I recently discovered a new photo editing app for the iPhone and iPad: Gridditor. It sports a rather clever approach to photo editing. At launch the interface contains a grid of thumbnails of the image being edited. At the top and bottom are two filters: Contrast and Vibrance. On each side are two other filters: Brightness and Darkness. The user can change any of these filters to a different filter from the list of nearly 25 filters. The photos on the grid each show more or less of each filter as they are closer to that filter area. For example: With contrast at the top, the thumbnails show more contrast the closer they are to the top. With Brightness on the right, the top right photo who be brighter and have more contrast. Touching that photo moves it to the center.
The interface allows a very visual way to navigate the numerous possible photo manipulations. To change filters, simply touch the existing filter name and select another from the long list. When finished, the app will then let you share the photo in numerous ways, including all of the more traditional ones. Gridditor lets you send the photo to any other photo editing app on your device.
I accidentally shot the picture below with my iPhone when trying to do something with my navigation app while driving. I was easily able to turn it into the picture at the beginning of this post with Gridditor, which I think is much more interesting. (I’ve been in this vintage look for too long to call it a phase. Maybe it’s my vintage period?)