PhotoToaster 3.0

Hello Hello!

Just a quick note about PhotoToaster. Back in January I did a tutorial/review of PhotoToaster. Shortly after that I had the opportunity to do some beta testing of the 3.0 version, which hits the App store today. Did I mention it’s on sale for only $0.99? Not sure how long that sale price lasts but you should grab it quick!

Here’s a few samples of images I edited via PhotoToaster 3.0

This is my friend Paul, I took this during the Worldwide Instameet and edited via PhotoToaster prior to pulling it into Instagram.

Some heather, captured via an Olloclip. I used PhotoToaster 3.0 in conjunction with FilmLab on this one.

This was taken at Greenlake, some branches and birds. Edited via PhotoToaster 3.0 and Instagram.

I kinda dig that one texture, obviously ;).


abstract – dissected

When I pursue more abstract notions in my iPhoneography, I often receive a couple of questions, “how did you do that” or “what app did you use”. Sometimes the answer isn’t simple, as I will often stack apps. App stacking is using multiple apps to create your final image. Kind of like using layers in photoshop.

I thought it might be fun to dissect a recent abstract and show the progression leading to the final image.

We begin with a rainy Seattle day, where the rain dissipates and the sun pops out just long enough to create a rainbow, wait, is that a double rainbow?

Then using Snapseed, I got a little faux HDR crazy by adding some Drama.

I thought it might be fun to twist this rainbow around using Tiny Planet.

After Tiny Planet I felt like exploring the realm of the StripeCam app.

Then to an old fave Iris Photo Suite to boost colour, add texture and just a hint of softness to finish of this image.

I printed a number of recent iPhone images to show during the iPhoneography workshop I co-lead in February. Let me just say this printed out 12″x12″ looks freakin’ cool…

Focal Lab

Let’s talk a little more about blur, tilt shift and creating a different world or viewpoint in your imagery. FocalLab is a nice tool which contains a handful of blur effects. It’s clean, simple and easy to use.

Once in the app, if you tap on the “i” in the bottom right corner this loads the cheat sheet of features.

Tap on “FocalLab” to load your blur options:
Dreamy Blur
Soft Focus
Zoom Blur
Motion Blur

Black and White

The blur’s, vary, of course, if you want a dreamy, glowy effect you may like either the Dreamy Blur or Soft Focus. If you want a more dizzying effect, check out the Motion or Zoom blur.

Want to move the central point of focus, tap on the image, and move your finger around on the image, you should see the central focus point move about. Want to expand or contract that point, pinch your fingers together to make it smaller, or part your fingers to expand the circle. There’s no real guide to show you the diameter, but you should visibility see a change.

The Vignette tool offers a circular, elliptical or square/rectangular option. After playing around with the vignette tool, I’m not a huge fan of it. If you use the slider you can adjust the amount of the vignette but if you remove the vignette you can see see where the vignette would be, like a circle in the middle of the photo. I’ve never actually used this particular feature of this app. I believe there are other apps that handle a vignette more smoothly, like Snapseed.

The settings option, provides you with a few file output sizes, as as a crop on/off button. I’ve saved an image with the crop on or off and haven’t seen a difference, so that might be a bug with this app. Or, I’m just missing something!

As I said before, it’s nice app, I’ll usually use this in conjunction with another app or three ;).

If you’re wondering about these little houses, they sit on Lake Union, near the Fremont neighbourhood of Seattle. If I had loads of $$’s it would be amazing to have one of these little cuties!