Holy smokes, if digital photography and image editing is your thing then hurry your butt over to the App Store this week, because there are some rocking app sales for the shutterbugs among our readers. We've flagged a few of them, but it's freebies and price cuts galore on dozens of apps. Plus, we've got a few notable names with flagship products on the discount rack, so this weekend is a good one to stock up.
Subscribers of Adobe Creative Cloud are getting a little something extra in their Easter basket this month with the long-awaited arrival of Lightroom mobile, which allows editing images while on the go and automatic sync back to the desktop.
A big social media fail for one of Apple's bitterest rivals (hahaha) and some coming soon products from one of Apple's previous bitterest rivals. It's all about peace, love, understanding, and schadenfreude in this week's best of news stories. Plus, if you haven't updated your devices to iOS 7.1 what are you waiting for?
Since its introduction in 2010, Apple has defended the iPad as a tool for creativity as well as consumption, and no app genre better demonstrates the power of the former than those used to spruce up digital images. Four years later, the App Store is chock full of apps—many of which also work well on iPhone and iPod touch—for turning photos into works of art, and many of them rival tools that have barely become staples on the desktop. Journey with us now as we take you through a gallery of eight tools to help you master the art of iOS image editing.
If you’ve ever fancied creating fine art—worthy of hanging on the wall alongside greats like Picasso or Van Gogh—on your iOS device, Brushstroke lets you quickly realize that dream in only a few taps. The universal app makes it delightfully easy to create a frame-worthy piece of art using the built-in camera or existing device photos. Once imported, the app walks you through five key stages: Paint, color, canvas texture, image settings, and sign, which lets the mobile artiste put a digital signature onto each work of art.
Handy Photo's unique user interface makes it fast and fun to edit images from a mobile device, whether that's an iPhone or an iPad. Name a feature and it’s probably on Handy Photo’s checklist, along with convenient tricks such as Move Me, which allows an object from one photo to be transported to another in just a few taps. For those who aren’t so easily impressed, Handy Photo also includes Magic Crop, which allows photos to be “uncropped” by dragging any edge beyond the available image, then automatically healing the remaining space left behind. While results vary depending upon the type of image, the feature performed quite admirably in our testing.
Every time a new photo effects app pops up, it’s often frustrating to see the same sepia toning filters, blur effects, and other reliable features that are all getting rather long in the tooth. This fact makes the appearance of Fragment all the more exciting, as it produces effects that nothing else in the App Store even attempts to mimic, yet remains exceedingly easy to use and explore. The app lets you choose from one of 46 built-in base effects, which are essentially distortion masks based on a variety of shape combinations, from simple frames to abstract designs – including crystal shards, geometric patterns, and circular constructs – which distort the image in any number of ways.
After nearly two years, the mobile edition of iPhoto has finally hit version 2.0, leaving skeuomorphic UI elements behind in order to better fit into an iOS 7 world. Unlike iLife companions iMovie and GarageBand, there’s not a whole lot to get excited about, aside from editing improvements for Camera Roll images. That’s not to say that iPhoto 2.0 isn’t worth the upgrade, particularly now that it’s free with new devices.
There are plenty of ways to enhance digital photos using a Mac, but few of them are truly focused on the small details — a mission the makers of Snapheal hope to accomplish with their latest application.