Adobe apps are usually easy to find in App Store: just type a developer into the search bar to get a list of dozens of media apps. But there is an application among them that you will not find in this way: Photo Editor from Aviary. The trick is that Aviary itself, which 3-4 years ago was considered one of the best photo editor developers for iOS, was sold to Adobe back in 2014. While there is no mention of Adobe on the app page, Aviary has its own page on the Adobe website and, even more tellingly, it supports syncing with Creative Cloud.
It is hard to believe that the developers were able to combine so many different tools for working with images in one application, but at the same time decided to leave the editor free.
However, it should be noted that there is a standard system “if you want more filters and sliders, log in to Creative Cloud”.
As in most Adobe applications, before starting work, you can not only select a photo for processing from the Camera Roll, but also see what other users have created in the corresponding tab.
After selecting an image, a simple program interface opens: a workspace and navigation bars. There are quite a few categories of tools at the bottom – including filters, cropping, text overlay, sharpening, blurring, stickers, frames, and a lot of other things – there is even a Memes tab for creating demotivators and similar images. In the “Filters” section, free effects look extremely mediocre, but after logging in with your Adobe ID, you can download many really interesting and high-quality filters for free from a rather extensive list divided into categories – Food, Autumn, Architecture, Beach and so on.
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The sliders are not that different from other Adobe photo editors – they are exposure, highlight, temperature, tint, shadows and other things. Working with them is simple, although the sliders periodically do not respond to finger movement or, on the contrary, move when everything has been configured. It is interesting to note the presence of the “Dissolve” mode – it gently removes the contrast to obtain a very calm, eye-pleasing color scale.
Quite unusual functionality is hidden in the “Transformation” tab: thanks to it, you can rotate the image in perspective – it feels like you are in front of a 3D model
and you rotate it to get a better view. As a result, it is possible to completely distort the original composition of the frame and correct the unsuccessful angle.
Focus mode lets you focus on a portion of an image while adding blur to all other areas. For example, focus on the border of the sea and the sky, reducing the sharpness on the mountain in the foreground.
When you click on the “Save” button, the image is automatically added to the Camera Roll, and you can choose where else to send it: publish it on the official website, in Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, send by e-mail, via iMessage, AirDrop or in another way – there are really many options, but among them there is no saving to Creative Cloud: it only serves here for authorization when loading new filters.
In general, the application has a huge number of functions, which is undoubtedly a big plus. However, it won't be easy for a beginner to figure out this variety, and basic filters are definitely not the best representatives of Adobe presets. Thus, this editor is designed for people who have at least a little understanding of photo processing.