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Photoshop made easy

Abhishek Jadhav Technology October 03, 2016

Layers, lighting, masks, f-stops … with so many moving parts, photography and photo editing can be tricky, especially when you’re just starting out! When you’re looking for the latest tips, tricks and tutorials, having someone to turn to for advice can be the perfect solution.

With a DSLR and correct editing software’s, online help and tutorial’s one can learn the art of editing. It does take a lot of time but with dedication and interest one can master it perfectly.

But in this day-to-day hustle it becomes nearly impossible to carry a dslr 24/7 and thanks to our smartphone’s, many of them now come with an at par quality of digital camera. Though many users are still not happy with the picture quality sometimes they get with their smartphone’s. Worry not because unlike desktop Adobe has flashed light over the smartphones with their wide range of applications.

Adobe Photoshop Express, Adobe Photoshop Mix, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom are the 3 apps which are available for free over Google Play Store and iTunes. Photoshop express has been on the top of the chart for a very long time on the list of image editing applications. Basically people have come to know that photoshop means digitally altering an image. Since it has a huge reputation for the editing of pictures with over a wide range of options, it has been everyone’s first choice for many new photographers to edit their image.

But then two new applications Photoshop Mix and Photoshop Lightroom launched by the same company, Adobe. They enhanced pretty fantastic features, options and quality. They both seemed same yet different from the ancestor Photoshop express as all edit the image but on different level.

Basically, Mix is based entirely around the concept of creating simple two-layer compositions that use stacked images to produce interesting results, you won’t normally get from one picture with filters applied. The key to all the magic is Adobe’s new intelligent selection tool, which makes it easy to highlight just parts of the image, which you can then either cut out from the background (or foreground), or apply filters and edits to separate selections from the rest of the pic.

Express and Lightroom are same as well as different on many levels. Photoshop is a pixel based image editor. It gives total control over the photo, right down to each individual pixels. While, lightroom is an image management and editing program. It gives efficient global control over an image. Using lightroom, photographers are able to work through their images from import, to sorting and organization, to processing and finally all the way to export and sharing on the web. It’s a workflow centric program designed to help you efficiently work with large quantities of images.

Let us take an overall look over the difference between Express and Lightroom.

Express Strengths:

  • Retouching
  • Actions
  • Blending
  • Content aware fill
  • Layers
  • Compositing
  • Stitching


Express Weaknesses:

  • Not a RAW editor
  • Steep learning curve
  • Not workflow centric
  • Potentially destructive


Lightroom Strengths:

  • Process RAW files
  • Efficient workflow
  • Presets
  • Non destructive
  • Easier to learn
  • More affordable


Lightroom Weaknesses:

  • Retouching
  • Photos only
  • Advanced image manipulation



It’s a Draw!! Along with Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Express and Photoshop Lightroom are very different programs but all offer immense value to the photographers. It should be a mistake to use only one or two out of all this three.


All three apps are friends, not enemies. Mix aims in filling a gap between the existing products by providing some unique editing functions aimed at making sharing-friendly remixed images quickly and easily. Lightroom handles the majority of editing, helping to create a streamlined workflow. Then when retouching is needed, Express steps in and finishes the job.