If you’re like me, you wish you had a photo editing app that had the ability to use layers, blending modes, and masks. I love having total control over my images (being a filter photographer doesn’t appeal to me,) so being able to use layers like in Photoshop is a must have on the iPhone even if I don’t use it for every image. This is where Image Blender fills the void.
First, let me say that the version I’m reviewing is 1.6.2. There is an update under review right now that should make this app even more accessible to the casual photographer.
Alright, lets dig in. These are the two images that I’m blending. They’re totally different crops, but that doesn’t matter for what I had in mind.
Below is the simple user interface. Tap on the bottom two corners to choose the two images you want. The slider controls the opacity. When the blending mode is on normal and the slider is all the way to the left, only that image will be visible. Slide it all the way to the right and only that image is visible.
Here is where the power lies in the app, the masking ability. In this version, you can double tap on the large image and a popup will ask if you want to mask or arrange. I rearranged the clouds so they were positioned in the sky and not on the ocean/sand where it was placed by default because of the difference in crop. Next, I used the mask so the images blended together at the top of the hills. About the mask, there are two brushes, one is set to 100% opacity and has a hard edge. The other brush is set to a lower opacity and has a soft edge. The soft brush is the one you should use when making fine adjustments for a smooth transition.
After masking the second image, I wanted to see how my new creation was starting to look. With 18 choices, there are a lot of options as far as blending modes go. For this image, I chose normal.
Below is with the blending mode set to normal and the opacity at 50%. It doesn’t quite look the way I want, so I’ll bump it all the way up to 100% so only the 2nd image is showing in the sky.
And now at 100% normal mode its looking much better to me.
Here’s the final result with Image Blender:
I’m very pleased with my first result from this app. If I wanted to make it even better, I’d brighten the sky a bit with another app. Next time I’d zoom in even closer and fine tune the mask because I’m a perfectionist, but this still looks good. There is a lot of room for creativity with the different blending modes and I can’t wait to play with this app further on those days when I’m looking for a creative outlet.
One last thing to note, the customer service was fast. Johan was eager to answer any questions I had and also seemed to be genuinely interested in making improvements to the app for the customers.
My Rating: 5/5
Image Blender is $1.99 in the app store.
***Full disclosure, I did not pay for this app, I asked Johan for a promo code so I could review it. I’m not being offered any compensation for this review. ***