Photogene for iPad Tutorial

Photo Browser

Photogene introduces its own custom photo browser, this is the first thing you’ll see when launching Photogene for the first time. The photo browser allows us to provide a much improved workflow of photo editing and many great features.


  • Browse photo albums, events and faces on a full screen and not inside a small pop-over window.
  • View photo thumbnails at their original aspect ratio when browsing a certain album. You can also change the thumbnail size (small, medium or large sizes are available) using the view  size button:
  • Tap a photo to start editing it, long tap a photo to bring up a menu where you can view its metadata (if such information is available), export this photo, or give it a name.
  • Batch export: save or upload multiple photos with all your edits included. When inside an album, tap the “Select\Collage” button located on the top toolbar, then tap on the photos you wish to export and a icon will appear, which means it was added to the list of photos to be exported (tap a photo again to remove it from the list), when you’re done – tap the “Export” button and choose your desired export target. When the export is done you can immediately export the same photos to another export target or tap the blue “Done” button to exit the batch selection mode. While export is being executed, you can close Photogene and let it continue to run in the background – you will be notified when the export is complete.
  • Select all: to select all photos inside a certain album, long-tap the “Select\Collage” button.
  • When browsing through photos you will notice that photos that were edited (and had some modification applied to them) are marked with the  icon. When you modify a photo, Photogene will automatically save all your edits so when you open this photo again – it will be loaded with all of your modifications.

Photo Editor

The Crop mode allows you to remove unwanted portions of an image. When you select this icon, a bright rectangle will appear.  The crop rectangle highlights the part of the photo that will be preserved after the crop is applied.

  • You can re-size the rectangle by pulling the anchors in the corners or move it by dragging it.
  • To apply the crop tap the “Crop” button, everything outside the rectangle will be cropped out of the picture.
  • You can constrain the crop area to a specific ratio by selecting one of the predefined ratios that appear at the right of the screen. You can also set a custom ratio by using the most bottom ratio button (marked with a little star).

The Rotate mode allows you to rotate your photo, flip it, or straighten it.

  • To tilt a crooked photo by up to 15° per side, drag the “straighten” slider at the bottom of the screen.
  • To rotate your photo by 90° or flip horizontally and vertically, simply click on the desired icon:
Rotate clockwise
Rotate counter-clockwise
Flip vertically

Flip horizontally

The Adjustments mode allows you to correct the color balance of the photo manually or automatically.

Clarity section:

  • Clarity slider: adjusts the intensity of the clarity filter. Clarity can give washed-out photos a rich and live look, it enhances the details and balances the contrast and exposure of the photo at the same time.

Brightness section:

  • Exposure slider: controls the brightness of the picture. Slide it to the right to increase the illumination.
  • Contrast slider: controls the difference in brightness between light and dark areas in the photo. Contrast can have a significant visual impact on an image by emphasizing texture.
  • Highlights and Shadows: use these sliders to correct over-and underexposed areas in the photo. This correction doesn’t really change overall exposure. Instead, it lightens or darkens pixels according to the brightness of the surrounding pixels

Colors section:

  • Saturation slider: controls how colorful the image is. If the slider is all the way to the left, the image appears in grayscale.
  • Vibrance slider: similar to the saturation slider, vibrance will make your image more colorful, but – without over-saturating the image and preserving skin tones. Ideal for images with people. .
  • Color temperature slider: controls the “warmth” of the picture. Slide to the left to make the image appear cooler (shift to blue) and right to make it warmer (shift to red).
  • Tint slider: use this slider to add green or magenta tint colors for whitebalance fine tuning.
Sharpen and De-Noise section:
  • Use the sharpen amount slider on blurred photos to make the edges of photographed objects clear and distinct. The sharpen radius controls how wide the edges will become (in most cases it is not necessary to modify this parameter at all).
  • Use the Denoise sliders to eliminate unwanted artifacts introduced by the camera sensor or as a result of poor lighting conditions. The luminance denoise will remove the kind of noise that looks like film grain – close pixels that show changes in lightness and darkness. The chroma denoise will remove the kind of noise that looks like color spots of pixels showing different colors.
Histogram section: a colors histogram displays the distribution of colors within the picture.
  • Drag the bars left or right to choose the part of the histogram you wish to preserve. The position of the right baraffects the brightness of the picture,and the distance between thebars affects the contrast.
  • The triangle determines the mid point (gamma). Changing its position makes the image lighter or darker, but without discarding any colors.
  • The “Auto” button will adjust the colors for you.
RGB section: This section contains 3 sliders which adjust the levels of the red, green and blue components of the photo. Use this to tint the image towards a specific color or reduce an existing unwanted color.

Curves section: use the curves control to perform advanced color corrections. By adding up to 6 anchor points, you can apply almost any tone or contrast modifications. Most common corrections can be achieved by applying very small changes to the graph.

