Adobe Photoshop is the de-facto standard bitmap-based image editing software for personal computers. Unfortunately, the full-blown retail version is much more complex (and expensive) than most mere mortals need for editing and managing their snapshots.
This is where Adobe Photoshop Express comes in. It's an entry-level online image editing and sharing package, that gives you 2GB of image storage for free. You can buy upgrade subscriptions if you need more space. To quote the source, Adobe Photoshop Express is:
"...the complete solution for managing, editing, storing, and sharing your photos online, with tutorials, inspiration and more. Photoshop.com is available from any web-enabled computer, compatible mobile phones, and directly from within Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Adobe Premiere Elements 7 software. Organize, tweak, create, e-mail, display, and store--all with Photoshop.com."
Rather than delve into a full-up review of the site, I'm going to highlight a few favourite features that I use regularly.
This rocks. As you can see from the menu, there's a whole host of image editing features. Once you select an image, select the type of edit you'd like to do (Red Eye Correct, Sharpen, Tint, etc) you're given an interface that lets you adjust the type of edit. I'm adjusting the exposure in this image [below in the interface section] - note the cool image preview/slider control under the main image...this gives you a preview of the edit when it's applied to your image.
Another editing feature I've never used, but plan to check out, is the integration with other online image-sharing sites. Again, to quote from the FAQ:
"Q: How can I edit photos that I already have on sites like Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket or Picasa?
A: In Photoshop.com, click My Photos. In the left column below the links for your Library and Albums, you will find Other Sites. Use the Login links to log into Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket or Picasa. Once you set this up, the photos you have at those services will automatically appear in Photoshop.com. You can then use Photoshop.com services with them as easily as any other photo."
This sounds cool, so I will have to try it out, sometime
Online Image Storage & Sharing
Photoshop Express gives you 2GB free for your photos. Uploading is done through the built-in application or through a downloadable desktop (Adobe Air) uploader that supports drag-and-drop.
Once images are uploaded, they can then be shared in an online gallery. When you sign up for an account, you're given the URL for your gallery. In my case, it's BradGrier.Photoshop.com. When you share a gallery, photos in a particular album are available to anyone with access to that URL. Albums can be completely private, or public.
Where this is really neat, if you participate in online forums, write your own blog, or have a website and your online image storage space is limited, you can easily use yourPhotoshop Express account as another online storage site, and then simply link to your photos.
The look and feel of the online application really works for me. If you've used Adobe Lightroom, the interface will seem somewhat familiar. Hitting the Full Screen button and working with images on a dark background makes sense for me as the focus is on the image, not on the background or the interface.
I could go on, but rather than do that...I hope I've whetted your appetite to check it out yourself. Please do, and let me know what you think. It does work for me and my needs, but how about you? Do you use it (or something else)? If so why?
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