There are smartphone photo editing apps that can take an average image and imbue it with a dash of creativity using filters, frames, stickers, wacky fonts, and other nutty effects. And then there are smartphone photo editing apps that give you the power to turn a snapshot into a literal work of abstract art. One such app, Fragment (which was recently made available to Android users after having been an iOS exclusive), gives mobile users the power to unleash their hidden Picasso.
Operating on a simple, relatively uncluttered interface, Fragment lets you take a snapshot or import an existing image from your smartphone gallery. From there, tapping the screen gives you access to a wide range of frames, shapes, and patterns that are overlaid onto your image and which can be manually tweaked for an infinite number of possible outcomes.
In addition to easy tweaking of overlaid shapes, users are given the option to resize, rotate, zoom, and crop images. Other manual controls include brightness, hue, saturation, and color inversion. When imagination runs dry, there’s a shuffle feature that assigns random effects to the image. Once effects are finalized, images can be easily exported to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Developer Pixite LLC calls it “prismatic art” and that’s not a bad description. Some of the demo images on the official app video are striking and serve as a good example of how images might be used for more than simply impressing friends.
A typical work in progress, Fragment suffers slightly from a couple of bugs and imperfections. These include quality degradation after images are exported, and a curious inability to rotate images inside the editor. That said, the degree to which Pixite appears to be responding to user concerns means these flaws will most likely be addressed in near future updates.
Fragment by Pixite LLC operates on Android devices running 4.0.3 and up and is currently available on Google Play for $1.99.