I remember being critical of PhotoForge2 in the past. My issue with the app was the user interface wasn’t well designed. How can you edit if your sliders are completely blocking an image? I deleted it from my phone a long time ago, but now that I have a faster iPhone with more space, I installed it again and decided to give it another chance. The UI still isn’t ideal for the iPhone display. I’m sure its much better on the bigger display of the iPad.
Anyways, I liked being able to make some level adjustments. I know other apps allow you to adjust levels too. Snapseed isn’t one of them, however, and I doubt I would have created this image had I used Snapseed. I also adjusted the color balance, used the clarity sliders, and reduced the noise slightly. Finally I duplicated the layer, applied the dreamy filter, changed the blending mode of that layer to soft light, and lowered the opacity to get a bit of an orton effect.
I still don’t know if I’d use PhotoForge2 too often, ,ot that its a bad app. Most of the time I want to make quick edits, which Snapseed is great for. As long as I have the space, I can keep PhotoForge2 around. I think Filterstorm will still be my go to app if I need a serious editor, where I can use curves, levels, and layers. Its much better now that there is a chip fast enough to make the save times bearable. I’d also like to try Photogene4 to see how it stacks up against the other feature packed all-in-one editors. I do have Photogene2, but I’m sure some improvements have been made to the newest version.