As smartphone photography has become the dominant way people document and share their lives online, photo editing apps have rapidly improved — and then plateaued.
My favourite until now, Photoshop Express, offers users powerful tools to filter and tone their images, bringing some of the rudimentary, core features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to mobile devices.
Other apps, like Snapseed, VSCO, and even Instagram’s built-in editing tools now offer similar features.
Enlight, from the makers of Facetune, represents a revolutionary leap over what Photoshop Express and its ilk can do. Filtering and toning are part of this app, but the technology goes much farther. In essence, this is an app that empowers users to pull off tricks we’d expect from a design professional using the full version of Adobe Photoshop on a computer — but any user should be able to learn them with a few swipes of a finger.
This is a truly impressive piece of technology — easily worth its $4 price in the iOS app store.
Like any photo editing app, Enlight lets you adjust brightness. I'll use it here to blow out the background. However, my subject's face now looks way off.
But Enlight lets you create 'masks' -- which let you paint on and erase adjustments on different parts of the image.
You can also use Enlight to clone one part of an image to cover another. Here I'm using it to cover up some flyaway hairs. You can also use it to cover up skin blemishes.
But that's just the start of what Enlight can do. Say I wanted to make this image more square without cropping off the band members on the side.
You can also manually change the shape and size of objects inside images. This is a photo I shot a few years ago of a friend wearing a hat.
Though you have much more power to adjust them -- here I'm telling the a black-and-white filter what colours to lighten and darken.
Another cool feature is the ability to lay photos over one another. I'll start with this photo on my phone, which has some sky in it.
I blow it up so the clouds cover the screen, then 'burn' it onto the photo below, creating a smokey effect.
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