2013 was a year of Selfies, which proved that we love clicking pictures with our mobile phones. Well, it’s more easy, convenient and accessible to click your own pictures rather than asking other to click for you. Adding to that, there are many apps which help you further enhance and edit your pictures and also add special effects to them. With these creative apps, anyone can explore the artist within them and follow the mantra of ‘click, edit and upload’ with utmost ease.
What makes Fantasia Painter the best photo editing app
Not going far, I too love clicking pictures and used to edit them on the best ever photo editing software – Adobe Photoshop. But then I stumbled across Fantasia Painter, a free photo painter app for Windows Phone 7, 7.5 & 8. This app is not a simple editing tool but comes with a great deal of brushes, extensive number of effects and numerous editing tools. It’s unbelievable that you can get so creative with your picture on this wonderful app and that too, on your phone! The simplicity of Fantasia Painter allows even kids to use the app and come out with professional-looking pictures.
Fantasia Painter has the most amazing 32 brushes, which have very fine strokes and the results are totally professional-looking. My personal favorites are fairy lights, dark & light makeup, small fur, and eraser amongst others. Some of the brushes have automatic stroke capacity, so as u tap on the screen; they produce strokes as per speed, direction and closest colors. The first time I saw these brushes, I thought there is some animation happening there. Following is the entire list of brushes, plus their usage:
Fur, Furball – Paint cute furry animals, furry flowers, add fur to photos.
Sketch – Create pencil sketches, with far less strokes compared to real pencil
Fairy lights – “alive” abstract brush
Rainbow – Beautiful organic color transitions add life to your paintings.
Twisted Squares, Paint, Dirty Paint, Pen, Eraser
Once again, Fantasia Painter surprises you with the extensive list of more than 100 effects, including the powerful ones like Mold & Clone (effects you will find in Photoshop). With this amazing app you cannot just enhance the overall picture but also do fun stuff like enlarge muscles, change body shapes, swap faces and much more. Following is the entire list of effects, plus their usage:
Colorize – with this you can change the picture to grayscale and then brush back color with your finger.
Dark Dream – add a gloomy feel and then brush on and off to add subtle and powerful variations
Mold – change smiles, thin/fatten waists, make curved flowers, etc.
Text: add text with some rare fonts, 500+ symbols, comic/speech bubbles on your picture
Other popular effects include Vintage, borders, collage, recolor, Soft light, Blur, Gentle Painter, etc. In the picture below I’ve tried out an effect under Style options called Light + Bokeh.
Fantasia Painter adds lifelike colors to your pictures and also gives you steps to enhance your overall experience. You also get an option to observe a before/after view of your picture by tapping Invert. The app allows you to paint with one finger and Zoom/Pan the picture with other two fingers. What I also really like about this app is that you can simply undo the effect by brushing back across the screen.
You can download the free version of the app here. The free full-featured app of 16 MB comes with ads, however, the ads can be removed by buying the full version.
Have a look at Fotoroom too.