Adobe should note that there are some really excellent apps on WP already
(Fhotoroom, Fotor, Creative Studio...)

step up your game Adobe.

Give it time to mature. It was just born into WP. Excellent I am very happy to see this App at WP. Thanks Adobe keep them coming.

But then on the other hand Fhotoroom has been around for a long time and deserves our support. And it's not a product of a big corporation but a small group of people (or one, I'm not entirely sure).

Your loyalty is understood. But WP is now a product of big corporations. Things have changed thus small time dev's will face fierce competition from superior developers. Be happy WP has mature into the next phase. I'm happy for this. And I'm sure many people are. There is 3 horses in the race now.

Ahh but superior funding (support!!) and development methods are generally available more readily to large corps than indie devs.

Really? Do I need to name all the major apps that have basically sat ignored and not updated (supported)? How many don't have Windows Phone versions, at all. Conversely, how many of these indie apps are user responsive and regularly rolling out updates? Time, passion and talent are the most useful resources in this arena and the little guy can and does complete, in making a quality product.

Having worked in big environments, and given the incredible quality of free or very cheap dev tools, including WP ones, the differentiator is often just how good the developer is.

What the big firms add is extra layers of management, and how fancy their cars are.

I really disagree, except in the game arena.  Big companies have to justify development costs, indie developers can spend as much time as they have. 

That's a very short sighted view. Indie developers have jobs, families and other commitments. They may need various devices to test apps on or need to upgrade to a PC/OS that supports Hyper-V. The time that they put in is purely at their discretion.

Developers working at big companies get paid solely to make applications and the companies have the capital to work with and know  that they will probably generate a return in the long run. The developer tools for WP are free for god sake and pretty easy to get to grips with.

Indie developers should be praised for their work. They take pride and have a passion for developement in the first place, something someone working at Adobe may not have/

Do you think services like Steam would be so popular without them?

Not necessarily so imho, one only had to look at the MS xbox Music app to see that big time corporations does not automatically mean superior developers (not to be mean but it has, and still stinks)

Big corps don't = better products either. That mentality would make one believe that with Android's massive market share that they must be better and no one SHOULD pay them much attention.

I'd advise not always choosing the biggest "brand", but rather the best product. For me right now, that means, in order of importance in my editing tools:
1 Fhotoroom
2 Fantasia
3 Adobe Photoshop Express

Yes, APE is there and I think it does better quick fixes than Nokia Creative Studio, but it's not my "best" option for more in depth editing.

While I think it is important to land the major titles, I also think that it is important to reward those who start with and focus on Windows Phone. We want some developer innovation, not just "me too" after thoughts from major apps when their growth trends on iOS and Android slow down.

It's cool to have these major apps from big corporations available for our beloved WP, but i'm agree with you: Fantasia painter is so complete..!

Fantasia Painter is basically Photoshop for WP. Closer than any other app I've tried anyway. Only a few things missing.

Thanks for recommondation. It looks really impressive. However, most people only need basic photo tool. Do you know which is best in WP and W8.1?

I think tt's meant for quick and dirty touch up hence the name "express" and I wouldn't use it to replace fantasia painter. Each have it's uses.

Honestly is ridicolous to make a choice because you feel some sense of loyalty to a brand. That I exactly what being a victim of marketing means... You as a consumer are free to choose products. Branding doesn't mean a thing is just a marketing tool to make consumer drive consumers towards products. But is never the product itself. Anyone can make a good photo editing app as a matter of fact Fhotoroom can compete with PhotoShop Express. You should simply pick what you like most and what better fit your needs. Buying brands turn customers into fanatics, and that is exactly what kill any open market in the end. Just look at the average Android or Apple users...the do not use devices, they are fighting a crusade against the "wrong" devices... :D

If you think this is amazing. What would you think of Photoshop Touch app. That's the one I want. This is the gimped down version.

Not even in the same app category, to me. Fantasia is wizardry. This new app is great for the quick fix + slap a filter/look methods of editing.

If want to edit photo ONLY, then this or Fhotoroom is for you, if you want add cartoony, hip, funky effects, stick with Fantasia Painter.

Fantasia gives me precise control of me edits. If I just want to sharpen a face, I can "paint" that effect just on the face, for example. If one thing could use some saturation just pinch to zoom and then paint the saturation effect. I'm not sure why you think it is for cartoony/hip uses. Fantasia is a seriously powerful tool.

I've tried this app, and its just an average photo editing app. And coming from adobe, I felt they should have done much better. Fantasia still rules!!! I noticed that lots of folks don't know how to use fantasia, that's why they rate it poorly.

Not on par with Photo Shader.
Also, a lot of effects aren't customizable. Other than that it's a good app, but 5$ for the noise reduction, when you can do it for free with Paint.NET on your PC, meh...

