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Meet Project Rigel, Photoshop image editing for mobile devices (pictures)

In October, Adobe will release a new app for editing photos on Apple's iPads and iPhones, with an Android version coming later. Here's a look at the app.

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Adobe's Project Rigel reboots Photoshop for mobile devices

Adobe's Project Rigel, which will arrive in October, offers a new Photoshop alternative for mobile devices. It'll arrive on Apple's iPhone and iPad first, with an Android version to come later. It's geared chiefly at retouching photos -- changing things like brightness and colors while letting people smooth out skin blemishes and widen eyes.

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Adobe's Project Rigel lighting changes

On the left side of the screen, you get options to adjust how retouching tools apply changes. Once you're committed to a change, tapping the check mark in the lower right corner bakes it into the image -- but all changes can be reversed. Changes that are committed in this way become adjustment layers in Photoshop for personal computers.

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Adobe's Project Rigel tone adjustments

Basic tonal changes are made in the "adjust" section of Adobe's Project Rigel.

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Adobe's Project Rigel vignetting tool

A vignetting tool lets you darken the corners of an image. You also can fiddle with the shape and color of the vignetting effect.

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Adobe's Project Rigel healing tools

Project Rigel's healing options include spot healing, which is designed to quickly fix blemishes or clean up backgrounds; clone stamp, which lets you copy one patch of an image to a new area in the image; and correction of red-eye problems caused by camera flashes.

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Adobe's Project Rigel crop and rotate tool

This screenshot of Project Rigel shows how cropping and rotating works on an iPhone.

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