Master the art of image manipulation with Sketch Master (app review)

Image manipulation on Android is nothing new. It’s been around since the early days of Google Play, then known as Android Market. Sketch Master is another one of those apps pining for that valuable space on your phone.

Sketch Master overview

Sketch Master is an app that allows you to manipulate an image through a series of filters, stickers, frames, and many other tools created for image manipulation. You can choose from one of your images already on you phone or you can use your camera and start from scratch. Many of the filters, stickers, and frames are free, but there are a few that require an in app purchase of $1.49 each.

The app is ad supported, but an ad-free version of the app can be found on google play for $1.49 as well.

Sketch Master setup

The setup is pretty easy. Aside from downloading the app from Google Play, you’ll need to create an an Adobe account, or if you currently have an Adobe ID, you can just log in using your existing credentials. In doing so, you’ll unlock various filters and overlays.

Sketch Master usage

The app is dead simple and very intuitive to use. You start off with a set of predefined filters designed around making the image look like it was sketched or painted. You’re not required to select any of the filters. If you want, you can select the original image as your base before proceeding to the next round of edits.

Sketch Master screenshots

Once you move into the 2nd round of image edits, you’ll find the overlays and additional filters. In order to fully master and acquaint yourself with all the different options, you’ll need to click on the all of the various filters to see what you think.

This is where I found the app to be very enjoyable. I thought it was rather fun exploring the different filters and playing around with the stickers. There is even a meme generator that makes meme creation fairly easy.

The app’s UI, loosely follows Google’s Material design. It’s not bad, but I prefer the standard Material Design to this slight re-imagining.

The ads, for the most part, were fairly unobtrusive. There are a few full page ads that you can easily close, but for $1.49 you can get rid of them all, which, if you like the app, will be a small sacrifice.

One thing that I would like to see is a tighter integration with Adobe. It would be pretty cool if your images would sync with Adobe’s Creative Cloud. I mean, the developer already requires the Adobe ID to unlock certain effects, so it shouldn’t be to much more of a stretch to be able to sync your images with your creative cloud work space.

What we liked

  • Easy to use
  • Fun filters and stickers
  • Lots of effects, filters, and stickers to choose from

What could be better

  • Better integration with Adobe Creative Cloud
  • The UI could follow Google’s material design a little closer

4.13 out of 5 stars

Overall this is a fun app to use, especially if you enjoy fine tuning your images. This, of course, goes far beyond the sepia tones of the early Instagram days and makes playing around with your images fun.

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