Photo App Focus: Tinge

Tinge, photo gel app for iPhone

tinge for iPhoneThe last few weeks have been prolific for gel-style photo apps. Tinge is a simple app that lets you easily add colored overlays to your images, giving them a very early 1970’s stark, mod style — almost a Warholesque Pop art style.

It’s similar to Geló, another gel-style app I’ve previously covered, but works just a little differently, making it worth a look for its subtle differences. I’ve got a short review — and some FREE copies of the app to give away — after the jump. >>>


Tinge screenshot

The App Store description is lean and not very forthcoming. It starts, “Tinge is a camera and a photobook for capturing moments with style and beauty….” and there’s not much afterwards, making it easy to overlook this app. That’s too bad. Although it’s a minimal photo app, Tinge creates some pretty nice modern effects.

It’s another gel-style photo app. It applies overall color overlays to your image from a palette of 11 vivid and timely colors. You can either import images from your photo library or shoot them in-app. It’s a square format photo app and the camera provides a viewfinder matte, making it easy to compose your image. Tinge centers imported images with no way to adjust the position or crop, so you will want to crop and prep images in another app beforehand. I’m not thrilled with that, but I already use Squaready Pro for precise cropping and positioning.

Colors range from bright reds to orange to green and pinks — it’s pretty much the spectrum of primary colors. I really like how Tinge converts your image to a stark monochrome before applying color. It’s a very 70’s Mod-style effect — almost similar to Andy Warhol’s silk screens. Other than the color choices, there are no tools to fine-tune the conversion. It’s a quick and easy workflow.

Comparisons will be drawn to Geló — a more versatile photo app. Tinge is similar, but the effects are just a little different. Tinge is not nearly as full-featured as Geló. While Geló gives you more control over your image’s conversion, I think the black and white conversion of Tinge is full of contrast and is very stark, which I like. Its grayscale conversion reminds me of shooting with a very fast black & white film. Combined with the overprinted color, it makes for a very modern effect that is subtly different than other, similar apps. If you like this style, Tinge is worth a look based on the high contrast base images it creates. In the sample image above, I combined several Tinge images in a multi-frame app for a cool, mod four-panel quadtych.

The user interface is modern and minimal. It really looks slick! Sharing options are limited, but the app has good integration with Tumblr and Instagram. Tinge supports full-resolution square images — 2448×2448 pixels on an iPhone 5 and 4S. It strips out most EXIF data including location data. It won’t save your original image when shooting with the in-app camera.

Tinge is not for everyone, but if you like Pop art and the looks Tinge creates, it’s a solid, funky little app that’s worth a look.

I’ve got copies of Tinge to give away below. If you’d rather try the app now, it’s on sale for a very limited time for only $0.99 — that’s down from its normal price of $1.99. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Tinge - JVico

Tinge Giveaway

Today, I’ve got several promo codes for Tinge to give away. To be eligible to win a copy, simply enter the giveaway below. If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll have additional chances for a free copy.

Cut-off time to enter is 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, January 4, 2013. Winners will be determined by One code per reader, please.

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Tinge for iPhone



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.
  • aaron

    im becoming a photo-app addict. is there a “photo-app anonymous group” lol.

  • Tyler Pond

    I’m a total phot app addict as well. Is this a universal app, or just has the ability to stretch?

  • ionica


  • ming

    Ok, Wish me win.

  • RegiB

    I’ve been using the gel-o app a bit and the high contrast images look interesting to try. I try to only use hi-res apps so thanks for featuring them, love the new app sale feature! RegiB

  • dennis

    awesome app, perfect to edit and share

  • Dennis

    Looks good. Simple and nice effect.

  • BG

    Cool app, liked Gelo too.

  • Daniel Scott

    Good app to prep a b/w image. Different from Gelo. Looking forward to seeing more results!

  • Federico Sardi

    Great App! Would love to win a copy of it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Trina

    Looks like a nifty App to have in ones camera bag!

  • Valdimar

    Looks like a cool app! I’d love to try it out :)

  • mhc

    I feel lucky … !

  • Robyn | Gemini606

    Looks interesting. Would love to try!

  • subdeath

    Great app!Hope i can win a code to try it!

  • toastist

    This could be interesting. I do like Gelo a lot though. I like the interface of Gelo too. Would love to check this app out.

  • Cheryl

    I love pop art filter apps. Would love to give this one a try. Cheers.

  • Digital Artist

    Gel’o is really nice.. I’ll give this app a try, looks interesting.

  • Steve Smith

    I’m not sure I have any space left on my iPhone! 😀

    • Marty Yawnick

      I’m sure. I don’t…. Next time, I need an iPhone Vente.


  • Stephanie Cabrera

    I would love to try this app!!!

  • Stephanie Cabrera

    I would love to try this app!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Stephanie Cabrera

    I hope I get to try this app out!! Looks great. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Ginger

    What a great giveaway!! Good luck to all!

  • StickyNotesQuotes

    Looks like a cool app

  • Nigel Holderby

    Count me as yet another photo app junkie! This would make a great addition to my repertoire!

  • Mariellen

    I’m loving the look of these gel overlays. Thanks for bringing this one to our attention!

  • Lily Sheng

    Thanks for the giveaway Marty!

  • Daniel

    Awesome. I keep trying to find the perfect warhol popart app… Not sure this is it but could be!

  • Adela

    Yesterday was my birthday, me want pretty app 😛

  • corinne vivian

    would love to win this

  • Lisa Jemison

    I like free stuff.

  • Tim

    hey! cool info. thanks.