AFilter for iOS review: Tons of photo effects without the interface clutter

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good AFilter has both basic photo tools and tons of filters and effects. The interface is intuitive and stays out of your way.

The Bad The one-touch revert button has no undo option.

The Bottom Line With an enormous amount of filters, textures and useful editing tools, AFilter is a great option for iPhone photographers.

8.0 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 9.0
  • Features and Support 7.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 9.0

AFilter is a photo editor with an interface that stays out of your way, but gives you a ton of photo tools and filters to enhance your images.

Make A, the developer behind AFilter, has several photo editing apps already in the App Store that range from apps to improve your Instagram shots, to apps that let you do photo projects with shapes and fancy fonts. You get a variety of filters in these other apps, but with AFilter it seems Make A decided to go all out with an enormous variety of filters and textures. What results is a photo editor with almost limitless possibilities and an interface that's extremely intuitive.

Navigating the interface

The AFilter interface is right at home on iOS 7, with a minimalist design aesthetic, and flattened icons across the bottom through which you can get to most of the app's functions. What's also immediately noticeable is that the app uses a zoomed, yet greyed out, version of your photo as a backdrop while you're working on the image. It's difficult to describe, but it's a cool effect. Check out the slideshow above to see what I mean.

To get started with AFilter, you can take a fresh picture or use one from your photo library. With your photo onscreen, you'll notice six buttons across the bottom. The first button lets you revert to the original at any time (which is not always a great thing, as I'll talk about later in the review).

The next button gives you all the basic adjustments such as contrast, saturation, exposure, shadow, and color temperature. These slide out in a list from the left side of the screen. Choosing one brings up a slider so you can adjust how much or how little of the effect you want.

The third button gives you fine-tuning adjustments that are categorized by setting. These include things like darken, cloudy, sunset, and shade. You won't see a lot of difference using these sliders, but these tools work as a good starting point depending on what type of shot you're working with.

With the fourth button, you get to the meat of what AFilter does. The photo filter section brings up 20 different categories of filters, each with more than 10 different variations. What's more, each of the filters has sliders so you can adjust it more precisely. All told there are almost 250 filters to choose from, more than any photo editor I've seen thus far.

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