I noticed AltPhoto today in the App Store in the “New” section, and almost passed it by, until I noticed the name of the developers: Alien Skin Software.
This little iOS app from the long running photo editing and plugin company, is not really what I expected, in a good way, for a first release app.
I was expecting a run of the mill filter app, however, Alien Skin has put together some nice features in AltPhoto, including some great filters based on traditional film and alternative photographic processes, lots of realistic borders and frames to go along with them (realistic on the level of RetroCamera and LoMob).
In addition, the app supports full resolution images, whether it be from taking images through the in-app camera (which also supports a square format) or by importing from the user’s camera roll.
I think one of the more impressive features was the app’s user interface. The interface is sophisticated while also being easy to navigate, and I found the app to be pretty intuitive.
After selecting an image from their camera roll (from the last 50 images they’ve shot) or shooting an image within the app, the user can then swipe or pan to the left or right, or up and down to navigate between the different filter/film effects within the app. I found the process similar to that of the Gridditor App, so if you are familiar with using that app, then you will feel right at home using AltPhoto.
If you do not want to use the pan and swipe method of navigating through the app’s effects, you can also tap the film gallery button at the top of the screen, and scroll through the effects that way.
While adding effects to an image, the user can also adjust the default frame/border that is added to the image by tapping on the frame button at the top of the screen, and panning through the frame/border options from there.
You can also adjust the image’s Brightness by tapping on the brightness icon at the top of the screen, then adjusting the slider to the range you prefer.
Once you’ve adjusted the image to your liking, you can save it to the camera roll, by tapping the green “Save to Camera Roll” button at the bottom of the screen.
There are also several sharing options within the app. The user can select to share their newly created image through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, or email. The interface for sharing images is very similar to the latest updates to sharing images through Hipstamatic, which has a clean, elegant sharing interface as well. In addition, users can elect to auto-tag their images with #altphoto when they share them, as well as log into their social networks to share images within the app.
Overall, I think AltPhoto is a great filter/effects app if you want an app that provides realistic film and alternative photographic process looks to your iPhotographs. Much like the software that AlienSkin offers, the app is a good solution for adding analog aesthetics to iPhone images.
Here are a few test images I processed with the app earlier: