There are a lot of smartphone apps that create filters. One of the most eye opening is the Photoshop Camera App (PsCam). Let me tell you how it can make your photos catch everyone’s eye.
This image editing smartphone app works on most modern iOS and Android smartphones and uses an AI (artificial intelligence) called Sensei to help adjust your photographs. The AI will suggest appropriate filters for you although you can change them especially if you want to explore.
Start using the App
Download the app from Google or the App Store.
Tap the icon on your phone screen and you are camera ready. The icon is a black rounded square with Ps inside a circle and Photoshop Camera underneath.
From here you can either take a photo or tap the tiny photo (bottom right on your screen). This opens to let you select an image from your photo library. If you are like me there are plenty of cat photos to choose from.
Photoshop Camera App User Guide
If you don’t know where to start, there is an online guide, available in 11 different languages. It also lets you know which smartphones are able to use Photoshop Camera.
In the manual there is a lot of easy to read information about using the app. This is useful if you want to review the app and its structure before you start.
How to Have Fun with Photoshop Camera
I recommend that you download and explore the app to become familiar with the functions. Be prepared for some crazy, silly and breathtaking filter effects while you play around.
If you have images you would love to give the PsCam treatment to, import them into the app from your photo library. You don’t have to use photos you take within the app. You can then have fun experimenting to discover the most effective ‘lenses’.
Here’s a snapshot showing the Manage Lenses page. You can drag to reorder the lenses so that your favourite ones are at the top.
Image Quality in Photoshop Camera App
Your aim with this app is to dazzle your social media friends and have a lot of fun. This means that for speed and uploading the quality of your image is compressed. Detail can be lost so that your image fits nicely on Instagram or Twitter.
If you want to preserve a higher resolution you will need to keep a higher resolution copy. You need to do this if you want to print off a special image or print a t-shirt:
- Go to Settings – three dots …
- Tap the Cog (Gear) icon
- Open Preferences
- Switch on ‘Save Original to Camera Roll’.
When you take a photo you can then check your album and you will see 2 copes of your photo. 1 will be low resolution and one higher resolution.
As an alternative. You can use another app that keeps higher resolution images, or import photos from your standalone DSLR or Compact.
There are dozens of fantastic lenses and I enclose a list of some of the more amazing ones further down this post. Lenses can subtly or radically change your image depending on the effect you want or the impression you want to make. Portrait lenses can make restrained adjustments and each filter has several options.
I am still exploring the effects but adore the drama of Galaxy and Blue Skies. Check out the two different cloud effects from a landscape image I have used on the blog. You can see how the lenses are arranged along the bottom so you can swipe them left or right to find more.
- When you start, work with simpler images to get familiar with ‘what works’ in the app.
Top Photoshop Camera Tips
- There are dozens of extravagant filters. These lenses are instantly downloadable.
- PsCam supports multiple camera lenses. Check your manual to maximise the use of your own smartphone camera.
- Keep your first images simple and clean so you can see how filters affect them. Try a single image of a single cat.
- PsCam can be used on an iPad but smartphones are recommended. If you have an iPad, go ahead and give it a try!
- You can crop images before you post them to social media.
- Grab more attention for your cat photos with the hashtag #PhotoshopCamera.
- Some of the filters have layers and you can edit individual elements like the stars in this image.
Photoshop Camera Image File Support
Adobe says that the app supports the following formats:
- Static GIFs
- Limited support for CR2, DNG, ARW and TIFF
I am not familiar with all of the formats supported but JPEG is what most of us use, especially for social media. If you don’t recognise others you don’t need them right now.
Amazing Photoshop Camera Lenses
- With Love
- Studio Light
- Ambient Skies
- Night Shift
- Blue Skies
- Cyanotype (blue hues)
- Pop Colour
- Teklan (hide in surreal architecture)
Let me know which lens appeals to you most. Would you go subtle or theatrical? Do you have a favourite lens from the ones I have shown you here?
Data Management Tip
For those on limited data plans. It might be worth turning off your cellular usage in ‘Settings’. Look for the Settings cog.
You access Settings wherever you see the three dots at the top of the screen. Here you can access a Timer, Flash, Settings and two image sizes 9:16 and the smaller 3:4.