Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Express on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices.
Adobe Photoshop Express is a free mobile app for making quick, powerful, and easy photo edits and creating collages. Apply instant filters called Looks, choose from an array of adjustment and correction options to touch up your photos, and instantly share them on social media.
Adobe Photoshop Express is available on iOS and Android devices in App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. Download and install the app by clicking one of the following badges:
Launch the app and select the photo that you want to work with. The first screen displays photos from your device memory.
Alternatively, you can click a photograph using the app and work with it right away. To do this:
Make your photos look their fabulous best with a variety of adjustments and corrections. To save your edits:
(iOS) Click in the upper-right corner of the screen and select Camera Roll.
(Android) Click in the upper-right corner of the screen and select Save to Gallery.
Photoshop Express allows you to apply instant filters called Looks. You can choose from a range of eye-catching effects and control its 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 do this, tap Add in the Looks panel, type a name, and click Save Look.
Click to crop, straighten, rotate, and flip your photos. You can also transform and fix perspective using this option.
Select the Crop tool.
Select 1:1 for square or any other desired aspect ratio.
Photoshop Express provides four perspective correction options - vertical, horizontal, and two auto modes for Full Auto and Balanced Auto.
Select the Crop tool.
Click Transform category.
Use the slider or auto option to fix the perspective in your photo.
The image resize options will scale photos down 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 iOS:
Go to Preferences in App settings.
Click Resize Image in Share Settings category.
Select any of the size options. You can also use custom size slider or more options.
To resize a photo in Android, select the Crop tool > Free Size > Custom.
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 your photo pop out 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 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. This 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 Luminance noise disturbs the brightness of colored pixels. Adjust the slider to fix this type of noise.
Reduce Color Noise Color noise is present when multi-colored pixels appear as flat color. Adjust the slider to fix this type of noise.
To add text, you can choose from a list of text options called Text styles. Create memes and posters by adding Text styles to your photos and collages. You can adjust the text opacity using the slider, add text color, easily pan, zoom, or rotate, and adjust the placement of the text.
Click to correct red eyes and pet eyes in a click.
This feature is currently available in UK and Australia regions only.
You can copy eyes from a photo and use it to replace a pair of eyes on another photo. Open the photo with eyes that you want to edit, click Replace Eyes, and tap the face. You can then choose the reference photo from where you want to copy the eyes.
For better results, select photos that are clicked in similar conditions such as lighting, zoom levels, and angles.
Click to add a border to your photo.
Click to remove spots, dirt, and dust from your photos with a single touch.
If you don't receive your desired result, re-tap to view different results on each tap.
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.
On iOS, you can allow Photoshop Express to automatically apply Auto Enhance each time you open a photo. To do this, deselect Disable Auto Enhance in Preferences.
You can allow Photoshop Express to automatically apply Auto Enhance each time you open a photo. To do this, deselect Disable Auto Enhance in Preferences.
Log in to your Creative Cloud account, if you're not already logged in.
Select App Settings > Preferences > Add Watermark.
To add a photo of your choice, click Add image and select the photo you want to add as a watermark.
To add text, click Add text and save the text you want to add as a watermark.
You can use the slider to adjust the opacity of your watermark.
This feature is currently available in UK, Singapore, Canada, South Africa, and Australia regions only.
The Lens correction tool in Photoshop Express helps fix lens issues such as distortion, chromatic aberration, vignette, and perspective. The lens corrections are applied based on your lens model because each lens is uniquely designed.
You can select Enable Lens Correction to apply lens corrections and fix these lens issues. The toggle for Enable Lens Correction remains disabled for photos that do not have any lens issues.
To learn how to correct lens issues, see Lens correction.
In Photoshop Express, you can find Blur in the Corrections panel. You can choose from two Blur options:
To apply Radial Blur, follow these steps:
Move the circular mask to the desired region. Adjust the circles to apply no blur, feather, and blur to desired regions in the photo.
Move the slider to adjust the intensity of Blur. You can also use the toggle to change the blurred regions in the photo.
You can also use the toggle to change the blurred regions in the photo.
