iPhone and Android Get Photoshop Touch Versions

Last year’s release of Photoshop Touch for the iPad brought iOS image editing to a new level. However, the camera in recent iPhone models are superior to those in the iPad, and iPhones are the tools most commonly in-hand for photography. So, lacking a phone version of Photoshop Touch meant being marginalized as a mobile editing tool.

Now Adobe has remedied that situation with new releases of PS Touch specifically for the iPhone and Android. The iPhone version of the app clearly uses the same engine and tools as the iPad version, with new palettes and organization to fit the reduced format of the iPhone screen. This provides a level of control, including powerhouse features such as selections, layers, and warp controls, that have not been available in most iPhone editing tools to-date.


But are these tools what users need for the types of editing most likely to be done on a phone? Yes, and no. Yes, there are certainly times when nothing but powerful tools and localized edits will do the job. But no, these are not the features most often used for phone photo editing.


Phone editing, for the advanced user, has always been a game of hop-scotch, moving from app to app for special features or unique filters. Adding Photoshop Touch to the mix simply adds new, and often familiar, tools to the toolbox, without replacing the apps already used for other types of work.

The image below is a night shot of a tree against a dark sky; difficult territory for the iPhone, with its small sensor, and weak low light capabilities. Here the noise in the sky has been used as a feature instead of a flaw, by enhancing it though a series of edits in NIK Software’s Snapseed app, a leading iPhone and Android image editor.


Below is a version edited with the same intent in PS Touch. Touch allowed some amazing capabilities, including inverting the image for some adjustments, then reinverting afterwards. However, while the image retained more detail, the process was slower and more complex, and the artistic intent was not quite as well served. The lack of border effects in PS Touch also meant that the image would need to be saved and opened in another app, such as Snapseed, for bordering, if that was a desired effect.


Overall PS Touch is a welcome, and affordable, addition to the phone editing toolbox; if not a complete toolbox unto itself. With any iOS image editing, remember to check the image in Datacolor’s color managed SpyderGallery app before publishing, to be sure the color is as you intended it to be.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page


iPhone Photography 2012

I have received several requests that I post more iPhone photography related material. Here is a start, with some iPhone photos I have taken this year.

Boot Line-up

This photo is one of those images that captures everyday life; I shot it as I walked across the front porch, and entered the house. It tells a colorful visual story in a single image.


This was one of what became a series of car logo macros, processed to bring out the reflections in the chrome, and enhance the color and contrast.

Crystal in the Window

This street shot of crystal stemware in a shop window produces a high contrast image with interesting texture and color when processed. One of my more interesting iPhone photos of the year, and one I plan to try printing at some point.

Shadows on the Curtains

The patterns that the sun created on these bedroom curtains, as it shone through a double hung window formed a dynamic image that called out to be shot.

Poppy and Bee

This macro of the inside of a poppy, as a bee was pollenating it, is one of the most dynamic and colorful iPhone photos  I have shot this year.

BrownEyed Susans

There is nothing unique about this macro of wildflowers, but the color, composition, and mood still put this image on the short list of my 2012 iPhone photos.

Tuscan Room with a View

The view from my hotel room window in Tuscany this summer. Too striking to pass up.

A1 Diner

A walk by shooting, of a picturesque diner in Maine.

Swimming Pool

Simple abstract of a swimming pool. But very satisfying.

Something of a tribute to Andrew Wyeth. Its pretty amazing that phones can make this kind of evocative images these days.

High Key Bacchus

An experiment in taking an image to the edge of recognizability. You decide if it results in a successful image.

Koln Dom

Night shot of the Cologne Cathedral during Photokina. This is shot with the iPhone 4S, without the improved low light capabilities of the iPhone 5.

Chaise Lounge Autumn

Again, an evocative image edited to enhance that feeling, from an iPhone; shot in the back yard.

After Dinner Espresso

My low key iPhone shot of the year. When our after dinner espresso arrived in bright red cups, on the black tablecloth, it demanded I pull out the iPhone, and take a shot.

Sculpture in the Rain

A shot at the local art theater, from their roof overhang. The mood and the rain against the clouds kept this image in the series.

Let me know which of these images work for you, and why.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page

Follow CDTobie on Pinterest

For those of you already using the social networking site Pinterest, you might want to take a look at my boards there, covering various areas of photography, as shown in the image below. If you are not yet a member of Pinterest, ask someone you know who is a member to send you an invitation.

CDTobie Pinterest Boards

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page