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Some Great Weekend Sales

Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything you touched seemed to fall apart as if you just threw a rock into a giant pane of glass? This was one of those for me, but luckily, there are a few apps on sale right now to cheer me up.

PhotoToaster, a great Universal app, was just updated to version 5.0. It’s on sale for just $0.99. There is no reason at all to not get it at this price! I’m hoping to post a review of it this weekend.

For those that have a Mac (you know…that old thing called a ‘desktop’ computer), ColorStrokes is on sale for just $0.99. More than a half a million people have downloaded the app. Definitely a nice app. 🙂

For the iPhone users, Lo-Mob Superslides is free right now. I’d never noticed this app before but played with it yesterday. It saves at full resolution on my iPhone 5 and had some nice effects. It’s similar to Lo-mob, which is one of my favorite Polaroid-ish apps.

Another really nice Universal app is PicsPlay Pro, on sale for just $0.99.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these apps. Hope you all have a great weekend.

38/365, Two Tracks
Created with PhotoToaster.

My Percolator Process

Percolator is one of those unique apps that let’s you get create some really interesting artwork. I really enjoy it. When I show some stuff to my friends they often think it would be difficult or take a long time. It doesn’t. It’s fun!

I was having one of those philosophical “thinking about myself” sort of days so I thought I’d see what I could come up with. The shot below is what I ended up with. I’ll walk you through the very quick and easy steps I used to get this one.


I started with an image from Picasso. I used Touch Retouch (mostly the clone tool) to remove the red region on the left side, and also the vertical line on the forehead. That left me with a simpler image to open with Percolator.

Initial image by Picasso

Initial image by Picasso

Modified with Touch Retouch

Modified with Touch Retouch

I then used Percolator to create this image using the Treble setting.

Image created with Percolator

Image created with Percolator

At this point I wanted to include some color/texture from a painting my sister did, so I snapped an image of that (which included some glare since it was a sunny afternoon in my living room!).

Snapshot of a painting done by Jala Pfaff

Snapshot of a painting done by Jala Pfaff

At this point I have the two images I want to use so I import them into Image Blender and use the Color Burn blending mode. This image that is very close to what I wanted.

Composite image from Image Blender

Composite image from Image Blender

I now used PhotoToaster to remove a bit of color, do a minor crop, and add a frame. If you look at a closeup of the image you can see the texture and some color from the original painting. Here is a small sample, or you can drop by Flickr and view the full size image.

Closeup of my image

Closeup of my image

I used several apps in the process and ended up with an image that I really like. Since I’m not a professional, that is all that matters to me. 🙂

Here are links to the apps that I used.

Percolator (Universal) [download]
Image Blender (Universal) [download]
PhotoToaster (Universal) [download]
TouchRetouch (iPhone) [download]
TouchRetouch HD (iPad) [download]

PhotoToaster Turns 4

PhotoToaster, a Universal app, has always been one of those apps that is easy to use for those that like the one-click effects, but has a lot of functionality for those that want a bit more. Version 4 was released today, and the biggest new feature (at least for me) is the lightening/darkening brush. You can see it briefly used around the 3:50 mark of this video. It’s really simple. You just use your finger to lighten or darken regions in the photo. While editing in PhotoToaster you tap and hold you can see the original image at any time.

Here is a before/after comparison after using the lightening brush to highlight the face of the child.

Before/After Using Lightening Brush in PhotoToaster

Before/After Using Lightening Brush in PhotoToaster 4

This is really one of those apps that is great for everyone that has an iPhone. I bought the new bonus pack (for $0.99) that gives you eight new textures (Bokeh was used below), and almost two dozen new frames (“Clear 2” was used below).

Image from Obama rally in Charlottesville (Processed with PhotoToaster)

Image from Obama rally in Charlottesville (Processed with PhotoToaster)

You can learn more about PhotoToaster on the East Coast Pixels page or just go ahead and buy it for just $0.99 right now (normally $1.99) on iTunes. [Download]

And of course, here is the description from iTunes 🙂


✩✩ Search Instagram for #phototoaster to see the awesome photos people are creating ✩✩

PhotoToaster™ is a stunning top rated photo editor for the iPhone and iPad. It is an amazing tool for the photography beginner or professional.

