- Many features require a Creative Cloud subscription
- Weak retouching option
The app’s simple interface has three main buttons across the top: Edit, Collage, and Mix. The first two are self-explanatory; Mix includes more-advanced tools such as subject selection, local edits, and blending multiple photos in layers. One thing I especially like about the interface is that every effect shows your photo in a thumbnail that illustrates what it does, and the Undo arrows are things I consider essential for any editing app.
The mobile apps offer connections to desktop versions of the full Photoshop Express Photo Editor Mod Apk , so you can send a picture from Express to the big app on your desktop, or even use some Photoshop effects in the app, such as block collages, reflections, weave, oil paint, and more.
You can open photos from not only your camera roll, but also from Facebook, Google Photos, or Dropbox (but not OneDrive), or you can shoot a new photo from within the app. The in-app camera app isn’t just for taking plain pictures, but lets you apply depth effects, face art, double exposures, or artistic filters. The app works with raw camera files, but only in the paid Premium version on mobile and not at all in the web version.
Cropping is well done in the app: You can choose among preset aspect ratios for common social network applications like Facebook profiles and cover images, Instagram squares, and Twitter posts. You can also crop freely or just keep the picture’s original aspect ratio. You can straighten a photo to line up with the horizon, and the mobile apps have an Automatic option for this.
As with any self-respecting photo editing app, Photoshop Express Photo Editor Mod APk can adjust exposure, shadows, highlights, colour temperature, tint, and saturation. To these it adds Lightroom specialties, Vibrance (to punch up colours) and Clarity (to pump up contrast and sharpness); you don’t however get Lightroom’s newer tools: Texture and Enhance Details. You do get Dehaze and Noise Reduction (of both the luminance and colour varieties) if you’re a Premium subscriber.
Filters and Looks
The app includes several instant fixes and effects, some of the more charming of which are called Charms. These add or subtract contrast and give images of different warm or cold hues. The Basic Looks include Autumn as well as the other seasons and other Instagram-esque filters, including black and white options.
Another instant edit option for your photo is to use Themes. These not only apply different treatments to the photo itself but also add editable text overlays. These sets are grouped into Social, Travel, Life Events, Portraits, Landscapes, Food, Fashion, and a few other treatments. You get just a couple of free ones in each category, with the rest being only for Premium subscribers.
The Overlays option lets you add light leaks, bokeh, and textures such as Grunge and Patterns to spice up your image. Sometimes adding a shaft of light coming down at an angle from one side of a photo does add interest, and those looking for artistic, nonrealistic output will appreciate the textures.
Collages make up one of the more popular treatments for social posts, and Photoshop Express gives you a wealth of options for them. Even free users get a good number of layouts to choose from, but if you want shapes other than rectangles, you need a paid subscription. You can apply some pleasing style transfers to your collages.
A Scrapbook option (Premium) automatically cuts out the photo’s subjects, placing them on different background options, including solid colours, patterns, and gradients. Stickers, preset text overlays, and borders round out the options for your collage.
Local Adjustments and Layers
The Mix section of the app is where you find layer effects. Only Premium subscribers can use Photoshop-like blending modes, though you can use the transparency slider for free. Layers let you use any of the other features in the app and stack them on top of each other. The standard Photoshop app (for Creative Cloud subscribers) offers stronger layer editing, though it lacks some of Express’ instant tools.
The Cutout tool (Premium) follows Adobe’s tradition of strong selection tools: Just draw a box around the object or person you want to select, and the app does the reset. You can refine your selection with an erase brush or refine it using the Feather option. These are all tools you can find in the very full-featured PicsArt app, too.
On the desktop, the Spot Heal tool is basic, not letting you select a source area on most platforms. The latest iPhone version beefs up retouching, however, letting you set the source area, feathering, and opacity. The Photoshop Fix mobile app offers even more powerful blemish tools, though it requires a Creative Cloud subscription.
For iOS devices only, Adobe recently launched a set of Retouch tools: Skin smoothing, content-aware healing, face-aware liquefy, and one not found in Photoshop proper: Caricature. The face-aware liquefy lets you do magic like changing the face width, height, size, and the angle of your head—it’s uncanny when you see someone’s head moving up and down in a lifelike way, even though you started from a still photo. Caricature lets you compress or expand the whole face or just the forehead, jaw, mouth, chin, eyes, and nose. The tools work well, though you may not like how you look after applying some of them, as you can see in the screenshot above.
Export, Share, and Output
You can of course send your finished image to local Photoshop Express Photo Editor Mod Apk on your device, but you can also send it to not only Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, but also to the app’s own PS Express Discover sharing community, where users can remix it if you allow.
If you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber and want to keep working on the picture, you can send it to Lightroom, Photoshop, or your Creative Cloud storage. (Though it’s not explicitly mentioned in the app, storing to the cloud allows you to continue work in Photoshop Elements, the often-forgotten relative in the Adobe photo software family.) But that’s not all—you can also send it to WhatsApp, email, or other messaging apps.
The Express Lane to Photo Editing
You can do a lot of fun and powerful editing in Adobe Photoshop Express, though you’ll often run into a paywall along the way. Creative Cloud subscribers will likely prefer the standard Photoshop app for their mobile devices and the full program for their desktops. And pro photographers will want Lightroom, which offers strong mobile and online apps.
Still, if you just need to do some basic editing and maybe add a bit of social bling to your photos, the free version may well be enough for you. And the paid version only costs $34.99—far less than a year’s subscription to Creative Cloud—and offers a potent if the small collection of features and tools. If you’re looking for a simple photo editing app, Adobe Photoshop Express is well worth considering.
Adobes’ entry-level photo editing app is a freemium offering that lets you do some cool things with Photoshop Express Photo Editor Mod Apk v12.0.218 for free, but you’ll need to pay to access its best features.