  • Drag an existing anchor point to change the graph at this location.
  • Start dragging the graph at an empty place to create a new anchor point.
  • Tap once on an anchor point to remove it.

The Retouches mode allows you to apply localized corrections to your photos.

Retouch tools section:

These tools are designed to perform corrections on small areas of the photo. Use the Heal/Clone tool to eliminate small blemishes or restore damaged areas of the photo. Use the Red-Eyes tool to remove common red eye effect from any number of eyes in a photo (if you have more than one person with red eyes).

– To begin tap the tool that you wish to work with (Heal/Clone, Red-Eyes or Blur) to make this mode active.

  • – To add a retouch correction area – double-tap anywhere in the photo. You can add as many retouch areas as you like.
  • – Locate the retouch areas in the right place simply by dragging them.
  • – Set the radius of an area by dragging its anchors or just start dragging from any point on the circle.
  • – Set the intensity: The intensity slider determines the strength of the effect. Not all retouch tools have intensity.
  • – To remove a correction area just tap on it once and use the delete button that will appear.
  • – To remove all corrections tap the “clear” button (appears when a retouch tool is selected) to remove all retouches of this kind. Tap the “Clear all” button (appears when no tool is selected) to remove retouch areas of all kinds at once.

Masking Overlays section:

Use these tools to apply an effect to a large area of the photo. Masking overlays let you “paint” an effect or color adjustment over the photo.

To begin, select one of the tools.

Move your finger over the photo to paint the mask area.

Use the properties panel to control the current mask:

  • The Brush thumbnail lets you select the brush size and feather (the feather controls the size of faded edge area).
  • The “Intensity” thumbnail controls the strength of the effect. When working with the “Effects” overlay you will find a different thumbnail called “EffectType” for selecting the effect.
  • Use the “Paint/Erase” toggle button to determine if your movements are applying the effect or erasing it.
  • Use the “Mask/Contour“toggle button to highlight the painted area in red so it’s easier to see the painted area.
  • Use the Inverse button to invesrse the mask so that areas that were previously marked are now clear and vise versa.

– When you are satisfied with the result – tap the “Done” button.

Use 2 fingers to pan and zoom the photo while painting the effect. Single tap on the photo to quickly switch between paint and erase mode.

The Text mode allows you to add text bubbles or other shapes on top of the picture.

Touch the symbol of your choice and wait until it blows, then simply drag the symbol icon and place it wherever you like.

To edit an existing symbol, tap on it once. When the symbol is in edit mode, you will see small circles surrounding it:

  • To enlarge or shrink the symbol drag the anchors (small circles) on its corners.
  • To change its location, drag the body of the symbol.
  • To edit the text within the symbol or to customize its appearance, make sure the symbol is selected (when selected the anchors are showing), then tap on it once again. You will then be able to type your text or use the buttons located above the keyboard to customize the outline color, fill color, text color, shape, font and more.
  • To delete a symbol press the ‘X’ button at its top-left corner:

The Enhance mode allows you to add decorations like frames, outline, filters and effects. You can combine different decorations and effects to bring a unique look to your photos.

  • Gradients section: using these tools you can add a radial effect to your photos. Use Vignette tool to add black edges, use the Blur tool to focus on a certain element in a photo and blur out the rest, use the Gray tool to emphasize parts of your photo by graying out part of the photo. Each effect presents 2 circles: the part of the photo that’s inside the inner circle is left unchanged, the part between the 2 circles is the part where the effect is applied gradually, and on the area beyond the outer circle – the effect is applied at its maximum. You can also tap on the “Manual” button to set the circles radius with your fingers and even move the center of the circles to locate the effect in any part of the photo.
  • Framing section: these tools allows you to add frames to decorate your photos. Use the Frames tool to add one of our frame images, after selecting a frame you will be able to use the “width” slider on the bottom to adjust the thickness of the frame. Use the Outline tool to add a single color frame with customized color, width and you can even round the outline’s edges. Use the Glow tool to add various glow effects, once a glow effect is selected – the “Adjust Glow” button will appear on the bottom, tap on the button if you want to adjust the glow color, width or intensity.
  • Effect section: these tools can be used to add a special touch to your photos. Use the Filters tool to add one of our filter effects, some filters can be customized – once a filter is selected you can adjust its intensity by dragging the slider at the bottom of the filters area. Use the Reflection tool to add a horizontal reflection. Use the Background tool to set a different background color to your photo, this is useful when you want the photo to blend well on a different background, for example – if you want to put it on a website that has a white background color.

Glow effects:

The Presets mode is a powerful tool which allows you to apply a set of predefined actions which are incorporated into one preset by a single tap of a button. The actions can include color adjustments, frames, crop, filters and any other effect.

