Pixl Preview – Android Design Made Easier

Pixl Preview - Screenshot

Pixl Preview – Screenshot

Most of the people who use Adobe Photoshop never really think about all the features the software has. And to be fair, we can’t blame them since it has so many. So many might be surprised to discover that the latest version of Photoshop features something called Remote Connection. And a new Android app makes use of that feature to give you a live preview/mirror-image of whatever it is that you’re working on in Photoshop. The Android app in question is called Pixl Preview.

Adobe Photoshop - Remote Connection Settings

Adobe Photoshop – Remote Connection Settings

Setting up Pixl Preview to receive images from Photoshop is pretty simple. First, you have to download the app from the Play Store. Then you’ll have to setup a Remote Connection from within Photoshop. To do that, simply fire up Photoshop, go into the Edit menu, and select Remote Connections. A prompt will ask you to name your Remote Connection and set a password.

Pixl Preview

Pixl Preview

After you’re done setting those, simply press OK. Now open up the Pixl app that you downloaded from Play Store. Pixl Preview will show you all the available Remote Connections around your Android device. Simply select the one you want, and enter the password you just set for your remote connection. Bam! You’re good to go. It really is that simple to use.

Now that you’re getting a live feed of whatever you’re editing in Photoshop, on your Android device, you’ll never have to fuss about sending the image to your Android device to see how it looks on a smartphone screen. This makes Android design a hell of a lot easier. And, you can even send screenshots back to Photoshop, so you can inspect the Android elements with respect to your image. This really is a very useful tool for Android designers. Currently the app only supports these functions, but the developer says that many more are still to come. We can’t wait to see what he does next.