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Formulas - Photo Lab Effects and Custom Frames

By Samer Azzam

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*** App Store Best of 2015 ***


Dozens of custom, multilayered photo effects unlike anything available on the App Store, ranging from basic color and tonal to authentic vintage film emulations, textured finishes, and painterly and artistic styles. Built with scientific precision by some of the most talented artists in the mobile photography community, these effects truly deserve the “Formula” accolade. Each is meticulously constructed from components that are expertly-crafted by renowned photographer Dirk Wuestenhagen and that themselves are fully-fledged effects in the traditional sense including textures, filters, gradients, adjustments, and much more. Each formula goes through a vigorous testing process to ensure compatibility with a wide range of scenes, subjects, and editing styles from landscapes and cityscapes to street photography and portraits.

Dozens of custom frames expertly-crafted by renowned photographer Dirk Wuestenhagen, which include high quality scans of vintage paper, worn fabric, weathered stone, and a multitude of other materials and substrates that are then refined, blended, and fine-tuned to perfection in an arduous post-processing regimen aimed at exposing naturally occurring character lines, blemishes, and impurities. Moreover, a great deal of attention is given to specific color tones within an overall limited spectrum of earthy hues that are deemed to work best with images.

One-tap Auto Adjust tool that automatically analyzes color and tonal levels in an image and makes adjustments accordingly, thereby producing professional results with no effort whatsoever.

Beautifully designed and streamlined UI that is intuitive and easy to navigate. A lot of thought and effort went into making the UI appealing to and accessible by users of all skill levels.


Edit your photos right from within your photo library with a fully-fledged photo editing extension that not only provides access to the full functionality of the main app, but also preserves your sessions, allowing you to pick up right where you left off the next time you edit the image.


Think you’ve got what it takes to create your own formulas? Download Stackables from the App Store and start experimenting today.


High resolution support up to 16MP (4,000 x 4,000 px) on newer devices (iPhone 5 and later, iPad 3 and later).

Support for JPEG, lossless PNG, and lossless TIFF formats.

URL Scheme "formulas://".


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What's New in Version 2.3

◉ Optimized for iOS 9 and iPad Pro.

◉ Now preserves all image metadata including EXIF and GPS.

◉ Minor UI Changes.

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Customer Reviews

Transforms my artworks beautifully

I really enjoy playing with this app. It gives my artwork beautiful effects that would be very difficult to imitate by hand.

I also use Stackables, by the same app creator.

These kick up my artwork up quite a few notches, and with very little effort.

High resolution images.

If you like this, and you don't yet have Stackables, I recommend getting that app as well.

Building up layers gives you endless combinations.

I do that in Stackables.

But when I want a quick transformation, I use Formulas.

The other option is to take a variety of filtered images of the same photo, and tweak them in layers.

There are many apps you can use that have layers.

I know this review is about Formulas, but the other info I think is relevant.

This is the way I use this app.

I like to play around with layers of these images, combining them, and seeing what interesting things I can come up with.

Kicks up every image I have to an exciting and interesting image with creative textures and moods.

I use this app on my iPhone and iPad.

It works beautifully, and is easy to understand.

It's worth every penny and more!

Meh at best

It's not worth money. It's a cool app to try out and the filters are very old-timey and mostly blurs out my face. All it includes are exaggerated filters that you can adjust (thankfully), use old fashioned borders and use auto-fix (can't adjust that.) I think there are way better free apps.

Great photo app

I love this. It pairs beautifully with Stackables. I'm having entirely too much fun with this. This is a short review because I want to get back to playing with it!

Formulas - Photo Lab Effects and Custom Frames
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.3
  • Size: 275 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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