  • Selecting a preset will apply all actions at once to achieve a certain look or effect.  You can now close the presets mode and continue working with the photo based on the modifications already applied by the preset.
  • Custom presets (my presets): you can save custom presets to be used any time you like. Tapping the “Save” button will create a new custom preset with all of the currently applied actions and changes you made to the photo up until now. Tap the “Edit” button to enter into edit mode where you can delete a custom preset or set its name (to rename a preset tap on it while in edit mode). Note: at this point presets cannot contain symbols. If any symbols exist they will not be saved to the custom preset.

Top toolbar functions:

Undo button
Redo button

Original button

Restores the image to its original state. This action can also be undone using the undo button.

Export button

  • Resolution: you can set the output resolution for the image you’re about to export. Use this feature to reduce the exported photos size when uploading to social networks or when emailing. You can use one of our predefined resolutions or set a custom one.
  • Preserve IPTC: when this switch is ON, if any IPTC information was added by you to the it will be also added to the exported photos.
  • Preserve Geotags: when this switch is ON, if any of the exported photos contain GPS information – it will be included in the exported photos.
  • Watermark: automatically add a text or image watermark to exported photos.
  • Date Stamp: automatically add a date watermark to exported photos. If available, the original photo date will be used automatically (extracted form the exif info), if not – the current date will be used.
  • Save to photo library: saves your masterpiece to the “saved photos” album. A new copy is created each time you press save – so the original photo is never changed. You can create a copy of your photo in different preset resolutions or set a custom resolution of your choice. The edited photo remains in its original resolution.
  • Share your creations directly to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, Picasa, Evernote, Tumblr or upload to your FTP server.
  • Copy to clipboard: copies the current photo to the common clipboard. This allows you to paste it in other applications. For example in an MMS or a mail message.
  • e-mail your edited photo directly from within Photogene. Note that the photo is not saved to the “saved photos”, just e-mailed.

Metadata button

A complete metadata view about the photo if such information is available.

  • General: view file name, type (JPEG or RAW), resolution, size, date and some important exif data such as ISO, fNum, etc. You can also assign a star rating to the photo which will be added to the photo’s IPTC when exported and that can also be used for filtering in the photo browser.
  • Exif: complete EXIF metadata of the photo with easy to read titles and values.
  • IPTC: view existing IPTC metadata and edit it.
    • Tap the arrow button next to each field for enhanced editing and also for adding custom lookup values.
    • Manage IPTC sets to be used for auto filling a photo’s IPTC values
    • Edit default values to be auto filled during export (only used in case a field is empty) – very useful for permanent data such as Author, Credit etc.
    • Use the copy button so current IPTC can be pasted onto other photos. Can also be pasted onto multiple photos when they are selected in the photo browser.
    • Advanced: When editing a field, long tap to insert a “file name” pattern that will be replaced with the actual file name during export. When editing date and time, go into the extended editor to select a pattern.
  • GPS: view the location where the photo was taken on a map. If such information does not exist you can add it and it will be added to the photo during export. Tap the pin to remove the GPS data or copy it. Tap the “i” icon at the bottom right corner for a quick help and also to automatically set the location via a search query

Information button – opens the information dialog.

  • Write us an e-mail directly from here using the “Write to us” button
  • Use the “Visit our site” button to open Safari with our website.
  • Read messages from us regarding Photogene for iPad at the bottom part of the dialog.

Collage Maker

Photogene’s built in Collage Maker lets you combine several photos into one frame and create your own work of art.

The collage maker can create collages out of 2 to 6 photos, when selecting a different number of photos you will see their matching templates. In the basic version of the collage maker  you can choose from 3 kinds of templates for each amount of photos, you can upgrade the collage maker and purchase the complete templates package of 60 templates in total.

How to use:

  • Select collage photos: when browsing an album inside Photogene’s photo browser, tap the “Select \ Collage” button on the top toolbar. Then tap each image that you wish to include in your collage. When done, tap the “Make Collage” button which is found in the middle of the top toolbar. Note: if you don’t know how to use our photo browser please read the “Photos Browser” section on the top of this page.
  • Customize your collage: on the bottom panel, select a template for your collage or change it’s design – set the outline width and color, add inner shadow to the frames or change the aspect ratio of the collage. You can also add text bubbles or just labels from the text bubbles section, using text bubbles is similar to the text mode of Photogene’s editor, you can read more about using text bubbles in the “Photo Editor” section on this page.
  • Add effects or adjustments to photos: tap once on a photo, when the photo is marked use the bottom panel to apply a preset or manual color adjustments to the photo. Tap again on the same photo or outside of the collage to deselect it.
  • To switch between photos long tap on the photo that you wish to move. Once the photo shrinks and sticks to your finger – drag and drop it into the frame that you want to move it into.
  • When done, use the export button to share your collage masterpiece.