The weirdest, wackiest and most bizarre photo apps for the Note II
The GALAXY Note II has some formidable photography skills thanks to its eight-megapixel camera - so much so that we recently picked out the ten best photography apps for the Note II.
Though if it’s quick photo-based fun that you are after, then you don’t need to restrict yourself to taking pretentious snaps of your lunch or endless chin-stroking studies of urban graffiti.
The Google Play store is full of somewhat weirder apps that can really make the most of your Note II’s camera.
Here is our pick of the ten best.
This is a complete photo editor with tools for things like red-eye removal and sharpening images but it also comes with a host of fun effects including Instagram-like filters, distortion effects, the ability to make cutouts of faces and swap them around as well as plenty of options for adding text, captions and even speech bubbles and comic-like 'sound effects'.
Coolest of all, this app also supports the GALAXY Note II's S Pen to do pressure-sensitive drawing and this Pro version comes with a whole library of props and other overlays to spice up dull and boring snaps.
Color Splash FX
Did you ever wonder how Steven Spielberg did that effect in Schindler's List - the girl in the red coat who stands out among the black and white of the rest of the film?
Well, in all honesty he probably didn't do it using a GALAXY Note II! But you can achieve something similar for still photos using Color Splash FX.
Just take a picture or select one from the Gallery and the app with turn it into a black and white shot. You can then use your finger or the S Pen to mark the areas you want to pick out in colour and the app will do the rest. Really simple, but you can get some great effects with a little care.
All the fun of those seaside photo-boards that place your head in a comical scene.
In fact, make that LOADS MORE fun along those lines as you can pick from thousands of scenes with one or more head holes waiting to be filled up with the faces of you and your friends.
Tiny Planet FX Pro
Tiny Planet FX Pro will take any photograph and morph it so that the bottom of the pic gets squashed into a 'planet' and the top half gets wrapped around that planet.
Its hard to describe but feed it a picture of a field with some trees and people and it is immediately obvious - you get a small green planet with trees and people sticking out of the surface!
With some experimentation in picking the right photo and tweaking the slider bars just so you can create some really effective and unusual pictures.
Free (with in-app purchases)
FuntasticFace gives you a palette of props, hairstyles and other enhancements that you can use enhance your photos. Slap on massive Manga eyes, comedy wigs or pumped up lips to turn drab snaps into something to MMS home about.
The app is free but you can buy extra packs of props or clothes, etc. for a small fee via in-app purchase.
Free (bundled with phone)
Photographs are great but what if you could knock up a sketch or painting instead of a holiday snap? You could go all out and use the S Pen to paint a masterpiece with an app like Infinite Paint but if you are maybe not quite up to that then fire up Paper Artist and let it do the work for you.
Paper Artist will turn any photo (from the gallery or direct from the camera) into a sketch, etching or painting. It just uses a bit of image processing code but it can look quite effective and - as Paper Artist was designed with the Note II in mind - you can cleverly use the S Pen to draw over the top or 'scrape away' the painting to reveal the real image underneath, which can create some brilliant effects.
Comic Strip It! Pro
With Comic Strip It! you can use your photographs to build multi-panel comic strips or storyboards. You can use images straight from the camera or the gallery and apply various image effects to get the right look for your graphic novel masterpiece.
Each panel can be enhanced with titles, captions and speech bubbles as well as sound F/X like POW! KA-BOOM! and THWIP! Once you are done, export the image to your SD card or share it on your social network of choice from within the app.
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say. WordCam Pro takes this rather more literally than it was intended, but the results can be a lot of fun.
Feed the app a picture from the gallery or the camera and then give it a list of words and a selection of fonts. WordCam Pro will then make a new version of the picture using the list of words, repeated in semi-random patterns and a variety of fonts and sizes, while retaining the underlying colours of the image. It can look amazing.
This clever 'live' filter will distort an image even before you press the shutter, enabling you to get precisely the effect you want. Filters include a photo-mosaic, fisheye lens and distorted zoom to create weird, hall-of-mirrors-like effects.
You can stack two effects on each other, feeding the results of one into the other to create more varied images.
Cinemagrams are those clever animations that look like still photographs with just one element moving - the candle on a birthday cake, say, or a crowd scene where one person turns their face to look at you. Fotodanz is an app for creating them.
Fotodanz works a bit like a long-exposure camera. You just take a 'photo' (actually a short movie) for a couple of seconds and it will then present you with a still image.
You can draw on this using a finger or the S Pen to mark the part of the animation that you want to display. Fotodanz will then create an animated GIF file of the still with your selected animated area over the top. Once ready you can share it to Facebook, Twitter, Email, MMS or Google Drive.