The new 4.0 version adds Lighting Brushes for a new level of control with brush-on exposure adjustments.

The features include:
– 60 one click effects that can instantly improve or completely alter a photo (Clarify, Cross Process, Bleach Bypass, Sketch, Deep Focus,…)
– 80 one click settings in Lighting, Fx, Vignette, Texture and Border categories that allow more creative control
– 24 live slider controls that allow for exacting control of all image adjustments
– Professional level lighting adjustments to lighten shadows and recover highlights
– Sophisticated Noise reduction to remove unwanted grain in low light photos
– Non-destructive editing
– Blazing performance (dual core support)
– Recent edits list that maintains recently edited photos
– Save your own presets
– Crop, rotate, flip and straighten
– Complete EXIF support
– Many border and texture options
– Multiple undo
– High resolution output
– Save to album, e-mail, sms, facebook, instagram, twitter, flickr and tumblr
– Send a real Postcard with Sincerely

✩✩✩✩✩ Press Reviews ✩✩✩✩✩

“PhotoToaster was already one of my favorites… and the changes in this latest version make the app even more worthy”
– Jason Parker, C-NET

“PhotoToaster is a stunning and impressive photo editor for all”
– 5 Stars – Glyn Evans, iPhonegraphy.com

“A Fantastic Example Of How A Photo Editing App Should Play Out”
– Ben Reid, Redmond Pie

“Toast Your Photos To Perfection With PhotoToaster“
– AppAdvice

“A well-designed photo app for a wide range of iPhoneographers.”
– Life In LoFi: iPhoneography

PhotoToaster Turns 3

Version 3 of PhotoToaster was released earlier today. PhotoToaster is a Universal app that is a great photo editor. This app gives you the option of choosing from a wide variety of presets, doing manual adjustments, or a combination of the two while non-destructively editing your images. Something for everyone – from beginners to advanced users.

PhotoToaster: Photo Info GUI

PhotoToaster: Photo Info GUI

This update brings many improvements:

Photo Adjustments

  • Professional level control over different lighting ranges
  • Lighten Shadows, Recover Highlights, Lighten Midtones
  • Intensity adjustment to create dramatic effects
  • Blacks adjustment
  • New and modified presets that use the new settings including Clarify, Bleach Bypass, Sketch, Dynamic HDR, Dramatic
  • 60 global presets

Noise reduction using sophisticated bilateral filtering algorithms

  • Remove noise or smooth skin imperfections

Photo Management Improvements

  • Recent List that stores recent edit sessions for easy retrieval
  • Support for saving and viewing location, exif and other image metadata
  • Select specific photo albums during save
  • Automatically save originals of camera photos to library


  • Recent settings added to My Presets list
  • Several adjustments were made twice as fast
  • Rule of thirds crop grid
  • More Crop aspect ratios
  • Finer control over sharpen
  • Higher resolution borders
  • Soft focus vignette honors main adjustment settings
  • Load full size camera kit imported images on iPad
  • Direct printing to AirPrint capable printers

PhotoToaster is currently on sale for just $0.99. Great app to have in your toolbelt.

You can find out even more about PhotoToaster (and some other great apps) on the East Coast Pixels Home Page.

Flowers in my yard this spring was created with PhotoToaster

Flowers in my yard this spring was created with PhotoToaster

Monet Madness!

Cyber Monday has come and gone, but the madness of the sale season hasn’t quite ended yet. This weekend East Coast Pixels will be giving away both MobileMonet and MobileMonet HD for free!

Central Park with MobileMonet

A shot of Central Park edited with MobileMonet and PhotoToaster. It was the day before NYC Marathon.

I’m no artist (and I don’t play one on TV), but it took me just a few minutes to create this with MobileMonet on my iPhone. I used PhotoToaster (also by East Coast Pixels) to tweak it a bit and add the frame.

This is a great deal, so be sure to check iTunes on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to grab the app. I’m a big fan of all their apps, and this is something you shouldn’t miss.

To find out more about MobileMonet drop by the home page. There is a really nice video showing the features. And check out the PhotoToaster home page as well. Both great apps.

If you aren’t familiar with Claude Monet be sure to read a bit on Wikipedia.