Adobe Photoshop maybe a little late with this but still it still is Photoshop, so no matter how delayed they are in releasing the web version of the widely used image editor, it should definitely receive quite the number of users. Released as Adobe Photoshop Express, this free Rich Internet Application offers users with the basic Photoshop editing functions in a fast loading Flash-based web environment. Users are allowed to upload up to 2GB of photos for editing, touching up and sharing. Edited photos can also be uploaded or downloaded to various social networking sites such as Facebook.
For expert Photoshop users, Photoshop Express may be a letdown as it made their favorite photo editing tool to within reach of the non-technical users. The web based tool has become your ordinary, drag-and-drop, point-and-click web application. A user can quickly crop and rotate photos, remove red-eye, jazz up photos, adjust white balance, sharpen, do soft focus plus other image editing manipulations.
Uploaded photos are preserved from its original form. Photoshop Express replicates the original photo with the different enhancements applied by users. And when its time to save the edited photos, users will still have the original intact and untouched. Now, isn’t that sweet?
To use Photoshop Express users need to register an account and from then on can fully enjoy all the features of the web-based Photoshop Express. But as it is currently in beta stage, expect some minor bugs along the way as well as more features to be launched later on.
If Photoshop Express gets a wider audience, one can’t help but wonder what will happen to the proprietary Adobe Photoshop which carries a high price tag in the market? Will other Adobe products follow the path of the Photoshop Express?