Developer: Kodama Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s quite fun to adjust your treasured pictures and add a filter to them. I take hundreds of photos on my iPhone as it’s always with me and makes for some great snapshots. Artify allows you to add an impressionist style effect to your photos – producing results that I’ve found to be rather clever.

It’s a simple matter of adding the effect. You can either take a photo from within the app or use one that you’ve previously saved to your iOS device. Then it’s a simple matter of pressing the Artify button and the effects are immediate. You can leave it at that as 9 times out of 10, it looks rather beautiful anyhow or you can adjust it to your taste. This is quite simply done with a couple of taps of a button. You can add to the effect by using the paint tool or you can erase some of the impressionist filter which is particularly useful if you want to accentuate a face in a portrait photo for example. You can adjust color intensity too and the size of the brush you use as well as the level of the effects. It’s all simply done yet potently effective too.

Of course you need to be able to do something with the image once you’ve modified it. Sharing features via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter are available, and you can always save it to your library again.

Artify’s a simple little app with one very specific purpose. It’s quite cool though. Every time you put a photo through the process, it comes out slightly differently making for some original effects. It can also make some quite mundane photos look really rather attractive. In the screenshots here, somehow the effect doesn’t come out as well as it does on my iPhone but it does look like what you’d expect from an impressionist style.

If you take photos often and you like being able to mess around with them, especially on the move, Artify’s worth a shot. It’s so inexpensive, even if you only use it a handful of times, you’ll feel like you’ve got your money’s worth. Even better, the developers suggest in the app that they’ll be adding new styles soon which will make it even more useful.

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