Studio 747 - A Lifestyle Blog for Creative Minds: Five Photo Apps to Inspire The Creative Genius Within

Friday, September 21, 2012

Five Photo Apps to Inspire The Creative Genius Within

I love taking photos. Lots of photos.   However, for me, what's even more fun than taking photos is editing them, which is the only reason why I finally broke down and purchased the iPhone 4S this year. As much as I loved my Blackberry, it was hindering my creativity when it came to editing photos.

The very first app I downloaded when I got the iPhone was the Instagram photo app.  I was immediately  hooked.  Since then I've explored a wide variety of photo editing apps and have narrowed down five of my favorites...

1. Instagram (Free) - this is the wildly popular photo editing app/social networking community that is the equivalent of Facebook but for pictures only. There are several photo effects that you can use to make your pics look like a professional edited them. There's also the option to add borders as well as hashtags so that others can discover your photos.

I like Instagram because you can quickly add an effect to a photo and be done in a matter of seconds. My favorite filters are Lo-Fi, Walden, and Nashville.

Here are just a few of the many photos you'll find under my profile... (Search "studio747")

2. Snapseed ($4.99) - If you want full control of the editing process with more options such as the ability to crop, straighten, and tune an image, then this is the app for you. There are less photo filters than Instagram, but you can change the levels of these effects.

What I like about Snapseed is that you can create layers of different effects. For example, in the photo below I first used the Drama effect followed by Grunge, then finished with Black and White.

United Airlines napkin and coffee photo edited in Snapseed

3) FX Photostudio ($0.99) - If you love playing around with different effects, Photostudio is your tool. It has over 194 effects and filters to create colorful and eye catching photos.

Here's a picture I took at the beach with the "Groovy Lo-Fi Napa" filter....

My favorite features of this app are:

* Colorsplash - you can highlight only a certain area to be color while the rest remains black and white.

* Add text - There are different styles of text with the ability to adjust the size of the text block.

Below is a photo I took of a window pane inside Frank Lloyd Wright's studio located outside Chicago, Illinois. I used the Colorsplash technique and added text.

4)  Pixlr-O-Matic (Free or $0.99 for PLUS version) - This app has many borders to choose from and a wide variety of effects, but they are not adjustable like Snapseed.  I like that they offer a Google Chrome extension so that you can edit photos on your computer, but what I like most about Pixlr-O-Matic are the lighting effects.  You can add glitter, bubbles, stripes, and more...

Screenshot of Pixlr-O-Matic for iPhone

5)  Paintmee (Free or $1.99 for full version) - Turn your images into a work of art with this highly addictive app.  Addictive for painters like me, that is!  It's very easy and quick to create digital paintings, which can be saved in sizes up to 2880 x 1920 (5.5 megapixels).

Screenshot of Paintmee app for iPhone

Photo edited with Paintmee

What are your favorite photo editing apps?