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Luminance iOS iPad iPhone App Review

Luminance iOS iPad iPhone App Review - The Luminance iOS app works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and costs just 0.69, Daniel Bell reviews.

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Luminance iOS App

The Luminance app allows you to add effects to photos as well as much more and is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for just £0.69.

Luminance iOS App Features

  • Adjustment layers which can be placed in any order
  • Many built-in presets
  • Adjust white-balance, exposure, brightness/contrast, hue/saturation, tone curve, split toning, vignette & colours
  • Crop & rotate
  • Copy edits from a photo and apply them to multiple photos
  • Share photos to Facebook, Twitter, Camera Roll, Email, Copy and Print
  • View the history of any photo and easily jump back to a previous edit
  • Export photos at full resolution (small, medium, large or original)
Luminance Screenshot 3   Luminance Screenshot 6

Luminance iOS App Performance

The app has a very easy to use interface, with a near blank screen appearing when you first load it up. The first thing to do is add your photos that you would like to edit, however you can only add one photo at a time. When ou've finished adding images, simply press the thumbnail to start editing. Here you have four editing options along the top. The first option is FX, with examples of each below.

Subsplash Luminance iOS App Sample Photos

The next option allows the option to add filters (white-balance, exposure, brightness/contrast, tone curve and colours) and effects (sepia, split toning and vignette). Each has a sliding scale to adjust to your preferred style. The third option is cropping and rotating, with a number of ratios and 90° rotating available. The fourth and final option shows you all the editing stages you have gone through, you can select one to go back to and amend.

Luminance Screenshot 7   Luminance Screenshot 8

Other buttons available include library, undo, edits and share. The edits button allows you to copy what you have done to your photo to apply the very same edits to another. When tested, this didn't include any crops you have made so it is best to do these before pasting the edits in. Sharing gives you the option to upload to Facebook, Tweet via Lumipics, save to camera roll, email and copy.

Luminance Example, Saturation and Vignette
This is an example which has a vignette and increased saturation.

Luminance iOS App Verdict

The Luminance iOS app isn't the most feature packed, but what it does do, it does well. The ability to go back to other images and continue editing, rather than working on one at a time is extremely useful, particularly as you can copy the edits from one picture and apply them to another. There are a few minor niggles which would make the app even better, such as the lack of image sharpening, which appears on many other apps and the ability to import more than one image at a time to your library would save time for most users. Overall, you can't go wrong for £0.69.

The Luminance app is easy to use and extremely good value for money.

Luminance iOS App Pros

Fantastic value for money
Easy to use
Library allows you to work on one image then go back to another
Copy and paste edits to other images
Can work on more than one image at a time

Luminance iOS App Cons

No option to sharpen
No help options
Can only import one image at a time


The Luminance iOS App is available from the iTunes Store for £0.69. For more information please visit the Subsplash website.

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