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Adobe Photoshop Express 2.0 (for Android) Review

PC hardware is nice, but it’s not much use without innovative software. I’ve been reviewing software for PCMag since 2008, and I still get a kick out of seeing what’s new in video and photo editing software, and how operating systems change over time. I was privileged to byline the cover story of the last print issue of PC Magazine, the Windows 7 review, and I’ve witnessed every Microsoft win and misstep up to the latest Windows 11.

The Bottom Line

With impressive adjustment tools and effects, Photoshop Express for Android definitely feels like it comes from the leader in image editing software.

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Pros

  • Simple, sleek interface design.
  • Excellent photo adjustment tools.
  • Good selection of impactful filter effects.
  • Integration with online galleries.

Cons

Adobe uses the Photoshop brand for quite a range of apps, from the lofty heights of the world’s pre-emiment photo software Photoshop CC, through the pro photographer’s best friend, Photoshop Lightroom, through the consumer-friendly version, Photoshop Elements. The most stripped down is the free Express version of Photoshop, available for mobile platforms, as a new-style Windows 8 app, and on the Web. Express offers just a taste of some of Photoshop’s image-editing wonders, but it’s a delicious taste.

Setup Photoshop Express runs on any device running Android 4.0.3 and up. I tested on an old Samsung Galaxy SIII running 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and on a new Nexus 5 running KitKat 4.4.2. It makes just modest privacy demands for a 2014 app—just storage, network communication, and account credentials—no demands for location or notification permissions, as most apps these days do. At 22MB, nor is it an unduly weighty app on your storage. You can start using the app right away, without the requirement of signing up for an account as so many apps these days enforce before you can even kick their tires.

Interface As you might expect from the design software leader, Express‘s interface is impressive but clear and simple. The first time you open the app, you’ll see a beautiful slideshow with pointers about what it can do, and then the entry interface of three large stacked buttons—Open from Adobe Revel, Take a Picture, and Open from Gallery. Of course if you choose to open from Revel, you’ll need a Revel account. Any previous account for Adobe, Photoshop.com, or Carousel (Revel’s previous incarnation) works, too.

Shooting photos happens in your phone’s default camera app, but once you’ve snapped a shot, you’re taken seamlessly to Photoshop Express’s editing interface:

Instagram (for Android)

Here I got a choice of 22 instant effect filters (à la Instagram), including Vibrant, a season-themed quartet of choices, two very different BW options, and some impressive punchy and vivid looks:

As in Instagram, these effects are on-and-off only: there’s no slider to control their strength. What you don’t get are tools for creating a couple of hot photo effects based on selective FOCUS—bokeh and tilt-shift. Many mobile apps, even Instagram, now offer these, which can draw attention to a subject or give a scene a miniaturized look. There’s also no overlay or text tools—the iPhone version offers frames, which are missing in this Android app version.

Correcting Photos—Auto and Manual Adjustments When it comes to nitty-gritty image adjustments—brightness, contrast, sharpness, and so on, the app uses the same thumbnail previews showing the effects—a helpful though surprisingly rare approach for a mobile photo-editing app. Big, easy to move slider buttons let me adjust a surprising number of characteristics from Adobe’s bigger, more expensive software, including sharpness, Temperature, on top of the basics.

I was also impressed that adjustments included Shadows, Highlights, Clarity, and Vibrance, in addition to the common Brightness and Contrast controls. The first two are important for fixing images that aren’t uniformly lit, and the last two are a surefire way to make a previously bland image pop. One thing missing is the iOS version’s noise reduction, though this is an in-app extra purchase on Apple’s mobiles.

You can bypass fussy adjustments altogether with the magic wand button at the top of the screen. This algorithmically optimizes exposure, contrast, and white balance. But as with just about every auto-fix tool I’ve seen, results vary from photo to photo. On one test picture, the autocorrect seemed to brighten the image too much, though on several other photos it did a decent job of correcting under and overexposure.

Geometry corrections aren’t lacking in the app: A competent, easy-to-use cropping tool lets you reshape to set standard aspect ratios or in free form. It also lets you straighten lopsided horizons as well as rotate or flip your image.

Finally, the app includes red-eye correction. After choosing this fix from its eye icon along the main toolbar, you simply tap on the photo’s red eyes. It worked tolerably well, but on one fix added some artifacts elsewhere in the image. Aside from this red-eye fix, the app offers no localized adjustments such as dodge, burn, or blemish correction.

Sharing Like all of Adobe’s recent consumer media apps, the new Photoshop for Android integrates with the company’s Revel online photo-syncing service. Revel provides a convenient way of storing, accessing, and re-sharing your images and videos. You can also simply open any photos shared from the app in other Revel-aware programs like Photoshop Elements.

Note that there’s no separate Android app for Revel like the iPhone has; this means you can’t manage your Revel albums in an app, but you can do this on Adobe’s mobile Revel site. From here, you can even send images to the local Walgreens for printing.

If Revel’s not for you, the app’s Share paper plane icon can take your images to any app that accepts photos as sharing fodder- Flickr, and so on.

Starting from Photoshop Roots It’s hard to deny that Adobe is the king of digital media software, and the tools in this free, entry-level app are of high quality and good design. Adobe Photoshop Elements offers an impressive set of both basic photo-editing tools and powerful filters. Other mobile apps like Snapseed (our mobile photo-editing Editors’ Choice) and Aviary offer a bit more control and enhancements, including text overlays and localized adjustments, but the tools you do get in Photoshop Express are top-notch, as you’d only expect from the image software leader.

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Adobe Photoshop Express for Android Review

When you need a lot of editing power, Photoshop is the go-to solution, with a wide variety of tools and options. But what if you don’t need all those options? What if you favor working on your Android tablet or smartphone? What if you want a platform that is simpler to operate, but offers more than just a few filters?

