Bring old photos back to life
£3.99 FROM doo, unfade.io Made for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Old family photo albums are often inherited with a bonus layer of dust.
Finding enough free hours in the day to scan and clean up all the images is hard, but with Unfade you can make short work of just such a project.
All you have to do is aim your iPhone (5s or later) at each individual photo laid out on a flat, well lit surface. Unfade automatically grabs a scan, performs edge detection, then applies a filter to restore faded colours to life. Scanned photos can be organised into albums, then saved to your photo library or sent to other apps and cloud services using the iOS 9 sharing extension.
Unfade does an admirable job with automatic crop: edges magnetically snap against the sides and can be manually adjusted, with the option to fine-tune using a magnifier for precise corner selection. If you desire a bit of a different look, 25 Instagram-style filters are included, which can be applied with just a tap.
Overall we found Unfade quite useful – results were fast and remarkably good quality, although occasionally the default filter didn’t go quite far enough when restoring some images. The app lacks manual contrast, brightness, and colour controls, and it would also benefit from an option to exclude borders, which currently have to be manually cropped out.