Last Updated: October 1, 2014
Mextures is one of my favourite photography apps on iPhone (alongside the awesome VSCO Cam of course). When it first launched early in 2013 it was a handy little app for adding textures and light leaks to your images, you could stack multiple textures onto a single image (hence the name Mextures).
The thing was, regular editing was not really possible within Mextures, so that had to be done in a separate application. All that changed when Mextures 2.0 was released this year.
Whilst the textures and light leaks are still there, the updated app brought all the other image editing controls that you may need; film simulation modes, exposure, contrast, temperature, tint, saturation, fade, sharpening, and adjustments for highlights and shadows.
For those of you who have never or seldom used it, this Mextures app tutorial gives a couple of examples of how you can quickly get up and running with this superb application.
Getting Started With Mextures
When you first open the app you’ll be presented with the screen shown below, there are two prominent icons below the Mextures logo, the first is Camera (which lets you shoot from with the app), the second is Library, from where you can choose an existing photo that you would like to edit.
There are then a further four icons at the bottom offering various options. The first is for existing formulas that you may have saved or imported (more on that later), the second is an inspiration feed of other users photos (some great work in there), the third is a news feed (also well worth checking out), and the fourth and contact page with various links.
I often shoot with the regular camera app from Apple (as it’s the most convenient, and the only option when my iPhone is locked), so I normally choose a photo from the library from within Mextures.
Once you chosen your image from your library you’ll be presented with the crop screen (shown above left), you don’t have to crop, but I often do a square crop for sharing on Instagram.
The next screen (shown above right) then lets you start editing with textures or formulas. Textures are added as layers, you can add multiple layers and blend them with one another. Formulas are effectively saved presets, these may be a combination of textures and adjustments.
In this example I’ve chosen the regular textures setting and applied two light leaks on different layers to the image I captured in New York.
I’ve played with the opacity and blending modes of the layers to get the look I want, and then made further adjustments, darkening the highlights, and added a slight fade to the image.
The editing controls are pretty easy to use after a little practice, below we have created a little guide that you might find handy if you’re new to the app.
It’s worth playing around with these for a few minutes just to familiarise yourself with functionality and layout, it’s a relatively intuitive interface when you get used to it.
Mextures is all about combining different effects and edits, so when you you finished and you save your image to your library, you also get the option to Save Current Formula (show below). This is very handy if you’ve produced an editing style you really like, as once it’s saved you can apply it to a different image with one click.
Hopefully this tutorial gives you a start in using this excellent app, it’s definitely one of the very best photography apps available for iPhone and lets you make creative edits with ease.
You can get Mextures via the App Store for £1.49/$1.99.