Photo App Focus: Tangled FX by Combo FX’ Tina Rice
Today I’m going to talk about an app I’ve been looking for a long time to replace my love for Fractaluis. It’s called Tangled FX by Orange Qube. Up above is a photo edited by the plugin Fractalius developed by Redfield. The only app at the time that came close to Fractalius in mobile editing was ShockMyPic by GOST Software. ShockMyPic is still a great app for doing crazy outlines blending.
Let’s talk about the Tangled FX app, you can pick up this app for $1.99 at the App Store. The app is universal to the iPad, so it’s worth the $1.99. After the app is loaded, you will noticed the previous photo I was using for sample editing, posted on Instagram and EyeEm. Tangled FX is a very intuitive app with a very easy to use UI (user interface).
When you tap on the “gear” button you will get these options, it’s important to do the setting with the app first before you play and edit your photos.
Tap on the “i” button and you can get info about the app and contact the developer too.
Now let’s get started with editing your photo but tapping the “arrow box” button, I’m going to tap on the “Open Photos” button. I’m going to pick a photo I already took in my camera roll.
My photo is loaded up and the default setting has begun with the app. I’m going to tap on the “TUNE” button and show the manual controls.
There are 8 different sliders with 3 sub-sliders and one button. This is how you manual control your edits to your liking…it’s fun to play. I also wanted to mention a top slider called “Effect scale factor.” It way up on the top so I missed the slider. This slider does determined on the detail scale of your photo while editing.
Tap on “Dark” and get dark lines instead of light lines.
Now you can save, share and send you photo to another app to be edited. I will warn you if you do send your photo to another app to be edited there rather than saving. Your photo will be transferred at a lower resolution 2592?1944 which is iPhone 4 standard res. I have a 4S so I prefer the 8MP res. Make sure you tap on the preview res button on top so you know your saving at high res. I’ve found out if you transfer the photo to Camera+. Your photo will transfer to full resolution. I didn’t know that because I don’t use Camera+. Thanks to the developer to clarify that with me…no pun on the “Clarify” LOL !!!
Now let’s talk about the resolution settings. Remember I told you to make sure you set your resolution first before you edit your photo — it’s really important. You will know by the preview res on the top middle of the screen. It will also take longer to process your photo, so make sure you turn off your other app in the background (prevents from app crashing in the middle of processing) and have lots of battery power. Tangled FX does take a lot of processing, especially at high resolution.
Here’s my edited saved photo from Tangled FX.
This is my edited photo transferred to Rainy Daze and saved. I then loaded it into FX Photo Studio and blended and layered with DXP.
What I like the most about Tangled FX is you can do really crazy looking outlines with an electric looking effect to your photo editing.
Tangled FX is $1.99 in the App Store. It’s a Universal app that runs great on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
If you have any questions about this post, please leave comments over on The Combo Apps blog or email the author Tina Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org. This post originally appeared on The Combo Apps – Mobileography Extreme Editing blog and was reprinted with permission. Check out Tina’s blog for many more great reviews and photo app techniques.