Four years ago I got PhotoToaster and haven’t stopped using it since. PhotoToaster is a very powerful and easy to use app. It’s my go to editing app for posting photos I just took with my iPhone and post the on social media and/or emailing to people. This app has a huge following and community. There are many tutorials in how to use PhotoToaster along with heavy editing. You can send your creation on just about every platform too.
Now you’re wondering why am I writing about PhotoToaster ? It’s an app that has been out for a long time. Doesn’t everyone know about PhotoToaster ? The answers are no, not everyone in the world knows about PhotoToaster. There are new people who are up and coming in the Mobile Art World. Sometimes you need to talk about older apps that stand the test of time. So you can’t assume everyone knows or already has the app.
I’m going to start with this photo for the demo. I took this yesterday with the on board iPhone Photo App. I was helping the kids color Easter Eggs. It was also Vida’s Birthday at school because they will be on spring break for two weeks. Monday will be her birthday. She will be 7 years old !!!!
I load up the photo onto PhotoToaster. Then I start with the Brightness because I want to brighten the photo a bit since it was taken in low light. What I like about the brightness presets and controls. It’s very non-destructive. Is the fact you can use the tool and not really blow any highlights out while you bring in the shadow details. It’s really rare to find an app that candle brightness really well. If you for a really well exposed photo, you can do one shot HDR edit with PhotoToaster. I also wanted to tone down the color saturation a bit too.
My favorite tools are the vignette and blurred edges. I like to make white vignettes with people rather than the typical black vignettes. The white vignette makes people glow and adds softness, espeically to children. You really can make some beautiful portrait edits with PhotoToaster. As long as you take well composed and well exposed photos with your iPhone. These two things are really important, especially when you want to edit your photos and not rely on apps to help you to make your photos look better. The iPhone 6+ has made a huge improvement in taking photos in low light too. I don’t have to worry about fixing skin color, noise reduction and other editing processes.
Next is always like to put a frame when I take portraits or candid moments of people. The fame give your photo a personal touch and enhances the view of what’s going on in your photos. PhotoToaster has the best frames in my opinion. They also provide you with the tools to adjust your frames too. I like to play with the borders of the frame because the standard preset can crop things out or you want to crop things out in the photo. You want to bring out certain things in your candid moments. I want the main focus to be of Vida and the two boys that are with her coloring eggs.
Now when you have you go through two process. You will noticed I’ve turned off all the other save albums. If you’re limited on space with your iPhone or iPad, I recommend you shut off the album saves. This will save your edits in more than one place.
This is my final edit done with PhotoToaster. I like the results.
You can do beautiful Black and White edits with PhotoToaster too. When I use PhotoToaster for Black and white, it’s all done there and I don’t have to use 4 or 5 apps like I used to in the past. This app has come a long way since I got it 4 years ago. It’s very powerful, blazing fast, easy to use, non-destructive and the results are amazing.
PhotoToaster sells for $2.99 in the App Store, universal to the iPad and iOS only. You can follow them on Instagram @eastcoastpixels. I mostly use the app on my iPhone because it’s quick and ready to post my photos on Facebook, Instagram and/or email them to people. If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day and see you soon.