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Review Adobe Photoshop Express
Brand name photo editing in app form with none of the functionality
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 05 Jun 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Functions quickly, simple interface
Advanced features on paid app only, weak functionality
Adobe Photoshop Express for Android is a seriously pared down version of the true Photoshop paid app. It functions well, but doesn't do much of anything.
Adobe Photoshop Express is Adobe’s attempt at staying relevant within the app word. There’s simply no matching their full desktop program, which has been an industry standard since inception. And while the full paid version of the app does a nice job of translating the desktop experience to mobile platforms, this Express version is almost useless.
I’d like to say Adobe Photoshop Express is more akin to Photoshop Elements; the pared down desktop version of Photoshop. However, this app simply isn't that powerful. It features only the most basic photo editing controls, with almost no user tweaking possible. It’s as if the good people at Adobe realized their flagship program was getting lost in the shuffle amidst all the lesser known competition on Google Play, but didn't quite know how to translate that for the mobile arena. As it is, there are so many mobile versions of Photoshop that I think they just shot themselves in the foot amidst the quagmire and created needless confusion.
This app is decent if you know virtually nothing about photo enhancement and just want to make the most basic of changes. But even the most novice of users will be able to see that this app offers little to nothing to work with. It’s really just an attempt at branding by Adobe because they have been the crown jewel of photo editing for decades, and are now being left in the dust by rinky dinky little apps.
Adobe Photoshop Express is hardly worth what little effort was put into it. There are many better alternatives in app form. Photoshop is still the king of desktop and laptop computing, but for mobile editing, they still haven't found their way. In the end, Adobe Photoshop Express is just a clumsy app with little to offer.