March 31, 2011

Adobe’s Photoshop Express app for iPhone and iPad gets the job done for quick image edits on the go. It’s free and has a bunch of filters (more available via in-app purchase) and border presets, as well as color correction and image cropping tools. It looks crisp on the Retina Display, supports multitasking and enables seamless sharing and cloud integration via  Fans of the program will be happy to know that it’s about to get even better.
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January 24, 2011

Adobe has updated their Photoshop Express application for iOS to include support for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4 Retina Display in addition to support for iOS 4 quick-app-switching (multitasking). The new multitasking feature will work hand-in-hand with the new background uploading feature. This will let you upload your photos via the sharing option without actually having to stay in the application.

The update also promises a quicker experience with “faster photo captures” and “editing workflows.” The new Retina Display support will come in handy for iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4 users looking to have a crisper window for their photo-based creations. Also, the new update requires iOS 4.2 and is a universal binary for all iOS mobile devices.

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November 5, 2010

September 21, 2010

Adobe today updated its Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements for Mac and PC.  Adobe is touting ‘magic’ in this upgrade saying:

“The Photoshop brand has been creating groundbreaking imaging magic for 20 years, and Photoshop Elements has been making that magic accessible to mere mortals for nearly a decade. The Content Aware Fill technology introduced with Photoshop CS5 is one of our most exciting innovations ever, so we’re thrilled to be able to make it accessible to photo and video enthusiasts in this latest Elements release.”

Content Aware Fill is a pretty awesome technology.

Abobe is offering a $20 rebate on each bring the price down to $80 each or buy both together for $150-$30 rebate = $120.

For an additional $50 Adobe offers a plus package which gives users 20GB of online space to share their media.

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August 26, 2010

August 15, 2010

August 14, 2010

Numerous readers wrote in to let us know that Adobe’s Photoshop Express for iOS is literally complete garbage. The app constantly crashed on start up for many users and the app’s App Store comments are flooded with users experiencing the issues as well. Adobe was quick to act and an update that supposedly fixes the issues is now available. 


Photoshop Express is a universal iOS app that launched yesterday and is formally known as Mobile. The new application brings many new features including iPad support, but does not bring enhanced graphics for the iPhone 4s Retina display. Let us know in the comments if this update did anything for you. 

August 12, 2010

You may recall the Adobe Mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch and how it provided limited forms of Adobe’s editing tools. Today, the app has been rebranded as Adobe Photoshop Express and now supports the iPad. The app provides all the basic editing tools such as cropping, rotating, and color adjustments. 


The iPad version allows users to edit multiple photos simaltaniously in either portrait or landscape. The app is still free universally, and surprisingly does not support the iPhone 4s Retina Display. 

June 8, 2010

March 24, 2010

March 5, 2010

Adobe’s has mobile apps for both iPhone and Android. Each platform features a similar set of features.

However, in an interesting twist today, Adobe announced that other Android application developers would be allowed to call up the application to do photo editing inside their own applications.

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December 1, 2009

October 9, 2009, the online, Flash-based version of Photoshop has made its way to the iPhone.  Of course the iPhone version doesn’t use Flash and isn’t quite as robust as the desktop or web counterparts.  That being said, it does offer some nice touches including:

  • Basics: Crop, Rotate, and Flip
  • Color: Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Black and White
  • Filters: Sketch, Soft Focus
  • Effects: Vibrant, Pop, Border, Vignette Blur, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, White Glow, Soft Black and White

I’ve installed the application and it performs fairly well.  Strangely, it doesn’t appear that you can edit your online photos from the app.  You can edit photos in your library and upload them to your account but not the reverse.  Once it is uploaded, you’ll need to go to the Flash based to continue to edit.

Also, I would have like to have seen some Level/Auto-level options.  Otherwise, great product!

Get the iPhone app here (App Store link) free.  More info from Adobe and screenshots below. Mobile for iPhone: Edit and share from anywhere Mobile for iPhone lets you quickly and easily edit and share your photos with simple gestures directly on your iPhone. Mobile is like having your entire photo library in your pocket without wasting your phone’s valuable storage space. Mobile is your iPhone companion to, your online photo sharing, editing and hosting resource. Create a free account to upload and store 2GB of photos online.

It’s now easy to improve photos on your iPhone. Choose between a variety of one-touch Effects, or simply drag your finger across the screen to quickly crop, rotate, or adjust a photo’s color. Get artistic by applying Filters like Soft Focus or Sketch. Never fear. Mobile lets you undo and redo changes until you get just the picture you want, and we always save a copy of your original photo.

Top edit features
• Basics: Crop, Rotate, and Flip
• Color: Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Black and White
• Filters: Sketch, Soft Focus
• Effects: Vibrant, Pop, Border, Vignette Blur, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, White Glow, Soft Black and White

SHOW ON THE GO for iPhone gives you complete access to your entire online photo library directly from your account. Relive the memories and laughter with your friends and family anytime, anywhere. Show off all of your favorite photos with instant slideshows. It’s like keeping thousands of photos right in your pocket!




October 8, 2009

Adobe has this afternoon posted a video detailing some of the new features it is developing for Photoshop.

Hosted by the company’s Photoshop genius, Russell Brown, the video is available online now – the only catch is, it’s only presently accessible through Facebook. (Adobe should do the world a favour and shove it up on YouTube, we think).

