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FX Photo StudioOne of our favorite photo effects apps is on sale for just 99 cents; with more than 180 effects, this is a steal.
Welcome to Tap that App, I�m Jason Parker and this is the show where we cover the hottest apps in the mobile space. Anyone who's spent any time browsing the iTunes App Store knows there is no shortage of camera-related apps. But one of our favorite photo effects apps received a price-drop recently and offers so much after numerous updates that it's almost silly not to get it. It's called FX Photo Studio, and like many other apps, lets you quickly edit images right on your iPhone. You get the standard set of basic image editing controls including brightness, contrast, and color balance, along with cropping and rotation tools. All of these are controlled using onscreen sliders and other simple touch controls so it's easy to get the exact look you want. But where FX Photo Studio truly shines is the amount you can do with your photos by selecting from an enormous amount of effects. As of today, FX Photo Studio includes 187 high quality effects you can add to your images. Start by either taking a picture with your iPhone camera or picking one from your photo library. From there the app defaults to showing you its entire list of 187 effects with previews so you know what you're getting. With so many effects it can be a bit overwhelming, but fortunately you can also view effects by category making it easier to figure out what you want. You can get the retro look by selecting Vintage, for example, which gives you selections like "Old Photo," "Burnt Paper" or "Old Film Frame." Each of the effect types can be saved for later by touching the star at the upper right, adding it to your favorites list. You also have the ability to layer your image with multiple effects for a custom look you can save as a preset to use later. Simply add an effect to your image, then select another effect to layer on top. When you're finished, return to the effects selection screen, and hit the Preset button at the bottom. You can then save the preset and give it a name that you'll remember later. Now you'll only need to go to the Preset screen to add those same effects to other images. FX Photo Studio is not a new iPhone app, but over the course of time and numerous updates has become one of the best in the iTunes App Store. Anyone who likes adding effects to images or just wants to experiment with their iPhone camera should definitely Tap this App. FX Photo Studio is only 99 cents at the iTunes App Store for a limited time so make sure to grab it before the price goes back up again. That�s it for today's show, but if you have any suggestions, send them to Tap That App at cnet.com. I'm Jason Parker�thanks for watching.