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Big news recently from Afterlight Collective, makers one of the most popular photo editors on iOS. Five years after the original Afterlight first launched, the devs have released a follow-up with some exciting improvements. Meanwhile, the old app has gone completely free for users who don’t need all the latest bells and whistles.
Afterlight 2 – $2.99/£2.99
So what’s new in Afterlight 2? Well, according to the developers this is a “complete overhaul” of the app with lots of new features to try out. We’ve not had a chance to put the app through its paces yet, but on first inspection some of the more interesting features include a range of curated text and artwork overlays, double exposure blending, and a classy range of filters.
More advanced users will be pleased to see the inclusion of layer masks, curve editing, and selective color controls. Afterlight 2 uses a non-destructive workflow, which means changes aren’t “baked in” and you can easily revert to previous iterations of your image.
Best of all, the app somewhat bucks the modern trend of subscription pricing and in-app purchases. This is a one-time buy with all content included from the get-go and no additional costs.
Afterlight 1 – now FREE
We’ve been assured that the original Afterlight is going nowhere, and will still be maintained with bug fixes and interface tweaks. Those looking for new features will want to splash out on Afterlight 2, but this app already has quite a lot of tools under its belt and can down be downloaded completely free. It’s still a very useful app for quickly adding filters, textures, and frames to images as well as making basic adjustments and enhancements.