Towards the end of June, Adobe launched brand new versions of its Creative Cloud apps for Android. There were four main ones in total, each offering unique features and purposes for existence. This is our first look and walkthrough of those apps.

PhotoShop Mix is simple and powerful app that offers the ability to merge multiple layers of images together. Its smart select tool is fantastic for cutting out items from the foreground of one image, to then place on top of a different background. As with any image editor worth its salt, you can also edit contrast, saturation, exposure and add filters. Adobe Color, Brush and Shape are simple tools to help you transform your regular surroundings and any objects in to digital color palettes, bespoke brushes and shapes.

This isn’t a full review of the apps by any means, but I’ve been impressed by their usability and intuitive design. Tasks accomplished seem quite complicated when thinking about what you’re actually doing. But, using the power of a smartphone and some thoughtful design, these CC apps turn those processes in to tasks that are no harder than coloring in a picture, or snapping a photo. In short: The apps take all the hard work out of something which feels like it should be quite difficult.

That said, I couldn’t help but feel that maybe some of these could have been combined in to one app. Color, Brush and Shape — for instance — could easily have been one program with three distinct features. You can download each of the apps using the links below. They’re free, and are compatible with Android 4.3 and up. You do need a Creative Cloud account to take full advantage of the apps, sign up is free.

Here are the Play Store links:

Photoshop Mix: http://bit.ly/1QAHStq Adobe Color: http://bit.ly/1H8cUPE Adobe Brush: http://bit.ly/1HKFCf3 Adobe Shape: http://bit.ly/1NybRwc

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