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Rookie App Review


This week’s app review comes courtesy of Rookie, a free photo-editing app that’s available on both iPhone and Android.  I decided to give it a try based on customer reviews on iTunes, so let’s see how it did!

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The first thing you will see when first opening the app is the main camera screen. You will see various icons at the top including the option to turn off flash, white balance on/off, and a double arrow at the top right that switches from front and back camera. The bottom icons include the option to choose from your camera roll (bottom left) the main capture button in white, a settings gear icon that when pressed pulls up several more options including grid, anti-shake, and more and finally a color wheel that allows you to view your picture with the specific filter you choose.

As you follow the app you’ll also notice that you may get some pop ups here and there where they advertise the in-app purchases. One of those pop-ups will also include a tutorial so feel free to use that as a reference.

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I went ahead and chose a picture I had taken while hiking in Mt. Rubidoux in Riverside. You’ll notice the icons at the bottom changed slightly when you choose your picture.

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The first camera icon basically allows you to take another picture and/or choose another picture when prompted. The color wheel allows you to choose between various types of filters that all pop up in nicely organized categories. You’ll notice that some of the categories are opaque, which means that they are only available if you purchase them. I chose the vintage classic category and played around with some of the filters. I particularly liked the “Turkish” filter so I stuck with that one. Once you select the filter you’ll notice a white progress bar appear at the top letting you know that the app is working. You’ll also notice a rewind arrow with a number on it at the top left and a Polaroid button at the top right. Both of these icons allow you to see your original pictures and compare them. The only difference is that the rewind arrow lets you go back between the two and work either one individually, while the Polaroid only lets you see a quick comparison of the two as you tap the icon.

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Going back to the color wheel option, you will also see two other icons. One looks like a round checkerboard and the other a lightning bolt. The checkerboard option populates the textures menu.

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Textures 1 through 6 are free, after which you have to pay $1.99 for the premium ones if you wish. You’ll notice you also get a slider pop up that allows you to change the opacity of the texture.

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I chose texture #5 because it helped add a lot of color to my photograph. Once again, just click the check mark arrow at the bottom and your texture will be applied

After this step, you can then click on the color wheel once again and you will be given the option to add different light leak effects to your photograph using the lightning bolt icon. You’ll notice the icon at the top left changes to a shuffle looking icon that allows you to change the direction of your light leak to bottom, top, left, or right. I placed mine at the top and hit the check mark.

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At this point you are then taken back to the main menu. The next feature is the adjustments tab that when clicked will take you to another menu where you can work with various camera settings: (from left to right) cropping, rotation, clarity, brightness/contrast, hue/saturation, vibrance, color temp/tint, fade, hightlight/shadow, sharpen, and double exposure, which is the last icon.

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What’s interesting about this last DE option is that it gives you the ability to basically ADD another one of your existing photographs to the one you are working on, which I thought was pretty neat. I chose a drawing that I had saved onto my camera roll and it was placed directly on top of my existing photo.  Within the menu you are also given several variations of exposures to work with including Lighten, Screen, Colordodge, and Lineardodge. I worked with several pictures before deciding on some trees using the lighten option. I clicked the check mark and was once again taken to the main screen.

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The next icon available was a shooting star that populates the text, stickers, and shapes options. The text icon will bring up a keyboard where you can type whatever text you like. Stickers are always fun to play around with but because my picture is busy enough as it is, I opted out of that option.

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Lastly the shapes option allows you to add different shapes to the picture and/or a letter/number shape. The first icon with the circle in it allows you to work with several shapes and frames, color, thickness, and roundness. I thought the Polaroid option was really cool. The other icon under that same menu allows you to place letters and numbers onto your photo. I played around with this feature but didn’t really see the point.

At this point you can see that the top left icon now has a number 5 on it.

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Once I click that I am shown every individual step I’ve taken in order to produce my final image. Here you can go back and choose to work on a specific step and tweak it further if needed. Awesome feature if you ask me.

The final step would now be to upload the photo or save it to a location using the last arrow and rectangle icon.  You are given the option to save to your camera roll, open in other apps, and share on several social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I chose to save mine to my camera roll for later use.

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I would give this app an overall rating of 4. The intuitive user interface was very easy to use. I also liked that there were a great deal of options to work with considering it's a free app. Awesome work, Rookie!  I think I may starting using this app instead of the built in iPhone camera, one less step to adding fun effects and cool features to my photos instantly.


Not to mention how nicely it translated as a print on wood!




For more information on Rookie, please visit: http://www.jellybus.com/