Get started with Photoshop Express on Android

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Express on Android

Adobe Photoshop Express is a mobile photo editing app for making quick, powerful, and easy photo edits. Apply instant filters from a variety of Looks, choose from an array of adjustment and correction options to touch up your photos, or create amazing collages. Share them on social media or save them in your phone’s gallery.

Get Started

Adobe Photoshop Express is available on Google Play Store app. You can download and install the app by clicking the badge below:

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To learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Express on iOS, see Get started with Photoshop Express on iOS.

Select and Edit photos

Open the app and select a photo that you want to work with. The first screen displays photos from your device's memory.

Alternatively, you can click a photo using the app and work with it right away. To view and select photos, choose All Photos from the Home screen, and then click the   icon. 

Make your photos stand out with various adjustment and correction options. Choose any photo from your device or Creative Cloud to start making edits right away.

Auto-enhance your photos

Use Auto-enhance to adjust the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, temperature, tint, vibrance, and clarity to auto values. To apply Auto Enhance, click  in the top panel of the screen.

You can allow Photoshop Express to automatically apply Auto Enhance each time you open a photo. To apply Auto Enhance, deselect Disable Auto Enhance in Preferences.

Apply Looks

Photoshop Express allows you to apply instant filters from a variety of Looks. You can choose from a range of eye-catching effects and control their intensity. Select your desired effect to apply it and adjust its intensity using the slider.

You can also create and save your customized Looks. To create your customized filter, tap on Add in the Looks panel, type a name, and click on Save Look.

Apply Blend effects

Photoshop Express introduces a wide range of Blend effects for your photos, such as Light Leaks, Raindrops, Paper, Cosmos, Watercolor, and so on. You can turn simple images into vibrant and unique looking pictures with creative textures and overlays.

To apply the Blend effects:

  1. Select an image

  2. Select the Blend icon from the panel

  3. Move the slider to adjust the opacity

Blend effect in Photoshop Express
Blend effect in Photoshop Express

Crop, Rotate and Transform your photos

The first step in editing your photo is to set it to the desired size. You can click on  to crop, straighten, rotate, and flip your photos. This feature helps user to choose the aspect ratio of the image according to any social media platform or custom size your photo. Rotate it to any degree and fix the perspective with four different options.  

Set the Aspect ratio of your photos

You can also crop and set the aspect ratio of your photo to different sizes such as Free Size, Original, Device, 1:1, and so on. To set the aspect ratio of your photo:

  1. Select an image

  2. Click on  icon

  3. Choose the various option available in panel to adjust your image

  4. Drag the edges of image to crop and set the aspect ratio

Crop effect in Photoshop Express
Set the aspect ratio of your photo

Rotate your photos

You can rotate, straighten, and flip your photos using the Rotate tab of Photoshop Express. You can also flip it horizontally or vertically in any direction. 

Transform your photos

Photoshop Express provides four perspective correction options - Vertical, Horizontal, and two auto modes for Full Auto and Balanced AutoTo fix the perspective in your photos:

  1. Select the Crop tool

  2. Click on Transform

  3. Use the slider or any of the auto options to fix the perspective in your photo

Skew in Photoshop Express
Horizontal skew in Photoshop Express

Resize your photos

The image resize options will scale down photos to the selected long edge while preserving the photo's current crop ratio. Scaling is applied to exported/saved, and shared photos.

To resize a photo in Android, select the Crop tool > Free SizeCustom.

Resize photos in Photoshop Express
Resize your photo

Add Text

To add text through Photoshop Express, you can choose from a list of text options called Text Styles. You have the option to either use your own text or choose any text template available on the panel. Create memes and posters by adding Text styles to your photos and collages. 

Steps to add Text to your photo:

  1. Choose  a Text Style of your choice

  2. Tap on the text written on panel to edit it to any text of your choice

  3. You may change the Font, Color, and Alignment of text

  4. Adjust the text opacity using the slider

Text in Photoshop Express

Correct Red eye

Click on  to correct red eyes and pet eyes in a click.

Add Borders

Click on  to add a border to your photo.

Remove Blemishes

Click on  to remove spots, dirt, and dust from your photos with a single touch. 

If you don't get your desired result, re-tap to view different results on each tap.

Enhance your photos with other adjustments

You can use the following adjustment options to enhance your photo:

Exposure The amount of light in which the photo was captured. You can adjust the slider to make your photo look dark or light.

Contrast The difference between the brightness of the dark and light areas in your photo. A high value on the slider can make out your photo pop by increasing the difference in lightness and darkness.

Highlights The brightest parts in a photo. You can adjust the slider to control details of highlights. A lower value of the slider gives more details in highlights.

Shadows The darkest part in a photo. You can adjust the slider to control details of shadows. A higher value of the slider gives more details in the shadow.

Whites Controls This controls the brightest areas in a photo and has a wider tonal range than Highlights. Adjust the slider to change the overall brightness of your photo along with white parts.

Blacks Controls the darkest areas in a photo and has a wider range of tonal values and effect than Shadows.

Temperature Gives a warm (sunny) look or a cool (winter) look to your photo.

