I’ll admit it, I’m spoiled by photoshop CS5 and all the awesome plugins I have. I keep trying to find apps that come close to those photoshop plugins, at least in terms of flexibility. When it comes to black and white conversion, nobody can touch Silver Efex Pro2 in my opinion. Thats what I want on the iphone. Dramatic Black and White comes closer than the others and is the best black and white app I’ve used to date.
The UI is clean and straightforward. You can choose a preset from 3 different styles and there are a lot to choose from. If you’re feeling lucky you can tap the dice in the top right to get a random effect. If you like control, you can adjust everything even after choosing a preset. There aren’t a lot of controls, but enough to make a difference. Especially useful is the ability to adjust red, blue, and green values.
Oddly enough, my favorite feature of the app is the spotlight (vignette.) You can adjust the size, shape, center, and opacity. Its the most versatile vignette tool I’ve seen so far. I’ll let you in on the real reason I’m geeked about it in another post.
There isn’t really anything else to cover, the app is really that simple. This is the first image created with the app. I didn’t edit with anything else beforehand because I wanted to showcase this app alone. When used with other apps, I think the results would be even greater.
Dramatic Black and White is more versatile than Simply B&W or other apps where black and white conversion is an afterthought. This is definitely an app that I’ll be keeping on my iphone and using not only for black and white photos, but also for more complex color photo edits with layer blending apps.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Also available on Mac.
***Full disclosure, I did not pay for this app, I asked for a promo code so I could review it. I’m not being offered any compensation for this review. ***