Photoshop Express: Photoshop in your browserMikey 3 comments
Last September we mentioned that Adobe had plans to make a web based version of their flagship Photoshop product. Photoshop Express has finally launched in beta and it's free as long as you create an account. If you want to be spared giving away your email address to yet another service, read on as I have already had a play with it and have briefly shared my experience below.
Marketing the service with the Photoshop brand won't do any harm, but be advised that Photoshop Express is not barely 1% of what the full Photoshop desktop application is. That said, it's still a great tool for anyone who has even wanted to have a go at basic Photo manipulation.
Naturally you have to upload an image before you can start editing, and thankfully the process is painless. In fact this is one of the better file upload managers I have ever seen, allowing you to easily upload a single or multiple images at once. The upload time will depend on too many variables to mention here, but the 8 medium resolution images I sent up took less than a minute.
Once uploaded your images can be tagged and assigned to your own custom galleries if desired. Galleries and photos can be made public or kept private.
Selecting an image for editing is as easy as double clicking it. You will then be presented with various manipulation effects, which are demonstrated with a real-time preview on top of your image.
The options available are:
- Crop and rotate
- Auto contrast
- Red eye removal
- White balance
- Fill light
- Soft focus
- Pop colour
- Black and white
Curiously the option to resize an image is absent.
The interface is very slick and not what you would expect to see in a web based application. In fact it far exceeds what I expected it would be in terms of performance and features. It's worth signing up for anyone remotely interested in being able to edit and share photos from the one location.
If I get time I will write a full review on every feature but for now I hope this summary article gives you an idea of what to expect.