Photoshop is the creative tool of choice for anyone who wants to manipulate their images and while the Adobe giant has been around on an iOS device before – Photoshop Express on the iPhone being one incarnation – this version is altogether better and much more feature-packed.
Using Photoshop Touch, you can transform an image from something rather staid into something very special using a host of features that pull down from three sides of the screen, You can change the brushes and colour, add effects, make adjustments and use sliders to get them exactly right, and even work with the all-important layers for the very best in control, ensuring you get a rich, editable environment in which to work.
One the of nice aspects to Photoshop Touch is the array of tutorials that you can work through while you learn new techniques and get more proficient. We’re going to look at the basics here, but it’s worth going through those tutorials if you want to get the most of out of this relatively inexpensive package. They are not always easy to follow – sometimes you wonder where a feature it refers to is located – but the trial and error is part of the learning process, and there is certainly a lot to discover here.
Photoshop Touch: Basics
1. START A PROJECT
When you launch Photoshop Touch, you will be given two options: to launch tutorials or start a project. Let’s dive straight in and start a project. You can pull a photo from your iPad’s Camera Roll, Photoshop’s Cloud, your camera, Facebook or a Google Image search.
2. MAKE ADJUSTMENTS
Now we have our image to play with. Tap the ‘slider’ icon – this will allow you to make adjustments. A window appears which shows the options from black and white to temperature, shadows and even curves. Tap the option you want to activate it.
3. ALTER THE LEVELS
By using the slider options, you are able to make your adjustments. When you have finished, you can choose to Apply if you are satisfied with the changes you want to make. It is also possible to Cancel or Reset the image if you make a mistake.
4. GET SOME FX
Click on the ‘fx’ icon at the top of the screen and you will be able to change the look of the image. There are four sections: Basic, Stylize, Artistic and Photo. Each section has some preview images that give you an overview of the effect when applied.
5. CROPPING TOOLS
The app has all of the standard creative features you’d expect from a Photoshop package. One of these is Crop, as well as Image Size, Rotate and Fill. These are all available under the ‘&’ icon. Select the option you want and make your changes, remembering you can redo if necessary.
6. MAKE THE ALTERATIONS
As this is Photoshop Touch, the major difference is that you will be using your fingers to make the adjustments you need. If you need more space to work with, tap the arrows to the left, right and top of the screen. This will move the menus out of the way.
7. MAKE THE EDITS
You can cut, copy and paste parts of the screen using the ‘edit’ (pencil icon menu). The top icon on the left menu lets you choose familiar Photoshop selection tools such as the Lasso or the Magic Wand.
8. USING BRUSHES
Click the top icon on the left menu and scroll down to select a brush. You can tap the colour option in order to decide the hue of your brush, and you can also select the hardness, size and type of the brush.
9. EDGE AWARENESS
There is also a tool in the left-hand menu which lets you use a brush while having the app aware of the edges within which you are trying to colour. When you have finished working on your image, tap back to save it.