Phototastic Is A Windows 8 & RT Collage Maker With Loads Of Grid Layouts

Photo collage creating apps have always remained fairly popular both among mobile and desktop users. Despite that, we have yet to find any good photo collage app for Windows 8 yet – with the exception of Cool Collage – that is both free and feature-rich. Phototastic, though, looks quite promising, to say the least. This Modern UI app lets you create photo grids using a handful of templates and customize each individual photo to your heart’s content. Details to follow. Read More

Create, Share & Discover Photo Effects & Filters On iPhone With Moxie

It is certainly not a completely new concept for a photo editor to come up with the option of letting users create their own image effects. In the past, we have seen Magic Hour and Snapster do this with considerable success, and there are some other examples out there, too. Most of the times, however, photo filters don’t really have to be created from scratch, and apps merely offer the opportunity to remix existing effects. Moxie is different, as it really does let you make photo effects using just colors, textures, and photo merging. These effects can be easily applied to your photos, and you can also choose to post them to the Moxie social network, from where other users get to benefit from your work, and might even decide to improve it. In addition, users can see the usage stats for the effects they publish to keep an eye on their popularity. Read More

OneShot Is An Elegant WP8 Camera App With Real-Time Filters & More

The recent release of Hipstamatic Oggl isn’t great just because of the app’s Instagram integration. In its own right, Oggl is an awesome camera replacement app, which can give any app a run for its money. In the past as well, Windows Phone has had some decent camera apps like Camera360 and Fhotoroom. OneShot, however, demonstrates that there is still room in the WP Store for good apps belonging to this genre. OneShot offers everything you can ever want in a camera app. There are live filters (and plenty of them), image adjustment options, shutter control and manual focus. The app’s interface is pretty decent as well, offering a lot of features without erring away from the Modern touch a great deal. Read More

Apply Tints & Effects To Your iPhone Wallpaper With Sodium

Anyone who likes to keep things fresh on an iPhone by frequently changing the lock screen background is sure to appreciate the plethora of wallpaper apps available on iOS. Not satisfied with those? You can always download any picture from the internet and use it as the wallpaper of your device. There are plenty of photo editors that can help you make ordinary photos look extraordinary, but what if there was a way of making your wallpapers special without having to do any work on them. In the past, we have seen Cydia tweaks like WAlpha that act directly on the wallpaper rather than the photo being used as the background. Sodium is quite similar, but with an amazingly large collection of features. The tweak lets you apply a tint with a particular blend mode to the wallpaper, change its alpha value, and toggle Grayscale and Negative image effects. Read More

Add Panoramic Camera Motion To Time-Lapse Videos With Panolapse

If you’ve ever seen those nature documentaries on Discovery Channel or National Geographic, you don't really need any explanation about time-lapse videos. Just how they fast-forward time to capture all those plants growing and sun moving in and out of sight in seconds is simply jaw-dropping. With wide adoption of DSLR cameras, time-lapse photography has become quite famous over the past few years. Beside professional cameras specifically designed with this option, there's a variety of smartphone and desktop apps developed to help all types of users with creating time-lapses. So, how about creating them using a bit of your time and a free desktop tool called Panolapse? It’s a free app available for Window as well as Mac OS X for creating time lapse videos with virtual camera motion. Read More

How To Apply Slow Motion Effect To Videos In The YouTube Editor

Hours and hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every day and they all differ in quality. For amateur movie makers who don’t have access to expensive professional video editing software, and the skills to use it, there’s a whole host of simple and easier to use apps that can be used instead, not least of which is YouTube’s own video editor. The editor is easy to use for beginners and it has every basic feature you would need to edit a video as well as some effects, the latest addition to which has been the ‘Slow-motion’ effect. If you often edit videos, you might be aware how rare it is to find this effect as a feature in an app or service. Here’s how you can use it to edit a newly video you've uploaded to YouTube, or to an existing one. Read More

Shotcut Is A Nifty Multi-Platform Video Clip Editor With Custom Filters

Video editors like Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas Pro are exceptionally powerful when it comes to professional-grade video production, but these programs don’t come cheap. If you’re looking for a powerful video editing application that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, try Shotcut. It’s an open-source, cross-platform app that provides an expanded workspace with a whole variety of features to let you quickly edit your homemade videos and recordings. In fact, it’s so powerful that you might soon find yourself carving out commercial-grade videos, after going through the initial learning curve, of course. It can encode videos at up to 1080p and packs a ton of options, while keeping the interface simple. Read More

