Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Mextures App

by Leigh

straight out of camera-original

I have to tell you about a new app that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  It's called Mextures.  (go ahead…click on the link and download it)  I know what you're thinking…really Leigh….another app?...What's so different about this one?  
Well…this is not your typical filters and effect app.  The possibilities are endless with Mextures allowing you true creative freedom.  No two edits are exactly alike!

When you first open your photo you are given the option to crop to square or leave as is and then you can add a pre made formula or layer grit, grain, light leaks and texture until you get the look you are wanting.  You can add as much (or as little) as you want, which is what makes this app so great.

Inside each of these options are even more options for you to select.  Formulas consist of textures and light leaks that have been put together into a group.  You can adjust the overall opacity of the formula by adjusting the slider to the right of the photo or you can adjust each individual layer of the formula's.  And anyone who is familiar with layers will love to hear that there are 17 blending modes when you apply the layers.  You have complete creative control over just how much of the formula is applied to your photo.  You can even save your own formulas.

Of course there are the basic adjustments available in most photo editing apps such as exposure, contrast, saturation, temperature, tint, and fade.  You can also apply film presets to resemble Holga, Diana, Lomography, PX-680, etc..    

You can see the original photo at the top of the screen.  Below are just a few of the edits I played around with.  The change can be as subtle or as dramatic as you want.  

It's easy to go overboard with Mextures like I did in the above photo, but luckily you can quickly correct over editing by deleting layers or changing the opacity.  

So have you downloaded it yet?  What are you waiting for?  It's only $1.99 and so worth the money!  I would love to see your photos using the Mextures app.  Share them with us on Instagram #focusingonlife and if you would like to play around with my photo you can download it here

Have fun!


Carol said...

You are wrong!! I did not think - "really Leigh, another app?". Because I have been trying to remember what the app was that you were having so much fun with in Galveston. My thought was "Goody goody!". Ive already done 2 pics and I haven't even left for work yet! Thank you, Leigh!

Dotti said...

Your first photo is lovely SOOC but you did some great edits with Mextures. It really does look like a lot of fun! Thanks for telling us about it. There have been lots of people on IG using it so I think I'll check it out.

Jeanne said...

Ok, you have me hooked here!

terriporter said...

Linda introduced me to this app in Galveston and it was so much fun to play with! Definitely worth $1.99!

Cathy said...

I just got my very first iPhone and this is just about my favorite app!

Linda said...

Oh yes! A great app! And you've really been creating some beauty with it! I love these sky shots!

Sarah Huizenga said...

It looks like they have done some upgrading of this app. since the last time I played with it. I will need to check it out again. Thanks for the inspiration.

Deanna said...

Yup, you guided me to that in Galveston, and I have been lovin' it since!!

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