Photoshop Touch

The new version of Photoshop brings the core of Photoshop's desktop image-editing capabilities to the latest Apple and Android smartphones, including the iPhone 5, Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Sony Xperia Z. Photoshop Touch is not yet available for BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone 8.

Photoshop Touch for iPhone and Android: price and availability

The new version of Photoshop is similar to but discrete from the existing tablet version of  Photoshop Touch - a touch-based feature rich version of photoshop for portable devices. The new software is available for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPod touch 5th generation; and Android running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later. You can get it from the iTunes App Store, and Google Play. It costs £2.99.

With Photoshop Touch you can use such tools as layers, selection tools and filters to edit photos. You can make tonal and colour adjustments to images, and apply effects. Adobe says Photoshop Touch lets you edit images of up to 12Mp, using layers.

Photoshop Touch for iPhone and Android: cloud storage

One potentially key feature of Photoshop Touch for graphics professionals and hobbyist photographers is the abilibity to automatically sync images to Adobe Creative Cloud. Photoshop Touch includes 2GB of storage, with the possibility to pay to expand this. You can sync photos and projects to Creative Cloud, and then continue working with the files from a desktop Photoshop install, or even a tablet with Photoshop Touch.

Photoshop Touch for iPhone and Android: reaction

Photoshop Touch "Mobile phones are increasingly becoming the primary tool for people to take and edit photos," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe.

"Adobe is dedicated to serving our customers' evolving creative workflow and we heard, loud and clear, that Photoshop fans wanted some core Adobe imaging magic on their smartphones."

"Photoshop Touch is a great way to work on an image on my mobile phone. The 400 percent touch zoom and organised interface in Photoshop Touch for phone made enhancing my images fun and easy," said Brian Yap, creative director, Boxing Clever.

"Working with curve adjustments and filters that use slider controls is especially intuitive."

"Adobe Photoshop Touch for phone offers great depth and value with layering and blending features," said Richard Gray, mobile photographer, educator and blogger,

Photoshop Touch "I'll be using Photoshop Touch for phone in class with my students this year as we look at the more artistic end of the creative process with dreamscapes and surreal images."

"The depth of selection tool options offered in Adobe Photoshop Touch for phone is unique to the photo compositing app market," said Dan Marcolina, Marcolina Design & MarcolinaSlate LLC, author of iPhone Obsessed.

"Now I, and other iPhonegraphers, can do even more exacting edge editing on the device where the image originated—our mobile phones."