The list of photo apps for the iPhone is very long, but Etchings stands out with an intuitive layout that can help any user turn their pictures into hand-drawn sketches. While we wish it offered a few more filters, Etchings does its job extremely well and the overall user experience is enhanced by the simple and intuitive interface.
At launch Etchings greets its user with two options: take a photo or use a picture available in their Camera roll or Photo Stream. After selecting or taking a picture, the fun begins as users can easily choose from the list of filters to make the image like a sketch. There are about eight different filters and seven texture options. Choosing a filter will apply some great effects while textures make the lines in the image more or less defined. We enjoyed using the app and especially liked its speed - it took only seconds to transform our images and the result was very good overall. You can save your images to the camera roll or easily share on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. The only downside we found was that Etchings offers few filters when compared to other photo editing apps like Instagram or even Gifture. We hope the developers will add more filters with future updates.
Despite the smaller number of filters, we found the inexpensive Etchings to be fun to use and we saved it among our favorites.
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Instantly create beautiful etched illustrations from any photo. Experiment with twelve stunning styles you can tweak to fit your image perfectly -- it's easy and fun to turn your photo into a unique work of art." Etchings outclasses them all with its ultra detailed, multi-lined sketches." -- Juli Clover for App Advice. "The results are amazing. My advice: Buy this app." -- Charlie Sorrel for Cult Of Mac. "There's nothing like Etchings in the App Store. It quickly and easily adds unique, classic looks to your images." -- Marty Yawnick for Life In LoFi. Share Your Etching. Once you have created your beautiful etching, share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Etchings also plays nicely with other apps: you can import images directly into Etchings and export them in high-resolution (up to 3300x3300) to the camera roll or your (second) favourite photo app. Impressive Effects. Find just the right look from the dozens of combinations in Etchings. Try the "Classic" filter to create a timeless black-and-white illustration with amazing detail or, if you are looking for a little fun, try the "Spectrum" filter to create an extra-vibrant work of art. Why not immortalize your friends on some faux money or send them first-class with the "Air Mail" postage stamp filter. For even more options, check out the Florence FX Pack. From the striking colorful "Alice" filter to the funky rainbow "Sorbet" filter, you can unlock six more hand-crafted effects for just 99 cents (or local equivalent). Check out www.etchingsapp.com or follow @etchingsapp on Instagram and Twitter for some inspirational samples. You can search for #etchings to see the beautiful results created by artists from around the globe. Note: High resolution output is limited to 1600x1660 on iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th generation, and iPad 1st generation. All other devices support resolutions up to 3300x3300.