Simple Photo Editing with FX Photo Studio

Today, I’ll be sharing the photo editing process I’ve been using for the “Breaking Bad” series of layouts I’ve been making.  I don’t use Photoshop because I’m not big on photography  and photo editing.  My fiancee actually enjoys taking pictures more than I do.  I mostly wanted a program that would “enhance” my not-so-good photos.  I browsed the Apple application store and decided to get “FX Photo Studio” which is selling for $9.99 right now.  They give a 14-day free trial, so you don’t have to commit unless you like it.

FX Photo Studio is a very simple program that essentially adds effects to photos.  There are a lot of different effects, but a turn to a few that I like over and over because most of them just aren’t applicable to what I’m trying to do.  You can also add various frames or vignettes to photos which I take advantage of once in a while.  You can tag your favorite effects and even a series of effects so they’re handy.  My personal favorites are “Amsterdam”, “Black and White Magazine”, “Monterey”, and “Sanibel” to name a few.  Of course, the app can also crop, rotate, resize, and manually adjust the colors of the photo.  It’s really nothing fancy, but I like that it’s easy to use.

Now, for an example:

Here’s the original photo……

Before Editing

As you can see, the picture is quite dark especially near the subject of the photo (who happens to be my fiancee).  I use my iPhone as my camera 95% of the time, so I can’t really change the exposure without using flash.  I might’ve been able to capture a better photograph by changing my or the subject’s positioning for better sunlight but because I know I can simply edit the photo later I don’t really worry about it most of the time.

First, I used FX Photo Studio to add more blue hues to the picture with the “Cool” effect.  The original photo is on the left while the “adjusted” photo is on the left.

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I wanted a more aged look to the picture so I next used the “Pacific” effect.

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This effect made the photo too yellow/orange again, so I cooled down the picture a second time.

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It was still a little difficult to see my fiancee’s face, so I brightened the entire picture (found in the “Adjust” tab on the upper right-hand corner).  The final result:

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All it took was a few clicks and I could see my fiancee’s face AND get some nifty background colors!  And here’s the finished layout using that same photo….

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