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Adobe Photoshop Express | The Best Free Image Editor in 2021?

There are many ways you can edit an image and optimize it for a certain platform. We are going to look at Adobe’s Photoshop Express. Is it the best Free photo editor for quick edits? That’s what we’re here to find out.

What is Adobe Photoshop Express?

It’s a free image and photo editor that’s available as an App for IOS, Android and Windows devices. It’s also a standalone software that you can download and install on your desktop pc. But most importantly, It’s also available to use in any browser as well! Photoshop Express is definitely a diverse solution for on the go photo editing.

This would have been my favorite tool to edit or resize images on the go or just at my leisure for my business, if I didn’t already have Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite, which I highly recommend as an editing option for your business.

I’ll say this upfront. Photoshop Express is not a tool for Professional use. It does lack a lot of features you would get from a full fledged editor like Photoshop, hence the “Express” title but don’t let it fool you, it does serve the purpose of a quick and intuitive image editor.

Edit an Image with Adobe Photoshop Express

We are going to go through the Browser version of Photoshop Express since it’s available for any platform but just know that the menus and functions will be different on mobile devices. You can access it by CLICKING THIS LINK if you want to follow along with me in the browser.

The first thing you are going to want to do is upload an image you want to edit or you could just use one of their example images if you just want to check it out. You can drag the image in or you can click on the upload file button to choose the location of the image.

Once you do, it’s going to put your image in the workspace. And you can see a couple of editing options on the left sidebar.

  • Resize Image
  • Crop and Straighten
  • Touch Up
  • Adjust Image
  • Remove Background
  • Art Effects

Check out the video below if you want Demonstrations and Examples.

Resize an Image

When you select the Resize image button, another sidebar will appear on the right side of the screen. This may be located elsewhere on a mobile device.

You will see the dimensions of the image you uploaded in pixels. If you look down a little bit, you’ll also see the image file size. And below that you’ll see a chart for Common Image sizes in inches or centimeters. Next to that you’ll see the corresponding pixel quality of each image that they recommend for each size. They have Good and Better quality.

This is very convenient to have as a guideline you can use for your image resizing.

Crop and Straighten

This feature allows you to Rotate and Flip your images. It also allows you to straighten your images that may have been shot at a weird angle.

One of the most impressive things in Photoshop Express is it’s Crop function. You can adjust the aspect ratio of your image by either using a custom dimension that ranges from square all the way up to 16:9 aspect ratio.

Not only that but you can also use their predefined dimension templates for popular platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat. In just a few clicks you can use these templates to make that one image to fit any platform you want to put that image on. Pretty Convenient.

Touch Up

The Touch Up feature only has one option, you can only adjust the size of the brush but don’t let that fool you. It is an extremely powerful tool that lets you remove object(s) on your image and makes it look like it was never there! Instantly remove blemishes on your photo with just a few strokes of the Touch Up brush.

Would be nice to have some other options to customize the touch up like different types of brushes and are selections but those are minor preferences and it can be worked around with the current options.

Adjust Image

This is where all the magic happens. In Photoshop Express, you can adjust the images lighting like exposures, contrasts and shadows. You can make any color adjustments like saturations, white balances and temperature. You can change the image’s clarity and add vignettes to the image.

Alternative you can use one of their presets too which allows you to instantly make adjustments to the image in one click. Some popular presets are Vintage Style, Black & White, and Vignette. Some of these presets have a combination of these styles as well. And if you go into the “Details” tab you can get really granular with the adjustments.

Remove Background

Photoshop Express requires you to create an account and log in to be able to use this function. It’s free to create an account.

You can remove the background of an image. You can blur the background image, You can either replace the background with one of their predefined background effects or you can leave the background transparent.

Art Effects

There are some cool effects you can use for your images too. You can make your images look like an oil painting, a cartoon and much more. Although you would need to sign in to use some of the more popular image effects, once again, it’s free.

Photoshop Express doesn’t have too many effects to use but if you combine these effects with other image adjustments like Vintage Age Photo, You can create some interesting and unique designs.

Downloading your Image

You can download your image or photo in two formats. You can either use JPG if you have a lot of color in your image or if you have a very simple image then you can use the PNG format. I would like to see more formats but generally this is good enough for the vast majority.

As a note. If you want a transparent Background then you need to use the PNG format otherwise the background will not be transparent.

You can even use the slider bar to select the image quality of your image. The higher the quality, the larger the file size or vice versa. The dimensions of your image will appear here as well, just so you know what you’re downloading.

The “Not-So-Good” about Photoshop Express

A few things that’s holding Photoshop Express back from being considered one of the best free editors, at least for me.

  1. Unfortunately Photoshop Express doesn’t give you an option to resize multiple images at once but If you need to resize multiple images in batches then you can use an online tool called ILoveIMG. It allows you to resize JPG, PNG, SVG or GIF by defining new height and width pixels and even resize by percentages too. This tool also allows to compress the image to a smaller file size as well, which we’ll talk more about in the next article.
  2. The Remove Background function does not allow you to choose the objects that you want. It just automagically does it’s own thing. And for simple images that only have one focus then that’s fine but if you have multiple objects that you want to keep, it just picks the most important one and erases the rest. Sometimes it erases the whole image and there’s no way to select which one you want to keep.
  3. Another thing about the Background remover is that it does not allow for you to use your own background. You have to use one of theirs. So let’s say I want to remove a background of yourself and put one of your own images for the backdrop, there’s no option to do that. Alternatively you can use the transparent back in a service like SNAPPA.
  4. The Image Effects are cool but Photoshop Express needs to implement more variety. As of writing this article, it only has 12 effects.

There are a couple of features that are in the Mobile version that not in the Online browser version but one thing that confuses me is that the Mobile version allows you to add text on the image but the Browser does not which is really weird.


Even with some of the negatives, I still highly recommend this free service. Photoshop Express has it’s fine points too. It’s ability to resize and crop an image is one of the best I’ve ever used for a free product. And 10 out of 10 times that I had to remove a background for portrait photos, it does it perfectly! It’s Touch Up feature is amazing. Once you get used to using it, you can make an object on an image appear like it was never there in the first place.

If I had to pay for these then this review would probably not be so good since I rather pay for a full featured product like the Adobe Creative Cloud and be able to fully utilize more advanced features and integrations. But as a product that’s geared towards quick edits with some decent functionality AND since Photoshop Express is FREE, it’s a great value that I can recommend.


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Royalty Free Images for you to use

If you need some images to use with Photoshop Express, here are some excellent sites that you can use to get Royalty Free images.

Check out my Article on Best place to find Royalty Free Images & Videos if you want to learn more about them and see more options.


If you want to create your own images or logos then check out my article on 3 Effective Design Methods.

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