Adobe releases free Photoshop Express Windows 8 app

While we are still waiting for Adobe to release a full Windows 8 version of its Photoshop software for the operating system's new interface, the company has decided to launch a free app for Microsoft's latest OS in the meantime that offers its users a number of more basic image editing options.

The free app, Photoshop Express, is now available for download in the Windows Store. Versions of this same software were previously released for iOS and Android. The Windows 8 version allows users to make simple edits to photos such as cropping, rotating and more. It also has a color slider that can adjust an image's exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrancy and more. The free app has 15 filters that can be used to give photos different looks as well as an auto-fix feature that automatically adjusts an image's brightness, exposure and shadows.

While Photoshop Express is free, the app also supports two premium features that can be added to the program for an extra fee. One is the "Looks Pack," which adds some extra photo filters for the app beyond the free ones for $2.99. The "Noise Reduction Pack," the other add-on, is designed to minimize grain and speckling in pictures. It can be accessed for $4.99.

This is Adobe's second app made especially for Windows 8; the company previously launched the popular Adobe Reader Touch app for reading PDF files.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Adobe

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I first happy about it because I think it is the $99 become free. But it is not. I wrongly think that it is Adobe Photoshop Element that is free. Adobe Photoshop Express is so lite. It is better Adobe Photoshop Touch. But the last apps won run on my phone

As an Instagram competitor this is very good but I do feel it wouldn't actually be that hard to make a really good full Photoshop Windows 8 app with maybe 80% functionality. This has about 10% functionality.

Notice that this castrated thing is only a couple of magic buttons to awesomize people's stupid facecrack photos and, of course, monetize the dumb tards, bearing little to no relevance to any half-professional image editing.

Oh, to hell with it, Dot Matrix already is at it again...

"While we are still waiting for Adobe to release a full Windows 8 version of its Photoshop software for the operating system's new interface,"

I think you'll be waiting a while before you see programs like that in Metro for the same reasons Office and MS' other complex programs haven't moved over yet.

thealexweb said,
"While we are still waiting for Adobe to release a full Windows 8 version of its Photoshop software for the operating system's new interface,"

I think you'll be waiting a while before you see programs like that in Metro for the same reasons Office and MS' other complex programs haven't moved over yet.

Exactly. Serious productivity programs are just not suitable for "Metro / Modern"...

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. Serious productivity programs are just not suitable for "Metro / Modern"...

My Surface RT has Office 2013 on it as standard. As I see it, there's absolutely no reason why 3rd party providers can't produce software for RT

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. Serious productivity programs are just not suitable for "Metro / Modern"...

It's not Metro, it's any UI designed primarily for touch. It would be hard to make any complex software work well with it, but i think it may be possible although Adobe would have to completely redesign the whole user interface. It would also take years to port Photoshop and all it's features. I see little point anyway when the desktop is still there is isn't going anywhere.

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. Serious productivity programs are just not suitable for "Metro / Modern"...

If you're limited to the basic tools then yes. But have you seen the OneNote 'modern' app? It takes metro/modern to a whole different level. Modern is a design philosophy not just a piece of code. Microsoft has layed the foundation but over time it will evolve and thirdparties will be part of this as well. You can already see it on Windows Phone where thirdparty developers stick to the design language but not use the basic tools provided by Microsoft.

But (just to be clear) I'm not going to deny that metro/modern, as reflected in the current developer tools, can't replace productivity apps. But if you check Outlook.com then you can see how the design philosophy itself makes productivity apps very clean and easy. I think its a matter of maturing the modern UI.

Boss Bellini said,

My Surface RT has Office 2013 on it as standard. As I see it, there's absolutely no reason why 3rd party providers can't produce software for RT

I suppose Microsoft locking down Windows RT to only run desktop apps that shipped with it would be the reason.

Martog said,

I suppose Microsoft locking down Windows RT to only run desktop apps that shipped with it would be the reason.

Good point Martog, that's def a hurdle but not impossible technically to overcome, as Adobe have just now proved. MS do have to reconsider their stance on Marketplace fees but I wouldn't be surprised if these things become negotiable in the not too distant future.

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. Serious productivity programs are just not suitable for "Metro / Modern"...

Pen & touch is the perfect interface for graphics apps.

I'm not familiar with the coding side of Metro apps, so I can't vouch for either position in terms of the efficiency or speed of an app like full-blown Photoshop. However, I think that at some point in the near future, developers in general will figure out the most effective ways to interact with a touch device, much like our desktop UIs have changed even in the last 4 years (Chrome, anyone?)

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. Serious productivity programs are just not suitable for "Metro / Modern"...

You laugh, but my Surface RT is a pretty productive machine...

Boss Bellini said,

My Surface RT has Office 2013 on it as standard. As I see it, there's absolutely no reason why 3rd party providers can't produce software for RT


As far as I know Surface RT runs Office, minus Outlook and macros which are not available, on the desktop. The point others are making is not about RT but Metro UI.

brianshapiro said,

Pen & touch is the perfect interface for graphics apps.


I worked with Excel spreadsheets using a pen for years but I am puzzled about using touch. Said that I am not an UI expert as well so who knows what they could come out with.

Well, Adobe could start with porting the Photoshop Touch first. They are perfectly usable and touch enabled versions of Photoshop for iOS and Android devices.

I don't think the author of the article meant porting the full version of Photoshop. That would be a humongous task and that which would require a very good reasoning behind it.

And, there is indeed no viable reason to port full Photoshop to Modern UI. It works perfectly well in Windows environment and the majority of its users will consist of Windows Professional users and not RT users.

brianshapiro said,

Pen & touch is the perfect interface for graphics apps.

Yes because taking a precise tool such as a pointer and replacing it with a huge lardy finger which blocks the view of what your trying to select and puts it within 10% of the target area is the perfect way to interact

Pen maybe however touch is only a decent replacement to a very small niche of interactivity and only complements. It's not a great catch all replacement for anything *yet*

Boss Bellini said,

My Surface RT has Office 2013 on it as standard. As I see it, there's absolutely no reason why 3rd party providers can't produce software for RT

Windows RT is a small subset of Windows.

Unplugged said,

Yes because taking a precise tool such as a pointer and replacing it with a huge lardy finger which blocks the view of what your trying to select and puts it within 10% of the target area is the perfect way to interact

Pen maybe however touch is only a decent replacement to a very small niche of interactivity and only complements. It's not a great catch all replacement for anything *yet*

Sure, well I said pen & touch, not just pen.

You can do a lot of things in a graphics context with touch btw thats much harder with a mouse, like paint strokes. You're finger just is a thick version of a pen.