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Photoshop Express

As if there aren’t enough permutations of Photoshop, Adobe’s just launched Photoshop Express. This web-based version of Photoshop enables you to quickly crop, touch-up, distort, and apply effects to any of the billions of images you’ve taken with your cam.

I haven’t delved in too deeply yet, but I’m fairly impressed with how well it handles basic photo manipulations. With the help of thumbnail previews, it’s quite easy adjust the hue, saturation, white balance, and tint of an image. And of course, it has a red-eye removal tool.

Photoshop Express, however, lacks one major feature from its big brother: the ability to composite images together. There’s no layers! This means you won’t be able to create an image of Hillary and Obama’s lovechild. You also won’t be able to see what you look like with Angelina Jolie’s lips or Brad Pitt’s chin. Which is a shame.

After all, isn’t the appeal of Photoshop its ability to create impossibile realities?

Maybe we should rename it to iPhoto Express instead of Photoshop Express?

Have you taken Photoshop Express for a spin? Do you love it or hate it?


  • Chau Nguyen

    gravatarApr 1, 2008
    6:43 am

    I uploaded several photos and tried out what Adobe has to offer. The tools are rather basic and should be good enough for most average users. I don’t expect to have composite image functionality for an online service anyway. The interface is very clean.

    Overall, I think it is a good start.

  • Fay

    gravatarApr 1, 2008
    7:02 pm

    Do you have to pay to use Adope Photoshop Express?

  • Manuela

    gravatarApr 2, 2008
    3:42 am

    I have to say that I didn’t get into it really deep, but I was expecting something different when I heard about an online photoshop. My questions are: 1. Is it only a tool for storing pictures? Can I print them later on?

    I know the answer: Of course if we want to work with proper resolution and have all the features, we need to work with the ‘normal’ Photoshop.

    I agree with the first comment, it is a good start and of course a really good flash interface. Let’s wait for next updates!

  • Mike Scott

    gravatarApr 4, 2008
    9:31 am

    I find the basic photo editing functions to be adequate but then I use Photoshop Elements most of the time. I build a couple of albums with it and attached them to my blog. They seem to work fine and the response has been positive. For a free service (so far) I thinks its pretty good.

  • Vaibhav

    gravatarApr 4, 2008
    11:11 am

    although i really liked the application for its basic skills, i am disturbed by what is reported here about the TOS: http://www.onlineobservations.net/adobe-photoshop-express-is-not-that-rosy-after-all/

    Let’s spread the word.

  • Photoshop Tutorials by Aaron

    gravatarApr 24, 2008
    3:30 pm

    “although i really liked the application for its basic skills, i am disturbed by what is reported here about the TOS: “

    But doesn’t this apply to many of the photo sharing sites anyway? I would think even uploading your photos to to sites like Photobucket have the same type of issues. Correct me if I’m wrong…

  • gambling feel

    gravatarMar 10, 2010
    4:36 am

    the photoshop express for the web is launched from the Adobe. The ability to composite the images together is the feature of the photoshop express. Thanks for this nice post.