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Through adding text, Instagram-style filters, and nifty drawings, this app aims to bring your iPhone-captured images and movies to life. But is Glaze just another editing app for iOS? Let’s find out.

Price: $0.99 (£0.79)
Version: 1.0
Size: 45.1 MB
Platform: iPhone and iPad
Developer: Ryan Stephen

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Glaze promises iPhone owners an “incredibly comprehensive way to make your content shine,” and it aims to do this through making photo editing features easier to use than ever before. Yet, despite the low price point, users of this application could end up disappointed.

Choosing your image (or taking one) is simple enough. From here, you can add text text or switch between different filters using the on-screen buttons.

Choosing your image (or taking one) is simple enough. From here, you can add text or switch between different filters using the on-screen buttons

The app lets photographers either import images or shoot new ones, before presenting them with a range of editing options. Perhaps the best among these is text addition. Glaze can add text onto photos using three different styles (either plain text, a bubble in the corner, or a bubble along the bottom of the screen), and you can switch between each style with a simple swipe. Changing the font is easy, too – there’s a bubble icon along a menu bar at the top of the UI in Glaze, and here a range of different fonts (including colors and text sizes) are available to choose from. You can also type in your text using the same interface.

Once of the nicer features in Glaze. comes when users add text onto their chosen image or video. You can swipe through the text fields added to the bottom of the screen, though unfortunately there are only three to choose from.

Once of the nicer features in Glaze comes when users add text onto their chosen image or video. You can swipe through the text fields added to the bottom of the screen, though unfortunately there are only three to choose from

Unfortunately, beyond this feature, Glaze. offers little else of particular interest. The same menu bar lets users add filters to the image, but there are only five presets to choose from. As such, you’d still be better off visiting the free-to-download Instagram app for a more comprehensive range of filters.

It's also possible to switch between fonts when adding text onto your content.

It’s also possible to switch between fonts when adding text onto your content

At the same time, users can adjust the background of their text bubble, but the six options here to choose from aren’t overly impressive. Also, the overall effect is tacky and rather like a Snapchat picture – something you’re happy to send off and have disappear into the ether, but not the kind of photography you’d like to print off and hang on the wall.

Filters can be applied, but the selection on offer isn't exactly inspiring.

Filters can be applied, but the selection on offer isn’t exactly inspiring

If you are pleased with the result and would like to share your Glaze-created image or video, it’s possible to do so using the iOS sharing menu (which the app fully supports). Usefully, “projects” can be saved in Glaze and returned to at a later date, and the app allows users to pick up right where they left off.

The usual iOS sharing sheet is supported if you are proud of your work and want to shout about it.

The usual iOS sharing sheet is supported if you are proud of your work and want to shout about it

However, the bottom line with this application is that it’ll likely be too simple for most iPhone users to appreciate. There are just too many limited presets – three preset text bubbles, five filters, and six text backgrounds – for any degree of individuality to seep in through the editing process. And because of this, using Glaze to edit photos can feel more frustrating than rewarding. The app’s price is great, but a simple App Store search will yield many more comprehensive (and free) alternatives.

Review: Glaze - Make your photos and videos stand out like never before
Glaze claims to offer a "comprehensive" solution for photographers, but it falls far short of this promise.
For
  • Great price
  • Swipe-based gesture for switching text bubbles
Against
  • Far too limited
  • Relies heavily on presets
  • Results look tacky and uninspiring
2.0Overall Score