AppLove is a CanvasPop blog series on the latest and greatest mobile photography apps, written by #twosisters Melissa Vincent and Ali Jardine. In this edition, Melissa explores one of her favorite editing apps, Juxtaposer.
Juxtaposer is the one iPhone app that I simply cannot live without. It makes the impossible possible. On Instagram when I use this app on one of my photos, I usually get several “Great Photoshop!” comments. I don’t even own Photoshop! In this review, I’ll teach you how to use Juxtaposer and you can make magic happen, too.
Here is the app’s home screen.
You can see that I have several sessions saved. This is just one of the many amazing features offered. You can start on a project and come back to it later. For this tutorial, I’m going to select the “Start new session” button.
This is what you will see.
You will want to either load an existing photo or take a new one to be your base image. I chose this image from my library that I took while flying.
The next screen to show up after my photo loads looks like this. There are three options. You can either take a photo, load an image, or load a stamp. A stamp is a picture you have already ‘cut out’ from an image and saved into your stamp gallery.
Here is a portion of my stamp collection. Remember that the photo you load on top will be the photo you will be allowed to manipulate. The bottom photo is set as a background, so you can’t erase anything on it.
I loaded an existing photo from my library. This is what my screen will look like now. At the bottom, you will notice a pan & zoom button. This moves your bottom image only. To zoom, use two fingers.
There’s also a button for moving the top image only, plus an erase and unerase for the top image only.
At the top, you have three rectangles in the middle. These let you pick which work style you like best. The first one lets you erase with none of the background showing while you work. The middle lets you still see the background while you erase (which is helpful for aligning elements).
The last box in red shows only the top image, with the erased area in red. The circular button to the right of these boxes lets you select between hard and soft edged brushes, opaque and transparent brushes, and the size of the brush.
At the top, you will see four white bars on the far left. This is the menu button, and clicking it will bring this up the next screen.
This is where you can save your stamps or session. You can also add a new top image, replace the top image, or replace the base image. One of the best features about Juxtaposer is that you can flip the top image (or stamp) and stamp the top image onto the photo as many times as you want.
For this session, my idea was to cut the boy with the binoculars out and place him in the sky on clouds to make a surreal photo. To do this, I clicked the “move top image” button and used two fingers to zoom in for easier access to erase around hard to reach spots.
I continued to erase the background from the boy and then placed the stamp where I wanted it in the clouds. I also always save the stamp, so I can use it for another photo if I’d like.
Below is the final image!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on one of my favorite editing apps, Juxtaposer. With practice, I think you’ll find it’s a favorite of yours, too! Check out this post’s header for more photos I edited using this app.
About Melissa Vincent: Trying to show the world a beautiful side to Mississippi. Lover of nature and magic and making surreal southern art with my iPhone. Stop by and say hi on Instagram or Twitter and check out her website.