Adobe Lightroom wants to help you fix your photos on Android

Lightroom for Android is identical to its iOS counterpart. Photo: Adobe

Lightroom for Android is identical to its iOS counterpart. Photo: Adobe

If you need to fix your photos in a flash while you’re out and about, look no further than Adobe Lightroom, which is now available on Android. In addition to fine tuning your images on the fly, it syncs with your existing Lightroom workflow on the desktop to help you become even more efficient out in the field.

What’s great about Lightroom for Android is that it can be used as both a standalone app and an extension to Lightroom on your Mac or PC.

If you want to use it to quickly fix a photo you just shot before you upload it to Instagram, you can. The app’s built-in editing tools will let you adjust exposure, composure, shadows, highlights, and more — just like a lot of other photo editing apps. But Lightroom really shines when you use it for bigger things alongside its desktop counterparts.

The photo you bring into Lightroom on Android can be automatically synced to Lightroom on your Mac or PC — along with any changes you’ve made — and likewise, photos you’ve been working on on your computer will also be available on your Android device if it’s connected to the Internet.

Lightroom for Android supports the DNG format to provide RAW editing, and the nondestructive changes you make will be synced back to the original RAW file. You can also use the Android app to reject unworthy photos.

If you’re a Lightroom user, then, you’re going to love its Android counterpart; there’s no good reason why you shouldn’t integrate it into your work flow. But there are some caveats.

Firstly, Lightroom is only available on your smartphone for now — there is no tablet version. It also requires Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or above running on a quad-core processor clocked at at least 1.7GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Finally, you’ll need a Lightroom subscription — but you can try the app for free for 30 days.