photoshop express test drive – quick and easy with a few bugs…

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so after the officious release of Adobe’s Photoshop Express, i decided to check it out myself. 

upload –

easy. upload the pics you want to share and click upload. you have 3 options for uploading:

  • upload to your library
  • upload to a new album
  • upload to an existing album

i selected the library, so after images were uploaded they were nicely organized by date.  now on the left side you can see your pics by clicking on the “most recent”.  This will bring up the images you just uploaded.  When you see the image icons, you can see “Photo Options” at the bottom of the thumbnail.  Click on it and you have the option to:

  • edit photo
  • rotate right
  • rotate left
  •  email photo
  • link
  •  embed
  • download
  • use as profile image
  • use as gallery background
  •  remove from library

 photoopts.jpg

useful quick editing –

  • crop and rotate – pops up with a grid showing 3rds. a nice way to help in composition. other than that, it works just the same in about every other editing program
  • exposure – across the top you will see 7 images appear. the center image is the original. then it gives higher and lower exposures for you to pick from or you can use the slider to adjust to what you want.
  • saturation – same thing. 7 images across the top for you to pick from or the slider to use to adjust to your own taste.
  • white balance – kinda cool. 7 images across the top, each showing its individual white balance icon that you would see on your camera.
  • fill light – 7 images across the top for you to pick from or the slider to use to adjust to your own taste.
  • sharpen – same 7 images across the top for you to pick from or the slider to use to adjust to your own taste. on the main image you see a square that zooms in on the image – you’ll see them in the top 7 images.
  • not too big on the effects, but i could see how people would think they’re cool.

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create an album.  click on the plus sign next to Albums to create a new album.  once you create an album, movin pics over is as simple as drag and drop.

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the gallery slideshow –

by far the coolest characteristic about photoshop express has to be the slideshow feature. 

the settings on the right side helps you decide how you want your images to be presented.

*one complaint – see below*

layout:

  • single – individual images
  • strip – a horizontal line going left to right
  • grid – square layout
  • ring – a circle, and by far the coolest layout when applied with 3D.
  • 2D – flat images
  • 3D – appearance of stacked images; i would turn this on and leave it.
  • adjust your pictures size with the slider on the top right, next to the captions option
  • adjust the time with the duration marks

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view settings (under layout):

  • select to enlarge all photos or a single photo
  • select the transition modes, slide into place or snap into place

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after you make all of your adjustments, you should be able to share your new album slideshow with friends and family by email or embedding them on your website.

from start to finish, it’s pretty easy.  minus the lack of adjusting image sizes – it seems like a free useful tool.   

the verdict:  i think photoshop express is a keeper after they work out all the bugs.  

PROBLEM: the only issue i’ve come across is adjusting the image size on the slideshow doesn’t hold up.  i had the gallery set up for strip/3D. after logging out and previewing, it still shows the images enlarged to almost 800px+ wide – resulting in pixelated looking images.

ANSWER: after inquiring, i found out that only SINGLE MODE will retain the uploaded image size.  any other mode you use, STRIP, GRID, or RING will enlarge the image and allow the viewer to adjust the viewing size.  so if you don’t want your pics to exceed a certain size, you’re stuck using single mode only.  BOOOOO!!  (don’t worry, i’ve asked that this be added as a feature request)

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