Photo Studio for BlackBerry [App Review]

Photo Studio for BlackBerry
By Jared DiPane on 9 Mar 2012 02:07 pm EST
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Part of the fun of having a camera on your cell phone is the ability to snap random and fun pictures anywhere that you go and post them on the fly. What is even more fun than that is having the ability to edit them and make them a bit different than they appear in real life before sharing them with friends and family. Not everyone has the time to sit down at a computer and edit the pictures that they took that day, nor do we always want to have to wait to do this, and that is where Photo Studio for BlackBerry comes into play. So how many features can you pack into one application? How many changes can you make to a photo right from your BlackBerry device? Let's hit the break and check them out.

The Review

Developer: KVADGroup Version (at time of review): 0.9.8.25
File Size: 3942 KB OS Requirements: BlackBerry OS 5.0 and above
Cost: FREE / $3.99
Website: htt​p://​www.kvadgroup.com

After installing the application onto your BlackBerry Smartphone the first thing you are likely to notice is that the application actually installs three different icons for you. So, why three icons? The first one is a Photo Studio: Camera +, which is basically a shortcut to your camera, with a new icon. The second icon is the Photo Studio: Editor, and this is where the fun edits, and modifications are made. The final icon is Photo Studio: PicFrames, and this allows you to stitch different pictures together, bring multiple images into one and have a little bit of fun with it.

Making Edits

To begin the editing process the Editor application will need to be launched, and from here there is an option to take a new picture or to use one from your existing gallery. Selecting to take a new image will launch the Camera + application that is installed, and from there the image can be captured. If the image comes out the way you want it to be, all you have to do from here to edit that picture would be to tap the rainbow style icon on the right hand side of the screen and it will launch the editor. If you would rather edit an image from the gallery you can simply click on browse and then locate your image on the device. Additionally if you are browsing through your gallery and want to edit an image all you have to do is press menu and then "Edit with Photo Studio".

Applying Edits

Once you have the image open in the editor you have a few options along the bottom. These options include the ability to add effects, frames, change colors, brightness, resize or rotate and a few others. While editing your images you can make multiple changes to the image without needing to save the image each time, so if you want to edit the hue, saturation and colors you can do so without saving and opening the image three different times. Once an affect has been added or any change has been made in the top right hand corner will appear a backwards arrow which allows you to undo what was done, and below it is a check mark which will apply the modification to the image.

Save Images

Once the image is tweaked to just the way it was imagined to look, the image needs to then be saved. Upon clicking to save the image it will ask if you prefer to overwrite the existing photo, clicking yes will replace the original with the edited version, and clicking no will save another image. After this it will ask which size you wish to save the photo as whether it be small, medium, large or the original size. If you are looking to share this with various social networks or just keep it on your device you may want to go with a smaller size, but if you want to print it out you will want the larger sizes. Take note that the larger the file you wish to save, the longer it will take for the image to be saved through the application, and the original size can take a minute or two before it is finished saving. After it is finished saving a menu will pop up allowing the image to easily be shared, opened or even renamed if needed.

Picframe

PicFrame is another part of the main application which allows multiple images to be blended together into one main image. With tons of different frame styles it allows for plenty of different configurations and personalizations, and making these images are rather simple. After selecting the frame that is desired to be used the squares can then be modified to make the size match the photos you wish to use. Tapping in the boxes will bring the option to take a new photo or browse the media already on the device. Once the image has been selected the image can be moved around in the box, and it can be zoomed in on as well if needed. After all the boxes are designed the way you prefer the application again allows you to save and share the newly created image with ease.

Whether you like to take photos all the time with your BlackBerry camera or you just snap images at random times, Photo Studio is a great option to have installed on any BlackBerry. For those on the edge, and not sure how they will enjoy it there is a free download available, and if you wish to unlock all the pro features it will run you only $3.99.

Photo Studio
by KVADGroup

The Good

Editing images on the go is very convenient for many users, and Photo Studio allows for a large number of edits to easily be made. You are not limited to filters, which is a huge plus.

The Bad

Unfortunately saving photos can be a time consuming process, especially if there are more than one different edits being applied.

Conclusion


If you are looking to edit your pictures on the go to share with friends and family this is a great choice. The filters apply easily and quickly, and there is a lot of flexibility for editing images. While the save times can be long, that can easily be overlooked at how awesome the photo will look at the end.

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Reader comments

Photo Studio for BlackBerry [App Review]

17 Comments

Love this app, probably the first photo app i bought, that i actually use. Shame about the crappy camera on my 9900 though!

I have this app, the editing and effects are great... Hate how it takes several minutes to even crop a photo! I hardly use this, they need to upgrade it

I have this on my 9850 and it is AWESOME. Forget all my friends with instagram. I was just in Paris and Rome, and my Berry was taking better pictures than my friends with iphone 4's. The processing is quick on the 9850, and the effects are great. I wish there was some way to automatically apply effects to every picture. I find if I turn the brightness down a little and the contrast up, it makes my photos look fantastic.

Normally I'm a fan of your's Jared, but this is a horrible review. You mention that the app contains effects, what are they? You also mention being able to share you phone, how (BBM?, Email?, posting to my own server?)? The App World description is more detailed than this review is.

Just my two cents, when I go to save a picture after I have edited it, saving is instant for me. Instead of saying "yes" to saving it and the time consumption it says it will have, I press "no" and it saves automatically. Bug? Yes. A good bug? Yes.

Been using this for awhile now. Its a great app. The UI is very easy to get along with and the added capabilities with the Pro version are greAT.

I love this app. Although I have one small, silly question: How do you zoom in on a picture on the PicFrame app in Photo Studio? I'm using BB 9360, and I can't seem to zoom in on the photos on the app.