There is the odd exception of course, but most iPhone photo editors are meant to be used for just casually sprucing up images. Even if you use a photo editing app fairly regularly, it isn’t too likely that you can name even half of the image filters available in it. The whole purpose of effects is to give the photo a new, refreshing look. That is why any fan of casual photo editors is sure to love Wheel. This iOS app lets you edit your photos without putting in any effort at all. The app automatically picks a combination of different image adjustments and filters for the loaded photo, but also keeps the door open for user input, as the intensity and some other aspects of the effect can be altered by spinning the wheel that shows up on the screen. Wheel even has a few gestures that can help you share your photos or undo a change after each step.
The way Wheel handles photo editing is reminiscent of the Color Surprise app we covered for Windows, while the UI might have taken hints from Convex for iPhone. To get started, just spin the wheel until you see the ‘Camera’ or ‘Photo’ option. These two buttons let you load photos that you want to edit in the app. The camera in Wheel doesn’t have any special features, as all the editing takes place only after a photo has been loaded.
It is nearly impossible to recreate the results you get with Wheel during an editing session, since the app offers a vast variety of filters and combos. A good way to start is shaking your device, which triggers Wheel to apply a random combination of filters, blurriness and adjustments to the image. You can then change different properties of this combo by moving the wheel in any direction. To undo any change, just long-press the photo, and then drag your finger downwards. Going upwards removes all filters and lets you start from scratch as many times as you want. Once you are satisfied, hit the knob at the bottom of the screen to turn it blue. Now you can save the edited photo to your camera roll, or share it over Facebook and Twitter. The wheel also has an entry for sharing pictures with others through email.
Wheel is a free and universal app. It can come in handy every time you are feeling lazy but still want to make your photos look cool.