Image Blender

image blender for iPhone iPadThe new Image Blender 1.9.1 update has just been released. In addition to all of the features of the 1.9 update which include the ability to select individual frames from an animated GIF, it also fixes a bug involving blends with layer masks.

I’ve got several copies of Image Blender to give away today. Want to win one? It’s a $3 app. Click past the jump to find out how! >>>

Image Blender is one of the slickest iPhone apps available for blending two images together in a variety of ways. It’s got a lean, easy-to-use interface. There are 18 different blending modes. If you’ve used Photoshop, you’ll be right at home in Image Blender. The top layer can be masked, giving you the option of even great creative moves. And, of course, now with the ability to let you pick specific frames from an animated GIF.

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Image Blender can be used in a lot of ways. The main goal of the app, according to the developer, is to get the right amount of an effect in a minimalistic way. It can be used to apply your own texture over the base image. It can be used to create a selective mask blend between two images. You can also use it to blend two differently processed images but otherwise identical images to give you precise control over the intensity of an effect. Image Blender is a lot more than just “Multiply.” It’s a slick, easy to use, powerful photo app.

Image Blender supports full image resolution, including the 8MP native resolution of the iPhone 5 and 4S.

Image Blender doesn’t save EXIF data by default, but dig into the settings and Image Blender actually has some great EXIF data capabilities. Johan Andersson, the app’s developer, explains it:

Image Blender by default doesn’t include any of the original metadata from any of the two images, that’s basically because you can do so many different things with Image Blender that there isn’t a right answer to which metadata to use, or if it should be used at all.

But if you want to include metadata you can specify from what image you want to get the metadata in Settings. This can actually be used to transfer metadata from one image to another if you have other apps that strips metadata by:
– Set Image Blender to use metadata from foreground image
– Set image without metadata as background
– Set image original with metadata as foreground
– Set opacity to 0% and save

It’s a cool, unique feature and I don’t know of any other multi-image photo app that lets you use EXIF data like this.

Image Blender is $2.99 in the App Store. It’s a Universal app and is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Image Blender Giveaway

Today, I’ve got several promo codes for Image Blender 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.

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Cut-off time to enter is 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Winners will be determined by Random.org. One code per reader, please.

Winners will be notified by email, Facebook message or Twitter direct message — be sure to check your spam filter. If you enter, be sure your email info is correct or your code will go to someone else. Your email address is used for contest entry and for contacting the winning entrants only. We will not use or sell your email address for any other purpose.

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Many thanks to developer Johan Andersson for giving us the promo codes for this giveaway.