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Splashup

Sophisticated Online Image Editor


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Published 01/31/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Splashup is an online photo editing tool that gives users more options and control over their images. Users can edit multiple photos at once and work with pixel level control. The application includes many of the most common editing tools, such as crop, brushes, eraser, text tool and a color palette. The application also lets the user work with layers and layer effects as well as filters. Photos can be edited from many popular third party sites as well, including Facebook, Picasa and Flickr. Filter options include sharpen, blur, add noise, pixelate, emboss, posterize, invert, clouds, desaturate, grayscale, enrich and colorize. Zoom and full screen viewing options are available so the user can easily examine details in their edited photos.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Splashup is an online photo editing tool that gives users more options and control over their images. Users can edit multiple photos at once and work with pixel level control. The application includes many of the most common editing tools, such as crop, brushes, eraser, text tool and a color palette. The application also lets the user work with layers and layer effects as well as filters. Photos can be edited from many popular third party sites as well, including Facebook, Picasa and Flickr. Filter options include sharpen, blur, add noise, pixelate, emboss, posterize, invert, clouds, desaturate, grayscale, enrich and colorize. Zoom and full screen viewing options are available so the user can easily examine details in their edited photos.

What are the differences to other apps?

Splashup was originally introduced to the internet as Fauxto. The application has received praise primarily for its handy tools, which are not common in a web-based photo editor. The ability to work with layers and layer effects gives users far more options when tailoring photos to a specific purpose or style. The main complaint form users focused on a lack of fun features, such as borders and clip art. Many competitors supply a more attractive combination of filters and fun extras.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Splashup sparks creativity with a dark background and hints of vibrant color found throughout its icons and features. The simple color scheme (which features primarily black and white) works extremely well with the applications’ modern interface. The user’s focus remains on the canvas rather than on flashy graphics or distracting visual elements. The tools are positioned to be easily accessible and most include easily recognizable icons so users can adapt to the Splashup interface with minimal effort.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a Splashup account by clicking the blue “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The sign up form appears tucked into the upper, right hand corner of the next page. The form asks for an email address, password and display name. After submitting the form, the user is automatically logged in to their new Splashup account and can begin editing photos online.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can use Splashup for free. Users who visit the homepage can try the light version or create an account for access to the full version. No subscription is required and the user can access all editing tools and features. Users can create multiple images. The site does not list a limit on the number of photos the user can edit. Photos can be imported from a third party site or uploaded from the user’s computer.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Splashup is a powerful resource for anyone who wants a quick and convenient way to edit a photo. The application is better for users who are familiar with layers and more sophisticated editing techniques. Although the application isn’t a Photoshop replacement, it offers many features simpler editors miss. Users won’t find a library of clipart or festive frames, but they can perfect photos to a specific style or purpose.

  • Photos can be added from Flickr, SmugMug, Picasa, Photobucket and Facebook
  • Layers and layer effects are included
  • Users can access the photo editor without signing in
  • Light version offers a more casual experience
  • Zoom and fullscreen view helps users inspect images


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