November 26, 2011

Vic Mahfood


Developer Quote: "Halftone adds an aged halftone-style printing effect to photos to give them a unique, vintage look. "
- COST: Free    - APP STORE STARS: 4-1/2
- Categories: Lifestyle, Native, Photo & Video, Photo Effects, Universal
It's that time of year when photos are snapped feverishly by families at holiday gatherings and social events. Probably between October and December, more pictures are taken than at any other time of year! There are so many wonderful ways to manipulate and improve on photos with iPhone or iPad, that we often get a bit carried away with Photo & Video apps. Halftone gives a unique look to your photos with 27 paper styles, nine built-in layouts, two caption styles, six different speech balloon styles, more than 25 stamps along with a special aged halftone appearance. Additionally, you are given the choice of fonts (including three embedded ones), photos can be customized, then saved to the photo album, sent via e-mail, shared with friends on Facebook and Twitter, sent to other photography apps or printed. Some of the original and innovative features of this comic book photo effects iPhone app are as follows:

- Universal app that runs on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
- iOS 5 face detection for balloon placement
- 27 paper styles, from crisp and clean to distressed and aged
- Two different caption styles, including one with a large initial character and a gradient background
- Six speech balloon styles
- More than 25 stamps (BLAM!, Arrrggh!, etc.) with customizable colors
- Nine unique layouts, including layouts without any captions or borders
- The ability to use any installed font at Small, Medium, and Large sizes
- Three licensed fonts: Digital Strip, Alter Ego, and Billy the Flying Robot
- Two of the licensed fonts include international characters (Alter Ego and Billy the Flying Robot)
- Support for front-facing camera
- Support for flash modes
- Support for camera zoom
- Support for tap to focus
- Photos are captured with the built-in camera, selected from the photo album, or pasted from the pasteboard
- Final Halftone images can be saved to the photo album, sent via e-mail, shared directly with friends on Facebook and Twitter, and printed
- Images can be sent to other compatible apps like Instagram, Camera+, Color Splash, and more!
- Images can be opened from other apps
- Choice of Twitter image upload services: yfrog and TwitPic
- Settings screen for more customization
- Ability to work with full size images
- Ability to automatically save camera images to the photo album
- Option to enable/disable blending of the original image
- Option to enable/disable pre-processing of the original image
- Option to enable/disable image cropping
- Control of halftone dot size, including the ability to turn them off
- Setting for dot gain
- Ability to easily reset to default settings
- Setting to turn off the introductory screen

Halftone gives a slightly cartoon/comic book look to your photos. It supports Instagram, ColorSplash and Camera+ so that you can continue to work on your photos if you wish. Put your captions exactly where you want easily, and choose from a great assortment of backgrounds. Your finished project will clearly reflect your own artistic tastes!

COOL CONCLUSION: "Halftone is a unique photography app that lets you customize your photos in a specifically aged and comic book appearance."
--Date/Version: Updated 10/22/11 - Version 1.6.6
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Developer: Juicy Bits Software

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