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Adobe Photoshop Fix review: Serious image retouching goes mobile

J.R. Bookwalter | Nov. 11, 2015
Earlier this year, Adobe announced plans to discontinue Touch in favor of an entirely new “serious retouching solution for mobile,” having previously branched many of the layer-based tools into a new app called Photoshop Mix. Now that the replacement has finally arrived, are two image editing apps really better than one?

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Surprisingly, all of this works equally as well on iPhone as it does on iPad, something rarely true in the case of the now-defunct Photoshop Touch. Edits made to projects on one device are synced to others, but must first be saved to your Creative Cloud asset library before they can be loaded into Photoshop Mix.

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Retouching is a snap thanks to the built-in tutorials included with Adobe Photoshop Fix.

Personally, I’d prefer a more seamless way to move projects between the two apps. For example, Creative Cloud members can send edits to the desktop as a layered PSD file, which open directly in Photoshop CC, ready for further refinement. The combination of Fix and Mix is actually strong enough that Adobe should consider consolidating them into a single mobile powerhouse, similar to how they recently combined four individual (yet loosely connected) camera apps into Capture CC.

One other thing conspicuously absent from Fix is extension support for the built-in Photos app. Adobe Photoshop Express already offers this for adding basic looks and adjustments, but it would be awesome to have more powerful retouching tools available without having to first load images into Fix, then save them to the Camera Roll as new files.

Although earlier versions of Photoshop Mix relied on the cloud to do some of the heavy lifting, Photoshop Fix performs its impressive tasks on the device itself; however, an active internet connection (and free Adobe ID) are required to use the app. Unlike the separate Photoshop Touch apps for iPad and iPhone, Fix is also universal and free to download, but you’ll need a Creative Cloud Photography or higher membership to take advantage of the sync features.

Bottom line

Together with Mix, Adobe Photoshop Fix is indeed the serious mobile retouching solution the company pledged to deliver. Now it’s time to either consolidate both into a single app or make it easier to move projects between each—and throw in extension support for Apple Photos while we’re at it.

 

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