That’s where Adobe Photoshop Express comes in. The Android tablet and smartphone version is designed for taking advantage of a touchscreen interface and for doing simple photo edits. And where Photoshop software is available for a monthly fee that can really start to add up, Photoshop Express is free. Of course as free software, the app is going to be more limited than the full-fledged software. Did Adobe limit their free app too much, or does it include the right mix of features? Exploring the Adobe Photoshop Express for Android review gives us a pretty good idea of whether or not it’s worth the free download.

Adobe Photoshop Express Review: The Interface

Photoshop Express is designed to be a more universal app that even casual smartphone photographers can use easily. Adobe worked to make the app user-friendly, and it shows. While the Photoshop software takes lots of time to learn, the app is simple to pick up.

After downloading the app, users are prompted to find the photo they’d like to edit from their photos, an Adobe Revel account, or by taking a snapshot directly from the app with the smartphone or tablet camera. The built-in camera feature certainly isn’t a reason to download the app itself, but there is the option to use a self-timer and choose a resolution.

Once the image is open, the bottom menu holds all the options: crop, correct, looks, red eye, reduce noise and auto fix. At the left, the app has options for sharing and reviewing the changes with the original photo. Of course, since it’s a touchscreen there’s a few tools that you can’t physically see—like on many apps, you can pinch or unpinch the screen to zoom in or out. If you tap the screen, the editing options will disappear, leaving you in a full screen mode with just the photo to view.

With a single simple sidebar for options and touchscreen controls that any experienced tablet user can easily figure out, Photoshop Express has a very simple interface. Unlike the full software, the app is easy to use without any experience at all.

Photoshop Express Review: The Tools

So, how does a free app compare to all the features that are in the real Photoshop software? Of course, there are some big limitations, but the tool selection does a decent job of making quick edits.

There is a built-in autocorrect option. Like any auto correction, how well it does depends vastly on the photo. On some, it does a great job, while other photos may still need a bit more tweaking afterwards. Still, the autocorrect is a one click fix in the bottom toolbar, and you can undo the action in the right sidebar it it’s not right for that particular photo.

Most of the tools are inside the Correction option at the bottom. Selecting this tool opens up several sliders, for adjusting exposure, contrast, clarity and vibrancies. The exposure option opens up to reveal two separate sliders, one for shadows and one for highlights. Having two separate sliders is nice, since many photo apps only adjust the highlights and shadows at once. These are great tools for lightening or darkening an image or simply working to add more contrast and punch to a photo.

Like in the full Photoshop, the crop tool can be used to straighten an image as well as of course simply cropping the photo. The red eye tool is self-explanatory—but tends to work well. Users simply click on the red part of the eye and the program makes corrections.

Don’t be fooled by the “noise” option in the bottom of the toolbar—noise reduction is, unfortunately, an in-app purchase. For 4.99 though, the app does do quick work of reducing noise common in low light smartphone photos. Like Photoshop’s noise reduction feature, using the noise reduction can reduce the sharpness and detail in an image, but the slider allows the user to choose the right mix between reducing the noise and losing the detail.

Of course, no photo app would be complete without a set of filters. This is the area of Photoshop Express that Photoshop doesn’t have (though you could easily mimic them with presets). There are 22 filters included, and a few more available if you do that 4.99 upgrade.

So, what’s missing? A whole lot, compared to the actual Photoshop software. While the app contains a nice selection of tools for the price (free), the app just does the most basic edits with a few sliders, a crop tool, red eye tool and filters. Outside the red eye tool, the app doesn’t have any tools that you can use to paint effects over only certain areas—there’s no dodge and burn, or healing brush, for example. There’s also no way to work in layers, or select just one portion of the image to apply edits to. (Note: Photoshop Fix offers a few of the healing tools and Photoshop Mix creates composites with layers). Users also can’t add objects like text, shapes or other graphics.

While the app is missing a lot of the features of Photoshop, comparing an app to a desktop feature is like comparing apples to oranges. Apples to apples, or app to app, Photoshop Express has a good set of adjustments and filters when compared to other free image editing apps.

Connectivity

On the right hand side, the app offers easy instant sharing to your social networks once you’ve finished with all those edits. There’s only the options for adding text with the image (not tags), but it’s nice for quick shares. Photoshop Express is also compatible with Adobe Revel, which syncs images across multiple devices. Revel is free for up to 50 uploads, or 5.99 for more frequent use. So, if you do happen to work with photos on both a mobile device and a desktop, syncing the images is fairly easy. Edits are automatically updated across all devices using the sync service.

Conclusion

While Photoshop Express is far from having the capabilities of the full Photoshop, it offers a nice little set of features. It’s easy to use without any Photoshop experience. Experienced shooters won’t find it close to replacing the software, but may use it for quick adjustments to snapshots and easy sharing.

Photoshop Express is a solid, free photo editing app for making quick adjustments that apply to the entire photo. For more editing options, it could be used with Photoshop Fix for tools like repairing skin blemishes and Photoshop Mix for creating photo composites.

– SmartPHOTOeditors

Best Tablets For Photoshop Photo Editing | 2021 Edition

Here are the best tablets you can get for photo editing that support professional apps like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and others.

Tablets are a cross between a smartphone and a laptop. Their bigger screen gives way to more creativity and real estate for carrying out tasks like designing or editing. But not all tablets are equipped to perform creative tasks like photo editing well. Apple’s iPads and Microsoft’s Surface tablets have created a performance benchmark that makes them suitable for photo editing tasks using tools like Adobe Photoshop.

Android tablets are lagging in this segment, which is why you won’t be finding any featured on this list. You also won’t find decent photo editing apps for Android tablets, making it hard to recommend them here.

