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Adobe Photoshop Express update brings Raw editing

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We have imported a Nikon D700 Raw file into the app via Adobe Revel.
After making modifications the image can be saved back to Revel or on the phone's storage.

Adobe has updated both the iOS and Android versions of its free Photoshop Express mobile app. The new version comes with a number of added features and improvements but to many photographers the most useful new function will be the ability to edit Raw files.

Adobe has not provided much information about the new feature so we've tried it out and found that the only way to open our Nikon D700 .NEF-file in Photoshop Express is to import it from Adobe's Revel cloud service. We also saved the file on our device's internal storage, but there it could not be recognized by the app. Once your Raw file is open you can apply a variety of modifications, including digital exposure compensation, sharpening and contrast. Unfortunately you'll have to buy the Advanced Pack, which will set you back US$5.48 to modify noise reduction and use the new Defog filter. 

The intensity of effects can now be adjusted.
Unfortunately some of the new features will have to be paid for.

After you have finished your editing session you can save the changes to Revel - from there you can export the edited image or save it at full size on your device's internal memory. Overall Photoshop Express' editing is not nearly as comprehensive as the tablet-focused Photo Mate R2 but the app is simpler to use and works as well on a phone as it does on a tablet.

As long as you have decent internet connection it looks like a good option for doing some basic raw editing on the road. The fine-tuning can always be done on your work station when you're back home. Other new features include Blemish Removal for portrait images and the ability the control the intensity of filter effects but overall we were most impressed by the app's Raw capabilities. If you want to try them out for yourself you can download and install the new version of Adobe Photoshop Express from from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

The app does a reasonable job at removing minor blemishes such as the moles on my left cheek. 
But unfortunately I also managed get myself an extra nostril and a piece of my glasses frame sticking out of my nose by trying to remove more blemishes.

Comments

Total comments: 16
kff
By kff (1 week ago)

Is support RAWs from Ricoh GR a Sigma Merrill (DP1, DP2 and DP3) ? These cameras are a very compact and with a very good image quality, so ideal for every day using with iPad Air or similar Adnroid device .... :)

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 week ago)

Adobe has not provided any detailed info on supported formats. I guess if it works in Revel it'l work in the app but that it just a guess. Good thing it's free, so you can just download it and test in a couple of minutes if it works with your camera.

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steelhead3
By steelhead3 (1 week ago)

This will be the next CC...your shots will held captive by Adobe.

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BaldCol
By BaldCol (1 week ago)

Wow, it's taken four comments before someone has written some BS about CC!! You're getting slow.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (1 week ago)

http://prodesigntools.com/adobe-creative-cloud-myths.html

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (1 week ago)

"the only way to open our Nikon D700 .NEF-file in Photoshop Express is to import it from Adobe's Revel cloud service. We also saved the file on our device's internal storage, but there it could not be recognized by the app"

This is a no go. Who can afford to upload a RAW file to the cloud on the go only for it to be converted and downloaded back?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 week ago)

You are right, that's not the way it would work. I think the scenario for this is you upload all your shots when you get home after a long day of shooting in the evening and then go to bed. The next morning on the way to work you can do some basic editing on your phone (assuming you are going by public transport ;))

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jnrob
By jnrob (1 week ago)

No Revel needed. I copied a NEX raw ARW file onto my nexus5 and opened it with FX Explorer as an image selecting PSxprss as tha app to use. Works fine.
Of course if a gallery app such as QuickPic supported raw files it would be easier.

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jnrob
By jnrob (1 week ago)

Update: free Rawpal gallery app allows to view RAW files and to open them with PSexpress (export option)

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 week ago)

cool, when you export from Rawpal to PSExpress, does PSExpress actually open the Raw file or the embedded JPEG? You should see by checking the image size if you save it in PSExpress. Most Raw viewing apps just display the embedded JPEG instead of the actual Raw file.

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jnrob
By jnrob (1 week ago)

Image size is the original in PSexpress. Furthermore exporting to a folder does copy the raw file to that folder. Exporting to apps not supporting raw does not work. So I understand it exports the raw file as is , no conversion.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (1 week ago)

There really isn't much real estate working on a tiny screen. There seems to be a minimal limit to image editing and that would be the size of a tablet.

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5andi
By 5andi (1 week ago)

Tablets obviously offer a far better experience but it's amazing how some people are quite happy using their phones for this type of thing.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 week ago)

obviously this doe snot work well for editing that requires pixel-precise viewing, but color, contrast and tone modifications don't necessarily require large screens.

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soundimageplus
By soundimageplus (1 week ago)

I just tried it. Had to change the .dng suffix to .jpg to get Revel on my laptop to 'see' it however. Is that how you did it? Added it to my camera roll on my iPad and Photoshop express then edited it as it would a jpg. Managed to get the highlights toned down and a few other adjustments.

Image was from a Nokia 1020. Complicated procedure but results were OK.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 week ago)

I only tried it with a Nikon NEF and worked without any problems. Uploaded the NEF to Revel on the laptop, synced pretty speedily to Revel on the phone and then could import it to Photoshop Express. No editing of suffix required.

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