Just a couple of years ago it would have cost you hundreds of dollars to buy a program capable of combining pictures with expert precision, or making detailed edits to photos. But not anymore.
For only $9.99 in the App Store, you can pick up Abode’s Photoshop Touch for your iPad 2.
It combines some of the best features found on the full Photoshop program for your Mac or Windows computer at a fraction of the price. I’m not going to go into great detail about what this app offers. We have a write-up on that from earlier.
After spending a couple of days using this app now, I’m blown away what Adobe is giving users. Of course you have your editing options available on almost every photo editing app these days – cropping, colour correction, brightness/contrast, special effects, and such. But what really sets this app apart is being able to use layers. And even more impressively, I found the layers function a lot easier to use and a lot more intuitive than the computer implementation.
The layers are laid out on the right side of the screen, and you can quickly move them around, turn them on and off, and select the layer you want to work on quickly.
With layers comes a lot more functionality and possibilities when working on your pictures.
When you first launch the app you’re given the opportunity to go trough some tutorials. I highly recommend this even if you are an experienced user of Photoshop. There are a few differences because of the touch control. You can of course go back to any of he tutorials at any time from the home screen.
The big features Adobe is really pushing with this app right now is how easy it is to combine pictures by simply cutting something out of one and adding it to another – and a feature called Camera Fill.
With the new Scribble Selection tool it’s simple to remove something from a picture. You just highlight what you want to keep, an then highlight around what you wan to take out, and the app does the rest. And with the Refine Edge feature, you can fine-tune your selection.
The Camera Fill function allows you to use your iPad 2′s camera to fill in a selected area of a picture. This can be fun to add yourself or something to another picture – or to simply make oil backgrounds on the fly.
Here is my video demonstration of both combining two pictures as well as the use of the Camera Fill function.
There are so many fun features to try with Photoshop Touch for the iPad 2. My best advice is to go through all the tutorials. They don’t take long to do and it’ll help you get the most out of this app.
Now, is this going to replace Photoshop? No. It doesn’t have everything the professional will want. But what it does offer is a lot for the price. As I mentioned, it was only a few years ago this type of editing would have cost you hundreds of dollars.
Photoshop Touch is perfect for the amateur photographer or just doing light photo-editing. For me, it ranks at the top of must have photo editing apps for your iPad.
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