Friday, May 10

Have you ever wanted to go "PicTapGo" ?

You may have heard about Totally Rad actions and Rad Lab for Adobe Photoshop? Those are photo editing tools well known amongst photographers. The makers of those popular editing tools, Totally Rad! Inc, have now developed a new app for iPhones, based on the same principle as the Rad Lab plug-in: 

PicTapGo! (check out the cool video on this link!)

I'm already using Rad Lab for editing most of my DSLR pictures in Photoshop, and I love it! I really appreciate how PicTapGo is using the same filters that I already know from Rad Lab and how it works in the same simple and time-effective way. In this tutorial I will show and tell you what you can expect from this new app and what makes it stand out from the rest of the many many photo editing apps out there.

Here are my favorite features of this app:
  1. The my style function, which records and memorizes the filters and recipes you use most
  2. you can make and save your own recipes to use over and over
  3. 55 filters to choose from
  4. very, very easy to use
  5. cool, but subtle vintage filters
  6. filters are all 100% adjustable
  7. very easy to undo and redo
  8. live filter previews
  9. Full-Frame Instagram option, which allows users to share full-frame (uncropped) images on Instagram

My favorite function in this app is the possibility of making recipes. I can combine the different filters to create a custom made filter that fits my style and pictures perfectly and use it over and over again. These are some of my own:

Here are some before and after examples of pictures I have edited in PicTapGo with my own recipes:
 Edited with a recipe based on the "High fives" filter

 Edited with a recipe based on the filters "Crispity", "Lights On" and "High fives"

 Edited with a recipe I called "BW cool" (see example above)

 Edited with a recipe based on the "Lux" vintage filter

 Edited with a recipe based on the "Bleached" filter

   Here's an overview of all the filters you can choose from:

The interface of this app is a delight; simple and very easy to manage:

Conclusion: This is definitely an app worth adding to your app collection and I think it earns every one of the 5 stars it is rated at in the iTunes store! At only $ 1.99 there is no reason not to buy it in my opinion. It's suited for beginners as well as advanced mobile photographers. For me it's not a stand-alone app (at least not for all pictures) as it's missing some basic editing functions (like straightening and selective adjustments), but you can do a lot with it and end up with pretty amazing pictures with just a few taps. I think it's worth the purchase for the filters and the "Recipe" function alone:) The fact that it is so easy to use is a huge plus of course. For those of you who prefer a different format than square on Instagram, you will definitely like the "Full frame Instagram" function.

Now all there is left for me to say is: start making recipes and have fun!!!!

Also, if you tag your pictures edited with PicTapGo with #pictapgo, #pictapgo_app and the hashtag for the used filter, ie. #montecito on Instagram, you're in for a chance to be featured on the PicTapGo blog and Instagram profile, which is not bad at all;) Good luck!!!