PhotoSkin – Photo Editor. An advanced photo editing app to try!
Jun 25, 2013 11:48 AM –
PhotoSkin – Photo Editor is an advanced photo editing tool that lets you manipulate your images in a number of ways, in addition to giving you extremely high levels of control. With a minimalist design and a number of features not available in most Android editing apps it might just be worth a go. However, there is something that might make you think twice. Read on for more…
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Massive range of tools!
- Great number of effects and features!
- Easy to import and share pictures!
- Timed, in-app advertisements.
- Small, fiddly buttons with little in-app tutorial.
There are literally dozens of photo-editing apps in the Google Play Store; from the likes of Instagram, which also provides a social platform to post your images on, to more detailed and richly featured tools like PicShop and Pixlr Express. PhotoSkin most definitely falls into the latter category. It’s an immensely powerful app with stacks of functions and features, many of which are pretty unique to the Google Play Store as far as I can tell.
You can add highly customisable text in addition to various textures which each have infinite levels of size and opacity. You can add and edit a bevel surround, add shadows, strokes and blurs. You can adjust the colours, add filters, adjust gradient and fading, increase glow, distort the image in a number of different ways and add HDR and VFX Effects. There are additionally neat lens effects which, again, are highly customisable. All-in-all this puts a huge range of tools at your fingertips. Compared to pretty much other photo editing apps, PhotoSkin is just awesome for functionality.
However, there are a few things that people just aren’t going to like, so you’ll have to weigh up how much these things bother you and whether it’s worth the sacrifice. The big, bad elephant in the room is the way the app forces you to face big time-sensitive, full-screen adverts. These pop up every now and again and you have no choice but to wait 5 seconds for them to pass. I say ‘ads’ but for me it ‘s just a grey screen which reads “Top Apps and Offers of the Day” which no discernible link, even if the ad was attractive. This really is a poke in the eye if you’re trying to craft something special in the app. Unfortunately, there’s no paid-for version of the app so, for the time being, you’ll have to put up with it.
The app layout is generally OK, but you have to initially select which element of the picture you want to edit. To do so you have to go through your options using the tiniest of buttons, and it’s very easy to hit the up button rather than the down. This can make for a frustrating experience. Now, it might be said I have quite large fingers, but I’ve never had such an issue with apps before and use the large screened Nexus 4 for testing.
So you really have to judge for yourself how much these niggly issues will bother you. The app, in many ways, is pretty fantastic, but its usability lets it down. However, with some tweaked UI features, a paid-for version or a limited Lite version (to avoid the use of horrid ads), PhotoSkin has the potential to be something very special.
PhotoSkin – Main menu
PhotoSkin – Frames
PhotoSkin – Lens effects
PhotoSkin – Add text
PhotoSkin – Even includes a wide range of fonts to try
PhotoSkin – HDR effects
PhotoSkin – Multiple filters
PhotoSkin – VFX Effects
PhotoSkin – Resizing
PhotoSkin – Twirl effects
PhotoSkin – Detailed control over image and text
PhotoSkin – You have to wait for timed ad links to pass before you can progress
For adding a significant number of tweaks to your images, far beyond most of what is available elsewhere in the Google Play Store, PhotoSkin is a rich and powerfully useful app with more features than you might ever need.
Ease of Use:
Despite the claims in the Google Play Store description, it’s not that easy to use. Small buttons and a fiddly interface can make the app frustrating to use. That said, once you find your way around, it’s not too bad, but you will need to have patience initially (tiny fingers would help too!)
The amount these kind of apps are used is always very much down to the user. If you take, edit and share a lot of pictures, this might be something you use on a daily basis.
The interface is quite slick and minimalistic. It suffers a bit from very small buttons and tabs; often making it tricky to use. If these were bigger or there was a way to make them easier to interact with, the interface would be far more user friendly.
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