The Memorial Day holiday brought lots of free and reduced price apps. Today, I want to look at 4 of the apps I picked up over the holiday for free. Three of them are still free today.
Superimpose (99 cents) is an easy way to juxtapose or superimpose (duh) photos. I have several apps that do this or claim to do this, but this is by far the most painless app of this kind that I have used (see the three photos that I superimposed above).
All you do is load a background image, load a foreground image, and mask out the unwanted portion of the foreground image to create fun, creepy, cool, etc., images. The masking is what makes Superimpose so wonderful. There are several ways to mask out what you don’t want. The magic wand is my favorite. You simply touch a color in the photo that you want to remove and it and all connected areas of similar color go away. Other methods include brush, lasso, global color similarity, rectangle, ellipse, linear, bi-linear, and radial gradient.
After you mask out the unwanted portion of the foreground image, you can smoothen the edges with another tool. Then you are free to move, scale, resize, rotate, and flip the foreground to place it anywhere on the background image. You can even adjust the transparency of the foreground image to make it blend better.
Other features include some color, exposure, and other types of editing. Finally, you merge the images into one image and save it to your device at full resolution. Superimpose is a univeral app, so it works on all of your devices beautifully. A very cunning app!
Photo Stats is free as of the writing of this post. Normally, it is 99 cents. This is a really cool iPhone app that creates a personalized infographic based on an analysis of the metadata from your photos on your Camera Roll. I installed the app on my iPad as well, and it worked there, too. It created the lovely infographic that you see above. It incorporates so much information in such a beautiful format that I was just fascinated with it. I truly didn’t think that I would learn much from using the app, but I was in for a surprise.
You can choose the time range that you want analyzed and the theme of the infographic (you have to share one on Twitter or Facebook to open up more than the base two themes). I really like the vintage theme that I did my infographic in. This app is really easy to use and super intuitive. Take a look at my infographic to see the types of information that Photo Stats aggregates.
Photo Editor Deluxe Pro is a brand new univeral app that is free right now. It’s easy to use and should look familiar to anyone who has used Aviary in any form to edit photos. Aviary is used in many popular apps and is extremely powerful, while also simple and intuitive. Contol everything from redeye reduction to contrast and sharpness, add stickers and filters, crop, orient, and remove blemishes. The enhance feature is particularly adept at making any photo better.
The brand new app thing reminds me that you should always be on the lookout for new apps that are free or really inexpensive. They may not look like much yet, but they may become more in the future and you’ll have an in on the new content. I have a number of apps that have grown from little apps to big ones in this way. It’s as close as I get to gambling. And, with the previously purchased button in all the iTunes stores now, it’s easy to find an app (or book, or song) again even if you don’t keep it on your device right now.
The last free app that I got over the holiday was AutoCamera Pro, and it is still free as of the writing of this post. This iPhone app (works on an iPad though) takes photos automatically when it sees a face. The app works with both the front and back cameras and works rather well.
That’s it for me today. Still working on the fundraiser and trying to bring you a post a day at the same time.
Go edit some photos, and let me know how you like Photo Stats or any of these apps. Until later, …
UPDATE: Snapseed (regularly $4.99) is FREE today. Grab it now, I’ll bring you a Snapseed review soon. It won iPad App of the Year and so many other awards that you just MUST have it!