Polamatic for iPad Lets you Relive the Past with Light Leaks and all

If you are looking for a new way, er… old way, to create effects for your photos, then Polamatic has just the thing. Create instant Polaroid-like frames for your favorite images and share them with friends and family, just like you did in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Start by taking a picture with the camera feature in the app, or select one from your iPad’s photo library. You can use the front or back-facing camera and use the nine-grid image capture feature to line up the perfect shot. You can either edit your photo immediately, or add a collection of photos and edit them later.

To add filters, fine tune the adjustments, pick a frame and add text, tap the wand icon at the bottom of the screen, then tap the photo you would like to edit.

First, pick a frame. These iconic Polaroid frames are high-quality scans of actual photos. You can choose from a variety of crumpled photo looks, or use a marked up frame, and even a frame with masking tape on it.

Once you’ve picked a frame, add one of the preset filters. Choose from 13 different filters, including Lomo, K-Lab, Emulsion and more. You can also purchase additional filter packs, like Chroma and Vintage for $0.99 more.

You can then fine-tune the adjustment, like adding more contrast and saturation. You can also add a vinette and change the color.

My favorite part of this app is the Light Leaks feature. My Polaroid pictures always sported a couple of light spots. This feature adds to the realism of the overall effect.

After you are done adding all of the effects and adjustments, you can write on your picture, just like you would in real life. The text feature lets you choose from 13 different fonts and a wide variety of colors.

Save your finished photo and then share it through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr. You can also save it to your photo album and email it to friends directly.

I experienced an issue after using the app for a short period of time. Using my third-generation iPad running iOS 6, I took a couple of pictures that I couldn’t edit. These were pictures I was taking at the moment, not images from my camera roll. I was able to recreate the issue and it appears that there is a glitch in which pictures taken with the front-facing camera can’t be edited.

Although the front-facing camera feature didn’t work for me, the rest of the app worked just fine. It is fun to recreate photo images like the ill-fated instant camera of my childhood.

What I liked: The Light Leaks filter is my favorite effect for images. I was also very impressed with the quality of the Polaroid frames. They look so real.

What I didn’t like: Other than the glitch, it would be nice if you could select multiple images to share.

To buy or not to buy: If you want to make your images look like Polaroid pictures, this app does it well. The high-quality frames make it worth the money.

  • Name: Polamatic for iPad
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Developer: Dana Shakiba
  • Price: $1.99


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