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iphone photo appsA recent study suggests 1/3 of all photos are taken using an iPhone. That’s an astonishing number, but simply posting those photos as is to Flickr or Facebook usually isn’t exactly going to rock the world.

Instead, let’s take a look at some of the more uniquely creative ways you can enhance your photos on the iPhone, such as adding text, making a one panel cartoon, taking a 3D photo, or making your scene look like it’s just a model diorama – and I’ll tell you now, you won’t find Instagram here.

Over ($1.99)

For the want of a better word, Over is a digital postcard app. It allows you to add gorgeous text onto your photos, then share them out to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and email.

The interface is a little non-standard, yet quite beautiful. Choose or take a photo from the start screen, then double tap to edit the text. Tap the small yellow triangle to bring up the main menu. You can change the font, size, tint on the photo (varying degrees of darkness, by default the photo is slightly darkened to make the text really pop), and quickly share your creation out to various networks.

The fonts are where this iPhone photo app stands out; a great selection of really attractive typefaces to enhance your image. An in-app purchase allows for even more, but the included selection is quite extensive.

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Basically, if you have something to say and it’s relevant to the photo, use Over to say it nicely.

Halftone ($0.99)

Do you love comic books? You’ll love Halftone then. The app hides a surprising amount of functionality, including a fully featured photo editor before you even get to the comic making stage of the process. The app then automatically adds the half tone effect (“dot colors” to you and I), and lets you choose paper, before moving on to adding speech bubbles and stamps.

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One thing I will say is that while the results are pretty impressive, the interface is incredibly fiddly on the small iPhone screen. That said – this is a halftoned shot from our wedding photos which took about 2 minutes to make (please, forgive my pink shirt. Guys have no choice in what to wear on these day long photo sessions!)

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Meme Generator (Free)

I talked about the OSX version before Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac] Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac] If you’d like to make a meaningful contribution to society and share your expert advice, consider starting a blog; otherwise, make a meme. The Internet loves memes. The humble meme - a term originally coined... Read More – the iPhone app is also free (though ad-supported), and a little more limited in terms of sharing options – you can only email, tweet, or send to Facebook. Meme creation-wise though, it’s functional – pick a base meme or upload a custom photo, edit the top and bottom text, change the size – what else do you need exactly?

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I was suprised to find it syncs with the desktop app too – silently, through iCloud I presume – so all my desktop creations were also available on the iPhone app. If you wanted to submit directly to Reddit then, you could just jump on the desktop to do that.

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3D Camera ($1.99)

I featured this before as one of the ways you could make 3D images for cross-eyed viewing Old-Time Fun: How To Make 3D Images For Viewing With No Glasses Old-Time Fun: How To Make 3D Images For Viewing With No Glasses Believe it or not, you don’t actually need 3D glasses to experience convincingly realistic 3D images (or movies). You just need to make yourself go “crosseyed”. Essentially, you look at two images, and by intentionally... Read More . Rather than talk about it again, I’d encourage you to go over and read about the principles of cross-eye stereography, then admire my poor sleeping ferret being attacked by metal creatures from outer space:

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TiltShift Generator ($0.99)

An old app, but it does what it says and it does it well. I taught you how to add a tilt-shift effect in Photoshop How To Make Your Own Tilt Shift Scenes In Photoshop How To Make Your Own Tilt Shift Scenes In Photoshop Read More ages ago, but this app makes it even easier. For those of you who don’t know, tilt-shift is a photographic technique that gives the illusion of something being a toy or a model diorama.

Check out this example I made with the app of my little veg patch.

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The effect is applied automatically, but you’ll want to use the focus editor to change where the scene is centred around – one component of tilt shift is that the rest of the scene is strongly blurred out, as if you were looking at something up close (apologies if my technical explanation is wrong there, I’m no photographer as you can probably tell)Saturation and contrast controls help to give it that fake, painted look.

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Do you have a favorite iPad or iPhone photo app for creative photography that doesn’t just consist of Instagram-like filters? Let us know in the comments and I’ll check it out.

Also, you might be interested in 4 creative projects you can do on your Mac 4 Creative Projects To Do On Your Mac [OSX] 4 Creative Projects To Do On Your Mac [OSX] With summer still way off and spring only just poking its head out, there's still time to get some creative juices flowing while stuck in front of your computer. If you still haven't done anything... Read More , and how to make a legendary movie trailer on your iPad Making A Legendary Movie Trailer With iMovie On The iPad Making A Legendary Movie Trailer With iMovie On The iPad Movie Trailers are a great little creative project that makes putting together a professional looking video really easy. Today I'll be using my iPad to make a trailer featuring myself and the mischievous little ferret... Read More .

  1. AppleCakes
    December 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I think Toonify is one of the better photo effect apps I've used on iPhone. Toonify turns photos into cartoons, like halftone, but the results are smoother. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toonify-the-cartoon-maker/id502333357?ls=1&mt=8

  2. Anonymous
    November 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I keep seeing all these cool apps for the iPhone and it makes me wish that I had one. Thanks for the collection here.
    Check out my other post for more other free iPhone Photography Apps
    http://www.techlato.com/9-great-photography-for-iphone/

  3. khalid
    November 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Version 1:

    Are you interested in making your photographs masterpieces instantly with a few taps? Do you want to make your shots awesome, no matter if they are old vintage, black and white or new high resolution colorful photos, by applying a plethora of special effects? Do you want to use selective colors, variety of brush sizes (adjust manually or automatically), gestures like Pan/Zoom/Splash, unlimited Undos, Colorize, Tintalize, Recolor, blend brush to create custom effects and text blending on your photo? Don’t you want to support both landscape or portrait mode and options like loading/importing photo from Cloud, instead of just from camera or photo library? Being an experienced photographer, are you tired of photo editors having several critical limitations? Won't it be cool if you had a choice of 135+ built-in effects on different parts of the same photo and still have the option of creating your own custom effects? Would you like to have option to make favorite list of built-in effects to choose them easily for future? You can also share your masterpiece with your friends through Email, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picassa, Dropbox or post it in form of the post card, to anywhere in the world.

    If you are looking for an app with all of the above features, try out Photo Splash FX.

    Version 2:

    Being an experienced photographer are you looking for some impressive iPhone/iPad app to make your photographs masterpieces instantly with a few taps? Try Photo Splash FX, with following unique features that you can’t find in any other app altogether:

    · Make your shots awesome, no matter if they are old vintage, black and white or new high resolution colorful photos, by applying a plethora of special effects.
    · Use selective colors, variety of brush sizes (adjust manually or automatically), gestures like Pan/Zoom/Splash, unlimited Undos, Colorize, Tintalize, Recolor, blend brush to create custom effects and text blending on your photo.
    · It supports both landscape or portrait mode and options like loading/importing photo from Cloud, instead of just from the camera or photo library.
    · Choice of 135+ built-in effects on different parts of the same photo and still have the option of creating your own custom effects.
    · Option to make favorite list of built-in effects to choose them easily for future.
    · Share your masterpiece with your friends through Email, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picassa, Dropbox or post it in form of the post card, to anywhere in the world.

  4. Yeong Jie Khoo
    October 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    try http://www.photojus.com . they have bunch of photo apps each specific.

  5. Louwra Preyser
    August 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks great article. I am definitely getting Halftone, it looks awesome!

  6. Dan
    August 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Personally,

    PictureShow

    is by far the best picture app. photos always come out super cool. includes tilt shift, filters, text, color managing, etc... very powerful..

  7. Andy S.
    August 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm
  8. Ashwin Sowdi
    August 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I love "OVER" app.

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