Adobe Systems has today introduced Adobe Photoshop Express public beta, a free online application available to anyone who wants to store, sort and show off digital photos. 

Photoshop Express allows users to store up to 2GB of images online for free, make edits to their photos, and share them online in creative ways, including downloading and uploading photos from popular social networking sites like Facebook.

During the beta period, Adobe wants user feedback on its product's features and functionality, which will evolve over time. 

To create its online software as a service solution, Adobe has utilised much of its image editing technology and made it simple and accessible to a new online audience.

“Photoshop is trusted technology that has changed the visual landscape of our world.  Now, Photoshop Express allows anyone who snaps a digital photo to easily achieve the high-impact results for which Adobe is known,” said Doug Mack, vice president of consumer and hosted solutions at Adobe. 

“Photoshop Express is a convenient, single destination where you can store, edit and share photos whether you’re at home, school or on the road.”

The service lets digital photos be uploaded and sorted, edited non-destructively and shared from anywhere, on any browser. Users can make standard edits, such as removing blemishes and red-eye, converting to black and white, cropping and resizing, and more.

Photoshop Express also offers features such as Pop Colour which selects an object in an image, mutes the background colour of the photo and allows the user to swap the object’s colour so it jumps off the page. Sketch effects help photos look like drawings and the Distort feature allows you to distort facial features or objects within the images. The service has been developed to be approachable to users at different experience levels.

Photoshop Express is an attempt on the part of Adobe to leverage the advanced technology that underpins its creative products.  In early 2007, the company introduced Premiere Express, an online video editing and mash-up tool.

Adobe Photoshop Express beta is available now for free using any web browser.