The word “Photoshop” has, over the years, become synonymous with the act of retouching a photo. When you Photoshop someone’s photos you are most likely either adding objects that aren’t there, or removing some sort of unwanted blemish or physical detail.
These features are only a fraction of what a desktop version of Photoshop is capable of, but they are some of the most useful for the average consumer.
And as of Monday, Adobe has broken out much of Photoshop’s retouching functionality into a free standalone app for iOS called “Photoshop Fix.”
Photoshop Fix is, at its most basic level, an app for retouching and restoring photos.
That means you can do things like “heal” and “patch” your photos — which lets you drop content from one area to another, and blend the results. You can smooth or sharpen objects like skin, or use the “liquify” tool to reshape any area as if it were liquid.
This toolbox gives you everything you need to retouch your selfies to your heart’s content.
And Photoshop Fix also lets you lighten or darken areas, fix colours, contrast, and saturation, or blur out places to draw attention to your subject.
Liquify is the tool that Apple infamously used during a recent demo, when it made a photo of a woman smile. But while the tool can get creepy, it is definitely powerful for virtually kneading objects into different shapes.
Photoshop Fix isn’t likely to have any Photoshop power users switching over to editing on their iPhones, but there is the ability to send your images to the desktop version. This means a Photoshop Creative Cloud user will be able to finish up editing a photo if it gets too annoying to do on mobile.