Afterglow for iPhone
Photo & Video
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Age Rating: 4+
If you’re a keen user of Instagram, the popular photo sharing platform for Apple iOS and Google Android users, you can generally spot a good photo app by simply noting hashtags. In recent days we’ve spotted #afterglow and #afterglowapp tagged under some excellent photos and was intrigued enough to do a Google search. Afterglow – Photo Editor from developers Simon Filip and Sangmook Lee has many of the tools found in other photo apps but combines them in such a clean and intuitive interface it’s a joy to use, edit photos and create.
Afterglow currently offers a fairly modest range of filters, textures and particularly frames, with just seven available at launch, but these are all of a high quality, the square or round frame especially popular on Instagram. The choice of filters are all useable, don’t simply turn your photos green and include a selection of worthy ‘Guest Filters’ created by Instagram users. Many of the filters are subtle and don’t destroy artistically the original image the way some LOMO inspired or toy camera style apps can do. A selection of textures, created with 35mm film, are also nicely done, and like the filters and frames on offer can be adjusted to fine tune the look you want create.
Afterglow also comes with some essential editing tools to crop, straighten and rotate images, along with the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure, highlights and shadows. As you can import photos from your camera roll or photo library or simply shoot what you see, this means you can do all editing within one app. Afterglow, like many apps, allows users to share photos via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, email, camera roll and more, but thankfully does so at a high resolution quality that ensures your photos look good on any platform.
Macworld Australia‘s buying advice
Beautifully considered editable effects, textures, filters and frames makes Afterglow already a must have app for iPhone users. The addition of useful editing tools is a bonus which makes Afterglow particularly good value at just $0.99. The promise of new, free Guest Filters should add value to what is already an excellent app.