Tint Adds green and magenta tint to your photos.

Vibrance Improves lower-saturated colors with less effect on the higher-saturated colors. Adjust the slider to boost colors in your photo without making it look harsh.

Saturation Adjust the slider to saturate all colors in your photo equally and enhance its colors.

Clarity Adjust the slider to add depth to an image by increasing local contrast. It can bring out details and textures in your photo.

Dehaze Removes atmospheric haze from photos. Adjust the slider to remove fog or enhance fog in your photo.

Sharpen Enhances contrast between specific pixels. Adjust the slider to make your photo look crisp.

Reduce Luminance Noise This noise disturbs the brightness of colored pixels. Adjust the slider to fix this type of noise.

Reduce Color Noise This noise is present when multi-colored pixels appear as flat color. Adjust the slider to fix this type of noise.

Add watermark

You can add your desired image or text as a watermark to your photo in Photoshop Express. To add a watermark:

  1. Select App Settings > Preferences > Add Watermark

  2. To add a photo of your choice, click Add image and select the photo you want to add as a watermark

  3. To add text, click Add text and save the text you want to add as a watermark

  4. You can use the slider to adjust the opacity of your watermark

Photoshop Express Watermark
Watermark in Photoshop Express

  • To disable or remove a watermark from all photos, remove the custom image or custom text added as a watermark under App Settings > Preferences.

Apply Blur effect to photos

In Photoshop Express, you can find Blur in the Selection Tool panel.

You can choose from two Blur options: 

  • Radial Blur Applies blur to specific regions in a photo
  • Full Blur Applies blur to the complete photo
Photoshop Express Blur Effect
Apply Blur effect in Photoshop Express

To apply Radial Blur, follow these steps:

  1. Move the circular mask to the desired region. Adjust the circles to apply no blur, feather, and blur to desired regions in the photo

  2. Move the slider to adjust the intensity of Blur. You can also use the toggle to change the blurred regions in the photo

To apply Full Blur, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the full option

  2. Move the slider to adjust the intensity of the blur

Make stunning collages

Photoshop Express allows you to create gorgeous and share-worthy collages in a single tap. Select the photos that you want to frame in a collage. Use one of the layout styles in the bottom panel of the screen. 

To create a collage:

  1. On the first screen after launching the app, click on  at the bottom-right of the screen

  2. Select the desired photos. You can combine up to nine photos in a single collage

  3. Click on the arrow popped up at below right-most corner indicating Next

  4. Choose the desired layout style and click on  to make edits

  5. To save the collage to your phone memory, click on in the upper-right corner of the screen and select Save to Gallery

The collage features include:

Aspect ratio Tap the Aspect ratio icon to set the aspect ratio of your collage.

Change Layout Tap the layout icon to choose from grid, freeform, and shapes layouts.

Edit and replace photos Tap the edit icon to replace or delete any photo in your collage. To swap photos, long-press any photo to drag-and-drop it on any other cell. To edit a photo, tap the edit icon.

Apply Style Tap the Style transfer icon to apply quick styles to your collage.

Add text Tap the text icon to add text. Stylize your text by choosing from the available font styles. You can adjust the text opacity using the slider, add text color, easily pan, zoom, or rotate, and also adjust the placement of the text.

Add sticker Tap the sticker icon to add stickers to your collage. You can pan, zoom, or rotate the sticker and place it as you desire.

Change Borders Tap the border icon to apply borders and adjust inner and outer borders. You can also add colors to borders.

Add background patterns Tap the background icon to add background styles. You can choose from various available patterns, colors, and gradients.

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  • To disable auto-connect setting in Photoshop Express, select App settings > Preferences > Reset Photoshop Connections and click Yes.
  • If you receive the error message ‘Looks like this image is not open anymore in Photoshop', reopen the image and try again. Alternatively, reopen the image in Photoshop Express and click the Photoshop Effects icon to connect to Photoshop.
  • If you're unable to apply Photoshop Effects to your photos, close any opened window or dialog box in Photoshop and reapply the effect in the app.

Share your work

Quickly share your work on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and through text messages. To share your work, check the upper-right corner of the screen, click on  and select your preferred option to share.

Control JPEG quality

You can choose a quality scale to be applied to your photo while exporting or sharing the image. A 100% value gives the best result with increased file size. By default, the quality scale is set to 85%.

To change image quality:

  1. Go to App Settings > Preferences > JPEG Quality

  2. Change the Quality slider value

Photoshop Express JPEG Quality
JPEG Quality setting in Photoshop Express

Work with other Adobe apps

Connect to Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom, and Creative Cloud Library from within Photoshop Express. Follow the steps below to connect with other Adobe apps:

  1. In the upper-right corner of the screen, click on 

  2. Select the desired option to connect with in the Send To section

  3. Log in with your Adobe ID, Google, or Facebook account and follow the on-screen instructions to connect to your desired app

You can also apply edits in other mobile apps and import the work to Photoshop Express. For example:

  • Cut out objects in Photoshop Mix
  • Use Heal and Liquify tools in Photoshop Fix
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