We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Android tablet apps Reviews
15,669 Reviews

Adobe Photoshop Touch app review

£7 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Adobe

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Photoshop Touch brings finger-friendly image manipulation and core Photoshop tools to Android tablets.

Photoshop Touch is one of six new Touch Apps that Adobe has released for Android tablets running Honeycomb. It is designed to bring many of Photoshop's most popular features to Android tablets, allowing creative professionals to integrate these tablets into their mobile workflow.

The Photoshop Touch app is no replacement for the desktop version of Photoshop, but it does bring many popular Photoshop tools, filters, and effects to Honeycomb tablets with a finger-friendly touch interface. Photoshop Touch connects to Adobe's Creative Cloud so you can move your work back and forth between the tablet and the desktop. You can also share images via email and Facebook, though sadly there was no Twitter option.

The interface stays out of the way, with tools around both the edges and top of the screen occupied by the selection tools, adjustments, effects, and other miscellaneous items. Icons and menus are large and finger-friendly, and double tapping a layer will take you into a 3D view of all the layers in the current project.

The selection tools are limited only by the accuracy of the tip of your finger, unless you opt for a capacitive stylus or have a tablet with an active digitizer such as the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet or the AT&T HTC Jetstream. Photoshop Touch will take advantage of the pressure sensitivity of active digitizers, although it is the only one of the Touch Apps currently able to do so. Working with the selection tools does take some getting used to, but I was able to successfully replace a coworker's head in a photo taken from the tablet with a cow's head downloaded from Google Images in just a few minutes.

Several great interactive tutorials are included to help you get used to the interface and familiarize yourself with all of the tools available. Most of them are also finger friendly, but drawing or painting with a finger can get awkward quickly. When painting the background of one of the tutorials, the tip of my finger got sore just from rubbing back and forth over the glass. I recommend getting a stylus if you plan on using the app for extensive periods of drawing or painting.

Manipulating images is easy: You use two fingers to pinch and zoom or pan around. Zooming and panning came in handy when trying to make small and accurate selections. There was just a hint of lag in the process though, with the zooming starting just after I would have expected.

One of the main restrictions you'll run into when using Photoshop Touch vs. the desktop version of Photoshop is the difference in the way the projects are stored. Photoshop Touch uses a new file type called PSDX, which can be imported into CS5 with a plug in. PSDX files are limited to 1600 by 1600 pixels and 16 layers. Text is rasterized once you finish adding it, so it can be deleted, but not edited afterwards. Effects also don't remain live, and while they can be undone, they can't be changed.

These limitations are to keep the performance in line with what current tablets are capable of. Even so, many of the effects and adjustments can take several seconds to process, and zooming or panning on images felt the slightest bit laggy to me.

Adobe Photoshop Touch Expert Verdict »

There are currently no technical specifications recorded for this product.

  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

All in all, Photoshop Touch provides a wide array of useful and easy-to-use tools for manipulating images on the go.

  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 review

    Adobe Photoshop CS4

    Adobe Photoshop CS4, the latest version of Adobe's flagship image-editing program, will hit the streets practically on the heels of Photoshop CS3, which debuted a little less than 18 months ago.

  • Bamboo Fun tablet

    Bamboo Fun tablet

    Wacom pen tablets have been a favourite of design and photography professionals for years. Wacom’s Bamboo Fun line brings pen and tablet computing to another audience: the casual home or office user.

  • Quill review


    Quill is a handwriting app for Android tablets that's simple, but limited. Here's our Quill review.

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 review

    Adobe Photoshop CS5

    Adobe Photoshop CS5 adds enhancements to the image-editing software that enable smoother workflow and boost creativity.

  • TouchRetouch Free review

    TouchRetouch Free

    TouchRetouch Free lets you quickly and easily remove unwanted content from your photos on an Android tablet or smartphone.

IDG UK Sites

Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

IDG UK Sites

Swatch launches a colourful smartwatch

IDG UK Sites

New Apple TV 2015 release date rumours: TV streaming service delayed, hand gesture interface being...