Adobe's Photoshop Camera is now available for Android as an early preview

Adobe Photoshop Camera
Adobe Photoshop Camera (Image credit: Chris Wedel/Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Adobe Photoshop Camera (PsC) isn't official until 2020.
  • The preview APK for Photoshop Camera is limited to Android 9 and above.
  • Not all phones running Android 9 or higher can use Photoshop Camera.

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful tool used all over the world to allow users to add some creativity to their photos. Now, you can infuse your photos with the magic of Photoshop with your phone. As we previously reported, Adobe is making a camera app that will use Snapchat-like lenses and filters to bring an extra creative flair to your photos. Today, the folks over at XDA have found that a functioning preview build of the app is available for download and use.

There are a few caveats for using the app, however. Firstly, you'll have to sideload the APK as it's not in the Play Store yet. Secondly, your phone will need to be running Android 9 or higher, and even then, it may not run properly — again, it's a sideloaded preview. However, I was able to download and get it working on my Pixel 4 XL. All in all, it runs well.

Source: Chris Wedel/Android Central

Once installed and signed in, you're presented with a walkthrough of the app's features, then you are ready to start shooting. The viewfinder is clean with a shutter button and filters along the bottom to choose from; some are pre-loaded with others available for download. Once you have chosen a filter, you can swipe on the screen to see other variations of that filter.

Source: Chris Wedel/Android Central

The only hiccups I experienced, in my short time using the Photoshop Camera app, was that there was some jitter in the viewfinder with the live filter preview. After taking the photo, processing was relatively slow. After the photo is processed, you can view it in the apps gallery and even adjust the characteristics of the filter.

Overall, it seems like it will be a fun app for shutterbugs and will make for some interesting social media posts.

Chris Wedel
Senior Editor - Smart Home
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.
3 Comments
  • Was invited to participate..
    Luckily my 2yr old LG V30 + Sprint $900 Flagship device is still rocking Android 8.0.0 (yes not even 8.1 lol)
    So luckily I can not even have the opportunity to try this out. I love LG phones..
    I loath LG updates!! Pretty sad.
  • I found the app to have potential. I just hope they have programmers who know how to optimize Android since I think the app just feels slow. My phone is there Pixel 4 XL and I am using the app as part of the Adobe Early Release Program. The Billie Eilish filter is cool.
  • Adobe has good camera options. Try using the camera in Lightroom mobile too. I like pro mode options, especially shutter speed and the instant preview you get when changing the setting to see what you're picture will look like before taking the picture...just like a mirrorless pro camera.