Combo Apps/That Magical Place

The Original Photo

There are people who are unsure on what to do with their macro photos. Sometimes you want to do more with them that goes beyond the traditional post process edits. Well I’m going to share with you on how you can be creative with your macro photos. I haven’t done much mobile editing because of the other stuff I write about. This is a rare thing for me to do these days. If you’ve followed all long through the years, this is how the blog posts started were editing tutorials.

*The top photo was taken with a Ztylus Macro 10x Lens. I just used the iPhone on board camera app to take the shot. I did all the editing on my iPhone 6 plus. Toward the end of the blog post there will be an app list. This will be linked to the US App Store.*

ProCamera Edit

I was playing with the editing tools on ProCamera 8 since I hardly ever use them. They have some nice editing tools and really easy to use too.

Shift Beta Test Edit

I’ve been beta testing Shift. I finally got a chance to really mess around with it, so far I like it. I switch back to testing on my iPhone. Because I want to see if I can do heavy editing again since I have an iPhone 6 plus. When Shift’s update comes out, you will all love it !!!

LoryStripe Edits

I finally bought into the LoryStripes in-app purchases so I could use the recent 3D ribbon packs that were added. So far I like using the new packs, I’ll be using LoryStripes more often in my edits. You can see the steps of how many times I restriped my image.

Glaze Edits

Glaze me secret weapon for editing images. If you know what you’re doing you can pile the painting layers on top of each other. This is how you make your images look like you didn’t use Glaze and people will try to figure out what apps you used. The trick is finding the right combination paint layers that will work with each other and bring out the right details in your edits.

DXP Edit

Next is DXP, make sure you have lots of time and patience when you do this part. You have to really play with the layers and know how the blend modes work. I’ve learn over time to go in with an open mind and leave your expectations at the door. I will play with the layers for a good 15 minutes to an hour. I will keep at it, until I get something I really like. Then I’ll save 1 to 5 versions of the different layers. I couldn’t tell you what blend modes I used because I will blend anywhere to 5 to 10 times with different modes. When I do this part I will listen to music so I can tune the world out and be totally focused on this part of editing.

FlowPaper Edit

Then I loaded my image on Flowpaper. The problem with Flowpaper is you can’t really use square (1:1) images to edit with. You have to zoom out your image and save them like this. I’m hoping the developer will do an update to take care of this problem. It’s really annoying and you have to crop the image. When you crop photos/images you loose resolution.

That Magical Place

Here is my final image, I cropped it with PicFrame. This app isn’t just for collages and grid posts on Instagram. It’s a great cropping tool, if you’re looking for something easy and standard ratio cropping. It’s my go to for many things like posting on Instagram to cropping to promos. This is one of my top 10 most used photo app. The image title is “That Magical Place” and mobile editing is my magical place. The image is posted on Instagram @ashcroft54 account if you want to “like” and/or comment on it.

App List:

ProCamera 8 + HDR – $3.99
Shift – $.99
LoryStripes – $1.99 with in-app purchses
Glaze – FREE with in-app purchases
FlowPaper – $.99 with in-app purchases
PicFrame – $.99

If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comments or email me Have a great day and see you soon !!!



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3 Responses to Combo Apps/That Magical Place

  1. Tim Williams says:

    On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM, COMBO APPS: Mobile Extreme Editing

  2. rjllane says:

    Hello Ashcroft54 (Tina). Thanks for posting this story. You started with a good but basic photo. It really needed “filling” in around the one and only element. It is a great result. Beautiful colors (the blues, greens and yellows – leaving red out keeps the focus on the original element). There is a lovely “balance” in the added elements. And I loved reading how you entered the zone when using DXP 🙂 … MomentsForZen (Richard)

  3. eucalyptha says:

    Loved reading this. Love what you did to the macro pic. Thanks for showing.

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