Developer: Nostalgika
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Coowl is an artistic photography app that’s simple to use, but likely to only offer great results to those with some level of creativeness. It’s as easy to make something quite cool, as it is to make a bit of a mess.

Either way, it’s certainly easy to use Coowl. Users simply choose to take a photo from within the app, or import one via the Camera Roll, before an overlay explains all. Users can choose to adjust photos to an extent, before placing another image on top or behind it. Then, it’s just a matter of moving the images around to place them in a manner the user wishes. It’s a very simple process which is partly why, it’s so easy to make a mess.

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My first attempt turned my two pet guinea pigs into some strange looking monsters with multiple eyes. A later attempt, however, proved more fruitful with a combination of a beautiful sky with a photo of a giraffe. Experimenting is key to mastering Coowl, unlike other more obvious filtering apps. It’s possible to combine up to three photos together, although I’d recommend starting out with two before moving upwards. There’s no Undo button, meaning it can be a little too easy to mess something up, although at least none of it is saved.

Similar to how physicals exposures can be overlapped, Coowl is a relatively skilful app to master, albeit with a simple learning curve to figure out the basics. It’s not as immediately accessible as other filtering apps, but the results are more striking and original, ensuring it’s worth giving it a shot.

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