Cool Smartphone Apps
Want to be creative, funny, and memorable?
Try using these smartphone apps to spruce up your social media.
Waterlogue (IOS, $2.99) is an app that converts your images into a beautiful watercolor, right before your eyes. This rather “blah” snapshot of Grafton Street in Dublin was transformed into a lovely watercolor image.
Prisma (IOS and Android, FREE) is an app with various filters that transform your images into artworks using the styles of famous artists, such as Munch, Picasso, and Mondrian. Here’s an iPhone selfie I captured in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. I like the Prisma version much better. If you don’t like the default Prisma logo showing up on your images, here’s a way to turn it off.
Facetune (IOS and Android, $3.99) is an app that allows you to swipe over imperfections with a touch of the finger on a tablet or smartphone screen, resulting in a subtle (or not-so-subtle) enhancement to your images.
Animoto (Online, IOS, and Android – check out the pricing for a monthly subscription) Strange name, great app for creating professional-looking videos in minutes – seriously! Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. I created this video in the Animoto 1:1 template that plays in 16:9 aspect ratio (HD) with a middle square that plays perfectly on Instagram.
Create Layouts and Videos
Diptic Photo Collage (IOS and Android, FREE) When one photo just isn’t enough, you need Diptic for layouts and quick animations/videos with music. It’s so fun and easy to use! I like the square format – makes it easy to share on Instagram.
Create and Search for Gifs
Giphy Cam (IOS, FREE) Record your life as a series of GIFs, then add some filters or special FX and share the best moments of your day via text or social media.
Phoster (IOS, $1.99) The app creates posters and invitations that look like they were professionally designed, you provide the images. There are hundreds of different templates, all tastefully done and easy to modify.
Use Text and Music
iWatermark+ (IOS and Android, $3.99) Watermarking your images is a fast and easy way to save you time and potential legal angst by protecting your images with text, graphics, a signature or QR watermark before posting them online.