Photo Effect Studio for iPhone by Everimaging is a photo editing app which offers users an assortment of editing tools to achieve quick and easy post-processing. A Mac and an iPad version of the app are also available for purchase.
- Full resolution available;
- 30+ effects;
- Detail, temperature and tint;
- Brightness, contrast and saturation;
- 11 borders;
- Flip and rotate;
- Split toning and sepia effects;
- Autosave on/off;
- Send photos via email or share on Facebook and Flickr.
Photo Effect Studio comes with a selection of editing tools for simple fine-tuning of photos both taken in-app or imported from iPhone’s Camera Roll. The Edit Photo section offers brightness, contrast and saturation sliders, plus sliders for detail enhancement, temperature and tint. Every adjustment to these parameters is carried out by moving sliders. Other than these operations, Photo Effect Studio provides its users with simple flip and rotate tools.
Images thus edited can be processed further by adding to them several photographic filters. All effects available are arranged into four categories: Classic, Lomo, Neon and Monochrome. The grouping of effects to fit them in the various categories seems however a little arbitrary and I still cannot fathom why some of those effects appear twice and why in the Monochrome section there are color filters as well. Countless filter combinations can be applied to photos. As a final touch, before saving, sending with email or sharing on Facebook and Flickr, it’s possible to apply a borders. Borders are mostly black and white items in a variety of styles.
Photo Effect Studio is an OK app with a few nice effects, but it definitely looks too much like something we have already seen many times. And with many I really mean many. Some of the filters bear an uncanny resemblance — same names too — to those of other best-selling apps, like Instagram and Camera+.
Is this app acceptable in terms of quality? Yes, although I wouldn’t go as far as considering it truly good. Many elements can be improved and refined, like removing the repeated filters, making the Monochrome category an actual monochrome category instead of including in it all kinds of randomness, making borders more usable and less “cheap”, spicing things up, and so on. Overall, this app is far from unmissable and it leaves the impression of a product put together without many ideas to support it.
Photo Effect Studio for iPhone is currently free in the App Store.
Name: Photo Effect Studio
Developer: Everimaging Ltd
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.