Instagram has met its match

Mac Format - - IOS APPS RATED - Emma Davies

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Are you get­ting a lit­tle bored of Instagram’s May­fair fea­ture? We don’t blame you. Well how about the abil­ity to add gra­di­ents, ef­fects and con­tour­ing to your pho­to­graphs in­stead?

That’s what En­light of­fers. As well as a de­cent se­lec­tion of pre­set fil­ters (all of which of­fer ad­justable in­ten­sity), there are brushes, frames and ef­fects such as Sketchify that you man­u­ally ap­ply to your images, us­ing a fin­ger to ‘paint in’ the ar­eas of ef­fect. There’s plenty of scope for the tweak­ing and lay­er­ing of ef­fects, and do­ing so is tac­tile and en­joy­able – although it’s more time-con­sum­ing than the sim­ple snap, fil­ter, share many of us are now used to.

It might take a while to achieve your de­sired look at first, es­pe­cially if you’re a per­fec­tion­ist, but when you get there, there’s a sense of sat­is­fac­tion that Instagram’s easy wins will never give you.

En­light of­fers a wealth of pro­cess­ing ef­fects for pho­tos, giv­ing you full con­trol of your images.

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