Having reviewed Photogene2 earlier in the week, let’s take a look five of its editing functions is more depth.
As photo editing apps go on the iPhone, Photogene2 packs quite a punch. The range of features is one of the most comprehensive that you’ll find in any app for the iPhone. But with so many tools at your disposal, knowing where to start when editing an image can be a little bewildering.
So here are five essential tools that are available to you in Photogene2, so you can always get the best out of your images.
Here, we have an image that is ever so slightly out of focus. It was taken very close up and the edges of the lock are slightly blurred. To sharpen the image, go to the Sharpen tool, which is located under the Adjust option. There are two adjustments you can make, Sharpen Amount and Sharpen Radius.
Simply slide these until the image looks to be sharper. The Sharpen Amount controls how much sharpness is applied to your images, while the Sharpen Radius is the number of pixels that are affected.
You can also uses Photogene2’s Default sharpness setting by tapping on the button. To remove the setting, tap reset.
The iPhone camera is reasonable at adjusting itself to take into account the available light when taking a photo. However, sometimes it doesn’t get it spot on and you are left with an image that is either too dark or too bright.
In these situations turn to the Brightness tool, which is located under the Adjust option. Here, you have two options that you can alter, Exposure and Contrast. You can also tap the Auto button to have Photogene2 make the adjustment for you.
To adjust the Exposure, drag the slider to the left or right. To the right increases the brightness of the image, while to the left darkens it. The Contrast slider works the same way. Dragging the slider to the right increases the contrast, while to the left decreases the contrast.
In Photogene2, the Colors tool is for handling Saturation and Vibrance – you have a separate tool that handles the RGB channels, which are found unsurprisingly under the RGB icon. Again, you have just two adjustments that you can make – Saturation and Vibrance.
The Saturation increase the amount of colour that is in your image – slide to the right to increase this, while to the left removes colour from your image, resulting at its extreme in a black-and-white image.
The Vibrance slider determines how vibrant the colour is in your image. Drag this to the right to make the individual colours really stand out.
The Shadows/Highlights tool gives you the option of making the highlights darker and the shadows lighter, which is useful if your image has resulted in one of these areas where detail is missing. The sliders are simple to use, drag either of them to the right to make the adjustment.
Found under the Retouches button is the Heal tool. You use this to remove blemishes from your images. To use, tap the Heal icon, then double-tapping the image to select the area you want to heal. You have two circles, one which contains the blemish you want to remove and the second contains the source material that you use to cover the blemish.
You can move these two circles around independently of one another and when you’re happy, tap the tick button in the top-right corner of the screen. The Heal tool takes a little practice to get right, but you can zoom into the image using the two-finger gesture.
Do you use Photogene2? Have you managed to get any decent results from the app? Let me know in the comments below.