Apple’s iPads offer almost desktop-level Adobe Photoshop experience along with worthy alternatives like Affinity Photo. Adobe Lightroom works effortlessly on iPads as well. Similarly, Windows tablets also offer top-notch experience with desktop versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. Comparatively, for users who seek a more professional experience, the Windows ecosystem has the best in store.

Now, without further ado, let us walk you through our top picks.

Best Tablets For Photoshop and Photo Editing: An Overview

Take a look at our quick overview of the best options that we highly recommend.

  • Best Tablet Overall For Photo Editing: Apple iPad Pro (on Amazon). The Apple iPad Pro is the best tablet overall for photo editing. This powerful tablet has the best mix of software and hardware. It supports Apple Pencil 2 that provides the absolute precision required for professional level photo editing using apps like Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Best iPad Mid-ranger For Photo Editing: Apple iPad Air 4 (on Amazon). The iPad Air is the best mid-range iPad that you can get for photo editing. It is a sleek and powerful tablet that supports Apple Pencil 2 – a worthy alternative to the iPad Pro. It’s cheaper and has very similar features.
  • Best Compact iPad For Editing Work On The Move:Apple iPad Mini (on Amazon). The iPad Mini is one of the best compact tablets on the market. It is an ideal device for creative professionals who do their work on-the-go.
  • Ultimate Budget iPad:Apple iPad 8 (on Amazon). The iPad 8 is the best budget pick for those who want an affordable iPad with support for Photoshop and other photo editing apps. The iPad 8 packs decent hardware and software that comes in handy for heavy lifting tasks like tweaking photos.
  • Best Windows Tablet For Photo Editing:Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (on Amazon). The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is the best Windows tablet with desktop-level Photoshop support. It makes for an ideal tablet for those who seek a premium device that offers the same photo editing experience as on a desktop machine.
  • Best Budget Windows Tablet For Photo Editing:Lenovo Duet Yoga 7i (on Amazon). The Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i is the ultimate budget Windows tablet that comes pre-bundled with accessories like a stylus and keyboard. It support Photoshop and other tools for photo editing.

Best iPads For Photo Editing Photoshop

Here are the best iPads that support apps like Adobe Photoshop and a great for photo editing.

Apple iPad Pro 2020

Apple is the market leader for creating tablets that offer the best of both worlds to the users. We have featured the iPad Pro in several of our best lists, and this marks another time when we are featuring it at the top of our listicle. The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet backed by an eight-core A12Z chipset that can handle multitasking seamlessly, as good as you can expect on a laptop. It is one of the most preferred tablets by photographers, thanks to its Liquid Retina screen and thin form-factor.

The iPad Pro comes with support for hard drives, and users can also import photos using third-party apps. This functionality became available to users after the release of iPadOS 13; earlier, the process was limited due to external storage restrictions. Users had to upload media twice when using third-party apps like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

The iPad Pro packs 6GB RAM and up to 1TB storage. The 8-core graphics processor used on the device is touted to deliver graphic performance as good as Xbox One S. It also comes integrated with a Neural Engine that utilizes machine-learning to enable features like facial recognition in the Photos app. The powerful specs ensure that while using apps like Affinity Photo or Photoshop, users can easily apply live filters and make edits simultaneously.

Using Photoshop on iPad Pro is a fast experience; gestures like swiping can make editing more seamless. Also, tools like brushes and others are easier to use with Apple Pencil 2. However, there are some minor issues like not being able to select thousands of photos at once, unlike MacBook, where CommandA can mark all the items in the file. On iPad Pro, you will have to swipe every image.

Apple iPad Pro can come in super handy for those in creative fields like lifestyle blogging, photography, writing, and more. Imagine being able to carry your work machine with you and edit your work on the move.

Another drawback could be for those unfamiliar with Cloud storage or using iCloud. Apple has still kept its file system limited, and while you can import photos to Photos App, it’s hard to make use of an external hard drive. The best bet for using the iPad for photo editing is by opting for massive Cloud storage. On the brighter side, it will sync all your iCloud devices.

Apple iPad Air 4

Those with a slightly lower budget than the iPad Pro can easily opt for the iPad Air 4. This tablet is a lighter version with a large screen and powerful hardware that can seamlessly run photo editing apps. Combine the prowess with an ease of an Apple Pencil, and you get a wholesome tablet that can easily carry out complex tasks and brings out your best work.

Under the hood, the iPad Air is powered by Apple’s homegrown A14 chipset, which is the same powerful chipset used on the iPhone 12 lineup. The thin form-factor of the tablet makes it super easy to carry around without adding any excess weight to your baggage.

Of course, most of the shortcomings remain the same as on the iPad Pro. But regardless of all that, it still is a great choice if you want to edit photos using tools like Photoshop on a tablet that’s easy to carry around.

One can also use the prowess of the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil to draw and illustrate with dynamic brushstrokes and subtle shading. The powerful hardware and software allow users to untie artistic potentialities with photo editing, music creation, and more.

Although iPadOS 14 supports Apple Pencil through and through, and apps like Adobe Photoshop reflect the same, we found some lags or delay in response due to the 60Hz Liquid Retina Display. The response is not as smooth as you get on a 120Hz display. But it is still doable and does justice to the cheaper price tag attached to the iPad Air 4.

We have reviewed the iPad Air 4 and did not find any substantial difference in its performance compared to the iPad Pro. Apps like Affinity Photo run seamlessly on this tablet.

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Apple iPad Mini

If you seek the goodness of iPad but in a smaller form factor, look no further than the iPad Mini (2019). This mini version of the iPad is ideal for those who are always on the move. It easily fits in the bag’s Although compact in size, this iPad does not compromise on the power and performance.

