Mess with your Instagram followers with Split Pic

This free iPhone app lets you clone yourself or other objects in a photo before sharing on Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks.

Split Pic is a photo app that is fun to tinker with, and it also makes a good tool to see if your Instagram followers are paying attention. This free iPhone app lets you split the frame into two or three sections so you can add a bit of trickery to your shot. For example, you can clone yourself or an object (say, your kid's meerkat stuffed animal) in the frame or add your dog's head atop your shoulders.

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The first step is to choose a layout, either two or three sections arranged either horizontally or vertically. If you opt for the 99-cent in-app upgrade, you'll gain additional layouts and remove the ads.

After choosing a layout, you can snap a picture for each of the sections. Horizontally organized sections shoot left to right, and vertically organized sections shoot top to bottom. You can adjust the size of the sections by dragging on the lines that separate them. And by tapping the clock button, you can use Split Pic's timer, which is useful when using a tripod to keep the frame consistent as you maneuver objects between each shot for your desired effect.

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After you have shot a photo for each section, there are two buttons to help you edit it. There is a blur tool that calls up a slider to blur the edges separating the sections of your photo, and there are also three basic filters you can use: high-contrast, sepia, and black-and-white.

Tap the share button to save the image to your camera roll or share via e-mail, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Tumblr. You can also open the image in other apps, including Dropbox and Evernote.

In closing, I present the finished product of my first Split Pic photo:

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