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FantasyLens' app icon. Click to visit the FantasyLens website! PRESS RELEASE: Widgetize releases FantasyLens 2.3 for iPhone and iPod touch

[prMac.com] El Cerrito, California - Widgetize today is proud to announce FantasyLens 2.3, an update to their fun and unique portrait generation app for iPhone and iPod touch. With innovative features like one-touch automatic color matching, FantasyLens makes it easy for anyone to create composite portraits using photos of friends, family alike. Turn anyone into an astronaut, the Mona Lisa, a gigantic jumbotron ad on Times Square, a sunflower, the Statue of Liberty and more - all without any prior image editing or Photoshop skills.

FantasyLens ships with 39 fun-to-use templates to choose from. To get started, browse through the photo template gallery and pick one for the occasion. Next, take a photo with the iPhone's camera (or use a photo from the iPhone or iPod library). To position the photo so it aligns properly to the template, tap the hand button, then move the photo by dragging. Pinch to zoom in or out. The application uses the accelerometer to perform photo rotations. Just hold the iPhone or iPod vertically (like taking a picture), tap the rotate button, then rotate the device.

FantasyLens distinguishes itself from similar apps with its ability to blend colors and match skin tones automatically, activated by touching the magic wand button. This feature is a real time saver and also very fun to watch. For image editing pros who may want greater control, FantasyLens also offers fast and responsive sliders to precisely adjust brightness, contrast, color balance, saturation and hue.

Feature Highlights:

  • One-touch automatic color matching

  • Fast, responsive manual color sliders

  • Fix adjustment mistakes with the Undo and Reset buttons

  • 39 fun photo templates to choose from

  • Fully self-contained (No WIFI or internet connectivity required)

"One of my favorite hobbies, and what Photoshop has come to be best known for, is making fun composite portraits of famous people, friends and family. You know, putting someone in a spacesuit or on a gigantic billboard, for example," said William Kuo, co-founder of Widgetize. "But using photoshop to create this type of artwork is not trivial. My goal for FantasyLens was to capture the essence of what is fun about photoshopping friends and loved ones, then simplify it so it is intuitive and accessible to everyone, and aggressively optimize it so it runs smoothly on the iPhone to produce the best user experience possible."

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod touch 2.2 or later

Pricing and Availability:
FantasyLens 2.3 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category. Users will receive extra templates in future updates. Promo codes are available upon request.

FantasyLens 2.3
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Based in El Cerrito, California, Widgetize is a small privately held Bay Area company co-founded in 2008 by William Kuo. With an focus on the iPhone platform, Widgetize' mission is to produce high quality iPhone and iPod software that's suitable for the whole family. Copyright (C) 2008-2009 Widgetize. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Photoshop is a trademark of Adobe Inc.


(First posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 16:28 EST)

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