Featuring a 7.9-inch display, the iPad Mini has a 4:3 aspect ratio. Under the hood, you get Apple’s homegrown A12 Bionic chipset. It offers decent performance for apps like Adobe Lightroom, Affinity Photo, and LumaFusion. You can edit photos similar as you do on a PC.

It also supports Apple’s proprietary True Tone technology that aids in adjusting white balance based on the surroundings of the photo, giving it a real-life feel. Although a fantastic feature, it’s better to toggle it off when editing images because it can undermine your editing efforts.

Interestingly, the iPad Mini supports the first-gen Apple Pencil. But you won’t find support for the Apple Pencil 2. Additionally, you can use the Logitech Crayon. We think that the Apple Pencil is a great stylus with pressure-sensitivity. The stylus may not work as seamlessly as it works on other iPads, but still a great accessory to help with your editing tasks.

Regardless of some minor inconsistencies, the iPad mini is still one of the best compact tablets that you can have at budget pricing.

Apple iPad 8

The Apple iPad 8 is another offering by Apple for buyers who don’t want to spend obnoxious amounts on an iPad. And you don’t even have to compromise on the performance here; you get the performance-savvy Apple A12 Bionic processor.

We have reviewed the iPad 8 and found that the tablet is pretty great with both standard and heavy tasks. Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop work without any glitch on the tablet. The functioning is effortless for all your basic to medium editing needs. Unless you have some high-level editing requirements, the iPad 8 is just the right pick for you.

The display on the iPad 8 is decent but not as great when you compare it with the iPad Air. The 10.2-inch IPS display packs wide viewing angles and fine color reproduction. The text looks sharp and crisp on the tablet, which also aids while editing photos or designing. It lacks lamination, which gives way to a small yet visible air gap between the IPS layer and touchscreen. This is a pretty odd shortcoming as most of the tablets come with a laminated display in this price range.

One of the reasons behind the lack of display lamination seems to be Apple’s need to spark a contrast between iPad 8 and iPad Air. Also, it is something that not many users can even point out. It would take tech-savvy users to observe it.

The iPad 8 supports 1st-gen Apple Pencil. The pressure-sensitive stylus works smoothly and fast on the tablet. This comes in handy for third-party apps like Adobe Photoshop. But the air gap due to the lack of laminations does not allow the stylus to touch the screen directly – well, at least it doesn’t look that way.

iPadOS 14 brings additional support for several new features on the Apple Pencil, including the Scribble feature that enables handwriting recognition in the browser’s search field.

Best Windows Tablets For Photo Editing

Here are the best Windows tablets we can recommend for photo edition with apps like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and others.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The Surface Pro 7 is one of the best Windows tablets that you can get for photo editing. The tablet comes powered by a 10th-gen Intel processor with a 12.3-inch display, keyboard, and Surface Pen.

The overall performance of the Surface Pro 7 is fantastic, which is great for tools like Adobe Photoshop CC. During our testing for the review, we witnessed a seamless performance even during heavy photo-editing tasks. We put the device through multiple levels of testing, and the results were good.

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The 12.3-inch PixelSense display makes texts and images look sharper and crisp. The display is bright, but when compared to the iPad Pro, it falls a little short – mostly because it’s just 60Hz instead of 120Hz.

Concerning the performance of the Surface Pen, the 100 stylus is comfortable to use and connects magnetically to the side of the device. The stylus is not rechargeable as the Apple Pencil. It is pressure-sensitive and supports up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Users can draw a thin line by light pressure and a thick line by asserting more pressure; this functionality works hand-in-hand for intricate designing and photo editing.

You can use Surface Pen in Photoshop to remove sensor dust or to apply layer masks. Overall, with Surface Pen, the Surface Pro 7 turns out to be one of the best Windows tablets for photo editing.

Surface Pro 7 Alternative: Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i

The Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i is an alternative to the Surface Pro 7. This Windows 10 tablet comes with a bigger screen and has a built-in kickstand as well. It also packs a keyboard and a stylus. We reviewed the Yoga Duet 7i variant powered by an Intel Core i5-10210U quad-core processor paired with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

We put it to a slew of tests, including the one with heavy photo-editing using Photoshop. The performance is fine, and if you have basic editing and designing requirements, this tablet could be a good pick for you.

The display on this tablet is quite good; you get a 13-inch IPS display with 2160 x 1350 pixels resolution that offers a good setup for photo editing and other creative tasks. Text and images look sharp.

One of the best things about this tablet is that you get a stylus pre-bundled. The metal stylus comes with a replaceable battery and is pressure-sensitive. Users can use the pressure-sensitivity to draw thin and thick lines accordingly. The stylus has an uncanny resemblance to the Surface Pen.

Let Us Answer Some Burning FAQs

We answer some of the frequently asked questions below.

How to find the best iPad for photo editing?

There are different iPad variants to choose from. You first have to decide on your budget and basic requirements whether you want a bigger screen or a medium screen. Essentially, you can pick in the range of iPad Pro to iPad Mini. You will also have to check the compatibility for Apple Pencil. Some of the iPads only support 1st-gen Apple Pencil, while some are limited to Apple Pencil 2.

You need to check for the power you seek on a tablet. If your editing requirements are super-high, it is better to choose between iPad Pro and iPad Air. And if your editing requirements are basic and the budget is tight, you can choose between the iPad 8 and iPad Mini.

Overall, iPads make for great tablets for photo editing. The hardware and software go hand-in-hand with Photoshop and other apps.

What are the key features to look for in a tablet for editing photos?

When choosing a tablet, a lot depends on the software and hardware compatibilities. Also, you need to check which photo editing app or software you intend on using the most. However, we give you some key points to consider before you make a buying decision.

