Updating my iPhone to the new iOS 7 has renewed my interest in using it, so I went on a bit of an app downloading spree. One of those was Afterlight, a photo editing app (previously called Afterglow). I’m really loving its simplicity and effectiveness, so I thought I’d do something a bit different on the blog today and post a review of it.
On the landing screen, you’re given the option to take a photo, or open a photo from your camera roll. The in-app camera has a couple of extra functions compared to the standard iPhone camera, including a self timer, grid overlay and separate focus & exposure controls.
The interface is simplistic and easy to navigate. The main categories – adjustments, filters, effects, cropping and frames – are arranged at the bottom, and a tap of each category brings up a submenu of the tools within. I’m really impressed with the sheer range of options available.
The adjustments menu has the basics like exposure, brightness, contrast and hue/saturation, but it also has a number of further tweaks you can apply. These include temperature, highlight/shadow/mid tone colour adjustment, vignette and sharpening. The control takes the form of a simple slider that adjusts the intensity of the effect with precision. I found that each of the adjustments worked well to enhance the image, with almost none of the typical garish blowing out or over the top effect.
There’s also a handy undo button, but it only goes back one step before reverting the photo completely back to its original form.
There’s a massive 56 filters included in the app to cover every possible mood you could possibly want. Some people might be perplexed by the multitude of subtle nuances between each filter. Even I initially found it a bit overwhelming – and I love subtle nuances! Like all the other adjustments, I do like that you can adjust the intensity of the filter, and they can also be applied over each other to combine effects.
There are 75 frames available. There are some cute letter shaped frames (pictured above), as well as loads of shapes like circle, oval, triangle, hexagon and heart. The frames are all adjustable in size and some in corner roundness. I particularly like the extra option that allows you to adjust the opacity and colour of the frame. Currently only black and white are available, so I hope the developer adds more colours in a future update. You can purchase a wallpaper pack for 99c, and the app allows you to preview the wallpapers before deciding whether to purchase or not.
Now onto the textures, my favourite part of the app. There’s a variety of dust and light leak overlays. The best part is that not only can you adjust the intensity/opacity, you can rotate, flip horizontally and vertically, and invert or change the colours. Combined with the ability to layer multiple textures, you can get a unique look with every single photo. Just genius.
Below, you can see some of the different colour variations of the same light leak effect. Each overlay has up to 8 different colour modes you can cycle through.
And here is my final photo! Naaawww, kittens ♥
But wait, there’s more! The sharing screen allows you to either save the picture to your camera roll, share via social media or open it in another app. This saves you the extra steps of having to save it, open the other app, and then open the photo again within that app.
I sent the photo to another app on my phone, RealBokeh, to add some cheesy heart bokeh. Don’t you just want to squish those kittens in a big hug?
I really like the Afterlight app. Apart from a couple of obvious features that need to be added (like changing the frame colour), it’s a slick and usable app with lots of customisation. It’s only $0.99 on the Apple app store (only for iOS at the moment).
And now a question for you, my readers: Do you like to read reviews on apps and similar tech-related things? Or would you prefer to just see beauty products? Please let me know in the comments!