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Cymera for Android review

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We review Cymera – an app for taking and editing photos with minimum of fuss.

What is Cymera?

Cymera is both a camera and editing applications for Android.

Because Cymera has a built in camera, it means the tilt shift effect can be added to your photos when you take them rather than in post-processing.

It is a shame there aren’t more options when taking a photo, bar anti-shake, which is Cymera’s stabilisation tool, touch shots, allowing you to take a picture just by tapping the screen and timer, allowing you to add a delay to the shutter.

The camera UI is pretty easy to use and although doesn’t substitute the options available on manufacturer-installed cameras, it’s still nice to have the camera tool within the app.

Once you’ve taken the picture, it’s saved to your gallery and opened in the editing screen.

The edit menu allows you to make a collage with a number of photos, rotate, crop and straighten the image.

The crop option allows you to crop your photo into a number of preinstalled shapes, although you can of course just resize by dragging the corners. To straighten your picture, you can slide your finger from side to side along the bottom bar and a grid will appear, allowing you to line the horizon up with the grid.

The Correct menu means you can manually adjust the levels as a whole, contrast, brightness, saturation and sharpness just by dragging your finger up and down on the bar at the bottom of the photograph.

In the Effects menu, you’ll find the place to add filters, change the light (such as adding light leaks, vignette effects, prism effects and a couple of textures) and add overlays such as snow, rainbow and flares.

You can also add a border from here and there’s a pretty extensive collection to choose from.

If it’s filters you’re after, most are pretty extensive too with Cymera. Separated into Basic which are just tweaks of lighting and colouring and Art, which is where you’ll find effects like charcoal, Pop Art and watercolour-like effects. There may not be as many effects as with Instagram, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because you’ll find it easier to choose.

The final setting in Effects allows you to manually add a tilt shift effect. You can use either a circular focus or linear and can move the focal point and size with your fingers.

The Beauty settings in Cymera is suited for portraits, allowing you to change the size of a subject’s eyes, add a smile, warp your subject’s face to make them look slimmer, add makeup, whiten their teeth or soften their skin tone. You can also mosaic their face out if you so wish.

However, despite trying with around six different portraits, we couldn’t get the app to identify a face.

Decorate is the final option along the top menu on Cymera and allows you to add stickers, draw on top of the photo or add text.

The final option from within Cymera is to auto adjust your images according to what the subject is. Tap the Auto icon in the bottom right corner and choose between the four modes to get some pretty cool effects. {Portrait will lighten everything up, making skin look flawless, landscape darkens the shadows and adds in extra detail – almost an HDR effect, while Food darkens further and text strips out details , making the lines stronger.

Cymera is an unassuming app you may find hidden in the Play Store, but it really is worth downloading to add some va-va-voom to your photos.

Cymera Highlights

How to take a photo with tilt shift in Cymera
You can add tilt shift into photos either when you’re taking the shot or when editing the shot. To add blurring into pictures when you’re taking a photo, select the waterdrop icon from the top menu and either select spot focus, identified with a dot, or linear focus with the line icon. Use your fingers to increase or decrease the area and move it around the screen.

To add in tilt shift to pictures from your gallery, select the picture, choose Effect and Blur. Now, choose either spot focus or linear to add the effect. Use your fingers as above to select the blur area and move the bur around.

How to produce an HDR image with Cymera
The easiest way to produce an impressive HDR effect image in Cymera is using the Food or Landscape preset in the Auto adjust settings. You can access his mode from the bottom right corner.

How to make it snow in pictures using Cymera
With Cymera’s effects,you can make it appear as though it’s snowing in any picture. Just import the picture, head to Effects, Light, Theme and choose the Snow effect. It looks great!

Getting the basics right: Cymera

How to adjust the Contrast and Brightness with Cymera
The contrast and brightness can be adjusted.

How to switch to the front camera with Cymera to take a selfie
When in camera mode, tap on the second icon in on the top menu (or second up from the bottom on the left side if in landscape mode) to switch to the front-facing camera. Smile and take that selfie!

How to adjust the flash with Cymera
The flash is automatically set to Auto in Cymera. To change this, tap the top left corner icon (or the bottom left if in landscape) and either turn the flash so it’s permanently on or off.

How to adjust the picture quality with Cymera
To increase the picture resolution from Cymera, head to the Camera section and tap the cog in the top right corner. Now, head to Camera and the first option you’ll see is Image size. Here, you can choose from large, average and profile size.

How to zoom using Cymera
The zoom in and zoom out controls in Cymera are along the bottom of the camera interface if you’re in profile mode, or the right side if in landscape. To zoom in, drag the camera icon up and down or left to right depending which orientation you’re using the camera to zoom in and out.

Posted by clarehopping
13th Nov 2013, 20:18   | tags:,,