Display Resolution: You need a tablet with a larger screen and sharp resolution for photo-editing tasks. A large screen can show intricate details of images and does help in editing photos even better. The display should support high-level color depth and accuracy.

Storage Hardware: You should check whether the tablet depends primarily on internal storage or Cloud storage. The hardware (RAM, processor) should also be powerful enough to handle photo-editing apps like Photoshop or Lightroom, which means up to 8GB of RAM.

Operating System: The ecosystem should be of your choice. Ideally, it is better to choose an OS that you are most comfortable working with. Also, go for an OS that supports the best version of Photoshop. Both iPadOS and Windows are great picks.

Accessories Battery: Go for a tablet that supports a wide range of accessories like a keyboard and stylus. Both Windows and Apple tablets support the powerful stylus. Also, the battery life should be longer.

Bang for the Buck: When choosing a tablet or any device for that matter, look for the value of money you’re getting. The amount you are spending should justify the features and hardware you are getting.

Why are Android tablets not suitable for photo-editing?

We have gauged that Android tablets do not make for the best devices for tasks like photo-editing in our experience. One of the reasons for this is that Android tablets also lack support for professional editing apps. They limit the professional reach on a tablet. You can get a subsidized version of Photoshop; these versions are not original. Overall, you don’t get a top-notch experience on Android tablets when editing photos or other creative tasks.

We hope this list helps you in picking the best tablet for quenching your photo editing needs. The featured tablets on our list have got support for Photoshop and other powerful apps. If you think we missed listing a worthy tablet on this list, let us know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев.

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Can you run Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop on a tablet

Clicking photos for memory or sharing them on social media has become an integral part of our digital life. As much as a good camera is important, post-production or editing is equally important. There are tons of applications available to do this depending upon the level of expertise and knowledge of the user. But one application that remains popular among everyone is Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. This software is primarily supported by desktops. But you might also wonder if you can run them on a tablet. Well, let’s clear this doubt today.

Devices you can run Adobe Lightroom on

Adobe Lightroom is supported on Windows and macOS devices, which are primarily computers. But there is something called Adobe Lightroom for mobile. It is supported on iOS and Android. So to use Lightroom on a tablet – Android or iOS – one can install Adobe Lightroom for mobile from the Play Store or App Store. You can use it on a smartphone as well.

For Android users, you need to be running Android version 8 (Oreo) or later. For iOS users, you need to have iOS version 10 or later. As long as you have the required version of the operating system, you can run Adobe Lightroom for mobile on a tablet as well as on a smartphone too. For using Adobe Photoshop on an Android tablet, you can install Adobe Photoshop Express.

advantages of using Adobe Lightroom on a tablet

There are certain advantages to using Adobe Lightroom on a tablet. There is some flexibility that is inherent due to the combination of the form factor of the device and the operating system.

User-friendly UI: The biggest advantage to using Lightroom on a tablet is the flexibility of touch input. You can interact with the software in a much more intuitive manner. On top of this, the user interface is simple and extremely optimised for proficient working.

Camera accessibility: You can kill two birds with one stone. The app offers a dedicated manual camera mode. This feature can come in handy in a crunch situation when you want more control. On top of this, you can also share photos through its web-sharing system.

Full editing range: Even though it is not a desktop version, it doesn’t skimp out on editing capabilities. You get almost all features available on the desktop version in a faster and simplified UI. It also supports RAW image files.

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The Best Tablet for Lightroom and Photoshop

These days, photography is more about the editing and adding of digital effects than the actual taking of the photo. The word “photoshop” is even in the Oxford English dictionary to describe an image which has been digitally manipulated.

Can you really run Photoshop or Adobe’s other package, Lightroom, on a tablet? The answer is both yes and no, depending on your tablet. A cutdown version of Photoshop, known as Photoshop Express, can be run on most tablets, and even some smartphones.

To run a full-blown version of Photoshop, known as Photoshop CC, you would need a powerful tablet that runs Windows 10. Although Photoshop CC will be coming soon to iOS and the iPad Pro, Lightroom currently runs on all tablets.

What should photographers look for in a tablet? After trying to answer that question, we will recommend five of our favorite tablets for photo editing on the go.

What to Look for in A Photo Editing Tablet

It makes sense that the most important factor of any tablet for photo editing is the quality of the screen. It would just be stupid to try to edit your photographic works of art on a low-res and dimly-lit screen. At the very minimum, you will need a Full HD display, and the higher the pixel count, the clearer the image will be.

Editing photos, especially those with more pixels, or RAW files, will require a higher level of processing power and RAM. Try to choose a tablet which has a minimum of a quad-core processor for speedier processing of your photos. Remember, more intense tasks will also be power hungry and you will need a decent battery life.

Finally, consider the OS of the tablet and what apps or packages are available for it. Apple has always been seen as offering the best tablets for creative types, and the App store tends to have more professional photo editing apps than Android. You can always use a cutdown version of Photoshop or Lightroom on your tablet, and sync with the desktop via a Cloud.

The Best Tablet for Photo Editing

We have looked at many of the top-selling tablets to bring you, in our opinion, the top five best tablets for photo editing. Although some are more expensive than most premium cameras, consider how much photo editing you will use it for. Do you want it as a replacement for your desktop, or just some casual photo editing?

Best Overall—Microsoft Surface Pro 6

We did say the “best” tablet for photo editing and not the “cheapest,” didn’t we? The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is never going to win any prizes for the best budget tablet, but it does offer a full laptop experience—a pretty decent one at that!

Photographers and video makers are always searching for the ideal mobile device to not only upload but also edit pictures. Many considerations, including size (wall and appliance), weight, battery life and much more, come into play. As you wrestle with the buying choice, sleep is wasted. Do you want to pack a laptop? No, it’s too large for the camera purse to nestle. It’s going to fit in a rack.

