Aviary photo editor is a collection of online tools named after different things related to birds specifically designed to bring creativity to the cloud. There is a strong focus on graphic work in the form of photo, vector, and palette editors, but an online audio editor is also available.
Each application of the respective tools has a striking look and feel. It’s easy to forget that these are online tools rather than locally installed apps. This allows you to access them from wherever you are.
Aviary Photo Editor delivers very intuitive image editing. And the amazing thing is that it is fun to edit images here. The tools supplied are really powerful and versatile capable of creating amazing designs.
They make quick work of enhancing and cropping images and adding effects to images in your gallery, or images captured via the app within a few seconds. All of it takes place in some clicks.
A free download for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 is available. Aviary Photo Editor is the company’s proof-of-concept of its image editing engine. It’s available as a software developer kit that other app makers can embed can do.
Its intuitive and easy-to-use interface is what makes it user-friendly and stand out from the others in the market.
Its straightforward design is the hallmark of Aviary. If you’re not a Photoshop user and don’t know a lasso tool from a magic wand, have no fear. Aviary spells out editing tasks in concise, natural language. All of it takes place without any fuss here. It doesn’t have any high learning-curve. You can understand all of it within a few days.
When you first open the app, you launch into the generic view of your camera gallery, with the most recent images first. This view is locked to the portrait position. Considering how your images may be a mix of landscape and portrait, the view is properly organized.
You can tap on any of these photos to enter the editing mode. Tap the “Edit This Photo” button. Aviary lets you access photos stored locally, in Dropbox, or in Google Gallery. It also allows you to access images from the cloud services.
Aviary also provides an alternative where you can directly click the images from the app. You can take a photo by tapping on the camera button; This activates the camera app and then returns you into Photo Editor after you capture the image.
Aviary offers you 19 different editing options. You can do most of the core image editing tasks here. Editing images in this software is fun.
The available options are:
- Basic exposure enhancements,
- The ability to add frames and stickers (via free additional downloads from Google Play),
- Select an area of focus,
- Crop an image,
- Change the image’s orientation,
- Add text,
- Make adjustments (for red-eye, warmth, brightness, contrast, and saturation),
- Remove blemishes and
- Create a meme via a simple template.
The interface’s straightforward options and lack of excessively buried menu options or lack of tons of sub-menus which only increases confusion make Aviary simple to use.
Depending upon which edit you choose, you’ll either get a button or a scrolling dial. For example, if you select Enhance, you get options such as night, backlit, and balance as scrolling dial. You have sliders available for further adjustments to the effects.
Occasionally, Aviary overcompensated for an image’s exposure, but generally, we liked the app’s enhancements. Gradually over time, it has adapted to subtler enhancement techniques and having more aesthetic techniques.
In some cases, your fingers will do the walking. With the splash feature, you can take a photo, make it black and white, and full of a bokeh-style blur. Then you can use your finger to add the color where you want it. Want to crop? Just drag and drop with your fingers. This application helps you to comfortably edit the images within a few seconds.
However, there are some drawbacks. This is not to say that everything was smooth sailing. We couldn’t crop a landscape photo into a portrait dimension. Nor did we have any control over the resolution of the cropped image.
The image enhances adjustments are a good start, but there is no way to start with an auto-enhance, and then jump directly from there to the finer brightness, contrast, and saturation controls. This makes it a bit difficult. If you want to undo something, the only way to move backward through the app is by using Android’s on-screen back button Since the interface lacks any in-app navigation, it makes you feel uncomfortable a bit.
We also wish that the app lets you specify the name of the newly edited image file. Files are saved by default in the Aviary directory in Android, but you can’t give it your own name from within the app.
You can choose the output folder, as well as the maximum file size for saved images, the order of the tools in display in Aviary, and whether the edits affect the date and creator in the image’s EXIF tag. These are some pros but the major con is that the file name is out of your hands.
Try out this app, spend some time with it. If you feel it suits your needs, it is great. If you feel uncomfortable or uneasy while using this app, never mind, you have lots of other alternatives available.
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