Apps for editing and modifying pictures seem to abound in Apple’s App Store. You can spend a long time wandering through that section.
But while I find many of these apps interesting, I don’t actually use my iPad to take pictures. To start with, the iPad is kind of bulky. And then there is the fact that it takes pictures in 720p, which would have seemed like fine resolution for a digital camera… about 12 years ago.
So who needs photo editing on a device when you don’t use it to take photos?
But every once in a while I notice an editing app… in this case because it came up in the Apps Gone Free app, which I recommend to all my fellow cheapskates out there… that does pique my interest.
In this case, the app was Vinylize Me.
This app lets you create vintage looking album covers, into which you can incorporate your own photos.
That sounded pretty neat, so I grabbed it. But then I didn’t have any photos on my iPad. So I took some screen shots of pictures from the blog in Safari and used them to make a few samples. Click on them to view as a larger gallery.
Not the best work in the world, but I think it shows some potential. I have to figure out a good use for the app, but I like the idea of it very much. You can change most of the text, tint your photos, swap out the “stereophonic” banners, manipulate the colors, and even add aging affects to make it look like an old LP that has seen some use.
The images in the gallery above are actually one quarter size of the output the app gives you. The pictures I used were low resolution… they came from iPad screen shots after all… and looked very grainy at full resolution. They would look better if I just imported the pictures from my computer rather than being lazy and taking a few screen shots.
Full resolution is 2448 by 2448 pixels, which seems to be about the size of an actual LP sleeve.
The main downside to the app is that you are limited to the templates they have provided. You cannot add your own or edit the basics of what you are given.
Technically, this is an iPhone app, which means that it is half size on the iPad screen by default. But unlike some iPhone apps, it looks okay when set to fill the screen. (Unlike, say, that World of Tanks app.)
Anyway, another goofy app that amuses me. And the results look better than the last such app I played with, Halftone.
I don’t think I quite have the hang of that one.