Adobe Photoshop Express Now Live

Adobe's Photoshop Express, its free, online version of Photoshop is live right now. Targeted at everyday consumers, it's Photoshop stripped down to a pretty slick Flash 9-powered web app we got a demo of earlier today. It's super easy to crop, adjust saturation or exposure, or perform several other simple, but solid photo tweaks, like pop color (pictured). You won't be doing any heavy lifting with it, since you can't work with layers, add text or do anything really awesome, like amazing Giz-style comic bubbles, but your mom will be able to make her pictures look better than ever.

You get 2GB of free storage in a quasi-Flickr setup, and it syncs up with Facebook, MySpace and Picasa—it pulls straight from your albums, and any saved changes show right up. Flickr syncing will happen in a couple of weeks.

One of the best features is that any change is reversible, and in any order—you can always go back to your original photo, or any step of the editing process. And because it's just a Flash 9 app, it'll run on any browser on Windows, OS X or Linux. Right now, it isn't integrated with Photoshop, like say, .Mac. But that's coming. A service aimed at pro users, with more storage, serious backup and other pro features is in the works, though it'll carry a fee. (BTW, if there's demand for more than 2GB free, they'll pony up.) Here's the whole press release, or you can just start playing with it right now.

Link: Adobe Photoshop Express

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I stil love the fact that everyone "NEEDS" photoshop. You get a 9 yr old kid claiming he "needs" photoshop to edit his pictures...when paint shop pro or corel or something works just fine.

There is no direct link between great final images, and input images. People see great shots, and think it was photshop that did it, when its more skill, knowledge and talent that help create that, PS is just a tool to do it.

(SirEvan said @ #2)
You get a 9 yr old kid claiming he "needs" photoshop to edit his pictures...when paint shop pro or corel or something works just fine.
True. There are even free alternatives like Paint.NET and GIMP.

(michael.dobrofsky said @ #2.2)
Yes, Paint.NET is excellent! Not far from photoshop.
Well, objectively it IS far from Photoshop, but from the amateur level most people are, it's just as good. I love it. You won't see a lot of professional artists satisfied with Paint.NET though, whereas with Photoshop...

Oh, great. Now we'll be seeing even more idiots do "artistic" things with photos of their ugly kids and dogs.

(excalpius said @ #1.2)
You were a noob too once.

And maybe, compared to professionals, you still are? :)

Certainly- everyone is in the beginning. It's not a matter of skill to which I refer, but rather a matter of taste. Check out sometime and you'll see what I mean.