The video shows a selection of features as demonstrated at Photoshop World. These include a new warp tool, Painter-style brushes – which aim to emulate the features found in Corel’s flagship Painter product, and much more.

A new Warping technology is also pretty interesting. Basically this means that by locking down certain parts of an image an image editor can alter other parts without altering the overall subject. The illustration shows what can be done with a man’s arms, which can be moved around the subject’s body….

While the company isn’t claiming these features will be found in future version, Photoshop CS5, or any future version, Adobe is presenting the video as a taste of what kind of work it is conducting inside its labs.

Meanwhile, it is interesting to reflect that the current iteration of Photoshop (CS4) is currently available at over $100 discount through Amazon, $586.49 rather than the $699 list price.

And if you’re a Photoshop user then we think it’s pretty possible you may be interested in today’s stunning deal for a Canon large format printer, also from Amazon – $499 rather than the c.$1,600 list price. We think it’s a great deal.

Via: British Journal of Photography.

September 24, 2008

 Adobe continues to insist Mac users won’t miss 64-bit support in its newly-introduced Adobe Photshop CS4 products.

The reason it’s lacking is because Apple ditched a section of underlying OS X code that Adobe used for the creation of 64-bit support, meaning the developer would have had to invest significant resources re-building its app.

But Bruce Bowman, product manager of Adobe Premiere Pro, says Mac CS4 users won’t miss 64-bit – “much”.

Adobe says running in 64-bit mode resulted in an 8 to 12 per cent speed advantage when running CPU-intensive operations, but the OpenGL support within the application should compensate for that. While 64-bit support is in development, Bowman wouldn’t say when it might debut.

March 27, 2008

OK, perhaps that is a bit of an overstatement.  But it is really cool.  I briefly reviewed Photoshop Express for Computerworld and came away reeling at the possibilities.  While we all knew this application was coming down the pipe, Adobe made great use of Flash and delivered a very polished product. 

Facebook(!!), Picasa and Photobucket direct access shows the amazing possibilities this web application has.  No doubt, more services will be coming soon.   If you can give Photoshop Express access to your blog images directory, you could do all of your image editing inline – without having to upload or download between edits.  How about Google documents or presentations?  Editing photos inside the web browser would make those services all the more valuable.  Oh, and move to another computer and your 2 GB library goes with you.

The downside?  Adobe and Apple aren’t getting along too well these days.  Normally, Apple and Adobe products play very well together.  However, since this is a Flash-based Web application it won’t work on the iPod Touch or iPhone.  Also, your iPhoto library isn’t browsable since Apple, for whatever reason, decided to put all of the original photos in a Package which isn’t accessible by the browser (needed for Photoshop Express).  If you want to access your iPhotos, you need to export them from iPhoto.  :( Lame

Hopefully someone is working on an iPhoto plugin at this very moment that allows uploading of photos to the Photoshop Express storage.  The other work round would be to upload your photos to Facebook, Picasa, or Photobucket using the current plugins and editing in Photoshop Express from there.

Have fun!




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Pixelmator is one of the best Photoshop alternatives available on the Mac App Store. I’ve been using it for quite some time now, but mostly just using a trackpad or mouse to manipulate layers, access tools and edit functions. There are tons of keyboard shortcuts. And if I had the time or patience to learn them all, I would have. Needless to say, I didn’t. So when I got the chance to check out EditorsKeys keyboard specifically designed for Pixelmator, I jumped at it.

To cut it down to the very basics – This is essentially a wired Apple keyboard with numeric keypad. Except it has custom keys to clearly label the Pixelmator keyboard shortcuts, making photo and image editing much quicker and easier. Simply put: If you use Pixelmator on Mac and you don’t already have a grasp of all the shortcuts, you should get this keyboard.

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Editors Keys, the recording and editing equipment company based in the UK has released its new range of silicone shortcut editing covers.

The brand new covers are designed to fit MacBook, iMac wireless keyboards and Apple extended keyboards and offer full shortcuts for Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications and audio production software DJay and Avid Sibelius.After-Effects-Macbook01.jpg

The team at Editors Keys designed the silicone covers to offer protection for editors, against everyday dirt such as dust, crumbs and coffee spills. In addition to this, the covers also allow you to edit up to 40% faster by displaying all of your program shortcuts. Easy to clean, the covers can be washed with water and dry within seconds.


Adobe Creative Cloud Covers

The covers which can be used for the Creative Cloud include Adobe After Effects, Illustrator and InDesign which are all available to purchase on the Editors Keys website now. The covers contain over 90 shortcuts for each program. These covers will join existing covers for Adobe Premiere and Adobe Photoshop. The covers mean that creatives who work across multiple Adobe programs can change the shortcuts depending on which program they’re using.



The DJay cover is perfect for DJ’s and has been designed in conjunction with the programs makers Algoriddim. The Djay keyboard cover will let you play and mix your djay tracks on your Mac and turns your MacBook into a fully functional DJ station.


Avid Sibelius

The Sibelius cover allows users to compose, arrange and publish quicker with over 120 shortcuts available along with extensive colour coded shortcuts at your fingertips.

All covers are available to purchase on the Editors Keys website starting at a retail price of £27.99.


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