Hipsterize Photos With Retro Effects, Lighting & Frames Using XnRetro

Photography imperfections were a common occurrence back in the old days when camera equipment was far from being advanced by today’s standards. Light bleeding, inconsistent flash, blurs etc. were all fairly common. While such quirks seemed quite annoying at that time, vintage photography with precisely those effects has become quite popular among smartphone users these days – Instagram being the first app that comes to the mind in this genre. People love to upload and share such photos on social media sites. If you want to turn your favorite images into vintage masterpieces, try XnRetro. This powerful desktop app gives your snaps a quick retro makeover. The application sports a host of vignette effects and even allows you to put virtual frames around your images. Read More

Glass Booth Offers Tons Of Awesome Glass Photo Effects On iPhone

As you can probably gauge from our list of best iOS photo editors, most of the popular apps of this genre offer a variety of image effects and editing options. This doesn't mean, however, that there isn’t any room in the market for photo editing apps that focus on just one genre of filters. The presence of apps like Vintique clearly demonstrate that people still like to give single-purpose apps a try every once in a while. Glass Booth is not the kind of app that will replace the photo editor you are currently using on your iPhone, but it will certainly lure you to keep coming back to it frequently. The filters offered by the app are built around the same theme - they are meant to give the impression that you are looking at your photos through glass. This might sound a bit too specific, but in fact there are plenty of customization options and variety of effects available to keep users interested for a long time. Read More

Fix Unwanted Blurring In Photos With A Click Using SmartDeblur

SmartDeblur is a free Windows application by Vladimir Yuzhikov that lets you enhance blurred or out-of-focus images, and sports a host of additional features. The application is able to recover data from photos with three different types of blurring, namely Motion blur, Gaussian blur and lens blur (in photos that are simply out of focus). It also boasts a powerful ‘auto-detect blur’ option, which allows it to identify the type of blur effect on its own and take care of it without requiring much input from the user. In addition, you can choose to remove blur either from the whole image, or a specific region. Read More

AltaPixShare Is A Photo Resizer, Styler & Sharing App For Windows With A Great UI

They say sharing is caring. Sharing photos with your folks is probably the best way to rekindle old and good memories. Due to the advancements in technologies such the high availability of home and mobile broadband internet access, along with various image sharing websites and services, the process of sharing photos with others has become much more easier than it was a few years ago. Though at places where you don't have access to high speed internet, for instance a trip to the countryside, it can be a bit hard to instantly share your high resolution photos, especially if they are fairly large in size. The best way would be to resize the images to a smaller size before you send them to others. If you require to instantly do that, AltaPixShare has an answer. This lightweight Windows app streamlines and unifies the processes of photo resizing and sharing, and even lets you apply a few filters to them in the process. Read More

Fotor & Its Suite Of Photo Styling Options Now Available For PC & Mac

Fotor is a very well known name among iOS photo capturing and editing apps, and the developers have just released Windows & Mac versions of the app, and that too with a price tag of free. Like Fotor for iOS and Andriod and Fotor for Windows 8, Fotor offers lots of features on Mac as well, including the same effects as its iOS variant, a sophisticated crop feature, and an excellent tilt-shift effect. In addition, it has the usual rotate and color adjustment options that you can find in most photo editing apps, which are usually paid. The tilt-shift effect allows you to add both a radial and linear tilt-shift effect, and its intensity can be adjusted in terms of focal point. You can crop an image to a size that's customizable down to the pixel, straighten an image, add borders i.e. frames to it, and of course, apply color filters. The app can also read EXIF data for your images. Read More

Jazz Up Your Photos With Filters, Text & Frames Using ALSee For Windows 8

Previously, we have covered some really great photo editing and image manipulation apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT users, such as Fotor, and the Windows Store version of the popular Windows Phone 7 app Fotoroom, just to name a few. ALSee is another Modern UI photo editor that's not too different from most other apps of its kind, but its touch-friendly, customizable interface and some really fascinating photo effects make it worth a shot. Details to follow after the jump! Read More

View 500 Image Formats, Convert Between 130 & Apply 50+ Effects With ImageCool

These days, one can find a large number of free and paid image editing tools. Some of them provide you with color correction controls like changing the hue, brightness, contrast and saturation, while others let you quickly apply different preset filters to your images. Most images captured with high resolution cameras are in resolutions much higher than our display devices. Having a 2560p image to view on a 720p or 1080p screen does not offer any benefit when it comes to the picture quality, and having a lot of such images on your disk can consume significantly high amounts of storage space. Image resizing is also very important if you need to frequently upload images online, because larger images take more time to upload and consume more space on the server. However, most image resizing applications can only handle the common image formats such as JPEG, PNG, BMP and GIF. Today, we bring to you ImageCool - an image converter for Windows that can handle up to 500 image formats. You can view images in any of these formats, convert between 130 formats, apply 50 different effects and filters, and perform other functions such as cropping and applying watermarks. Read More

