Reach out and touch Photoshop … on your phone

Adobe Systems has launched a new version of Adobe Photoshop Touch, optimized for iPhone, iPod touch or Android smart phones. Sorry, no BlackBerry version.

Inspired by Photoshop Touch for tablets, the phone app brings core features of Photoshop desktop software to mobile devices with similar intuitive, touch-based gestures and features.

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“Mobile phones are increasingly becoming the primary tool for people to take and edit photos,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, creative media solutions for Adobe, in a statement. “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.”

Among Adobe Photoshop Touch for phone’s features is the ability to:

  • Enhance images using layers, selection tools, filters, tonal and color adjustments
  • Apply effects and add graphical text
  • Edit images as large as 12 megapixels with layers
  • Combine images together quickly using the Scribble Selection feature, and refine your selection with the Refine Edge tool

It’s also integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes 2GB of cloud storage. The offering is available now through the respective app stores for US$4.99. For iOS devices, the app requires iOS 5, iPhone 4S and iPod touch 5th generation; Android phones must run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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