Just downloaded this today and I'm definitely a fan.. The quality of the filters and the overall quality is just amazing! I'm even gonna buy the extras.. It makes my pics look a lot cooler than im sure they actually are.. Lol

Fantasia is pretty amazing, but lacks a few features. I personally use lightroom and skip past phone editing BC the saved pic isn't very high red.

If it doesn't support DNG files, then "it isn't Adobe" in my book.  I'll pass on this and continue to use other utilities/apps on my phone and use Photoshop and DNG editing on my PC.

of course but you dont need a gps to read that from the image, but then again, why would you want to see where the photo was edited afterwards? is there even a field in the image data to add that info? seriously ms should employ harder rules for gps traking apps, there are apps that i understand need your location for some things, like that one Hot or Not, but why has it to be traking you the entire time you spend using it after it has started and located you already? i dont even care that much about that kind of privacy, what bothers me is the wasted battery in doing so

I love Thumba but let's remember this Adobe and this is only the first version of the app. Just imagine the possibilities over time...

It's only 36mb but why it require wifi to download? Other apps below 100mb doesn't require that. Anyone facing the same problem?

I found that this app lacks of three things:
1) File picker (for pick a file from other locations and for pick photo in the adobe service from other apps).
2) auto upload photo on their service

3) supporto for lens.

 

PS: also the login with Microsoft Account would be appreciated

The app is a nice start. This only version one guys. Let's stick around and see what happens. I'm sure with Adobe's reputation, they won't just stop here.

What is the deal with many WP photo editors? Can we get landscape editing please? Without that, I'll stick with Creative Studio.

Check it out.. I think the noise reduction is awesome!!

Shot one pic from my Lumia 1020. Applied autofix and saved; then took that saved image, applied 50% noise redux and saved again; here is the result.. Autofix alone is on bottom; 50% noise redux  on top..

I agree with Mark. The autofix is really great. And to be able to fine tune those auto settings is a plus. Great for quick touch up to make a dull photo look lively.

I have never been a fan of photo filters and edits unless the edits were to reproduce the natural scene as accurately as possible. I take photos to capture the moment and for people to see what they could have seen with their own eyes if only they had the opportunity to be there.

So it is a carbon copy of any other editing app. Nothing new. Fantasia Painter does all this and more with no additional purchases. Pass.

As Adobe is sticking with their Desktop x86/x64 apps and has publicly stated they are not developing for Windows 8.x I don't see why I should start using their scaled back "apps" whoes funtions are more akin to a "utilitiy" when other vendors are investing in developing true APPS for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone Stores.

The way I see it, these "utilities" are only ways to draw you into the Adobe Creative Cloud, and very little to do with adding value to Windows Phone or Windows 8. 

For me, it's more worth my time to learn an app from a vendor that is growning their apps and making them better and more feature rich, than start learning a dead-end product with Adobe's name smacked on it, but without any of the value I expect from Adobe.

First of all, you made a good comment, BUT, it is all about assumptions, your assumptions and your way of seeing things. You are maybe right, but also maybe not. You are not in that bussines and certanly not working in Adobe to know things like that.

Second of all, I see things (and i think more of the WP community) like "The more, the merrier", it's good to have a bigger choice, right? Right! My photo editor of choice is Fantasia Painter Pro, maybe there are better editors than this (highly doubted), but this is My choice, yours maybe is Fhotoroom, to others maybe is some third app, etc.

And third and last, This app is new it came up 24 hours ago, give it a time to mature in you, play around, see how things are going, but do it with open mind, do not compare it to others if you want to make a fair judgement, then come and say is it worth it or not. Graphic Design is my hobby, so my favorite tool is Photoshop and I am working with it since version CS2 and i am happy to see an app from Adobe here. Photoshop is not a dead-end product, but contrary, it is the best photo manipulating software ever made, no one came even close to Photoshop, altho there are excellent photo editors out there. Let's see first how this app will mature, grow, with updates, new additions, etc. Ofcorse it will have bugs here and there, but it's a version 1, so sit back, play with it, and if there's bugs, report it, we'll see how Adobe will deal with those :)

Downloaded and purchased both IAPs! And if we ever expect to see any kind of market growth, I suggest you all do the same. Did we really need this with all the excellent photo editing apps we already have? Probably not... But I believe the more we support these WP devs now, the better Windows Phone will become in the long run...

Downloaded and purchased both IAPs! And if we ever expect to see any kind of market growth, I suggest you all do the same. Did we really need this with all the excellent photo editing apps we already have? Probably not... But I believe the more we support these WP devs now, the better Windows Phone will become in the long run...

I wholeheartedly agree with you except for the fact this is not a small or even medium sized vendor. This is Adobe, a huge corporation with a majority market share.

