What does it do?
iDarkRoom is a photo app which allows you to apply a range of different effects to your photos. We’ve written about iDarkRoom before, in our post about becoming a better mobile photographer due to its easy to apply cross processing and vignetting effects, but what else does it have to offer?
- iDarkRoom has a very simple and intuitive UI, with all of the editing options along the bottom and everything else you need along the top.
- There are 20 different colour filters which are all very different - I’ve come across far too many apps recently which have near identical filters! Some of them include CrossProcess, B&W and Vivid.
- You can chose different kinds of paper for your image from Wallpaper to Cardboard as well as different textures.
- I love the fact you can add various light effects, such as LightLeak down the edge of the photo and Bokeh effects, which do look natural on the right photo.
- There’s a random dice option which creates a lot of really good mixes which you can then select and edit yourself.
- There are some good vignetting and border options, with just the right amount of choice.
- iDarkRoom supports sharing to Facebook, Twitter, email and the camera roll.
- You can toggle between different resolutions in Settings which means you can produce really high quality images at the end of the process.
- There aren’t any options to make your own changes to the filters or the effects, such as altering their intensity. For those looking for a quick and easy-to-use app this is probably a plus point, but for users who already have a lot of photo apps already, it may be a little frustrating.
- The ability to share to a photo storing service, like Flickr or Picasa would be a valuable addition considering iDarkRoom allows you to create such good looking and high resolution images.
Do you need it?
When it comes to basic yet high quality photo editing with just enough choice, iDarkRoom really does tick all of the boxes for me and may even become my simple app of choice over the likes of CameraBag.
Granted some people might be put off by the fact you can’t tweak the filters or effects, but it may lose its appeal if it tried to make things more confusing and would come up against fierce competition from apps that already allow you to make your own changes.