**Disclaimer** this post is not going to take the place of quality design education. This is a post about a few apps that I love to make my pictures more fun. Graphic designers are top-notch folks who work hard and are way more creative that me and what I do with these apps is nothing compared to what my friends can do!
I’ve been using my iPhone to capture life’s little moments for a while now. I hopped on Instagram almost 2 years ago and I credit that app for my newfound love of design and photo editing. You know how Instagram turned all of us into photo-buffs? Well, these apps might make you itch to learn a bit more about design!
A Beautiful Mess (99 cents in App Store and on Android)
I was introduced to this app by Carolyn, who posts pretty things. There is a blog from which this app was born and the blog is equally as pretty and fun as the app. With A Beautiful Mess, you can add doodles, text, borders and effects to photos and you can also create images using backgrounds and typeface. I used A Beautiful Mess to create the Scripture Verses I posted during Lent. You can share directly from ABM to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
The image below was created with a built-in background and one of the built-in fonts.
Handwriter (FREE in App Store)
This is the most simple of the apps that I use. I use this one when I just want to add a handwritten style font to my pictures. It comes with 16 handwriting style fonts as well built in photo filters to use. You can share your design directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
I added simple font (#WhoAreYouWearing) and a filter to the picture of me and Le Moosh.
Snapseed (FREE in App Store; available in Android)
My friend Kate learned about this app at a blogging conference and she was kind enough to share with me! Snapseed (from Google) is a little more involved than other photo editing apps and there is a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve played with it for a while, you’ll get the hang of it! Head over to Kate’s to read her review of the app! You can share directly from Snapseed to Google+, Twitter, Facebook and you can Open the photo in Instagram. Below is a picture I took at book club where we were discussing “Something About God” by Jennifer Fulwiler.
The original is left, edited is right:
I give Krystin all the credit for introducing me to Studio. In the few days that I’ve been playing with Studio, I’ve learned more about layers that years messing with Photoshop. Studio allows users to lay designs, text, borders, shapes, etc. onto pictures.
Big whoop, right? After all, that’s what A Beautiul Mess does, right? Studio takes it one step further… you can “Remix” your friends’ designs and reshare. This Remixing option is what has helped my own personal understanding of design. I finally *get* layers thanks to Studio!!
Here’s one of my first remixes with the original on the Left and my Remix using a picture I took, while we were driving through Los Olivos CA, on the Right:
Technology truly is amazing when you think just a few short years ago we were using Point-and-Shoot cameras with what, 1 MegaPixel?! Now we have the power to create, design and share… literally in our pockets. In fact, I used Handwriter and ABM to make the first image in this post!
This is just a few of the amazing design and editing apps out there. Do you have a favorite? Share away! Oh, do me a favor? Look me up if you join Studio! I love to collaborate!