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I really dig Instagram — or I used to. But since the service was purchased by Facebook, I feel like it’s lost its focus. Instagram’s new video features are nice, but they don’t feel as smartly-designed as Vine. And speaking of design, I feel like Instagram’s has suffered recently — particularly on iOS 7, where the app looks like something an arts college dropout would whip up if given the opportunity. And finally, I can’t be alone in saying that I think the filter selection is getting worse with time.

That’s why I’m really excited about Favd. Favd is a photo-sharing app made for iOS 7 that’s designed on the backbone. It offers total ownership of your photos, great filters, and the ability to share them on Twitter and Facebook. Better yet, its design harkens back to the days of early Instagram and uses for its social structure. Read on to find out why I think Favd is a must-have app.


Add text to your photos with PicLab, which not only offers a quality selection of fonts (no super-cheesy typefaces here), plus the ability to add multiple text boxes, in different fonts and colors.

Bonus: You can turn your text box any which way you want on the image, drag it anywhere on the screen, and resize it — all in a snap. Click “more” to learn more about it. (more…)

Photoshop is a tool I use almost daily, and have since 2007. While I’m nowhere as good a lot of other professionals, I’m more than competent when at using Photoshop for photo editing and design work. So, when Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phone (the app’s actual name) was released in late February, my curiosity was instantly piqued.

With Photoshop being such a power desktop application, I asked myself if it was possible for Adobe to develop an adequate version for a phone. After spending time with Photoshop Touch, though, I came away with a definitive answer to my previous question. (more…)

If you’re in love with the idea of taking and editing photos right from your phone, but could care less about the social media aspect of the experience, then PhotoMagic may just be your app. (Don’t worry, it still allows you to save and email your creations.)

The app is simple, easy to use and offers a few very basic editing features, plus a slew of elementary filters and frames. Click through to determine for yourself why PhotoMagic might — or might not — fit your brand of photo magic. (more…)

Muzy is an intuitive image editing app that allows you to make collages with your own photos or ones from the web, plus you can can edit, crop, enhance with special effects add captions, and custom-frame your work.

But what good is the perfect photo arrangement if you can’t share it with everyone you know, right? Muzy lets you post your images directly to Facebook, so that others can marvel at your cool photos (and image editing genius).

Hit the jump and I’ll show you just what this app can (and can’t) do. (more…)

I’m always taking pictures with my iPhone. “Tell me about it,” I can hear you say, because I know I’m not the only one. We’re all taking a bunch of pictures all the time. But we want them to look good, and unfortunately the default iOS Camera app just isn’t all it could be when it comes to making our pictures shine. I’m always on the lookout for a way to take my amateur iPhone photos to the next level.

Visual Supply Co has long been looking to make digital photography more beautiful and work better, and VSCO Cam is their attempt to bring gorgeous photography to the iPhone. There are already so many camera apps in the App Store, but VSCO aims to marry spectacular digital picture taking with a minimalist interface for ease of use and a quality photo at the end of the process. (more…)

As a professional designer, I love editing photos. Until recently, that meant hooking up your digital camera to your computer to import them, and opening said photos in a desktop program (e.g. Photoshop). However, the iPhone has made it incredibly easy and convenient to capture and edit photos all on the same device.

With the advent of apps like Instagram, editing a photo to make it look hip and cool is as easy as tapping your finger on a premade effect. The problem with using premade effects in most photo editing apps is that you don’t have control over how your photo is being changed. This downfall, however, is not the case with Luminance. After the jump, find out why this feature, and others, makes Luminance one of the best photo editing apps available in the App Store.