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Use Adobe’s Free Version of Photoshop for Basic and Essential Image Editing

Posted In Graphic - By Techtiplib on Friday, October 14th, 2011 With No Comments »

Photoshop is a premium image editor that many consider to be the best when it comes to photo editing software. However, it also comes with a premium price, retailing for a cold $699 standard, $999 extended, and $100.00 for elements. If you only edit photos occasionally, and prefer not to purchase Photoshop, you can use Adobe’s free version of Photoshop for beginner to intermediate photo editing projects.

The full versions of Photoshop, standard and extended, have a wide variety of different features. However, unless you’re a graphic artist or photographer, you probably wouldn’t even use half of them. Not to mention, Photoshop has quite the learning curve. Photoshop Elements, a more affordable version of Photoshop, is watered down, but it includes more than enough photo editing for everyday computer users.

Many people search the web for free Photoshop alternatives. However, Adobe does actually offer a version of Photoshop that is free. Adobe’s is a free, web based version of Photoshop that offers several photo editing options.

To get started with Photoshop Express Editor, open up a web browser and navigate to Once there, you will need to create an Adobe account, or sign-in using your existing Adobe account.

Once you have registered and logged-in to your Adobe account, you can immediately start editing images. Click the Get Started button.

Next, upload the image that you want to edit to by clicking theUPLOAD PHOTO button.

Once you select an image and upload it, the editor will launch.

The Adobe Photoshop Express Editor has a very minimal UI, making it simple to learn. Nearly all editing is done via the Edit or Decorate menus. Some features that Photoshop Express Editor includes are:

  • Crop & Rotate
  • Resize
  • Auto Correct
  • Exposure
  • Red-Eye
  • Touchup
  • Saturation
  • White Balance
  • Highlight
  • Fill Light
  • Dodge
  • Burn
  • Sharpen
  • Soft Focus
  • Crystalize
  • Pixelate
  • Pop Color
  • Hue
  • Black and White
  • Tint
  • Sketch
  • Distort
  • Text
  • Bubbles
  • Stickies
  • Party
  • Animals
  • Costumes
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous
  • Expressions
  • Frames

While’s Adobe Photoshop Express Editor does not have all of the advanced features such as layers, that the paid version of Photoshop incorporates, it does offer several popular and unique photo editing filters and enhancements, as you can tell from the above features list. For most people, is not only a good free solution to standard Photoshop, but also a version of Photoshop that is simpler to learn and use.

It is a bit like PhotobucketPicnik, and Picasa in that it is web based. However, does offer a UI and some unique photo editing features that one would only expect from Adobe.


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