It is this market share that allows them to come out with a weak "app" that can tweak your photos and not come out with full featured apps like they have for other platforms.

Adobe has stated that they are not going to migrate Photoshop, Premier, CC products and services to Windows 8 and Windows Phone.  Buying their app "upgrades" will do nothing to encourage Adobe to develope true apps for Windows/Windows Phone. If they can make $2-$8 per user for a little utility an intern created over the weekend, they will stop and laugh all the way to the bank.

The only way to "force" or "encourage" Adobe and others to develope stong apps for the Windows ecosystem is to purchase and use apps from the SMALL GUYS, give them the market share they deserve for actually developing strong apps for our platform of choice.

If Adobe does not gain market share and looses "views" to other competitiors, then and only then will Adobe invest R&D into competitive solutions for Windows Phone.

So no, do not buy it.  Buy other photo editing apps - I have maybe purchased 3-4 photo apps, and like 2 video apps.  Give these companies your money because they will work for your dollar. Adobe will not, they make money by crippling their phone and tablet apps so that you must buy Photoshop on Windows -- heck, I am "forced" to use Adboe on the desktop to access my DNG photos taken with my Lumias.

I love my Photoshop on the desktop, not the CC services, but the actual program.  No strings attached, quality and feature rich.  What they released for Windows 8 and Windows Phone is a "hook" to get you to subscribe to their "Creative" Cloud.

Dude, the app is FREE, you just buy filters, i don't think more of the people will bother with buying those filters for the phone version. If you wanna manipulate a picture, do it on your desktop comp. :-)

I edit on my phone AND my computer. On my computer, I use the full Photoshop. The funny thing is that we all pay big $$ for the real deal and get fussy about $2-$8. Ha ha

Well, you got a good point here, but as i said already, this is version so, we'll see how it will grow. Don't know if you remeber the first versions of Photoshop, 20 years ago, or if you want the first "good" version started with 5.0 from 1998, it was nice looking but lacked too many things, and look at Photoshop today! My point is: Give it a time, we'll see how it will be :)

Photoshop CC is still on your desktop (up to 2 instances) it is not a cloud app, if you had it you should know that, but if you do, I think a more valid reason to bitch is why your subscription doesn't cover these addon costs since there are now free tablet versions of Lightroom except for Windows or Windows Phone

Seems too basic and yet another dull filters app.

I'll stick with the default editor and fantasia painter (a real editor).
Basic filters already exist within the social apps. For more advanced stuff fantasia is hard to beat.

"For more advanced stuff fantasia is hard to beat." I couldn't agree more with you on this, it is my photo editor of choice as well and i just love it, even tho the last update was a year ago. But i decided to give this Photoshop app a fair chance too, so far with the half an hour playing with it, i am satisfied, will see how it will be in the future. :)

I am using Fhotoroom (with the complete pack) and Adobe PS Ex (With the denoise and the premium looks) and I must say that Ps does denoise and highlights/shadows much better than fhotoroom. Also, the UI is much cleaner too. I guess I will keep Fhotoroom for the lovely Double exposure photos it gives!

as soon as i read this i ran some tests. next update will have a fix to highlights and shadows filter to correct this for both WP8 and Win8. thank you sharing this.

And Fhotoroom does also need a proper UI overhaul. There are a lot of rough edges here and there. Photoshop has a much better UI too. So, if you can patch up the rough edges, then it would be nice.

So, here are a list of few improvements that I think can be made:

  1. Fhotoroom is a GREAT EDITING APP on WP8. So, why not put the editor first, and the social part second?
  2. In the editor, I think the Ok symbol (tick mark) and the Cancel (Cross mark) are a bit large. They basically get out a bit of the grey selection circle.
  3. In the frames, textures, light fx and vignette selection, why not put the original image, like in the styles selection?
  4. Pinch to zoom also rotates images. Personally, I do not like that. I just want to zoom into an image and tweak the sharpness/noise reduction part. It is irritation when it rotates. It is difficult to zoom in without rotating the image.
  5. About the iconography, why not stick to an all-monochromatic style? Balance, Saturation, Lens corrections uses colours. I think the simple black&white icons look much better.
  6. Put Levels, Highlights & Shadows, Exposure under one module, or arrange them sequentially. Since they are related, this might make adjustments easier to find.
  7. The top bar having Store, Share and Undo/Redo takes up a lot of space. Can those be moved elsewhere?
  8. Integrate Rotate, Straighten and Mirror/Flip functions under one single module.
  9. The tile and the splash screen does not reflect the clean UI (Metro-ish looks) that is implemented inside the app, I know that a live tile is coming. The Fhotolens and Fhotostorage icons are better than that of Fhotoroom. I think that needs some twaking.

