Adobe has kind of a scattershot mobile strategy. On the one hand, it released six apps back in 2011 for tablets that ranged from okay to awesome. On the other hand, it killed off five of them last year. The tablet versions cost $10 each. Pricey for an app, but Adobe knows how to bring it's A-game. Today, it's bringing it again with a phone version of Photoshop Touch. A distinct piece of software for $5.

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Nearly all of the features of the tablet version are available here, including layer support, selective editing, and an array of touch-friendly gestures and menus that made the original app so dang nice. Also, as before, you get a small amount of Creative Cloud storage (2GB) with your purchase. Not a bad deal.

The real bummer is for tablet users who have purchased Photoshop Touch already and will have to re-buy the nearly identical software if they want to use it on their phones as well. Using myself as an example, I purchased three of the initial six applications. While it's not impossible to find the discontinued titles on the Play Store and install them on new devices, it is fairly difficult. I already feel like $20 went down the drain on apps that won't be supported anymore. Shelling out yet another $5 for the same title on a different device is a drag when very few other developers on Android follow this model.

Still, if you want to give it a go, grab it from the widget below.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • qbking77

    Come on Adobe....

  • Jeremiah Rice

    Are you accusing Adobe of having unreasonable pricing structures, Eric? Well I never. You always just stick to your 600 dollar desktop software that will be obsolete next year.

  • http://twitter.com/andr3wjacks0n andrew jackson

    LOL at the people who actually thought Adobe WOULDN'T bend them over with Photoshop for phone. The program is $600 and a cash cow for them. They have the chance to make even more money now.

  • cy_n_ic

    Quick! Somebody port gimp for free lulz

  • jaraya

    You pay these money hungry guys for their apps . .... your crazy. Bmarket alpha that one buddy :] but respectivelybuy all oother dev apps for what their worth(its like renting a movie and buying it if its good). This sir is just ridiculous of adobe.

  • lambda

    I hope it also has resize/ resample image feature like desktop counterpart,
    complete with choice of bilinear, nearest neighbor, bicubic, smoother, sharper, etc.

    • philnolan3d

      Yes it has Image Size as well as Crop, layers, text, effects, pretty much all the basic tools you need for editing photos.

  • mauric

    I just love these iPhone buttons

    • philnolan3d

      What iphone buttons? It was designed for Android first and ios came out much later.

      • mauric

        Start by explaining the first button "done". Well okay it might have been built for android first, but you can see where the inspiration came from.

  • TylerChappell

    I am really kinda tempted....but would it be better to have on a Nexus 7 or a Droid DNA?

    • philnolan3d

      Bigger screen would always be better for this kind of thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1393278219 Jachym Kokesh Lukes

    Is it done in air???? air.com.adobe.pstouchphone ..

  • Jan Mikolajczak

    Oh no, this is bad strategy. Nevermind the pricing, it creates limitations which should not be there. As I own a Padfone, I can already see using these apps as a nightmare - which will function when in what mode, without breaking, can i even install it from the Play Store? :S
    It's the same story with SwiftKey, where I have to switch keyboards manually, every time I change from phone mode to tablet mode :S SwiftKey is the best of the crop tho, so it's hard letting it go.
    I know padfone users are a small niche, but they whole idea of artificially dividing up the market like this, is BOUND to hit back at some point. Especially as phones get more tablety and tablets get more phoney :P you just end up running into all sorts of problems and confusion :S

    • faceless128

      Swiftkey Tablet works on phones and Swiftkey works on tablets. The same can't be said for Photoshop Touch or Photoshop Touch for phone.

      • Jan Mikolajczak

        True, it does work, but it's still not possible to use just one on the Padfone as changing the mode screws up the keyboard :/ but I didnt know about that limitation - aweful :/

  • philnolan3d

    Why is a bummer? They created a tool far more advanced than any artistic app on any phone or tablet, they deserve a few bucks.

    • Tokugawa

      The point is that you have to pay AGAIN when you already bought the Tablet version (which is nearly identical). And you cannot install the Tablet version (without resorting to hacks) on a phone.

      • philnolan3d

        They did a fantastic job on it so I was happy to pay again. They deserved it for a job well done.

        • QwietStorm

          It's not like they're some small upstart company who appreciates the support. They've been well established for years. Pulling a move like this should be looked down upon, not cheered.

          • philnolan3d

            It doesn't matter who you are, if you do a good job I'm happy to support you.

          • QwietStorm

            And there was no good job done, just a rehashed product sold again at a price. That I'd everyone's point. So you just enjoy being taken, no questions asked.

          • philnolan3d

            So your point is that you've never tried it?

  • Magneira

    Adobe, this is android you know? apps scale, this is not ios...

    • philnolan3d

      What does scale have to do with it? You can't tell me you think that's the only difference.

  • al

    I bought this and then refunded it because it seems to follow its own ui guidelines instead of those for android, looks ridiculous

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    i bought it... have been looking everywhere for a nice app that allows me to use layers and blend modes.