With the 12.3-inch Multi-Touch Surface Pro 6, the company is bridging the gap between the laptop and the tablet, bringing the power and capabilities of the laptop to the photographer with the benefits of the tablet. such as the reduced size and functionality of the touch screen. Thanks to the touch screen functionality, you have a digital pen that makes the touch screen a fast interface, a task that allows you to perform a high-precision editing job.

Surface Pro 6 is bigger than the average tablet, but it as light as an iPad, for instance. It features a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port that you can use to connect a camera or card reader. Microsoft Surface Pro works with Windows 10 Home which you will find familiar if you use a Windows computer at home or in the office. Giving the fact that mobile operating systems are limiting the ability to work on photos after taking them, as well as the fact that Surface Pro operates on a Windows system, we can conclude that the Surface Pro 6 can do real photographic work.

There are a huge number of photographers who own graphics and digital tablets. They used them with pens so that they can do some photo retouching using a stylus on a touchpad. With the Surface Pro everything becomes much easier. The included digital stylus is easy to use and more efficient than ever. Graphics tablets can now be replaced with this model, as it has all it needs to edit photos fast and easy, using the same apps. Therefore, when buying the Surface Pro 6, you no longer need a traditional laptop or a computer for these heavy editing tasks.

This latest Surface Pro is the most powerful yet, with 8th Generation quad-core Intel processors. A stunning 4K PixelSense display features 2736 by 1284 resolution in a 12.3-inch screen. It even beats the Apple Retina display PPI of 264, but only just, with 267 PPI.

Out of the box, it runs a full desktop version of Windows 10 Home, which can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. With the powerful processor and 8GB of RAM, it easily meets the required specifications of all the major photo editing software, including the Adobe suite.

Unfortunately, you will have to buy the keyboard cover and stylus as extras, to make the most of the Surface Pro. The Surface Pen is recognized as one of the best you can get and features 4096 levels of sensitivity.

With full-sized USB ports, an HDMI out and SD card slot, this is truly a laptop replacement. The compatibility and power to run all those Windows photo editing packages makes this the ideal tablet/laptop for photographers.

  • Powerful Intel 8th Gen CPU and 8GB RAM can handle even the largest of RAW files.
  • Photos look great on the high definition, high pixel density display.
  • Full Windows 10 operating system.
  • Fast SSD drive, configurable to 1TB.
  • Works with all Windows-based photo editing software, including all Adobe packages.
  • Full sized USB-3 ports for connection to external accessories, including hard drives.
  • SD card slot for expanding storage.
  • The Surface Pen offers 4096 levels of pressure, ideal for fine detail editing of photos.
  • Long 13-hour battery life.
  • Very expensive—even more with official Surface Type cover and Surface Pen.
  • No 4G cellular option. A missed opportunity for uploading photos in free Wi-Fi areas.
  • Magnesium alloy body makes it heavier than other tablets, at 1.7 pounds.

Best Apple Tablet for Photo Editing—Apple iPad Pro 12.9” (2018)

This latest version of the iPad Pro features what Apple claims is its best screen ever on a tablet. The new A12X Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture is so powerful that Adobe plans to launch a full version of Photoshop CC for iOS in 2019.

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Photographers have had a dream. They dreamt of an iPad that can be used as a portable editing station. The new Apple iPad is the best proof to date that that dream has come true. Nowadays, many of the tools and applications available turn the iPad Pro into a serious tool for professional creatives and photographers.

Apple has brought to the market its most powerful mobile processor to date: the A12X Bionic. Besides that, it has included the Neural Engine and some machine learning abilities. The chipset of this tab is extremely fast, or even faster than most laptops. This makes it easy to work with raw files from the tablet in Photoshop Lightroom.

The editing process on the iPad Pro is fast and responsive. It is considered to be better at it than the average laptop, which is mindblowing. The optimizations made by Apple must be appreciated, as both the iOS and the hardware of the iPad Pro deliver an outstanding performance. The Photoshop app is a good example as it can load 50 megapixel raw images from a medium format camera and edit them without any delay.

Working with the 12.9 inch iPad Pro is an amazing experience – photographers love the way the display works, as well as the Liquid Retina screen that lets you take pictures in their entire splendor. The last 12.9 iPad has become smaller in size and the 11 version offers a larger display without increasing the footprint of the device.

Apple has taken the concerns of users regarding the screen seriously and came back with an outstanding display for color-critical applications. ProMotion technology is also emerging for fast refresh times that make changes and movements smoother as you keep editing.

Another advantage is an anti-reflective coating that limits reflectivity to only 1.8%. Mix this with a brightness of 600 cd / m² and you should have no problem working outside on sunny days. Those who like to do retouches will love the second generation of Apple pencils.

This tab’s pencil has a flat side that prevents it from rolling. Also, it has a touch-sensitive side that makes it easy to change settings, and a magnetic accessory. Its responsiveness is high, allowing you to make selections and changes fast and easy. Lag virtually does not exist, which confirms Apple’s statement that this tablet can be more powerful than some laptops.

The stunning Liquid Retina display of this new iPad has a resolution of 2732 by 2048 pixels, with 264 pixels per inch. The wide color display, ProMotion technology, and TrueTone capabilities scream out for showing off your photos as well as editing them.

The iPad Pro has all the features you need to work in either Photoshop or Lightroom, and many other professional apps too. An extra purchase, the Apple Pencil, allows you to work with more precision. The 12MP rear camera also makes it a decent device for shooting photos on the go, if rather cumbersome.

