Gear Review: Photo Editing Apps

Get two smart apps that do spiffy editing tricks.

Specs

Screen Size (diagonal) 0.25

 

PhotoToaster
With touch sliders that adjust control levels like exposure, saturation, and filters on-screen in real time, plus a range of presets that would make Instagram blush, this app is like having PhotoShop in your pocket—with a share button. You can upload shots right to Facebook, Twitter, and more. “It feels like professional software,” says one tester. Our team was also impressed with how the app handled stark differences in brightness, like shots of shaded mountains with clear sky or blinding rivers in dark wood. Our favorite feature? Postcards. Snap a shot and have a 4x6 mailed to mom for $1.99. Free; phototoaster.com

Diptic
The montage just got an upgrade. With Diptic, combine two to five images into one of 52 preset layouts, and use sliders to adjust brightness, color, and saturation for each frame. “As a pro photographer, it made me think about how to tell a story with a few well-concieved images,” says one tester who posted a collage of his family weathering a stormy trail day to Facebook. $.99; dipticapp.com