Ghostbird’s Photoforge2 is one of the absolute best editing apps available for iOS.
Built on solid grounds (crashes are extremely rare even with huge photos), it’s been available for some time now, ad it allows you to work with your pics both on amateur and professional level.
The app has its own internal library: images are saved as “projects” and you can be reopen them at any time, keeping all the settings, the undo levels and so on.
I was able to import picture from my DSLR camera and work with them without any kind of issues.
The library on the iPad and the iPhone:
The app is Universal, and the iPad and iPhone features are absolutely identical. This also mean that, if you decide to buy the Pop Cam extra, you can have it on both devices without having to pay it twice.
After opening an image, you can select from a dock whether to open the Adjustments, FXs, Tools, Layers, History or Information settings.
The Adjustment settings has a complete set of options, that allows you to edit Exposure, Noise reduction, Brightness, Hue/Saturation/Lightness, Curves, Levels, White Balance, and more:
The FXs section offers a set of tools like Emboss, Edge Detect, Tiny Planet distortion, Sepia, Blur and more.
If you like Instagram-like filters, you can decide to buy the Pop Cam extra (1.99$). This features allows you to combine textures, flash, lenses, filters, emulsions and frames to obtain amazing results.
With Pop Cam you can decide to go “random”. Press the “rotating” button until you find a combo that is good for you. If you like only certain axpects of the result (like the texture or the frame), you can decide to lock it in the settings and randomize everything else again, until you get something that’s cool enough.
My only complaint about the Pop Cam feature is that you have no “filter strength” settings. Textures, in particular, can be pretty aggressive. I like effects when they go together with the photo, not when take over resulting in something that looks even more fake than it should be.
Fortunately, Photoforge2 is powerful enough to allow workarounds: for instance you can decide not to apply any texture from Pop Cap, and pick one instead in the basic Tools section (where you CAN set an appropriate strength level) or you can use Level opacity (in the Layers section) to mix different versions of the photo.
The Tools section has six essential features: Rotate, Straighten, Resize, Crop, Frames and Textures.
The Layers section is quite impressive: you can mix different versions of the photos (or different photos altogether) using opacity, mask and standard blend (Normal, Darken, Multiply and so on) settings. You can easily arrange layers, delete them, duplicate them, hide them and flatten them.
The History section allows you to go back through several “undos”, wichh is something that is always useful:
Finally, the Information section shows EXIF and IPTC info (you can edit the latter). If your picture has Geo-tag info, a map is shown.
To conclude, I would definitely recommend Photoforge2 as a “must have” app for anyone: it’s simple enough for the beginner and rich of features that will make even professionals happy.
P.S.: The rock photo that you in this post is from a Swedish band called Fatal Smile. If you like heavy rock, check them out!