Photo App Focus: Distressed FX

Distressed FX for iPhone

distressed fxFriday afternoon is not the best time to release a photo app. Everyone has weekend on their mind. Often, new and noteworthy apps may get overlooked.

Distressed FX is one such app. It won’t revolutionize iPhoneography, but it’s an easy to use photo app to add a selection of color and texture effects to an image. The end result are overall good looking moody effects.

Distressed FX is FREE for launch. I’ve got more info and an App Store link after the jump. >>>

distressed fx screenshot iphone 5

Distressed FX is powered by the textures of Cheryl Tarrant, a texture artist from Tennessee. The app features dozens of separate color effects and texture overlays that you can easily combine. There are over 350 possible combinations altogether.

There is an easy to use tilt shift tool with both round and linear blurs. Everything about the app is easy to use. All filters and textures are one-click easy, making the app a good choice for some quick effects.

Overall, I found the color effects and textures to be very good. I like the color and texture effects in Distressed FX better than those in 100 Cameras in One, an app that comes to mind as having similar effects. Effects aren’t as “industrial” as many of the grunge effects apps. There were very few filters and textures that I didn’t like. Overall, they’re all very usable. Color combinations are mostly somber. Textures are mostly present, sometimes heavy, but more organic and less “urban.” It’s easy enough to find a good combination that works with an image.

Social media sharing is limited to Facebook and Twitter in this first version. More options are planned for future updates.

The app is square format only. There are no frames in the launch version and no mention of them coming in an update. The app saves in high-ish resolution of up to about 1800×1800 pixels on an iPhone 5 and 4S — between 2.5 and 3 MP. It strips out all EXIF info including location data.


Distressed FX FREE For Launch

Distressed FX is free for a limited time for its launch. No word on pricing info after that. Grab this one now. This one’s not a great app, but it’s a good one for creating good looking, lo-fi effects.


Distressed FX is now $0.99 in the App Store.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Share the love. Free is good. Please share this post on Facebook and Twitter so your friends can grab this one up for free as well. Thanks!

Distressed FX - We Are Here





About Marty Yawnick 1808 Articles
Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Digital Artist

    Looks interesting…

    No Full High Resolution…? "1800×1800 pixels on an iPhone 5 and 4S" What up with that?

    Added soon…?

  • Digital Artist

    Actually after testing with the app the files save at 4 MP to 6 MP files 2046×2048 in size not as low 1800×1800.

    iPhone 5 and 4S used for testing. Larger size would be great in a update with more filters and textures added with adjustments!!!

    Like what I see.

  • mr. timney

    Love it. Great effects/textures, easy to use, non aggressive results & many just subtle enough & adds to the image nicely. Saves at almost full res on an iPhone 4 with 1920×1920. A very impressive v.1.0

  • DLuker

    I really do like the textures, but I’m seeing some widely varied saved file sizes depending on camera and device used to edit.

    Edited on iPhone 4S:
    Image taken with native phone: 1440×1440, 908kb
    Image taken with Distressed FX phone: 2046×2048, 1.65mb

    Edited on iPad:
    Image taken with iPhone 4S: 705×705, 289kb
    Image taken with Distressed FX phone: 720×721, 138kb
    Image taken with native phone: 720×721, 109kb

  • Seth

    Thanks for the heads up. Installing now.