To apply Full Blur, follow these steps:
Click the Full option.
Move the slider to adjust the intensity of Blur.
Send to Photoshop is a powerful feature in Photoshop Express that allows you to take an edited image or collage from Photoshop express to Adobe Photoshop as a PSD file. Applied edits such as watermark, Looks, corrections, borders, blemishes and more in Photoshop Express will be preserved in the PSD file. You can then tweak or enhance them further in Photoshop.
To send your Photoshop Express creation to Photoshop:
Apply your desired edits to your photo.
Tap the Ps icon at the bottom panel of the screen and click Send now.
Your edited photo will then automatically open in Photoshop on desktop.
Alternatively, you can follow these steps to share your work to Photoshop on desktop:
Apply your desired edits to your photo.
Click the Share icon at the upper-right corner of the screen.
Among the available sharing options, click Photoshop (Send to Photoshop) to export your edited image to Adobe Photoshop. Your file will then automatically open in Photoshop on desktop.
Ensure that you are logged in with the same ID of Photoshop Express in Photoshop.
You can also do the following, when you are logged in to Photoshop with the same ID as that in Photoshop Express:
To export a photo from Editor, tap the Photoshop icon located at the bottom of the screen.
To export a collage, tap the Photoshop icon located at the top panel of the screen.
Your PSD file with the applied edits will then automatically open in Photoshop on desktop.
Photoshop Effects is a set of filters available in Photoshop. You can apply these filters to your photos from within Photoshop Express by connecting to Photoshop.
Before you connect to Photoshop:
Choose Photoshop > About Photoshop (in Mac) or Help > About Photoshop (in Windows).
If your Photoshop version is not 16.0 or later, choose Help > Updates in Photoshop to update to the latest version.
Open Photoshop Express and click the Photoshop Effects icon in the bottom panel of the screen.
Follow the onscreen instructions to enable Remote Connections in Photoshop.
In Photoshop, after you've selected Enable Remote Connections, create a password for the service and click OK.
In Photoshop Express, tap the Photoshop Effects icon and select the server (Service Name) listed in the second screen of instructions.
Enter the password that you created in Photoshop and you're set to work with Photoshop Effects.
This feature is currently available in UK, Singapore, South Africa, and Canada only.
The selfie camera in Photoshop Express uses real time portrait segmentation, depth estimation, lens blur, and tablet matting. This allows you to embellish your selfies and use attractive filters on the move.
You can use the following filters:
Photoshop Express uses 3D face modelling and material paints to create realistic tattoos. You can place your desired tattoo at your preferred postiton by zooming and panning around the photo. The captured selfie can then be further edited in Editor or you can create a collage with it.
Photoshop Express allows you to create gorgeous and share-worthy collages in a single tap. Select the photos that you want to work with and use one of the layout styles in the bottom panel of the screen. These collage layouts are intelligently created using image metadata, such as geolocation and time.
To create a collage:
On the first screen after launch of the app:
Alternatively, in iOS you can create collages by clicking the collage icon from the top panel in the app.
Select the desired photos. You can combine up to nine photos in a single collage.
Choose the desired layout style and click to make edits.
To save the collage to your phone memory:
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 a variety of available patterns, colors, and gradients.
Quickly share your work on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and through text messages. To do this, in the upper-right corner of the screen:
You can quickly share to multiple destinations that include Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Flicker, at once. To simultaneously share to the destinations of your choice, enable the toggle button of the destinations where you want to share and then click Save & Share at the upper-right corner of the screen. You can also tap a destination name if you want to share to that particular destination only.
You can overwrite your photos while sharing instead of creating a copy. You can change this setting in Preferences. Select App settings > Preferences > Sharing Settings and deselect Save as copy.
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:
Select App Settings > Preferences > JPEG Quality.
Change the Quality slider value.
Connect to Creative Cloud, Lightroom, and CC Library from within Photoshop Express. To do this:
In the upper-right corner of the screen:
Select the desired option to connect with in the Send To section.
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 a few edits in other mobile apps and import the work to Photoshop Express. For example, you can: