Handy Photo – magical photo editor handles 36-megapixel images
Mar 26, 2013 12:25 PM –
Handy Photo is an immensely powerful picture editing suite for Android. While these kind of apps are ten-a-penny in the Google Play Store, few stand out as exceptional. However, combining functionality, ease of use and some deeply impressive creative features- Handy Photo is an app that will gleefully challenge your loyalty towards whatever editing tool you current use. Read on for more…
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Simple and intuitive to use!
- Loads of creative features!
- Supports HUGE image sizes!
- ‘Move Me’ tool!
- Magic Crop!
- Instability reports in Google Play?
When commenting on the features of Handy Photos, it’s a trouble knowing where to start. Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice is that the various functions step out onto the screen from the corners. This means that you do not lose as much picture view real estate as with other applications. One of my all-time favourite photo editors is PicShop, but it does make images smaller in order to accommodate the tools. Not so with Handy Photo. Instead the functions fan out in the corner leaving the the image exactly the same size.
Another aspect I really like is the level of control you have over the various tweaks you make. In the top left hand corner of the app interface is an option to not only view the original but also to various steps you took to get there- a History feature. It’s just a small thing really but you can undo things you have done quickly and easily. OK, on with the cool stuff…
Move Me is an awesome feature that lets you manipulate parts of the image. Say you’ve got a group shot where people are too far apart. With a bit of canny editing, you can move them closer together with Move Me. Magic Crop is incredible! Not only can you crop your image to the aspect ratio that you want, the app will also extend your picture, magically creating views that do not exist! Now, this has mixed results; it can’t make up people to certain textures very well, but sky- for example- is pretty effective.
The app supports images up to 36-megapixels, which is frankly massive and far bigger than any other editing apps I’ve experienced. This means you can zoom right into images and edit them however you like, without necessarily losing much clarity. With your images, you can then do all manner of things; add filters, add textures, add frames and retouch as much as you like. The harder you look into the functionality, the more it gives back. It’s perhaps not limitless, but if you love tweaking your images, this is genuinely top notch.
Watch on Mobile
Handy Photo – Sample editing views (1)
Handy Photo – Sample editing views (2)
Handy Photo – Sample editing views (3)
Handy Photo – Sample editing views (4)
Handy Photo – Sample editing views (5)
Handy Photo – Sample editing views (6)
Handy Photo – Sample editing views (7)
Handy Photo – Sample editing views (8)
Handy Photo – Import picture
Handy Photo – Tutorial
Handy Photo – Tutorials list
For a user who really values image manipulation, perhaps beyond the simple add-a-filter-and-post-to-Facebook type user, this is a hugely useful and significantly ‘handy’ app to have access to.
Ease of Use:
The app takes a little bit of getting used to- after all there is a lot of functionality here- but once you are used to it, it’s very user friendly. The menus which fan out smoothly are great to use and very intuitive.
This depends very much on the user and how often you alter and tweak photos. The app perhaps lacks some of the ‘quick fix’ features of other applications- most notably Snapseed– but if this isn’t your method of doing things, this isn’t much of a loss.
I ‘like’ the interface- especially the menu systems and the way it keeps the image in full size and accessible. That said, I think the design is already a little dated and used colours that do not sit well with our high Holo-inspired aspirations as Android users. So, on reflection I do like the UI, but I can’t say I really love it.
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