Adobe Photoshop Camera App: Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● June 14, 2020

This past week, Adobe announced a new app called Photoshop Camera. Photoshop Camera is a free app with many face filters to make your photos look much more creative.

Here is a video demo of the app:

Adobe EVP, Chief Technology Officer & Chief Strategy Officer Abhay Parasnis told The Verge that the goal of the app was to “bring the magic of Photoshop directly to your camera’s viewfinder.”

And here are some of the Adobe Photoshop Camera app pros and cons you should know.

Pro: Free And Intelligent 

Adobe Photoshop Camera is a free and intelligent camera app for iOS and Android that is able to add some of the best filters and effects on photos. And you can also see the filters and effects in real-time before you take the photo. These filters make your photos brighter and more colorful without needing to have any Photoshop skills. 

Pro: Over 80 Filters

There are over 80 custom filters and it is easy to swap them in and out. And the filter library includes Portrait, Studio Light, Bloom, Pop Art, Natural Skies, Analog, Night Shift, Comic Skies, Interstellar, Dreamcatcher, Double Expo, Prism, Color Echo, Mixed Media, Blue Skies, Artful, etc.

Pro: Auto-Tone And Content-Aware Recommendations

The Photoshop Camera app is able to get “real life” right using auto-tone. And the app also makes content-aware recommendations as it uses artificial intelligence to automatically pick which effects to apply to get the best result.

Pro: Portrait Controls And Influencer-Inspired Lenses

The Photoshop Camera app features portrait controls like Bokeh, Face Distance, Face Light, and Face Relighting. And the influencer-inspired lenses enable you to see yourself through the eyes of influencers by using their custom-designed lenses. And new lenses and effects are going to be added regularly.

Pro: Easy To Share

Once you are done editing the photo, you can save it to your camera roll in different formats whether it is the original size, freeform size, square size, Instagram-friendly 4:5, Instagram-friendly 5:4, 3:4, 4:3, 9:16, 16:9, 2:3, and 3:2.

Con: Video Not Supported At Launch

Even though this app helps make your photos look incredible, it lacks the ability to add filters to videos at launch. That will make it harder for Adobe to get video editors to start using the app right away. I would not be surprised if Adobe adds this feature sometime in the near future in an app update.

If you want to add filters to your videos, then I would recommend using the native Camera app built into your iOS or Android device or Instagram. Snapchat also has some popular filters and effects available for the videos on your Camera Roll as well.

Parasnis told The Verge that Adobe does not see itself as competition with social or OS camera apps. And he hinted that Adobe is going to work on partnerships to get its filters inside other apps.

Con: High Processing Power Necessary

The app is zippy while you are using newer devices like the iPhone 11, but you will start noticing some lag in the app while using older devices like the iPhone X. And for Android, you are required to have a newer Pixel, Galaxy, and OnePlus device to download it.

Final Thoughts:

The pros definitely outweigh the cons in this case. I could easily find myself using this app on a regular basis since I like the filters in this app much more than other apps. I believe that the photo effects in the Adobe Photoshop Camera app are much more unique and creative compared to the ones built into Instagram. I highly recommend that you download it and at least test it out for your own use cases whether it is for your social media galleries or photography portfolios.

Pulse 2.0 Score:

The Adobe Photoshop Camera app is receiving a Pulse 2.0 score of 4.5 out of 5. It would have been a higher score if the app had support for videos out of the gate.