A love and hate
By R. Rosen
So I must begin by admiring the filters. I am a professional photographer and rarely do images hit my phone without being rendered complete. But with this app I found myself exploring new options for my finished images as black and white photos. And I was impressed. And I’m glad to spend the money to purchase all the add-ons... but like all apps, when I test, I test for many things... including compression. This was most frustrating. I found that if I take a 14mb image, this app would compress it down to 450kb when saved. If I chose to save through direct airdrop, the image. Would still compress but would net out at 850kb. Either way, I would much rather be in control of the compression output, over the app dictating this. For how much I loved the filters, I would consider this app a total waste of time and money unless your goal is to share pixelated images to the world. So, I have a hard time giving a better rating until the compression issue is fixed. But I love the simplicity and filters of the app otherwise. I look forward to changing my review, this is can be a good app, but currently it is not even a consumer-friendly app in a modern high def world.
One star for cool filters
This app has a great idea, but it’s going about it all wrong.
Here’s a few things you get from other photo editing apps that you don’t get in Carbon.
1. There’s no visual way to go back and change your edit, if you want to look at a tilt shift, guess what: you’re stuck with it. And going back to the main menu erases all your edit progress.
2. Different filter looks. I’ve noticed that in Carbon’s black and white modes some of the options look exactly the same. Same shadow depth, same sharpness, same fade. Really disappointed about that.
3. A gallery of all your edited photos. Many popular photo editing apps have this, just in case you want to revisit your pictures and change up your edits. Carbon doesn’t have that.
4. A solid export mode. I tried this app and on the first go, I had a great edit done. When I went to export the photo, it skewed it and flipped it sideways. This, to me, was the straw that broke the camels back. That’s photo exporting 101, and it’s a BIG glaring mistake to leave in.
All in all, I’m pretty disappointed with this app so far. I’m sure a few code re-writes would fix some of the bugs, but it’s tough to change your whole layout and I don’t think they’ll do that any time soon.
All these issues, plus the start up lag, the less than amazing editing engine, and the whole “use a sample photo” thing just really turned me off of this app.
One star for a cool concept and an incomprehensibly awful execution.
Every filter you try to use will send you to a page where you have to pay $4.
I only like one of all the filters.
I instant regretted paying to unlock all the filters. Only one black & white filter I like and I have to scroll through tons of filters to find it. You can’t bookmark nor create shortcuts to favorites filters. Don’t waste your money. I wish I could get a refund.
Extra lite teaser - gotta pay $$$ for more
Like the other guy said, there isn’t much to this app. They give 5 choices, that u can do on your phone already. To get everything else, you gotta pay for every packet. It adds up to $$$. Get the free Leonardo app if u want something good.
Overrated and pretentious
The app does as advertised, but it’s just a lot of fluff. It takes forever to launch since it has to show you all these nice pics first. Basically to keep you believing you have some super sophisticated app. But it’s not sophisticated at all, just pretentious. There are way better apps, easier to use and with more features. This one is just all marketing.
Sugar On Excrement
By Ms. RafikiP
This app is so disappointing. I want my money back. I bought it for the filters feature in their examples but they are not available. I like the black ground with the face partly visible but it is not available. To me it’s a piece of crap. Pleas give me a refund.
Please read. Will not save photos edited to a file size you can use to print.
September 29, 2018
Moving it back up to 5 stars. The developer emailed me saying they would give me a refund via PayPal. But I’m going to keep the app. The developer said they was going to update the app to support larger file export. The app does a good job my only complaint was the file size after the edit you wasn’t able to print them. Looking forward to being able to print my edited photos with this app.😊
Here is their response.
So sorry for the trouble! Currently that is the maximum resolution export, but a higher resolution is on the roadmap (not sure when exactly it will be added though).
I understand that this might be a dealbreaker so if you made a purchase, I can send you a refund via PayPal (Apple doesn’t allow us to send refunds via their platform). So if you’d like one please send me 1) the receipt from Apple and 2) your PayPal email address and I’ll send it over.
September 20, 2018
Moving it down to 1 Star. Ok so today I get a pop up saying it was 75% off today only and after reading about other reviews say it save low quality files so I wasn’t going to risk it at 1/2 off but thought to my self what the heck for 75% off I would give it a try. I should have listened to the reviews that said it save photos at low resolution. I have a Nikon D7100 and a jpeg file I imported from my camera was 10.1 MB when I was done with editing my photo and I have to say it did look good but when I upload them to Wallgreens to have printed I got the big yellow ! Saying I could print it but they don’t recommend it. So I use a app call Exif Viewer and it said it took my 10.1 MB file and compressed it to 572 KB. Why in the hel* would you pay full price of $40 for a app to edit your photo that you can can’t even get printed after you edited them. If all you want to do is edit and post on Facebook then this is the app for you. If you actually want to print your photo use darkroom, color story, or raw power. I don’t recommend anyone who wants to print their photos to use this app. DO NOT BUY IF YOU WANT TO PRINT YOUR PHOTO!!!
They should put it in the description of the app that it will compress your files so much that you can’t get them printed.
What a waste of my money.
July 29 2018
Looking over the reviews and saw a couple that said it would save your photos at lower resolution and I’m not to sure if it does or not because my iPhone saves HEIF and the app saves to JPEG. What I can say is it removes all of the EXIF data. I like the app ok but I would like to retain my EXIF data from my iPhone 7. So even if it’s on sale I’ll pass.
This app might be fine if you have purchased all the textures/features, but I find the constant up-selling incredibly annoying. For example I just got this message when restoring purchases: “People who have purchased Grain and Dust also like Duo-Tone!” There’s no way to clear this message without clicking on “Show it to me!” It’s enough to make the app useless. I’m deleting it.