Picturine – Free Photo Editor is a new iOS app that plays well with Instagram and other social media platforms. It delivers impressive variety of post-snapshot effects capable of transforming even the most boring photos into share-worthy images. Granted, that’s a claim shared by numerous other apps – so what’s so special about it? Here’s what.
To begin with, it’s got a bevy of bokeh effects – 56 at current count – that you can overlay onto new snapshots or any existing images on your iPhone camera roll. Unfortunately, the freebie version gives you access to only five of these, but it’s enough to give you an idea if it’s an app worth spending money on. Coughing up a full $1.99 will upgrade you to the full version, which unlocks the aforementioned bokeh effects, another 160 light leak texture effects, and about 40 black-and-white shape effects that include your typical hearts, octagons and alien heads (yes, alien heads).
Things get really fun with Picturine when you begin playing around with the 30-some-odd preset filter effects. Bearing names like Jasper, Peppermint and Apocalypse (which, as you can imagine, is pretty earth-shattering), these preset filters can’t be tweaked – but there are a small number of adjustable effects like Posterize and Gloom that let you experiment your way into more creative territory.
There’s also a text effect that gives you roughly two dozen font styles to fiddle with. The free version of Picturine only gives you access to standard lettering, whereas the full version allows you to add color and shadow to your words. There’s even a clear font feature that works best on darker images.
Picturine comes with standard crop and rotate functions for basic editing, as well as healthy number of colorful (and some might say gaudy looking) frames. An easily accessible undo button affords you the freedom to add effects with an exit strategy in your back pocket, and redo lets you change your mind about a scrubbed direction.
When you’re finished, saving an edited image gets you a pop-up option screen that lets you launch Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. There’s also a “copy image” function that passes the image back into the editor if you’re not quite done with it and want to process some additional effects.
Released in April, you can download Picturine for free on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It requires iOS 7.1 or later and has been optimized for the iPhone 5. The full version, officially named Picturine Powerful Photo Editor, can be snatched up as an in-app purchase or downloaded straight from the App Store for $1.99.