My intruduction to Fragment and in-depth review. I know I was suppose to post this blog at midnight but I’m under the weather and got the flu so I went to sleep instead. I would rather sleep and do this post when I’m feeling better because you all deserve a quality write up. The top photos was already edited with Tangled FX and Fragment added on top of the edited image. This is true innovation in the making folks !!! I really love shapes, forms and design when it comes to creative apps. You will not be disappointed with Fragment, it’s very easy and intuitive. So let’s begin with the press release and on with the blog post…
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Innovative Fragment app enhances images using visually-arresting prismatic effects.
– Latest iPhoneography offering from the developers of Tangent, App Store Best of 2013. –
San Diego, California – December 19, 2013 – The photo app wizards at Pixite LLC, the developers of Tangent (App Store Best of 2013), have done it again and created another extraordinary app for iPhonographers. Called Fragment, the new photo enhancement app lets users transform their photos into stunning, visual artistry using a series of uniquely prismatic overlays. The overlays break up, or “fragment” images into a collage of mesmerizing patterns and shapes that Pixite’s Creative Director Ben Guerrette says, “mirrors the effect of looking through refracted glass, or the facets on a gemstone or prism.”
Fragment’s users can take any picture from their photo library, choose how they want to crop it and then manipulate the image by selecting from a creative toolbar of overlays featuring various frames, shapes, and patterns. Once selected, the image is then “fragmented” into a kaleidoscope of reflections, depending on the overlay, and can be scaled and rotated at will using simple finger swipes and pinches.
Additionally, there are intuitive shading and color controls with brightness, contrast, blurring, additive, inversion and desaturation capabilities. For users who love spontaneity, Fragment serves up a shuffle button, offering randomly “fragmented” creations that can provide further artistic ideas and inspiration.
What’s even more striking about Fragment is the use of a “highly-reactive, lightning-fast interface,” says Creative Director Ben Guerrette. “As users select overlays, the updates are seen in real-time, so images actually “fragment” when scrolling your finger across the controls. Technology like this is redefining the industry, and it’s exciting to harness this kind of high-level engineering for Fragment’s release.”
Keeping with Pixite’s highly-successful Tangent and LoryStripes photo apps, Fragment’s users can choose to share their pictures through Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with just a tap, or “Refragment” to continue adding additional layers to their design.
While serious “iPhoneographers” will gravitate to Fragment’s stunning capabilities, the app is being offered as a simple-to-use tool for the day-to-day photo enthusiast. “Even if you’re not a digital artist, the possibilities are endless,” says Guerrette.
Fragment reminds me of a mixture of a lot of apps I’ve seen all put together in one nice package, it’s a very well build a solid app. What I really like about it are the controls you have over the fragmented shapes and forms. It’s a very powerful app and does take up a lot of processing power. If you have an iPhone 4/4S I highly recommend you make sure you have all apps shut off in the background and nothing running. In the future I only see apps getting more and more of a powerful tool for photo and mobile art editing. I don’t even use Photoshop or my laptop for photo editing anymore. I don’t see the point when my iPad can do most of the hardcore editing for me. Now you have apps like Fragment, Tangent and Lorystripes that do far more creative combinations and endless possibilities in mobile editing. Up above is a photo I edited with Fragment to make a creative looking frame about Vida. This is one of the reason why I really love Fragment is the surprising and unexpected results when you use this app.
I’m going to do all my screen shots from my iPad because this is the first Pixite app that debut with iPad support. Tangent and LoryStripes were app later to the iPad. I also prefer to edit on my iPad with Pixite’s apps. It’s more stable and you have a better view of editing your photos with Fragment. As you can see you have pretty much the same options as you would with Tangent and LoryStripes when you’re using Fragment.
You start off with choosing your ratio…
After you’ve picked out your ratio, you will get the default random choice pick with Fragment. It just gives you a quick instant choice, which is nice when you start t use Fragment. You don’t have to use the default instant random choice.
Now I’ve picked Fragment I wanted to work and play with…I want you to look at the top middle circle button.
When you tap on the top middle circle button you have these two options, to play with your Fragments. The *Edit Fragment* is for moving and changing the size of your Fragments. The *Photo Edit* is for keeping your Fragment in place and manipulating you Fragment within the photo. You can use your to move around the fragments. You can tap the circle button back and fourth and change around your editing of the fragments.
When you tap on the arrow you have these controls, Brightness, Contrast, Additive, Blur, Invert and Desaturate. You can do some fine tune editing within the fragment or your photo, so you can make a creative Fragment Universe.
Now after you place your Fragment and did your editing to your liking, you have all these other options. You can tap on the Refragment to add more Fragments to your photos, save or share your creation. Ben has also added you can open your Fragments with Lorystripes or Tangent and/or into another editing app. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of editing with Fragment and Lorystripes since they work so well together.
This is my finished and quick Fragment edit.
Here’s my Fragment and Lorystripes edit titled, Fragment Kite.
This is another edit I did to block out the sun spot in the photo. I really dislike when the sun is so blowout that it’s a white spot on your photo. Your eyes go straight to that spot in the photo. So what I did was used Fragment to cover the spot, along with Picfx.
Fragment’s unique features:
– 46 distinctive fragments (frames, shapes, and patterns)
– Fragment size and position is fully editable and scalable
– Photo size and position is completely editable inside fragments
– 62 unique blend colors
– 6 adjustable effects including brightness, contrast, additive, blur, invert and desaturate for artistic control
– Customizability of fragments, blend colors, and adjustable effects equal infinite design possibilities
– Unlimited layering through “refragments”
– Share on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
– Creations can be sent directly to other apps, or saved to the Camera Roll
Device Requirements: *iPhone or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later*
Pricing and Availability: Fragment is $0.99 (USD) for a limited time and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo and Video category.
Other apps listed you can purchase that I used in this blog post:
Make sure to tag your Fragment creations on Instagram with #fragmentapp, it the official hash tag. I want to give a big huge THANKS to Ben Guerrette and his team at Pixite and for letting me beta test Fragment. Ben said, “without his team you wouldn’t get the great apps from Pixite.” I do agree with him and the great beta testers who tested this app too. If you have any questions about this blog post please leave a comment or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great evening and see you soon…
Combo Apps: Mobile Extreme Editing, a group on Flickr.