Apple fans will love this tablet; if you already work on a Mac, it’s the ideal partner. However, it is crazy priced— when you add the cost of the keyboard or stylus, you could get a pretty decent laptop for the same price. And, as usual, there’s no option for boosting the memory or external storage.

  • The slim design, 0.26 inches, is ideal for fitting in the of your satchel or backpack.
  • Stunning, fully laminated Liquid Retina display goes corner to corner.
  • Powerful A12X Bionic chip with neural engine makes light work of rendering photos.
  • Magnetic charging now included for the Apple Pencil.
  • 10-hour battery life is ideal for editing more photos or rendering a 4K video.
  • Fast Gigabit-class LTE cellular data for a quicker upload of photos.
  • Hundreds of quality photo apps in the App Store. Photoshop CC will be available in 2018.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Android photographers finally have many options available to them in terms of performance tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S4 might not be the market’s favorite tablet, but it isn’t far from the 10-inch iPad Pro in some areas. The Galaxy S4 is part of the fourth generation of tablets from Samsung and proof of the fact that these devices become better and more refined by the year.

The Galaxy S4 offers a lot of features that photographer will want to test and work with. As for the screen, it has a high-resolution and highly responsive 9.7-inch OLED display. Its 12-hour battery life, high RAM and processing power, and quick loading times are quite satisfactory. When launching Lightroom Mobile on this tablet, it moves fast, without interruptions or lags.

The camera is not as good as expected, but it still has a resolution of 13 MP (pixel size of 1.12 μm) and a fast aperture of F1.9. It isn’t as good as Samsung’s smartphones camera, but it has decent image quality for Skype calls or basic pictures. Just like any other tablet that is suitable for photo editing, the Tab S4 features an S-Pen that allows for easier retouching. Samsung’s DeX platform is present on this tablet and replaces the old Android interface with one that looks more like a desktop operating system.

This makes it much easier for users to work on their photos and multitask.

Also, the access to files has been adapted to the needs of those who would usually use a laptop.

This tablet is capable to translate, cut pictures and edit. Its battery can hold up to 16 hours in a single charge. The Galaxy Tab S4 is therefore a great option for photographers who are always on the go for a number of reasons. Besides the pen, it also includes a keyboard. Therefore, you can also work in your studio or office comfortably.

All you have to do is attach the keyboard cover and turn the tablet into a PC. That said, the Galaxy Tab S4 has the all-in-one feature for retouching your photos.

Apple iPad Air

If you have used the iPad ever since it was released, then you will know what to expect. Except, it has improved a lot since then. This tablet has maintained the habit of becoming thinner and lighter. Today, it is a slim device that weighs approximately 1 pound and has thick bezels that are designed to make room for the Touch ID.

One of the things that you will like about the iPad Air if you are a photographer, and looking for a smaller tablet to edit your photos with on the go, is the display. This tab comes with a laminated screen that makes pixels look closer to the Apple Pencil. Its coating is antireflective, unlike the one on the previous model. than that, it integrates Apple’s True Tone technology. This allows you to adjust color temperature, depending on the ambient lighting at every moment.

Although initially, Apple announced that the Apple Pencil will only be available for the iPad Pro, it decided to add it to this model, too. It was a great decision that made a lot of users happy. However, it uses the first-generation Pencil, not the new model, which is indeed compatible only with the iPad Pro. Apple has upgraded all operating systems on all of its devices to the iOS 12.

This version is responsive and stylish, but doesn’t look so professional. However, as a photographer, this is not something that will have a big impact on you.

If you are after a tablet that has reasonable size and is extremely lightweight, this is a device that will satisfy your needs. The design isn’t the only thing that makes it valuable. Thanks to its processor, it is fast, responsive and can perform multiple tasks at once.

The reasons why it is great for photo editing is the fact that you can do retouches easily using the pencil and there are a lot of functions that you can use to bring your pictures to the desired shape.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 9.7 inch

The beginning of a career in photography or photo editing isn’t always easy. It sometimes implies calculating your budget extremely well. This also means that you may have to choose to work with good devices that are more affordable than the premium products that the market has to offer. The Asus ZenPad 2S s a 9.7 inch tablet that lets you edit your photos thanks to its advanced functions.

It is an inexpensive tablet that doesn’t feel premium at all, but has a beautiful design and a lot of pros. For instance, it is powered by a Hexa-Core Mediatek 8176 processor that gets things going. It is a processor that makes the table run fast and avoid lags.

The reason why this is a good one is that actually it is comprised of two processors: a 1.7 GHz ARM Cortez A53 and a 2.1 GHz ARM Cortez A72. The first one is a quad core and the latter is a dual core. The tablet comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage that should be enough for starters.

The fact that it has a 2048 x 1536 screen resolution and a size of 9.7 inches, as well as a pixel density of 264 ppi, gives it accuracy and clarity. It runs Android operating system, so you will be able to download and use a lot of photo editing apps. Its display is bright and the pictures that you will be working with will look vibrant.

The Vivid preset is available in Settings, but if you want a realistic effect, it is recommended to keep balanced settings.

Just like any tablet worth using for photo editing, it includes a stylus that Asus has named the Z Stylus. It has pressure sensitivity of 1024 levels, a 1.2 mm writing tip and 150 hours of battery life. While it isn’t as impressive as other digital pencils that accompany premium tablets, it does the job it was created for.

Most Portable Tablet for Photo Editing—HP Pro 608 G1 7.86”

The HP Pro 608 G1 is a professional style Windows 10 tablet with a stunning Full HD QXGA screen. Although only a 7.86-inch screen, it is one of the most lightweight tablets you can currently buy for photo editing or Photoshop use.

The importance of a quality screen is paramount when editing photos and this tablet certainly doesn’t fail to impress. Packing a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels into a 7.86-inch screen it has a higher pixel density than the Microsoft Surface tablets.

