AMITIAE - Wednesday 15 July 2015
Cassandra: Duplication of Photos on the iPhone - Needs Some External Help
By Graham K. Rogers
Editing on iOS devices is quite straight forward and I usually stick to the Crop feature (which has a straighten tool), and the Adjustments (Light, Color and B&W). The sliders allow changes to be made quite quickly, but if I need some fine-tuning, tapping on the 3-bar icon to the right reveals a wider range of settings. Again, sliding the finger right and left on the scale gives the user good control over adjustments.
In most cases this is enough, but the icon to the bottom right with 3 dots allows access to those apps whose developers have made use of specific APIs and images can be edited from within Photos.
Original images or their edited versions are synchronised via iCloud to other devices: in my case a couple of Macs, an iPhone or two and an iPad. Once in a while, this does not go as planned. This week I had took a photo in an old barber's shop in Bangkhunnon - the Western side of Bangkok. After editing I made some additional changes in Effects Studio: a nice app that has some useful filters and effects. I was quite happy with the end result: a sepia finish with some slight vignetting.
As a note, another useful app that allows this in-Photos editing is Pixelmator (there is also a Mac app) and this is on sale this week for a bargain $0.99.
Extra Editing Options in Photos on the iPhone
I still wanted a sepia version, but I also wanted the option to delete the image if it went wrong again, but on the iPhone there is no way to duplicate an image. One of the options available is to Copy, but this is merely an alias: edit the copy and the original will change too.
Original Image and Re-edited Sepia Version
I was then able to re-edit the photo. I used the same series of edit tools and Effects Studio options. The new sepia image appeared in the libraries of all devices with no problem, so the cause of the original bottleneck remains unknown.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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