Apply Multiple Effects To Parts Of Images With Photo Touch For Android

Among the countless photo editing, sketching and image manipulation apps available for Android, many offer Instagram-style effects and coloring tools to give your photos a whole new look. Though if you’re not content with applying a single effect to the complete image and would prefer applying different effects and filters across different parts of the same photo, try Photo Touch. Unlike Instagram and most of its alternatives, Photo Touch for Android lets you apply the effects using a completely gesture-based photo editing environment, by simply gliding your finger over select part of the image. You can capture photos from your camera or import them from the Gallery or your Facebook account, pick the effects from a dozen different available options, and preview them on your image before applying them. That’s not all – Photo Touch also comes with several support tools that help you enjoy Photoshop-like features on your Android device. Read More

Add Amazing Action & Sci-Fi Special Effects To Videos With FxGuru For Android

Remember Ultimate Special FX, a video editing Android app that let you apply stunning high quality visual effects to your recorded clips to make them look like a piece of some sci-fi action flick? The app received a lot of love from Android fans for its rather unique feature and the ease with which it let you add a lot of fun into your otherwise monotonous video recordings. However, with the app no longer available in the Play Store, you might be on the lookout for a similar – if not better – alternative. Search no more – we have found one for you! FxGuru is a free app that offers a huge variety of special movie effects that can be applied to your video recordings. Ranging from scintillating cruise missile attacks to the uninvited UFO Arrival effect, FxGuru has a massive compilation of goodies to offer. Better yet, the app is supplemented with a couple of powerful tools in MotionMatch technology and Virtual Decals to help you capture the perfect video of you destroying your enemy’s playground with a TNT barrel explosion, filming a UFO successfully land on your rooftop, or aiming a rocket launcher at your moving school bus. Read More

picq For Android: Photo Collage Creator With Stylish Layouts & Effects

Photo collage creator and editor apps are available by the hundreds in both Google Play Store and iTunes App Store. As per your requirement, you can find the ideal app that merges your specific photo collections into a wonderful collage, complete with visually appealing layouts, effects, filters, frames et al. However, as is often the case with most such apps, you only get to select from a handful of collage layout templates, without enjoying much control over tweaking those images on an individual basis. This is where picq shines. This free Android app allows you to individually resize, reposition, enhance, decorate and apply effects to every single photo and then merges them into a collage layout of your choice. Using picq, you may create a highly customizable collage containing as many as nine different freshly captured or locally imported images. There are plenty of static and dynamic collage layouts to choose from, where the formation of each different template keeps changing based on the number of photos you wish to include in it. Read More

Create Your Own Real-Time Video Effects With Videosis For iPhone

Photo and video editing apps usually have a lot of filters, but at times you might feel like none of them fits your needs perfectly. There are many apps that let users create their own effects, but that can be a bit too time-consuming and even intimidating for relatively inexperienced users. Videosis is a new iOS app that has a nice collection of predefined video filters and effects, and in addition, lets you easily create your own by simply combining available effects and changing their values. Videosis offers real-time filters, some of which even react to the sound around you. Read More

PC Image Editor Provides Basic Adjustments, Tons Of Effects & Filters

Image editors come in all different shapes, sizes, feature sets and price tags. Some boast incredible features at a premium price that equals your month’s grocery, while others give you a lot of options to play with without costing a dime. And then there are the very basic ones targeted at novice users who simply want better alternatives to the Paint utility with a short learning curve. If you lie in this category, give PC Image Editor a go. This free app for Windows does a great job in letting you edit most of the image files and supports a wide range of input and output formats including the ever popular PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, TGA, TIFF, EMF, RAS etc. It also shines in the number of image effects and filters it supports; you can sharpen your images, add blur effect, increase or decrease brightness and contrast, change image saturation, and much more. Read More

Fotor Brings Its Instragram-Like Photo Filters & Tilt-Shift Effect To Windows 8

Ever since the release of Windows 8 and RT, apps that were previously available only for iOS or Android are also coming out for devices running Windows. We have covered similar Windows Store apps, such as Shazam that was available, and very popular, on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The Windows Store still has a very low number of apps as compared to the other platforms, however, apps related to various categories are coming out on daily basis, making the platform better and easier to use. Today, we present to you another app, previously available on iOS and Android, called Fotor. It is a feature-rich image editor for Windows 8 that allows you to apply filters to images, add borders, tilt-shift and other effects. Moreover, the 1-Tap Enhance option lets you quickly improve the quality of an image without having to manually tweak its Brightness, Contrast and Saturation levels. controls. Read More