Afterlight 2 – Make Use of This Incredibly Powerful Photo Editor

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Editing photos is an essential part of every photographer’s process. No matter the skill level, whether you are a beginner or a professional who has been at it for decades, every photographer needs to edit his or her photos to make them look their best and to bring out that aha! factor in their photos. While there are many photo-editing apps and websites available, most of them cater to professional photographers who know the editing process like the back of their hand.

These applications allow them to change and manipulate their photos in ways that neither is understood by the beginner photographer nor is necessary at their skill level. In fact, most of these budding photographers do all of their photography on their mobile phones, given the impressive picture quality of the average iPhone.

To cater to these photographers, who have only just begun their artistic journeys, the creators of Afterlight have come out with their new product called Afterlight 2. It is a powerful and popular photo editing app exclusive to iPhone users. It is an inexpensive and easy to use tool that makes editing photos brilliantly a very easy process that can be done by anyone with an iPhone. In this article, we’re going to delve into the details of this application and discuss its highs and lows and whether it is worth purchasing or not.

Ease Of Access

One of the first things that is evident once you open Afterlight 2 is how easy it is to use the application. There are no complicated processes or terms you don’t understand. Everything is straightforward and user-friendly, which makes it easy for you to experiment with the different features available on the application without fear of messing up your photograph. The app connects to your iPhone’s camera roll and you can load an image to be edited by a simple click. The application has clearly marked symbols and icons which make the interface crisp and clear.


Alfterlight 2 contains pre-set filters that can help you save time and get the edit you want without risking a bad edit. These pre-set filters are easy to locate on the menu and are arranged by color so that you can look into the different categories such as red, green, orange, purple, blue, etc. A colored line can be shifted to go to the color of preset filter you want.

It is also easy to create filters in Afterlight 2 and it is a common practice amongst more advanced editors and photographers. You can save a number of edits in the progression that you want to make the edits and then you can name the filter and Afterlight 2 saves it for you. Filters that have been created by users are easy to locate on the app and can be used to edit pictures with similar lighting or background to save time.

Community Filters

Continuing with the theme of filters, it is easy to download the custom filters made by other users of the app. These filters are available at the section dedicated to preset filters. These customized community filters are made by professional photographers who have a unique editing style which can be incorporated into your photographs.

You can browse and save presets you like, with new presets being added to the mix each month. The photographers give away these filters because it brings them exposure and web traffic. Whenever a user saves a preset filter made by a pro photographer, Afterlight 2 invites the user to visit the photographers web page or Instagram page, which leads to add revenue and increased followers for the photographer.


There is a very useful overlay feature available to users of Afterlight 2. Although it is not common for text overlay to be used on professional photographers, Afterlight 2 allows you to use different sizes, fonts, opacity, distance, blur, angle, and colors to overlay for things such as quotes, copyrights, etc.

The app also offers a wide range of artwork which can be overlayed on your photos if you so wish. This can make your pictures look artistic and magical and give them that extra pop that they might need.

Hue Adjustment

One of the best features of the application, the Selective Hue feature allows users to manipulate and isolate certain colors in a picture while leaving the rest of the image untouched. This tool can be used to edit pictures subtly or very noticeably, depending on the user and the image.

To practice using the Selective Hue feature in Afterlight 2, try editing a picture that contains a lot of colors and then try to manipulate a single color. Once learned properly, the Selective Hue feature can bring out stunning edits.

Crammed Application

One of the major criticisms of Afterlight 2 is the fact that it is packed with so many features that it renders the application cluttered and the interface crammed. There are a lot of unnecessary features present in Afterlight 2 which might have made sense for a more professional level photo editing application, but for an application that is mainly going to be used by novice photographers, features such as the Dust, and Light filters, and the option to Color Shift and Double Exposure, seem unnecessary.

On the other hand, there is a lack of frames in Afterlight 2. Although there are many options to edit pictures wonderfully, the application lacks in frame options, with only 4 frame styles available.


Although it has its shortcomings, Afterlight 2 is an incredibly powerful editing app that can make simple pictures be worthy of showcasing. It can be used by both beginners and professionals, with plenty of options to make stunning edits.

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