Before I go any further, I would like to say that I do not expect to go 100% mobile. I understand that mobile editing will have a negative impact on my image resolution and quality. With that said, I may only use this method to map out my workflow for a particular photo as soon as I transfer it to the desktop software.
We’ll start with Lightroom. I didn’t shoot tethered so after my shoot, I imported the photos into Lightroom on my desktop. Next, I created a mobile collection that will sync with all my devices. The cool thing about this part is that any adjustments I make here will sync with the full resolution image on my desktop. All smiles right now but that will soon change.
After a few adjustments to color and light, I send the photo to Adobe fix. Here I plan on correcting any blemishes and lay the groundwork for final retouching. Keep in mind, this is just an experiment to see how far I can go on my mobile device before I absolutely need to edit on my desktop.
Take a peek of the resolution in Lightroom on the right then the resolution in Photoshop Fix on the left after being imported. Pretty disappointing, right?! We went from 3168 x 4752 down to 1707 x 2560. I decided to keep going because this resolution is still good for web showcasing. Though I am disappointed at the extreme drop in resolution between two Adobe software.
On to editing in Photoshop Fix. I loved it for quick fixes but some tools, even though they looked the same, did not have the same power as the desktop version. An example would be Spot Heal>Patch tool. This tool works good but for the perfectionist, the content awareness is not good enough. “Smooth” also left me relying on the desktop version. For smoothing skin I recommend a plugin called Portraiture by Imagenomic. It is $199 and worth every penny.
After importing my image into the desktop Photoshop, I was pleased to see that Photoshop Fix had broken some of my adjustments into layers. Cool beans!
Final Thoughts: it’s safe to say that knocking out some of my workflows while on the go saves precious time overall. But the drastic reduction in image resolution is not worth it if print is my final output. My suggestion is to only add Photoshop Fix to your workflow for images used in a web showcase or just social network posts. Otherwise, don’t expect pro quality output.
Final Image after desktop processing:
Links to more info about the apps used:
Lightroom Mobile: http://www.adobe.com/products/lightroom-mobile.html
Photoshop Fix: http://www.adobe.com/products/fix.html
Gear used to edit these photos:
Hope you enjoyed this article, I plan on writing more like this soon. Also, check out the link below for other images I’ve incorporated Lightroom and Photoshop mobile in my workflow.