Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Many apps try their best to offer photo filtering effects that can turn regular images into stunning pieces of art. Very few actually succeed at this lofty ambition, however. Glaze is one such exception, turning ordinary photos into something really rather special, even if it might not charm those looking for high-resolution imagery.
The app dispenses with complicated options, instead presenting everything visually. Users only need to open an image through the app, before being provided with an array of visual effects to choose from. Each comes with a visual suggestion of what they lend themselves to best, such as sunsets, portraits, beach views and flower arrangements. These are just suggestions, of course, so it's fun to experiment and see how things change.
Tap a filter and the app whirrs into action, taking a second or two to transform the original photo. It's then possible to create new styles by mixing and matching through a palette option, before sharing via Twitter, Facebook, email or simply saving to the library. It's as simple as it sounds, ensuring quick results are guaranteed.
The only real downside to things is the low resolution output. Save an image and it really doesn't look as stunning as it arguably deserves to be. This is what may trip some users up, as it does limit the options for what to do with creations. I wouldn't suggest printing them out, for instance.
It's an annoying problem as the rest of Glaze is great. It's a very easy to use app that provides some glorious results. Unlike so many other apps, the changes do look appropriate for a water-color or pastel based piece of art, rather than just a poor attempt. With resolution limitations though, it doesn't quite do Glaze justice. Here's hoping a future update rectifies this flaw.