Adobe Photoshop Mix
Another step for forward for iPad photo editing?
Free Developer Adobe, adobe.com
Works with iPad Version 1.0.1 Age 4+
Adobe Photoshop Mix’s tools let you make basic edits to photos, making the most of similarly powerful tech to that lurking at the heart of the full desktop powerhouse, Photoshop. There are filters, enhance tools and cropping options, and you can cut out part of an image and overlay it on another as a very basic collage. The smart edge-finding capability is reasonable at its job, but fine-tuning is clunky. One of the headline features is Content-Aware Fill, an incredibly powerful tool from the desktop version of Photoshop, and there are also upright and shake reduction tools. These are also variable in their results, though, and are actually powered by Adobe’s servers, meaning they require a fast web connection to send/receive the data from Adobe. They may also eventually be hidden behind IAP or Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription.
Sticking with the theme, the gestural interface used to control many options in the app is itself a mix – sometimes wonderful (zoom/twist) and maddening, with the undo function being almost impossible to trigger.
The underlying technology in Photoshop Mix is undoubtedly impressive, and the idea of having tools such as Content-Aware Fill available on the iPad is hugely desirable, but it’s hard to see who Mix will appeal to right now. It’s still too limited for real pro use, and most amateur Photoshop users are unlikely to use Creative Cloud. Craig Grannell
There are some great ideas in Mix, but it feels unsure who it wants to appeal to.