What is the Lightroom Express? For starters, Adobe Lightroom is the go-to digital photo editor that offers powerful processing with a sleek interface, it’s a great partner to Adobe Photoshop as it primarily focuses on photo processing from library organization to exporting with watermark management. But if you’re a busy person and have other things to do, for example you’re a travel photographer – if you can’t work on your desk with a laptop or just want to quickly sift and edit through photos without needing to whip out the notebook or ultrabook, Adobe has a mobile version for iOS and Android users.
Lightroom Express Can Easily Handle Your RAW Images
Most photo editors on mobile devices differ slightly from one another offering very similar editing tools it seems that most of them are copies of the same app; for Lightroom Express, it includes the basic tools found on most free apps on the market but it goes beyond. Aside from tools the UI is sleek, albeit intimidating at first but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually clean and easy to work with, especially for a mobile environment. The iPad version requires iOS 8.1 and up and some features require you to use an Adobe account. The UI is presented in dark colors with a professional feel to it, upon opening the app, users of the desktop app will be familiar with the file importing steps. For the mobile version, if you didn’t have any photos loaded yet, the top bar has a “+” button to let you browse your files for your desired photo. Upon selecting the photo you’re brought to the editor screen. On the bottom row you’ll find options for file flagging and rating, as well as your basic tools such as crop, color options or presets, edit photo parameters, and local adjustment tools such as the healing brush, etc. On the top row you’ll find the export button and that’s it for the UI.
Features include the aforementioned compatibility with RAW camera files which allow you to work with image parameters at a higher level as opposed to jpeg files. The RAW file compatibility is one of the more hardcore features of Lightroom for mobile, more casual features include preset filters under the presets tool on the photo edit UI which allows you to quickly stylize your post processed photos with filters. The interface makes use of multi-finger gestures such as two finger tapping on the image shows the histogram while tap and hold shows the original image for a quick comparison.
Lightroom Express is a great app to have if you’re a serious photographer because it doesn’t come free from the store, the tool suite plus the all-important RAW compatibility makes it an indispensable tool for on-the-go photographers. However, if you’re a more casual user, there’s plenty of free apps on the market with decent editing capability.
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