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Photoshop Fix is a retouching app that's not only free but brings the power and popular retouching tools from Photoshop to mobile devices.

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Yesterday, Adobe announced to the world that improvements have been made to Lightroom, Photoshop and Camera RAW. Even though this is great and will please photographers and other individuals who regularly use these pieces of software, it was the introduction of a new free photo editing app that really got everyone listening just that little bit closer. 

The free app is called Photoshop Fix and after watching the keynote speakers at the Adobe Max event talk about it, it's easy to see that the new app will definitely be a welcome replacement for Adobe's original photo editing app, Photoshop Touch, which was discontinued back in May


Photoshop Fix And Mix


See What's New For Yourself 

You can actually watch the keynotes from day one at Adobe Max to see the new app in action along with Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix which is all about creative editing rather than photo retouching. The photography related content comes at around 2 hours in, just in case you want to skip to the section that's more relevant for you, and it's well-worth a watch. There are also some 'sessions' available which are essentially tutorials and guides for photographers who use Adobe products. 


Why Adobe Has Created Mobile Editing Apps 

If you've had a look at the Adobe apps available previously you'll have found Adobe Photoshop Mix which, again, is free to download and can be used alongside the new Adobe Photoshop Fix app as well as desktop applications to create and enhance images. 

As photographers use Photoshop for creative image editing as well as retouching, Adobe wanted to create two apps which offer these tools to photographers away from their desktops and so, Photoshop Mix and Photoshop Fix were born.

Before moving on to the new Photoshop Fix app, which has the potential to be a rather powerful image editing tool, the enhancements made to Photoshop Mix are well worth talking about.


What's New In The Photoshop Mix Photo Editing App? 

The Adobe team have actually completely re-engineered this app from the ground up, giving photographers more power, precision and creative control. Nine new blend modes have been introduced so textures can be added to a single image or indeed over 2 shots you've combined to balance to exposure. In the presentation, Adobe demonstrates how easy it is to blend a separate sky and landscape thanks to the addition of the blend modes alongside tonal adjustments which give the user more control over elements such as colour temperature.


Blending modes in Mix


Users can now also work with multiple layers and all of the layers are preserved in a PSD file when transferred from the app to Photoshop CC. Adjustment layers actually come into Photoshop CC as smart filters which gives the user the power of cameras RAW editing when they move across to Photoshop CC. Support for Layer Masks has also been added to Photoshop Mix, opening the door to many creative effects including the ability to design double exposures. 

As with other Adobe photo editing applications, all of the adjustments completed in Photoshop Mix are non-destructive and through CreativeSync, Mix also connects to many of Adobe’s other mobile apps like Fix.


Photoshop Fix - Offering Powerful Photoshop Tools For Free

Even though the Mix app offers plenty of editing options for photographers it doesn't have the tools built-in that make it easy for photographers to retouch images and this is where the new Photoshop Fix app comes in. 

Photoshop Fix is all about retouching and it brings popular retouching tools from Photoshop, such as the Healing Brush, Patch tool and Clone Stamp, to touch mobile devices. Users can pinch and grab to zoom while fingers are used as brushes to make adjustments. You can drag your finger to create long brush strokes or use smaller dab movements to remove blemishes. 


Fix app


Users can see overlays that show where effects have been applied and before and after previews are also available. The interface is also dynamic, rotating automatically when a device is turned. Another point that's well worth talking about is that the app can open large resolution files. In the video, an image of a car captured on a Fujifilm X-T10 is used as an example and no lag or other problems rear their head while the image is open in Fix. 

There are plenty of interesting tools on offer in Photoshop Fix, but two stand-out features are the Skin Smoothing and Liquify tools. With Skin Smoothing, users no longer have to be precise as Fix knows the difference between skin, eyes and eyebrows. All users have to do is paint over the face and the app will do the rest. 


Liquify tool in Photoshop Fix


The Liquify tool is something that's popular in Photoshop and now it's available in Fix with handy pins that allow the user to just alter small sections of the face rather than pulling and adjusting the face as a whole. Pins are positioned on the eyes, cheeks, chin etc. and each can be edited independently of another which makes the Liquify tool even more simple, and effective, to use. 

As with Mix, all edits are none-destructive and it can be connected to other Adobe apps via CreativeSync. 



Can I Download Fix Now? 

Photoshop Fix and the new version of Photoshop Mix are available now, for free, but only on iOS devices. Android compatibility will follow but as of yet, no launch dates have been confirmed. 

ePHOTOzine's actually in the process of reviewing the Mix and Fix so keep an eye on our review section to see how they both score. We've also published our review of the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 14, Adobe's consumer-based editing software that's not part of the Creative Cloud. 

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