As expected, Adobe has officially entered the World of online applications. Adobe is known best for their desktop software like their photo editing solutions (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements, etc.), and so it makes sense that their first web-based application is a basic version of Photoshop called Photoshop Express. It has launched into beta and anybody can go give it a try and sign-up for a free account. Photoshop Express isn’t just about editing photos online, they’ve also made it a place where users can store their photos and share them with others.
We decided to test-drive Photoshop Express and overall, we were pleasantly surprised at what it offers. One of the first things we did was select a personal sharing URL. If you sign-up for an account you will get to pick a sharing URL so that you can easily give it out to friends and family to view your photos. For example, your personal sharing URL would be something like http://yourname.photoshop.com. Adobe gives each registered user 2GB of space that they can use however they please.
When uploading photos, by default they will be uploaded to your main library. You can also have them uploaded to a new album or an existing one. We uploaded a 2.1 MB file which is a pretty typical photo size and it uploaded within just a few seconds. Once it was uploaded we decided to put the editing tools to the test. Editing tools fall under one of three categories, the Basics, Tuning, and Effects. Here’s a quick run-down of what you’ll be able to do in each category:
- Basics: crop and rotate, auto correct, fix exposure, red-eye removal, touch-up, saturation
- Tuning: white balance, highlight, fill light, sharpen, soft focus
- Effects: pop color, hue, black and white, tint, sketch, distort
Each of the different tools that are offered are very easy to use. And if you apply an effect or make a change that you don’t like, you can easily have it removed by clicking “reset all” which takes your photo back to the original state. Once you’ve made all of the changes that you want, you just click save and all of your editing will be saved. The only downside we noticed is that saving a photo seems to take a few minutes.
With all kinds of free online photo editing solutions available, Adobe knew they needed to jump on the bandwagon. Given that Photoshop Express is their first entrance into online web applications, they’ve done a great job. We’re still partial to Picnik and the interface that they’ve developed, but Photoshop Express is a great tool for online photo editing as well.It’s impossible to cover all that it offers, so go check it out for yourself and let us know what you think! Just note that you must have Adobe Flash 9 installed, otherwise it won’t work. If you don’t have it installed, you’ll be prompted to once you visit the site.
Thanks for the tip Omar!