Cameramatic 1.2: It Keeps on Getting Better and Better!

by Pu on March 25, 2011

With the update to version 1.2.0, Cameramatic — one of our favorite apps — added some neat extras that will undoubtedly please its fans. I finally got around to testing the updated version. First of all, two Standard filters were added together with two B&W filters and a Standard border.

Cameramatic for iPhone

Also, now you have a thumbnail preview of all the available effects. You had a preview of the borders before, but you had to recognize the filters by name and description. Given the richness of Cameramatic’s filter collection, this new feature  is particularly useful.

Cameramatic for iPhone

New Standard filters Baltazar & Firebird with White 005 border

Cameramatic for iPhone

New B&W filters Berrychrome & Retrochrome with White 005 border

However, the most interesting new feature in Cameramatic is the custom filter development tool, which is really fantastic and gives you a lot of space for creating highly customized effects. As the name clearly states, this new feature allows you to create your own filters and save them.

You can either start by editing one of the presets or develop your filter from scratch. You have access to 2 separate levels of processing and to 2 additional layers for adding further effects; you can also set vignetting color and intensity separately. You can enable each level of processing individually, depending on your personal requirements. Among parameters, you will be able to set blending mode, brightness and contrast, adjust color channels and alpha opacity. Through the preview, you can make corrections knowing how they will affect your photos. When you are done, you save the desired filter, choose a name and a description for it. You can access your filter at any moment together with the others under the “Custom” category. Thanks to the filter development feature, you can use your newly created filters over and over again to add a unique touch to your photography.

My custom filter.

I have already rated Cameramatic 5 out of 5 in my previous review, so it would be pointless to add a new rating. But rating considerations aside, I truly believe Cameramatic has made tremendous improvements from its first release. From a relatively undistinguished start, it has now become one of the most impressive photography apps you will be able to find in the App Store.  Not only the developer was very responsive to users’ feedback, but he also seriously took into account the most useful suggestions in order to actually make the app better and better.

If you haven’t done so yet, go get Cameramatic now! And have fun with it!

Alysia March 25, 2011 at 2:38 am

I totally love the new custom thingie!

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Cary March 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

Cameramatic is definitely in my Top 3 iApps. Now it would be nice to share custom filters.

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Steve March 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Note that it appears the thumbnails only show when you re-apply an effect to an existing photo. There are no thumbnails when first choosing a camera setting.

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Steve March 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

How do you get photos fromt he light box to your camera roll, btw? I “opened” a previously shot photo, edited it, clicked “save as a new one”, but although the new one is in lightbox it is not in camera roll.

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Pu March 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm

In the Light Box, when you tap on a photo, a series of options appear at the bottom of your screen. The first is a ‘+’ sign, which allows you to save to camera roll.

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Mar March 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I looove how in the Filter Development, you can see what some pre-made filters are made of by clicking on process1 and layer1. This is unique to the app store and gives so many ideas on photo manipulation. And you can click on the thumbnail to see a slightly larger picture. All in all, impressed!

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