“Before and After: Photo App” with Photo Studio


Given the strong interest in mobile photo editing applications, we’re introducing a new Inside BlackBerry® Blog series called “Before and After: Photo App,” where we’ll highlight a new photo editing app each month and include photos we’ve taken – both the original and the edited version – to show why the app is so cool. Whether a novice photographer or a professional, there’ll be something here for everyone, and we encourage you to share your thoughts and photos!

Let’s get started with Photo Studio™ by KVAD Group® for BlackBerry, available for both BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. The basic version of Photo Studio is free, while the PRO version costs $5.99 $3.99 to download and includes an expanded catalog of effects, picture frames, and a color splash editor.

Three features I love about Photo Studio, followed by a “Before and After” demonstration used on a picture of Puerto Rico taken by my friend:

  • It makes a splash. Photo Studio boasts over 100 “effect” filters for your photos including “Vintage,” “Blur,” “Sketch,” and “Art.” Once your masterpiece is finished, Photo Studio allows you to share your pictures on Twitter®, Facebook®, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), or other message applications installed on your device.
  • It cures the blues (and reds, and greens…). Clean up any imperfections in old photos with RGB color adjust, hue, brightness, contrast, and saturation adjustments.
  • It’s compatible. Photo Studio works on BlackBerry® OS 5 and up, along with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet OS. Developer KVAD Group also provides an open API for future developers to integrate their apps with Photo Studio, which means future messaging apps also have the ability to integrate with Photo Studio.



Utilizing Photo Studio, I created the “after” picture by applying the “Old Style” effect and the “Mystique” effect before turning up the saturation and brightness by 25. Just like that, my picture of modern-day Puerto Rico is transformed into 1940s Casablanca.

As mentioned earlier, the “Before and After: Photo App” series will be a regular feature here on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, so if there is an app you would like to see featured or a question on a featured app you’d like answered, please let us know in the comments.

About Donny Halliwell

Donny is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at BlackBerry and Former Editor-in-Chief for the Inside BlackBerry blogs. There's no disputing, #TeamBlackBerry is awesome. I'm pumped to have the opportunity to talk with you and bring you the latest and greatest from Inside BlackBerry every day. In my spare time, I can be found helping entrepreneurs and startup companies grow their business. I spend the rest, obsessing over the auto industry, or enjoying music. Follow me on Twitter or Google+

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