There’s nothing better than Adobe’s Photoshop when it comes to photo editing and manipulation. Coveted by graphic designers, professional photographers and the publishing industry alike, Adobe’s professional image-editing app also comes with a professional price tag, putting it well out of reach of us fans of opportunist snapping, who simply want to crop day-to-day photos and remove red eye.
We were placated for a while with Adobe’s Photoshop Elements. Creating a stepping stone between us mere mortals and the professionals, Photoshop Elements is a pared-down version of its classier sister that’s easy enough for novices to use for making simple edits.
But now Adobe has taken photo-editing software in a new direction. Step forward Photoshop Express. This web-based beta software offers 17 of Photoshop CS3’s best tools, including red-eye removal, white balance and contrast adjustments, alongside fun functions such as sketching and distortion tools. The easy-to-use program is ideal for both beginners and the more adept.
Photoshop Express differs from its siblings by offering 2GB of online storage and direct integration with the PhotoBucket, Picasa and Facebook websites. You can edit digital photos and publish them straight to the web or even get them printed, without leaving your web browser. Better yet, Photoshop Express is totally free.
There are some limitations, however. One of these is that the software is officially offered only in the US. Provided you’re prepared to tell a little white lie about which nation you call home, however, you can access the site from the UK – although it’s sometimes a little sluggish.
On the flip side, plans are in place to officially launch Photoshop Express in other locations later in the year, so we Brits shouldn’t have to wait too long for a UK-based version of the software.
Here, we show you how to get down to the basics with Photoshop Express.
1. To sign up for a Photoshop Express account, head to photoshopexpress.com and click Join Now. Enter your details and choose, ahem, US for your country of residence. Copy the security code shown and click Continue. You’ll need to verify your email address, so be sure to give a valid one.
2. Log into the Photoshop Express website and, from the Home screen, click Upload Photos. Now browse to the images stored on your PC’s hard drive or removable media that you’d like to upload to your Photoshop Express personal library. Select the images and click Open.