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.
You might recall that back in September, Adobe announced special pricing for its Photoshop Creative Cloud suite at $9.99 a month for customers who already owned Photoshop CS3 or higher. If you were turned off by the restriction, you'll be happy to know that Adobe's extending the service to everyone for a limited time.
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.
Back in 2009, Jonathan Zufi had a dream. Inspired by a memory of a programming game he played as a kid, he set out to provide a complete depository of Apple's diverse catalog, a place where people could leisurely explore and appreciate its history.
And ICONIC was born. Loaded with more than 650 images, the stunning coffee-table book presents a history of Apple's products as seen through Zufi's lens. But these aren't Best Buy catalog shots or even Apple PR images; flipping through the pages of ICONIC is like having Zufi explain everything he admires about Apple. The angles, shadows and lighting all give a unique perspective to the subjects, like you're looking at them for the first time.
Camera Plus 3.0 — not to be confused with the similarly named Camera+ — is unique among third-party camera apps. Rather than outnumber competitors with filters and effects, developer Global Delight instead focuses on improving the actual process of taking pictures, while still letting you easily enhance those already on your device. Indeed, the only filter or effect gimmick to be found here is “Pix’d,” which intelligently and automatically enhances new or existing images with just a tap – and does quite a nice job, we might add.
Using Photoshop to retouch the human face and body is a process that requires learning about the inner workings of channels, layers, masking, and many subtle techniques to get truly professional results. However, for iOS users, there’s a better solution for these particular tasks in the form of Facetune, a deceptively simple gem designed for fashion and beauty work that is capable of delivering some minor miracles with the utmost of ease.
Want to see what Jony Ive's design aesthetic looks like when he's not designing new operating systems for our friends over in Cupertino? AppleInsider revealed images of a Leica rangefinder camera he designed with Marc Newson for a Product (RED) charity auction, and it's a beauty.
Just how good is the camera for the iPhone 5s? According to veteran National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson, it's good enough that he ditched his beloved DSLR in favor of Apple's latest flagship smartphone on a recent trip to Scotland. As AppleInsider reports, he affirms that it's a "very capable camera."
Bucking the annoying trend of freemium apps that bait and switch users into paying for initially free digital goods, JellyBus has wisely chosen to maintain two separate versions of its photo editing app: The free (but limited) PicsPlay, and a more robust Pro edition priced at only $3.99. While the free release is no slouch, PicsPlay Pro unlocks the developer’s full arsenal of 200 filters across 10 different themes, along with a wide range of editing features from basic crop and rotate to more sophisticated Color Splash, Tilt-Shift, Text, Stamp, and Border tools.
We use our iPhones to take dozens of pictures each day, but they don't all end up on our Facebook timelines. Many of the snapshots we take are little more than reminders; visual notes that end up lost in the sea of memories in our camera rolls. Notograph isn't just a place to store these random images – it's a new kind of note-taking app that ditches the keyboard entirely. Unlike most word-based note apps, launching Notograph doesn't pull up the last file you were working on. Instead, it automatically opens to the camera, making image capture quick and easy.