PosterLabs - A Great Tool You Should Have In Your Pocket

Type: Photo, Image

In case you haven't noticed, I like reviewing photo apps. Perhaps they appeal to me because I used to be a hobbyist photographer and did some graphics design for my websites, so they prod that visual artistic side of me that I had unfortunately pushed to the sideline. 

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In PosterLabs, you create posters using your images and PosterLabs' templates. Upon launching the app, you have two choices: create a new poster or view the Goodies. The Goodies are two collections of templates: classic and stylish.

You can load up to five photos in a poster. The templates that will be shown to you in design mode will depend on the number of images you have selected. You can also apply filters individually for your images.

Once you're satisfied with your poster, save it in your album or export it to social media.

A sample poster:

Pros: PosterLabs is very easy to use. The current collections of templates provide a lot for you to choose from and they're not just templates - they're well-made templates. Though not necessary, the ability to apply filters is a nice touch and just adds another handsome point to this app.

Cons: Nothing. I have nothing bad to say about PosterLabs.

Summary: I have never been impressed by a poster designing app like I have been with PosterLabs. There's a possibility that they may add premium templates but that's okay since the quality of the free ones are already good. I highly recommend you keep PosterLabs in your pocket. You may never know when this awesome app may come in handy.

Polamatic - The Digital Polaroid

Type: Photo, Image

If you are like me who has never owned a Polaroid all his life or even got to touch and operate one, then Polamatic can be a sort of "dream come true" app for you.

Polamatic has been around for years and is the official app for Polaroid. It was featured on the app store a few weeks ago with the sale price of $0.99 and a host of upgrades to boot.

There are two big reasons to buy Polamatic: the filters and the borders.

The filters will give your photos that Polaroid-look you so desire. It's unlike Instagram, VSCO Cam, and other photo apps available out there.

In case you get bored with the available filters, you can purchase other filter packs for $0.99 as well. You must probably be a filter junkie if you get tired of the many free filters Polamatic provides.

Or you can adjust the exposure/brightness of your photo to modify your selected filter.

Scanned textures of real Polaroids were used as borders for Polamatic, which adds more to the authentic look of the image. I specially love the borders with the masking tape at the bottom since I haven't been exposed to a masking type for months. What a sad life!

Finally, a Polaroid is not a Polaroid without writing something at the bottom of the picture. It's only right that Polamatic allows you add text on your photo. Choose from a selection of fonts, mostly cursive, adjust the size of your text, and set its alignment.

When you're satisfied with your photo, save it to your Camera Roll or export to your social networks.

You're probably sick of seeing my face by now so make sure to check @polamatic on Instagram to see selected photos from a contest it's running.

Pros: The filters and the borders make your digital photos look like old Polaroids. 

Cons: None

Summary: For a price of $0.99 for the app and packs of filters each, Polamatic should be on your smartphone. It's a great way to add that classic touch to your digital photos.

 The final photo

The final photo


Pomelo - Making Filters Easy

Type: Photo, Image

Whenever a new photo-editing app comes out, I'm quick to check it out. I like discovering a new filter and comparing one app from another. It reminds me of when I edit photos from my old Nikon D40 with Adobe Lightroom with the hundred of presets I downloaded from the Internet. When Pomelo appeared on iTunes' featured page, I had to check it out.

First of all, I like Pomelo's user interface - simple and attractive. Even the Welcome screens have that charm to them I kind of wish I can replay them if I want to. At the bottom of the screen are the filter categories: film, lola, LOMO, vintage, and black and white. There are two more filter categories free to download: leak and fade. One is free with no catch and the other requires you to share Pomelo on Facebook. 

When you select a filter category, a preview of how the current photo looks like for each filter is displayed at the bottom. This is very handy. You don't have to try each filter one by one. See the changes at the bottom and tap the filter that appeals to your liking. If you are meticulous with editing, you can edit different properties such as the contrast, brightness, saturation, etc. through the use of a slider.

Of course, you can also share your edited photos in social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more, or simply just save it to your photo album. What surprised me and made me smile was browsing my photo album and seeing photos of each filter I tried for the picture I edited before. 

If you have other photo-editing apps in your arsenal, you should give Pomelo a try. I see myself using this more in the immediate future, and I have tried a lot of photo-editing apps, most of them already forgotten.

Pros: Simple and friendly UI. The auto-preview for the filters is nice.
Cons: Filters are similar to other apps.
Summary: The charming and easy to use interface for Pomelo gives it an edge over other similar apps. New filter categories in the future will push it forward.