One of the most revolutionary changes to photography in the 21st century is not just the iPhone, the world’s most popular camera. The iPhone is a marvel of modern technology, yes, but something else has changed the nature of using a camera.
I’m talking about apps. Photo enhancement apps. Apps that adjust, colorize, tint, filter, and add effects to photos, changes which can alter the very nature of the photo itself, often turning a mundane, pedestrian photo into a classic work of art. Here’s an example.
Tint By Hand
Mac users can choose from dozens of photo enhancement applications. iPhone users have thousands of choices. There’s Photoshop and Lightroom at the high end of commercial apps. Apple’s own Photos rounds out the bottom with a few image enhancing tricks.
In-between are the dozens of apps like Hand Tint, mostly one-trick pony apps, which, in this case, colorize photos using tints and tones, but feature an unlimited combination of effects.
Here’s what you can do with just a few clicks.
Photos are easily colorized with a variety of tint, tone, and color tools that are little more than point and click. The presets alone will keep you busy creating artistic masterpieces for a week.
The real value comes in the variety of tint and color styles. Color photos can be enhanced or altered to resemble black and white, and simple slider tools adjust and blend colors and filters to create a completely unique image.
Hand Tint comes with three photo effects– black and white, vintage, and luminescent, but also include tint, tone, color, and soft paint modes. The tinting process also gets enhanced by a smart color palette tool which imports the photo’s original colors to create the tint.
What can you do with all those tools? Point and click.
Hand Tint adds filters, tints, colors, and effects to a photo which lends to an antique or vintage look, even to a photo that is decidedly 21st century. The work flow couldn’t be much easier, but the tools have plenty of granular controls beyond the presets so you can customize every aspect of the enhancement.
Luminescent adds a dreamy, subtle effect. Vintage simply ages the photo with a variety of tones and distressed paper, but the place to get started is with the 36 on-touch presets. Yes, there’s multiple layers of undo, instant preview of the settings effects on a photo, and a whole lot more.
Highly recommended. There’s also a try-before-you-buy option for Hand Tint.