Adobe Photoshop Express Goes Public
Adobe just released its online (and stripped down) version of Photoshop called Photoshop Express. From what I can see, it is online photo storage, photo sharing and online photo editing all rolled up into one. The service makes it possible to edit the uploaded photos and images online. You can upload of to 2 gigabytes of photos in one account. Being branded as a stripped down version of the desktop software, Photoshop Express mainly focuses in the mainstream market rather than professionals.
The service has seventeen editing tools for you to choose from. This includes some basic tools which include Crop and Rotate, Auto Correct, Exposure, Red-Eye Removal, Touchup, and saturation. Tuning features and Effects features are also made available. You’ll notice the absence of drawing tools in the service. This only makes it clear that the tuned down online version of Photoshop is only built for light editing. Layers are also missing which is an important feature of the Desktop software, but they have added an interesting feature to combat the absence of the layer tool. Every time you add an effect or use a tool, a checkbox appears on the side toolbar showing that you have added that certain effect to your photo. You can toggle the checkbox if you want to remove and add that particular effect in your photo which makes it easier to see the changes that you have made.
Photoshop Express is easy to use and it is free so you can sign up anytime. Aside from uploading a photo from your hard drive, you can also get your photos directly from your Facebook, Photobucket and Picassa accounts. This will make it easier for users to migrate to Photoshop Express without going to the trouble of downloading and uploading photos from another service to another. It would also be nice to see a Flickr, Smugmug, and other online photo hosting services integrate with Photoshop Express. Embed and slideshow tools are also available in the online service which supports its function as an image hosting/sharing service.