Grid Filter by MEA Mobile (currently Free)
Grid Filter is a universal iOS app that has nothing to do with photo filters but everything to do with photo edit bliss. From designers to amateurs, this is a one-app-pleases-all.
Turn your photo into a giant grid (choose from four grid sizes). Then take a deep breath and let your imagination flow through your fingertips. Endless possibilities, squared! (You know I couldn’t resist).
Tap a cell and enlarge with two-finger pinch (spread those fingers). Tap another and make it smaller. If your squares overlap (cool!) just tap on the one you want to bring to the front.
Choosing a square and swiping up or down will adjust opacity. Two-finger hold removes all grid lines for an even cleaner look (it works, you just won’t see it until you lift your fingers off the screen). Then get creative and bring back individual cell lines with a single finger hold on specific squares (a little tricky since you can no longer see them but it’s fun to seek them out).
Check out the photo below of me painting a masterpiece (yeah right, I can’t draw a straight line!) after a quick edit using Grid Filter.
If the white makes you glare, you can change the color of the grid lines and the opacity color in Settings (your device settings). These tweaks can make for a more subtle approach.
Check out my edit below when I switched the grid lines to gray and the background to black.
(Tip for the vault: Always – yes, I mean ALWAYS – check for additional settings for any app you install. Do this by going to Settings and scrolling down until you see the app name. Tap on it and you might just find some spare parts.)
As with all MEA Mobile apps I’ve tried, beautiful attention to detail and design is given. The UI is so lovely you want to lick the screen. (If you like this one, chances are you should check out Part. It’s radical!)
Grid Filter has found a home on my photo edit screen (yes, I may have a few). I’m pretty sure there will be some fantastic results that stem from this. I can’t wait to try photos that have words or micro shots. And play with landscapes.
What about you? Grid Filter is Free so there’s no reason to pass it up. Give it a try on a few of those dusty photos in your camera roll. You’ll find yourself fascinated.
About Marsha Bezzina
Marsha Bezzina has always enjoyed writing. But photography was mostly relegated to annual trips until the acquisition of her first smartphone, the iPhone 4s. Now this self-declared ‘mental crafter’ is a data hog – capturing moments, hoarding photo apps and editing with abandon. She is @notDelilah on Instagram but had to settle for @notDelilah_ on Twitter. Or check out her site, www.notDelilah.com