Top Apps for Photo Effects, Filters and Post Processing
There's no doubt that the iPhone and iPad sparks people's creativity and have given mobile photography and editing a boost in popularity. There's a tremendous amount of photo apps on the market. To help you pick the photo app that suits your needs beyond the most essential apps in the mobile photographer’s tool kit, I've put together this list of the best and most unique apps for special effects available just now. All these apps save your images at high resolution and are regularly updated by their developers. I've tested these photography apps thoroughly and can recommend each one of them. Apps to help you get the most out of your photos through editing, adding filters and post processing.
6 EXTRAORDINARY PHOTO EDITING APPS TO ENHANCE YOUR IMAGES.
This list was updated on Wednesday, April 30, 2013.
Add a thrilling, new creative dimension to your photos with this versatile photo editor packed full with a plethora of special effects and filters. Touch up your photo, apply a filter to your entire image or use one of the effects that you paint on with your finger. This is a treasure trove of special effects and filters that gives you endless creative possibilities and styles for your images.
Notable features: Escher, glass, abstract, painterly, deform and shatter effects. Fluid brush effects. Multiple masks. Save and import masks. iColorama is frequently updated and evolving with new effects.
Further reading: Teresita Alonso: on Creating the iPhoneography App iColorama.
A simple, powerful tool for blending images. Combine your photos into a photo montage or double exposure. Tools for arranging and masking your photos. Tap and hold on the main image to copy, switch or flatten your images.
Image Blender is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad.
Create gorgeous mosaics based on circles. Elegant and original coffee themed approach that makes it a sheer joy to use. Watch as your image is animated, and all your circles fall in place. Percolator has a simple minimal interface, that reveals many more options as you tap Grind, Brew and Serve. Get started in no time by exploring the included sample images, and applying those defaults to your own images. Or re-grind and serve your image black. A photo effect app to make you smile!
Percolator is available for iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Are you tired of faux vintage filters, heavily styled "authenticity" and rose coloured glasses? How about decimating your photos with contemporary digital destruction? Deliberately destroying your pixels?
"FILM IS DEAD ... And yet many camera apps still insist upon attempting simulations of that long-past era. We say NO to artificial nostalgia, pushing forward in the digital realm with different forms of creative destruction."
Decim8 offers a revolutionary approach to photo editing by adding unpredictable glitches, pixelation and intentional data corruption. Create chaotic, experimental and futuristic hi-tech beauty.
Decim8 is available for iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Turn your photos into an electrified tangle of strokes, strings and swirls with the touch of a button. Fun and easy to use. Spectacular effects including fibers, swirls, brush & pencil strokes, etchings, cartoon, bloom, blurs, details, and webs. Check out this list for more apps with painterly effects.
Photography and painting blend together into a new art form.
Repix is a unique and polished art app that lets you remix your photos and turn them into works of art. Paint with artistic effect brushes, stroke by stroke, zoom in for more detail and zoom out for rougher paint strokes.
Use the charcoal pen to smudge edges, the edger pen to accentuate the edges, the silk pen to soften and blend colors and the undoer to tone down the effects you've added.
Effect brushes: Silk, Edger, Posterize, Cartoonize & Dotter.
Boost colours with: Hollywood, Vintage, Bleach, Sepia & Freshen.
Realistic art brushes: Drips, Hatching, Daubs, Van Gogh & Charcoal.
Grunge brushes: Scratches, Dust, Stains & Tags
Light brushes: Flares, Stars, Glow Smoke, Glow Line & Sparkler.
Also features filters, cropping and somewhat perplexing "+ modes" to the various brushes.
Repix is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad.
Table of Contents: Guides and Tutorials
- Getting Started With iPhone Photography
- New & Noteworthy Apps
- 7 Essential Photo Apps
- Top Apps for Photo Effects, Filters and Post Processing « You Are Here
- Top Art Apps for Sketching, Painting and Applying Painterly Effects
- Desiger's Toolbox. Top apps for designers. From gathering ideas, sketching, outlining and creating your design.
- Textures & Clipart. Sources for royalty free textures and clipart that are free to use.
- Accessories for your iPod, iPhone and iPad
- A Creative Business. Key resources I use for my creative business.