|Every new version of Android brings changes, and the new Photos app in KitKat is an important addition. Don’t worry about the changes, however – while Photos is easy to use, the Gallery app is still on board and has been enhanced with some new features.
||Sharing options and an improved editor have been added, making it easier to add filters and frames, to traighten and rotate and to alter the colour settings on any photos or images saved on your phone. Coupled with an improved user interface, the sharing options
||enable you to send images via email and social networks or bookmark them. You can even add them to cloud storage, notepad apps, Picasa or other apps. Of particular interest are the new advanced editing features such as Curves and Graduated fi lters.
|1. Open your image for editing
You won’t be able to edit an image in the Gallery if it hasn’t first been snapped on your phone. To begin editing, open Gallery, select the Camera folder, choose an image and tap the pencil button in the lower-left corner.
|2. Advanced image-editing tools
The option in the bottom-right corner (a black and white disc with ‘+’ and ‘–’ symbols) opens access to the various advanced image editing features. Here you will find controls to create vignettes, or alter the exposure of your image.
|3. Using sliders/overlays
If you want to create an old-fashioned vignette, alter the brightness of a Graduated section of your photo, or use Curves to alter the colour balance – overlay tools are provided to help you get the results you’re looking for. Have a play around to get perfect results.
|4. Don’t confirm until you’re sure
Every change you make to your image remains a review until you tap the all-important tick button. At that point, the edit is applied, and can only be undone using the undo button at the very top of the user interface.
|5. Colour control with Curves
With the Curves tool you can radically alter a photograph. The default setting is RGB, but by selecting a single colour you can enhance it, often with striking results, simply by altering the position and direction of the line.
|6. Saving your changes
When you’re happy with the edits you have made, you can keep these safe by saving as a new image file. Simply tap the Save button in the top-left corner of the app, which will add the new photo to your Gallery. And that’s that, you’ve mastered non-destructive image editing.