Total Score: 29.5
Photography is not my forte so I have not focused on photo enhancing apps. However, I discovered Halftone and think it has the right balance of ease of use and photo sharing that makes it interesting to me. If you share a lot of photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and want to give them a little oomph then I suggest you give this app a try. Halftone takes your photos and through the use of filers and captions, gives them a vintage comic book look and feel.
Price Rating = 5 99 cents. The consumer ratings show it and Popular Photography noted it was one of the best deals for 2012. There are in-app purchases for additional filters. The more you know about photography the more interest this may have for you.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 The video support and uncomplicated design make this very easy to use.
Readability Rating = 5 Whether on the iPhone or iPad, the text is large enough to make it easy to read.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 If you take and share photos you will find this app offers you the opportunity to add a little fun to your photo sharing.
Downsides Rating = 0 I didn’t see any downsides.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 With almost 2,000 reviews, this app is well received.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 I think we all want to show a creative side, and all of us have some creative instincts, but we may not know how to enhance photos. This app can help you do that.
How does it work?
- When you first open Halftone, you are offered the opportunity to watch a video showing you how it works. Watch it. It’s only 2 ½ minutes and provides you most of the information you need to know.
- To get started you either take a photo or select one from your camera roll or album. After you take (or select) your photo you have the opportunity to enhance it, add effects, change the orientation, crop or add brightness to it. After you have the picture looking it’s best you tap DONE.
- Your next step is to add the frame. Tap on the PAPER icon (second from left).
- The next option is LAYOUT (third icon from the left). You tap it to create the caption position. Tapping on the caption in the picture allows you to change it. As you change the caption there are options to clear the text, add a day, note the date is today or add the date it was taken. Tap DONE when you are finished.
- You can add a thought balloon to the picture by tapping the BALLOON icon (third from the right). Once you add it you can tap on it to edit the text in the balloon. You’ll also have the option to change the shape of the balloon. Once your have finished you can move the balloon around on the screen by holding it with your finger and placing it just where you want. You can do the same with the tail of the bubble.
- You can add a stamp to your photo. Tap on the STAMP icon (second from the right) and a shape will appear on your photo. Tap on that shape and you can choose from several shapes. Once you have the shape you want you can pinch and zoom on the image to make it larger or smaller or hold your finger on it to place it wherever you want on the image.
- You have the option to change the font—either different styles or different sizes.
- Now that your photo is finished you can share it. Tapping on the SHARE button at the top right allows you to save it to your album, send through mail, send as a postcard or print. Or tap on “SEND to…” and you will see additional options to share it through Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Dropbox and Instagram. There is also an option to include more apps. The other option in this section is to save it to your photo album. If you do that you could use it in any number of apps.
- If you choose to share it with an app, like Instagram, you tap that icon and a screen comes up offering you options to open it that app (or maybe even other apps like Evernote.)
- In the SETTINGS options (top left hand corner) you can adjust image options and get more information and watch the video again.
With this app you can flex your creative muscles and have fun sharing photos. I look forward to hearing your Halftone stories.
Devices: This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. It was developed by Juicy Bits.