The day after Apple launched its new Flexible Editing app, I got in touch with a freelance photo editor to learn more about the app.
We had previously discussed the app’s strengths, and he said he’d be more than happy to give it a go.
We then chatted about what the app is all about, and what it means to him personally.
This is what he had to say: “The app is awesome.
I’m glad to see that it is available in a wide range of environments and I’m excited to see what Apple will come up with for this feature.
It’s been my dream to have my own studio with a wide array of photographers and I am very excited to be able to bring this feature to the public.”
I was able to get in touch and discuss my thoughts on the app in depth, so let’s get straight to the point.
Flexible editors have a wide variety of options in terms of editing tools.
The first and most important thing that you need to know about editing in the Flexible app is that you can only edit with the default brushes and effects on top of the edit mode.
It doesn’t matter if you have a different filter for each of the filters in the app, so there is no way of changing the way you edit the images.
“There are a few options you can use with the app,” explains the freelance editor.
“You can use the default brush for editing and you can choose to have your brushes have a gradient effect or an over-sampling effect, which will increase or decrease the amount of information on the image.
You can also change the opacity of the brush by clicking the opacity slider on the top right side of the tool.
You also have a couple of options for adjusting the transparency of the image, including using the ‘saturate’ effect.
Lastly, you can also select the amount and type of adjustments you want to apply.
I would recommend changing the transparency on the ‘filter’ layer to ‘auto’, as this will make your filters appear to be translucent and blend in with the image.”
Flexible is one of the first editing apps that I’ve seen that you do not have to create a custom image for, and I was impressed to see the way the app handles that.
“When you’re editing in Flexible,” the freelance artist continued, “the image is loaded automatically as you go, so you don’t have to go to a separate process to get the edit done.
You don’t need to be editing a large file of images or anything like that.
You only have to edit an image once.
I have had a few instances where I have been editing large images that took more than a day to complete.
I like to make sure that I’m always editing on a good quality image and not a blurry image that is taking forever to render.
When you are editing a photo, you need the four brush effects to be the same as the ones you’re using for editing. “
The only downside to the app when it comes to editing is that there are only four preset brush effects in the system.
When you are editing a photo, you need the four brush effects to be the same as the ones you’re using for editing.
This means that if you change the filter effects and then try to adjust the opacity, you will get a different effect, so if you try to edit with one of those effects you will see the result change.
This does mean that if I want the adjustment to be applied on the other areas, I need to go back to the edit screen and change the settings. “
If I want to make a small change to the image and then use the brush effect, I have to click the image to apply the adjustment and it will only be applied to the selected area.
This does mean that if I want the adjustment to be applied on the other areas, I need to go back to the edit screen and change the settings.
There are a couple ways to fix this.
One is to set the ‘transparency’ layer opacity to the ‘over-sampled’ value.
I set this to 1% and that means that when I set the opacity to ‘over’ it will be applied over the whole image, meaning that the image will not appear as blurred.
This also applies to the filter layer as well.
If I set my opacity to 1%, it will also apply over the selected areas and that will ensure that the adjustment will be always applied to that area.”
The other option is to use the ‘expand’ tool.
“With the expand tool, you set a new layer and you then click the new layer.
This will make it appear to the layer below that you were editing the previous layer.
If you set this layer to the same value as the previous one, you should be able apply the original image again, but it will look like you’ve done it over the previous image and over the new image.”