A 24-bit color depth for each pixel offers the vibrant visuals and high definition images you need for editing photographs. The optional pen offers 1024 levels of sensitivity for more precision in your Photoshop or Lightroom work.

Running Windows 10 Home edition, you can run the Adobe CC suite on this tablet including full-blown versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. However, armed only with a 1.44GHz Intel Atom processor it’s not quite as powerful as other Windows tablets. Processing data-heavy files like the RAW format can take some time.

The HP Pro 608 G1 offers a reasonably powered tablet for photo editing, with full Photoshop CC compatibility. It includes a USB-C port for connecting external accessories and a MicroSD slot for expanding the storage. A versatile, yet affordable tablet for the casual photo editor.

  • Compact and extremely lightweight at just 0.79 pounds—ideal for use when traveling.
  • Pixel rich display with QXGA resolution.
  • BrightView WLED technology for more contrast.
  • Windows 10 Home offers compatibility with more photo editing software and apps.
  • Highly responsive pen, not included, adds to the fluidity of Photoshop editing.
  • Expandable storage up to 2TB with MicroSD SDXC support.
  • Lower computing power means heavy duty Photoshop tasks can often take more time.
  • The 21 WHr battery only provides about 6 hours of use.

Best Android Tablet for Photo Editing—Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7”

Although the Galaxy Tab S3 has been replaced by the DeX supporting Tab S4, this tablet still includes all you need for photo editing. The DeX software on the new tablet is purely aimed at giving a more Windows-like desktop, which you don’t really need for photo editing.

What sets this tablet apart from other tablets in the price range is the HDR display, with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. High Dynamic Range, or HDR, offers higher contrast ratios and highlights to your on-screen images. Although most content you download isn’t HDR yet, for anybody editing photos, it’s a powerful feature to have.

Using a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon processor and with 4GB of RAM, it has enough power for most photo editing tasks. An S Pen is included in the box for precision editing from day one. A detachable keyboard is also available, to unlock the full potential of the S3.

When equipped with the keyboard and S Pen, the Tab S3 is a powerful tool for Photoshop or Lightroom tasks. It has the power to work with larger files, even those processor hungry RAW files. If you need more storage space, you can easily upgrade up to 256GB with a MicroSD card.

The Samsung offers excellent value for money as an effective photo editing tool. There are many apps now available in the Google Play store, which offer features similar to Photoshop CC. And there’s always Photoshop Express and Lightroom which can sync with your desktop.

  • Compact and lightweight at just short of one pound.
  • Fast quad-core Snapdragon processor for multitasking or heavy duty tasks.
  • SuperAMOLED HDR enabled screen provides contrast rich and sharp images.
  • Includes an S Pen in the box. Precise and pressure responsive and never needs charging.
  • Memory can be expanded with MicroSD card.
  • Optional keyboard for a smoother workflow when photo editing.
  • Impressive rear camera with 13MP, quality images even in low light.
  • 7,300 MAh battery offers up to 12 hours of battery life and fast charging technology.
  • No LTE models available, you’ll need to rely on Wi-Fi.
  • A full glass back, rather than metal, can be fragile and slippy to hold.

Best Budget Apple Tablet for Photo Editing—Apple iPad 9.7” (2018)

Although we have already looked at one Apple device, the 2018 entry level iPad addresses the one big issue we had, the price. It’s not often you will hear an Apple product referred to as budget, but with added stylus support, the 9.7 iPad just got even closer to the costly iPad Pro.

The main reason so many creative types and photographers love their Apple products is the stunning displays. This latest iPad manages to pack a 2046 by 1536 display into a 9.7-inch Retina screen with the same PPI as the iPad Pro. Images appear vibrant and pin sharp, ideal for those photo editing tasks.

Obviously, at under half the price of the Pro, compromises have been made. The screen isn’t fully laminated, and a noticeable air gap can be a hindrance when using the stylus. The older LED technology used on the screen also lacks contrast when compared to the newer AMOLED displays found on other tablets.

A custom Apple A10 chip offers a powerful performance for editing photos and other productivity tasks. The App Store is full of professional photo editing software, like Affinity Photo, which can be used to open and edit PSD files.

This is a great little tablet for occasional photo editing on the go, you could always use Photoshop Express and save to the iCloud for later work. At less than half the price of the iPad Pro, it should be enough to keep Apple fans happy.

  • Slimline design at just 0.29 inches.
  • Stunning HD Retina display, with one of the industry’s leading pixel densities.
  • Now supports the Apple Pencil.
  • Powerful A10 processor with embedded M10 graphics coprocessor.
  • Fingerprint scanner for added security for your photos.
  • A 32.4-watt-hour battery offers up to 10 hours of use.
  • Plenty of quality photo editing apps, including Lightroom and Photoshop Express, in the App Store.
  • Less powerful processor than the iPad Pro—no support for Photoshop CC app.
  • Poor quality cameras.
  • No facility for external storage.
  • Still uses Lightning connector rather than USB-C.

A Final Snapshot

Although Photoshop CC is incoming to the iPad Pro, at the moment the only true way of running a full Photoshop package on a tablet is with Windows 10. The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 offers a high specification tablet which can replace your desktop in every way.

For editing photos using Photoshop or Lightroom, it features one of the best screens on any tablet, and a powerful processor for faster editing. The Surface Pen and the optional Surface Dial offer great tools for more precision editing which would need an additional graphics tablet on a desktop PC.

The cameras may not be too great on the Surface Pro 6, there are certainly better cameras on much cheaper tablets. We’re not talking about taking photos though, rather tablets which can be used for editing your photos. Anyhow, you could look ridiculous holding up a large slab of metal to take a photo.

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