Photoshop Express is web based software which means there is nothing to install on your computer. You upload your photos to an online library that is much like the library in iPhoto.
Photoshop Express is free to use and allows you to upload 2 gig of photos.
P-Ex offers more tools for editing than iPhoto and its basic design philosophy seems to be to take photos from your Point-and-shoot digital camera and enhance them. Most of the editing tools give you a choice of 6 to 8 options that you can look at and pick the one you like the best. It is very user friendly and while there are no instructions available there are tool tips all over to guide you. I was up and running with P-Ex in just a few minutes.
You can create a web album from the photos you upload to P-Ex, but there is one giant caveat with this. Once you publish a web album, it is not only available for you to share, but it is also become part of this big cloud of web albums that are available for the world to see.
I put together a quick gallery (using iWeb) of before and after shots that I did. I spent less than 5 minutes to enhance each photo. The changes are subtle, but I think that they improve the quality of the photo. (All photos were taken with a point-and-shoot Canon digital camera.) You can see that gallery here.
If you want to experiment with P-Ex with some of the photos in your iPhoto Library, here is the best way to do it: (Remember, mucking around inside your iPhoto Library from the Finder is a very bad thing.
- Create a folder on your Desktop and call it something like Photoshop Express.
- Select the photos you want to work with.
- Drag the selected photos from the iPhoto window to the folder you created on the Desktop.
- Go to http://photoshopexpress.com. Create a new account if you haven't done so already.
- Upload your photos to P-Ex using your Desktop folder as the source.
- Edit away!