Features & Use
Test device: HTC Desire Z
Android version: 1.2
Runs as of: 1.6
The application is a relatively simple one, it’s purpose being to help the user add or change the colour scheme of new or already existing photos.
There are a lot of available options: black & white, grayscale, sepia, posterize, negative…
Small previews are available to give the user an idea of what the finished product will look like, which is actually very useful, as I really didn’t know what to expect from certain effects options (“laplace”? never heard of it).
Once a colour scheme has been selected you can continue editing in some detail.
For instance, there’s an option for adding colour to a part of the image (the “Painting Mode” effect), provided the picture was shot in colour and then changed to sepia or black & white. Select the brush size you want and colour in the section using your finger. The sections you select will then turn back to their original colours. This can be a bit tricky if you are looking to change small sections of the image, due to the already not very big size of the displayed image on the small screen of a smartphone. In order to work more precisely, zoom in.
Should you make a mistake or not like the outcome, hit the back button in the menu. You’ll also find the save function in the main menu.
I find Photo Art - Color Effects to be a useful app on the whole. It’s easy and fun to use and focuses on the essentials, which is adding cool effects to photos.
Screen & Controls
I’ve used a few editing programmes, and while I was always able to master them I often found them to be overly complex. I was very positively surprised by Photo Art - Color Effects on the other hand.
It may not compare with a professional graphics editing programme, but it suits the needs of an amateur such as myself just fine.
The first thing to do is pick a picture from the gallery or shoot a new one. The image pops up on the screen; buttons for drawing, erasing and zooming are located below.
Your finger is your number one tool: use it to zoom, draw, erase.
Photo Art - Color Effects’ menu and design are top notch in my opinion.
Speed & Stability
I was very satisfied with Photo Art - Color Effects' overall performance. I experienced one force close, but it was smooth coasting aside from that.
Photo Art - Color Effects can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.