How Do You Use Diptic?
You begin using the Diptic app by specifying one of five different layouts for your photo arrangement. After you select the layout, you can fill each space with a photo from your device library, or you can use your iPhone camera to create new photos to be used.
Diptic uses the same types of touch controls that any user of an iPhone will be familiar with in order to transform the photos within individual frames. You can use your finger to pan around the image, or zoom in and out by pinching the screen. If you tap a photo, a menu opens up for mirroring the photo or rotating by 90 degrees.
You can find sliders for changing brightness, contrast and saturation adjustments in the Effects section. The developers of this app give you enough control to make side-by-side adjustments to your pictures so you can achieve visual consistency or create contrast.
You can also adjust the thickness and color of the borders that frame the pictures using simple controls. You can remove the border completely by reducing the thickness until it disappears.
They offer two export options for your images. You can save the final image to your Camera Roll, or you can email it straight from the app, or post it on Facebook, Flickr, or Posterous. Images can also be exporterd as normal or high resolution.
The resolution output is set to 1024 x 1024, which is fine for the iPhone. This would need to be increased for the iPad, however.
Diptic is great but it isn’t perfect. It doesn’t save your image on exit, and you have no way to save and load the image manually. They are planning on adding this functionality in a future release, however.
I’ve had great fun using Diptic over the past few days. It’s fun finding new and creative ways to display the photos on my iPhone. I’m already thinking of ways I can tell my visual narrative story with my pictures using Diptic.