Rainy Martini

August 22, 2014

Review: Afterlight

So! Afterlight for Android was released on the 14th of August, and I'd been waiting for it like forever, back when it was still Afterglow. Funny how I waited all day on the 14th, only to realize that I was like in their future and how the heck could I forget about timezones!? So wait, I did. And when the time came I was devastated to see insufficient funds when I tried to purchase it! A week later (which was last night) I would try purchasing again, and it went through. Yes, it is true that I don't check my balance and I'm not sure whether I had funds in there or not. I use that card specifically for my online purchases and nothing else. I'm not quite sure if I'm gonna get NSF fees or what. I work as a billing and tech support and you'd think I'd know this kind of crap. But I'm not at work so I can't get my expert head to work. AND RAINY WHY DON'T YOU JUST CHECK YOUR FREAKING BALANCE AND GET IT OVER WITH?

Anyway, back to Afterlight. The dev is related to The Honey Trees' Becky! It's how I found out about it. I've been following her for so long. Creep.

What I look for in a photo-editing app: clean interface, tools that deliver, high-res editing and awesome presets. You know me, I'm all for filters.

Interface is neat, although I think they could work on the icons a bit. The one on the left shows the filters area. It's the rainbow-colored icon on the right screencap.

Next up, the editing proper!

I find the editing tools satisfying. They have this tool called Clarify, which I haven't really tried. LOL. Bad reviewer. Now, it's pretty obvious that I'm into this filter called Atlas. My favorites so far are Hollow, Atlas, Russ, Elm and Meadow. They have one thing in common: my usual editing style. high-ish exposure or gamma (for that smoky effect), deep contrast and rich, vibrant coloring. You'd notice how the Photoshop curves I sell give the same effect.

Photo above is the "before" pic.

Edited using Hollow, instead of Atlas.

Filter-free. I just tweaked the contrast, shadows and highlights tint a tiny bit.

So here comes my favorite part: the fade tool.

If you use VSCO Cam, you'd notice how the Fade tool gave the app some brownie points. I like adding Fade. I love it. In Afterlight's case, though...

I mean it does its job all right: gives you that hazy feel. I find it a little off though. I just noticed that Afterlight's Fade covers the image's contrast and shadows, despite its low opacity. So I think I'm better off with their Exposure tool instead, which I love. It doesn't cover the deep shadows. I'm not sure if you see the difference but I have a keen eye when it comes to colors. So.

(I'm not saying I'm a gooood editor. I just like how I come up with my photos and that's enough for me. I'm not sure if many people like my style but that's hardly an issue.)

This picture looks nice without the fade effect, too. But I don't know why I don't have it here. And I'm too lazy to upload!

And then we have the texture tool.

I'm not sure if that's what the Afterlight devs call it: texture tool. But whatever. This tool is a brownie point. VSCO Cam doesn't have it and I know it's not like every day you'd use something like this. Unless you're a texture aficionado and don't see why not. Well, the number of light leaks and dust textures they have here are not tacky-looking and they do give my photos that twist. Whatever that is.

I love the left photo so much I use it as my new phone wallpaper now!

Yep that's my leg. And my thigh. And my butt. Mine mine mine.

Lastly, the frames tool.

Again I'm not sure if that's what it's called. I'm a bad reviewer, yes, for not bothering to check. Whatever whatever I'm just telling you about my Afterlight experience anyway.

They actually have common shapes, you know, the stuff you'd see in most apps. Picframe has most of them, too. I think they just added this as a plus, which is nice of them. This way you don't have to keep switching from one app to another, saving so many pictures in the process.

I really love what I came up with!

All in all, Afterlight is sooo worth the $0.99 pricetag! The filters and textures deliver and they're not tacky, though it depends on how you use it. The basic tools are good enough! If this came out before VSCO for Android did, I think I'd just get it and think twice before purchasing VSCO's filters. I bought them all because I was curious. VSCO is an institution, too, in my opinion. I just like how they're similar but not so similar. And I like how one feature isn't present in the other. For variety.

So, to end this mini review which I probably flopped, here are some of the finished images I came up with while playing with Afterlight last night. I was thinking of telling you how I edited each one of them and with which filter, but it was 2 AM and now I can't remember what I used. Lol.


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