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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Adobe has introduced a touch edition of its popular Photoshop application for Apple's iPhone and iPod and Android smartphones.
Launched on the back of the success of its Photoshop Touch for tablets, the release brings "core features" of Adobe's desktop Photoshop software to mobile phone devices and offers "similar intuitive, touch-based gestures and features".
These include the ability to enhance images using Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, filters and tonal and colour adjustments, while allowing users to apply effects, add text and edit images as large as 12 megapixels.
Adobe said the touch optimised software also makes it easier to perform standard Photoshop processes, such as combining images together more rapidly using the Scribble Selection feature and improving image selections with the Refine Edge tool.
However, with smartphone screens being much smaller than those seen on tablets and desktop machines, we can't imagine that any intricate Photoshop work would be possible using the app.
Nevertheless, with 2GB of free cloud storage, users' work in progress is synced to Adobe's Creative Cloud so that changes are saved automatically. This also means that users can continue working with the files created in the smartphone app using desktop Photoshop software on a tablet or personal computer.
Photoshop Touch is now available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play for £2.99. For iOS devices, the app requires iOS 5 or higher on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or iPod Touch fifth generation, while Android phones must run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later.
Last week, Adobe released the source code for Photoshop 1.0.1, making it available as a free download, 13 years after it was first released. µ
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