Nowadays, we take many iPhone pictures and process and share them directly from our phones.  For a long time, one had to first move pictures to the desktop or laptop, crop and edit as desired, and then share them.

As the iPhone has become more powerful, the iOS Photos app natively allows a range of editing that not long ago could only be done on a laptop or desktop computer.

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    Mac laptop with Photoshop Fix open

    For example, I often take a photo thinking of how I will crop it to put the subject in the optimal place in the photograph.

    Photo of sheep in grass
    Cropped photo of sheep in grass

    There are amazing apps for turning our photographs into real art pieces, including Prisma, SnapseedWaterlogue among others that we will write about later.  But for now, I would like to introduce the app I’ve come to use often for fully featured photo editing on my iPhone and iPad: Adobe Photoshop Fix. [Note: not available in the US and other regions; check the app store for availability.]

    Adobe Photoshop Fix

    Adobe Photoshop Fix in App Store

    Download Adobe Photoshop Fix from the iPhone or iPad App Store.

    Adobe Photoshop Fix in App Store

    Open the app and sign in.  You can use this app with or without an Adobe Creative account.  The app will ask for permission to access your photos.  Allow this, then hit the + in the upper right of the app window, and you will see your camera folder with all the photos.

    Hit the My Projects + button then choose On My Phone

    Choose the photo you would like to edit.

    Once a photograph is loaded in the Photoshop Fix window, you can do all the editing available in the native Photos app, but much more.  I most often use the Healing feature, which lets a user remove distractions from a picture.  Try this:

    Touch the Healing icon that looks like a bandaid.

    Touch "Healing in the bottom menu

    Draw this like a paintbrush over something to be removed.  Note that you can change how broad a paintbrush you would like, by drawing up or down on the screen.

    Touch "Size" then draw up or down on grey dot to change size

    Now, comparing Images 7 & 8, check out the result.  This sophisticated tool erases the part of the picture and replaces it by matching the background from the immediate area.

    Unhealed photo with paddle in view
    Healed photo with paddle erased and replaced

    Among the many other tools in this app’s photo arsenal, let me mention just two more. These are 1) the Liquify Menu and 2) the DeFocus tool.

    Liquify lets one manipulate parts of an image, to swell, twirl, or warp.  Check out how I can make the ocean in the background of this picture seem to swell with the “Twirl” tool.

    The Liquify menu

    Defocus lets one blur parts of a photo, like in the background of a portrait.

    Defocus tool blurring part of picture

    You can also add color to specific portions of the image and adjust shadows and highlights. Try out this app and let us know what you think. Enjoy!