I'm not sure how I missed this app, but thanks to reader Matthew Chappell I may have found the perfect iPhone application to correct those exposure and colour imbalances were all familiar with.
Perfectly Clear is billed as your 1 click solution to fix your dark, washed-out, flat, and fuzzy looking iPhone photos, but how well does it stand up against the competition. Read on to find out what I think about this app, and how I think it compares to the competition.
Launch the app and from the home/splash screen you are presented with three options:
- Open Picture - which as the name suggests allows you to select and load a photo from the camera roll/photo album
- Take Picture - this allows you to launch the camera app, take a photo and import it straight in to the app
- More Info - this tells you about the app, displaying the same information as per the developers AppStore description
Once you have selected your source and loaded the photo the app auto-corrects your shot, instantly showing a before and after effects of your photo via a vertical split screen view, which can be adjusted by sliding your finger left or right. If you are happy with the auto-sorrection then you need do nothing more than select save, however if you want to make further adjustments to you photo, then tapping the right hand side of the screen will reveal the following options:
- EXPOSURE: Perfect Exposure is the most important correction and forms the core for all other corrections. Perfect Exposure optimizes the light in every pixel. This patented approach corrects the image to emulate how your eye gathers light thereby replicating what you saw at the time of taking the photo.
- CONTRAST: Increasing the shadows in a photo helps reveal the textures and shapes in the scene. This provides visual cues of the 3D world in a 2D photograph. Perfectly Clear optimizes the contrast in each pixel, choosing the right amount of shadow to provide those 3D cues without losing details in those shadows, giving you a photograph that is very eye-pleasing with lots of “punch”.
- COLOR VIBRANCY: Due to the linear nature of digital camera sensors, when more light is gathered, the sensors frequently become over saturated and color vibrancy is lost. That’s why your images often look like a newspaper that has been left out in the sun. Perfectly Clear’s color vibrancy correction puts the rich colors back into your photo.
- SHARPEN: Perfectly Clear’s proprietary sharpening is a series of very powerful and unique algorithms developed to deliver a crisp looking photo that is artifact free.
- TINT REMOVAL: Abnormal tint occurs in situations where the sensors of the camera have inappropriately picked up excess green from fluorescent lights, or excess blue from ultraviolet, or excess yellow from tungsten lights. Perfectly Clear's patent pending process will automatically remove these unwanted tints.
In addition to the slider bars there are a further two preset options:
- DEFAULT: reloads the preset as it is applied to each image when first loaded.
- FIX DARK: this preset is particularly good for images that have very dark and very bright areas.
When you are satisfied with your tweaked photo it is time to save it, and hitting Save brings up the save box with options to save at up to 1600x1200 on the iPhone 3G or up to 1536x2048 on the 3GS.
What do I think about Perfectly Clear?
In a word "FANTASTIC". This app does everything that iFlashReady and AutoAdjust can do for me, but with much greater control.
The auto-correction function produces very similar results to that of AutoAdjust, however the additional adjustments puts Perfectly Clear ahead, and the 'FixDark' preset matches the results produced by apps like iFlashReady, but again the additional adjustments puts Perfectly Clear ahead of the game again.
This app is going to replace 4 of my permanent, as so gets the iPhoneography recommended award.
AppStore Link: Perfectly Clear (Patented Automatic Photo Correction) - Price £1.79/$2.99