We recently previewed the new photo app Etchings. In the traditional arts, etching is similar to commercial halftoning except it uses a strong acid to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in the material. It remains in wide use today, most visibly in our paper currencies. You can read my preview and what I think of the app here.

Etchings is now available in the App Store. We’ve got more info on this release and some additional information on planned upcoming features. Click past the jump to learn more. >>>

The developers wanted to keep Etchings simple and easy to use. Import or shoot an image, choose your style, adjust the line weight if needed, then share. That’s it. There’s no sliders or other adjustments.

This first release of Etchings features eight variations of etching styles — from classic to more complex variations. I’m glad to see the money style made it past Apple’s review! As I’d mentioned in my preview, the effects — the etchings, the crosshatching and the rendering — are all very detailed and look great. Images only save in square format at 1200×1200 pixels in this first release.

The developer is already working on higher resolutions for an upcoming update. For me, this is a critical feature given the detailed nature of the images Etchings creates. They are also reaching out to traditional media artists who create etchings to add more new and unique styles of effects.

There’s nothing like Etchings in the App Store. It quickly and easily adds unique, classic looks to your images.

Etchings is $0.99. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.


App Store link: Etchings – MindSea Development Inc.