Not MWC 2013: Adobe Launches Photoshop For Smartphones

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The definitive picture editing software is available to phones running Android and iOS

Adobe has launched a new version of its ever-popular Photoshop software, designed specifically for smartphones.

Called ‘Photoshop Touch’, the app is available on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iTunes, priced at £2.99.

The functionality of the app is far removed from its desktop counterpart, but it is not to be dismissed as just another Instagram-style filter gallery. Photoshop Touch supports images up to 12 megapixels, and allows users to combine them, apply effects, and share results with friends and family through Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, Adobe Creative Cloud allows users to start a project in Photoshop Touch, and then transfer it to a PC or Mac later for more work.

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Exactly a year ago at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Adobe released the Photoshop Touch for Apple tablets. The smartphone app contains many of the features we already know, re-designed for the smaller screen, including layers, advanced selection tools, image adjustments and filters.

Adobe has also added a few exclusive tools to this version, like the Scribble Selection that allows fine control of the selection process, and Camera Fill which takes advantage of the smartphone camera to create artworks in real-time.

Photoshop Touch for smartphones signals the beginning of convergence between various versions of the picture editing software, Adobe says:  “With Photoshop Touch and the Adobe Creative Cloud, I can start a project on my phone, continue it on my tablet, and polish it off at my desk in Photoshop CS6. Photoshop Touch will automatically keep my projects in sync on each device, at the full resolution and with all the layers intact,” explains Stephen Nielson on the official Photoshop blog.

It costs nothing to use the Creative Cloud, as long as you don’t go over the 2GB cloud storage limit.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is keeping silent about the development of Office for Android and iOS, even though the project was officially confirmed back in October.

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