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Photogram: Threadless meets digital postcards app

This iPhone app uses themes created by independent artists to showcase your pictures in style through Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

Photogram app
A whale, a turtle, a knight, and the Batmobile walk into a Photogram... (Click to enlarge.) Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Plenty of applications aim to spice up photo sharing or help in the creation of digital postcards. The Photogram app for iPhone gives the concept a Threadless-style spin.

Here's how it works. Choose up to four photos. These could commemorate a party, a set of high scores, or just about anything else that strikes your fancy. Choose from a variety of themes. The resulting photo creations can be shared through e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook.

Now here's the Threadless twist. Themes are created by independent artists. Purchase a theme from the theme store and the artist gets a cut. Choose from options like the space-themed Aldebaran Prime, camping-themed Under the Stars, or a wide selection of vacation themes.

Naturally, I gravitated to the planets for my first Photogram of random images from my iPad that I sent to myself.

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• Postcardly turns digital pics into real postcards
• How to send a postcard directly from your Android camera

New themes arrive as artists crank them out. Themes costs 99 cents to add to your portfolio. The app itself is free. A limited launch special gives users 30 free themes.

Photogram is a simple app with a simple mission. It pretties up photo sharing and cranks out messages that look a lot better than the old-fashioned method of slapping photo attachments onto a plain Jane e-mail.