Adobe makes industry standard Apps for your desktop that creatives rely on every single day. However, Adobe also makes some pretty cool iOS Apps too and the best part is most of them are FREE. Here are 7 that you should check out today!
Actually Adobe Ideas started out as a free App but then it went paid. The price was $9.99, but as of today it’s free again. With Adobe Ideas you can draw, sketch and even trace over a photo. The new version will even pull your color swatches in from your account on kuler.adobe.com. With your free or paid Creative Cloud account you can sync your creations to be able to access them in Illustrator on your desktop. Universal App for iPhone and iPad
Adobe Photoshop Express
While Photoshop Touch is the king when it comes to all the editing power you could expect on a mobile device, the Free Adobe Photoshop Express is great for doing basic things like adjusting the exposure of an image, cropping, framing, special effects and the best noise reduction I’ve seen in a mobile app.
Adobe Kuler for iPhone has to be the most “fun” Adobe App for iOS. It allows you not only the ability to mix color themes with the color wheel, but you can also use your device camera to interactively capture the colors around you for inspiration in your creative projects. Once you capture or mix colors you can sync them to your free account on kuler.adobe.com and into Adobe Illustrator CC.
See my demo of Kuler here:
I look forward to going to Photoshop World each year and presenting. One of the tools that helps keep me on top of things that are going on is the official Photoshop World Conference & Expo App. Each year there are updates to the App, but this year the author (Shawn Welch) redesigned the App from the ground up. The new design is definitely easier to navigate. It’s also better looking. The App lets you see up to the minute messages from the conference organizers. You can see the Classes, Instructors, Exhibitors and most importantly the “My Schedule” feature. With the My Schedule feature you can add classes to your schedule based on available time slots. While I like the improvements in this feature, there is one change that I don’t like. I miss having the ability to fill a time slot with a custom meeting or event. With this update you can only choose from the available classes so that’s a bit of a step back for me. However, one thing that kinda makes up for it is that the App now syncs with iCloud. This means that I don’t have to manually create the same schedule twice on both my iPad and iPhone. I added a class on the iPad and it showed up in the appropriate time slot on my iPhone 5. It also has a 10 minute before the class reminder feature. I’d also like to be able to customize this to make it 15 minutes to an hour depending on the session.
UPDATE: Shawn has informed me that there is a way to do custom reminders by scrolling down to the bottom of an event and changing it there.
All in all the update is better and more stable than the previous version. I hope that Shawn adds back in the ability to add custom time slots (hint hint), but if you’re going to Photoshop World and you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch this is definitely worth a download.
Adobe just released its very popular photo editing tool originally for iPad, Photoshop Touch on iPhone and Android. That’s right you can now have the power of Photoshop Touch on your iPhone or your iPad. This new App offers a touch friendly interface to the functions that users will need the most when editing and compositing images on their iPhone. I have to say I’m even more excited to see Photoshop Touch on iPhone than I was when it was released for iPad. The simple reason is that I take way more photos with my iPhone camera than I do with my iPad and therefore I’m more likely to use a photo editing App on my iPhone than my iPad. Also since Photoshop Touch works with Adobe Creative Cloud I can start an edit on my iPhone and finish it on my iPad or Photoshop on the desktop if I choose.
Adobe Photoshop Touch for phone offers powerful new capabilities for smartphone users:
· Enhance images using popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, filters, tonal and color adjustments
· Apply effects and add graphical text for endless creative possibilities
· Edit images as large as 12 megapixels with layers
· Combine images together quickly using the Scribble Selection feature, and easily refine your selection with the Refine Edge tool
· Automatically sync images to Adobe Creative Cloud™ with free 2GB of storage
You can get Photoshop Touch for iPhone here
You can get Photoshop Touch for iPad here
Yes you can also get it for Android here.
To make it even better, get one of these
Brushing with your finger is ok, but if you want more precision I highly recommend getting one of these Wacom Bamboo Styluses for touch screens.
You can get one here.
The latest version of Photoshop Touch for iPad adds an optimized interface for iPad mini, but that’s not the big news. The big news is that Photoshop Touch now supports various Pressure Sensitive Styli. It supports the Pogo Connect, Jot Touch and JaJa Devices. Admitedly I don’t use Photoshop Touch as much as perhaps I could or would like to and part of the reason for this lack of use is that in order to do the retouching that I’m accustom do doing, I’d want pressure sensitivity. Since the iPad doesn’t have this capability you have to look to the next best thing and that’s a Bluetooth Stylus that talks to your App (Photoshop Touch) and can relate the amount of pressure you’re applying directly to the App.
As soon as I saw the news I ordered a Pogo Connect. I can’t wait to try it.
This update also includes: Smoother Brush Strokes, Two new menu effects: Lens Flare & Stamp Pattern and Improved grid layout for project, tutorials and images.