Adobe Photoshop Touch review

Tablet version of Photoshop for Android tablets and iPads

Adobe Photoshop Touch
Touchscreen gesture controls lend this Photoshop app new image editing tools

TechRadar Verdict


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    Powerful tools

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    Fantastic interface

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    Good value for money

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    Works great on tablets


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    Can be overwhelming at first

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    Tutorials not completely clear

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When you think of photo editing with Adobe Photoshop you'll probably think of sitting at a desk working on a reasonably powerful desktop PC or Mac. However, as much as many of us wish that it were the case, creativity doesn't always come naturally when sat at a desk.

A solution to this is the Adobe Photoshop Touch app, designed for tablets such as the iPad 2. This mobile version of Adobe's market leading photo editing software, Photoshop Elements, is currently available for Android tablets from the Android Market. It will be released for iPads later, through Apple's App Store.

See the new tablet version of Adobe's image editing software in action, as we take a quick run through the features:

While the move from editing photos from your desk to editing them on the go is a welcome one, how well does Adobe Photoshop Touch perform?

Adobe photoshop touch review

In the transition from powerful desktop computers with plenty of processing power, RAM and dedicated graphics cards to the relatively limited hardware of the tablets, you'll inevitably make compromises.

Considering the fact that Adobe Photoshop Elements costs around £50, compared to the app's price of £6.99, surely something has got to give?

Adobe photoshop touch review

If you've ever used a desktop application that hasn't been optimised for touchscreen on a tablet - so pretty much anything on a Windows 7 tablet - you'll be pleased to know that Adobe has obviously put a lot of thought into the interface for Photoshop Touch.

It takes a little while to get accustomed to the layout if you're used to using the desktop program - it took us a while to figure out how to save our creations, for example - but once you understand it, it feels comfortable and intuitive to use, especially when choosing various tools and paintbrushes.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. He’s personally reviewed and used most of the laptops in our best laptops guide - and since joining TechRadar in 2014, he's reviewed over 250 laptops and computing accessories personally.