So, that is a big list. I don't know if I have been completely rasonable/rational here. Lemme know if anything is unreasonalbe.

Also, can I submit a couple of Fhotolens suggestions/feedback here?

ty for taking the time to give so much feedback. let me address these for you.

1. ty, you can pin any part of the app to your start screen so you can always begin right in the editor. You can also jump straight into the editor from the photo hub and camera from the lenses. So really there are more ways to the editor than there are to the social.

2. I noticed that as well, just haven't gotten to it as was so low on the list. But now that i know others notice i will fix it.

3. This is mostly due to processing power as some use masks which would require loading. This would work fine on a 1020 but not so great on a 520. If i do this i will be hit with a lot slow app reviews as 520 is the lions share of WP users.

4. I will tweak this and make rotating an option.

5. Fhotoroom has been around for a while and was desktop first which is where the icon came from. I have been working on a new icon but many many ppl love this one so the monotone will be part of the next update as an option. I also have to consider multiple platforms and what looks good universally and consistant. basically its tough and i am working on it.

6. I will do better than that for you.

7. The top bar is only visible on the main editor screen and is used for a few different function. I compensate by allowing users to hide presets or controls. Select the category to show/hide.

8. Rotate and Straighten have been integerate very recently and i can also add the flips.

9. The splash is something that will change constantly and right now it shows the type of film results you can achieve in fhotoroom. Promise that a new icon is being worked on.

Please feel free to email me about fhotolens.

I hope this shows that although I am not there yet, i am on the track you want me to be on.

Thank you again, thomas.

Looks very basic. I'd like to see what the noise reduction can do. Some samples would be nice or a somekind of a trial period. Sounds a lot of money for just one feature.
Personally, I'm more interested in what Nokia's upcoming new Creative studio can do as we've een told it's been completely rewritten for 8.1 AND it's FREE.

Frames don't seem to work properly. You crop an image and add a frame to it and save it only to have the frame fill half the image. It looks perfect within the app. But it doesn't apply properly when viewed in the camera roll

Great app, unlike most image editing apps, the output quality is excelent, and some filters are really beautiful, only criticisms I can think of are that the app is really battery hungry and that it doesn't offer an option to buy everything at once, overall a great app for all photo lovers, I would recomend this app any day of the week.

Nice. Looks like Adobe is supporting windows like android and IOS. Now if they could add flash or something like it this would be epic

You are wrong. Adobe has Photoshop Touch for iOS/iPad.
We have a crappy utility that is unchanged since they developed it nearly 2 years ago when it landed in the Windows 8 Store.
This app is nothing anyone should be discussing - its insulting, especially since the Lumia 1020 and 1520 are the only phones with dng support and true image stabilization.

This 24 hour old Adobe app is the same app Adobe released 18 months ago in the Windows Store. There is nothing new or exciting about this "new" version for WP.
BTW, this is the industry I work in and have for 20 years. It is also my hobby, and yes, they are my opinions, you have yours, I have mine.
Ps. I did buy the Windows Store Adobe app along with many others of users. It has never been updated with new features. Maybe ill give them another 18 months to improve it?

If people like it or not,the fact is that a company like Adobe made an app for WP,it means to me that WP is growing and being considered seriously as a OS.

I´ve started downloading all new apps and give them a try no matter if I find it interesting or not. WP apps need all the support they can get so I download, try and then maybe delete if I for some reason dont find it useful (you can also find new apps you never else might have tried!). If other WP users do that too that way atleast the developers gets a reasonable initial download count that can help make them decissions about supporting and developing apps for WP in the future.

Guys I have managed to use the full photoshop cc on Phone! Install cc on your pc, install rdp to your Phone, use. Same technique for all.

+1520,+1020, luv it on both my fones, as all the features I need are on one app and do not need to jump apps for all the features.

It seems to me that WP users like complaining so much. We're the ones who complain that there is an app gap and that there is not an app from a company and when that company launches an app on WP platform, us WP users complain comparing it to other apps, mostly 3rd party apps or apps from small devs. It's not that 3rd party apps or apps from small devs shouldn't be continued to be supported as usual but when a big company gives us the app (testing waters with WP) and all we do is complain, will other companies develop for WP? Whether it's half baked or useless or that they don't provide any more updates is another story, but the fact that they have finally decided to publish a new app in WP store is a big win for all of us, isn't it?

Honestly, I can't see what good complaining about an initial version of an app will do for us. Give them some time to work on more features. Of course, bitching about version later versions is fine when they don't fix something critical or add most requested features (Skype). Apps like these are the part of the app gap that every other tech news site is criticizing WP for. Whether we like it or not, without them the app gap will never close.

Won't, Adobe PhotoShop e express is a little bit expensive, Nokia creative studio is easy and free ~

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