Today Delaney’s Girl Scout troop made a kind gesture of visiting a retirement home and helping residents wrap gifts. This photo was edited first in Snapseed, then AfterFocus, which is proving to be a favorite app of mine because I can take care of my sloppy compositions of late!
Google’s recent acquisition of snapseed prompted an update, and fortunately they didn’t change it much. As you can see below, they added a “Retrolux filter” to apply a retro (as opposed to vintage?) look to photos, and they also updated the frames. Also, Snapseed photos are now saved in a special album in your photo library, as is the case with some other apps like tadaa, Hipstamatic and PhotoToaster. You too could be kind by giving yourself a gift that requires no wrapping…snapseed is free!
Much like this ceremony marking a friend’s successful command of a Navy squadron, AfterFocus is adept at handling details. Not only can you use the masking feature to create focussed and blurred regions, you can use it to colorize certain areas of the shot. The smart edit option lets the app do most of the work after you draw just a few lines to indicate what should stay in focus or color, and what shouldn’t. It does a much better job of getting right to the border of your subject than the masking processes in apps like Colorsplash or Juxtaposer, where it can be frustrating. Check out how accurate the app is in getting around the man’s face below (the red tint indicating the focussed or colored area):No color guard required here to present colors – just a little touch on the arrow in the upper right and it was ME in command – of the edit I was looking for! This app should get some kind of recognition for its service.