Polarr is going subscription
2017/12/5

tl;dr Polarr Photo Editor is moving to a subscription model for new users in early 2018. The existing free features will continue to be free, and current paid users don't need to worry about anything. Read the rest of the post for more details!

Why we're switching Polarr to subscription

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New Polarr update for Mac ready that nukes those crashes
2017/11/16

Last month we released version 4.2.0 of Polarr Photo Editor and Polarr Photo Editor Lite for Mac. Unfortunately, for a small set of users not yet on High Sierra that release contained a bug. This bug would cause Polarr to crash upon either opening or importing a photo. Not really a good thing! It was a hard bug to find and replicate and fix, but we did it.

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The best grain on mobile now available in Polarr
2017/11/2

Overhauled Grain tool in Polarr

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Introducing Express Mode for Polarr Photo Editor
2017/9/13

We have a new update available for Polarr Photo Editor users on iOS. Head to the App Store and you'll find version Polarr 4.1 is now ready to download and has as a few features we want to highlight. We're excited to introduce Express UI mode, which is our way of giving you the ability to simplify how you edit photos with Polarr. Let's just jump into all the new features. Here we go!

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Windows 10, Mac, Chrome and online users now have Polarr 4
2017/7/14

Polarr Photo Editor 4 is now available for Windows 10, Mac, Chrome and online. This is the latest version of Polarr that we released just last week on Android and iOS. We're always working hard to make Polarr one of the best photo editing apps around and we're excited to bring feature parity to all of our "desktop" platforms in this latest release. Let's check out what's new in the app and what's been revamped.

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Polarr 4 introduces new Face tools including Spot removal and Liquify
2017/6/7

Today we're releasing Polarr Photo Editor 4.0. This is a big update that introduces a handful of powerful new additions. We've revamped the Face tool and Color mask to make them better than ever. Joining the app is a useful new Spot removal tool and Liquify tool. Plus so much more! Let's talk about all the changes in this update. Android and iOS users will find the update in their respective app stores, while Mac and Windows users will see in in the next week or two.

Face tool. Better. Faster. Stronger.

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Hidden features and interactions every Polarr user should know
2017/12/15

We designed Polarr to be accessible to users both new and experienced in photo editing. Anything you need to do with the app is easy to figure out after playing around for a few minutes or watching the tutorials included. Most anything you would need to do with Polarr shouldn't be too hidden or hard to figure out.

That said, we do have a few features in the app that might not quite be on your radar. There are also some interactions that can be hard to discover on your own. In this blog post, we'll share 25 features and interactions in the app that deserve a bit more of your attention. Power users are gonna enjoy this blog post. 💪

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Free filters for all our users
2017/6/19

We recently revamped the collection of filters available in Polarr. This revamp had us not only rename the filters but rework the actual edits made when applied. The result? Filters that look better than ever. To celebrate, we went ahead and made a bunch of filters free for our users. Now you have access to over 100 free, high-quality filters that make editing your photos a breeze.

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How to customize Polarr
2017/5/28

Inside Polarr is the ability to make your editing workspace entirely your own. It's pretty easy, but you might miss it unless you play around with the app on a regular basis. This post is for those not aware of the ability to select a custom color theme or rearrange icons. Here's how you do it!

Custom color theme

By default, you'll notice that the majority of the app UI is dark. Most people prefer editing photos in a dark or light environment in order to focus on the photo itself. You can change the color of Polarr Photo Editor by going into settings and selecting a new theme. You'll notice four options: Dark theme, Dark theme+, Light theme and Custom color. Here's how it looks like on the iOS version of Polarr.

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Making the sky pop with gradient masks and the curves tool
2018/1/19

In this quick tutorial, we show you how to make the sky pop in your landscape images. This works especially great near sunrise or sunset when the sky in your photographs has a ton of color or interesting clouds. Check out the video below to see the quick tutorial.

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How to selective color edit a photo
2018/1/10

In this tutorial, you're going to see how to make a single color pop and stand out in your photos. This selective color technique is a great way to learn more about the tools available in Polarr! The tools we're using in this tutorial include the HSL tool and Brush tool. Check out the video below or read on for step-by-step instructions.

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How to blur the background of a photo
2018/1/5

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A blurred background is one of the best ways to create stunning portraits. Traditionally, blurred backgrounds are the result of shooting with DSLRs and using a wide aperture. Today, modern smartphones, like the iPhone X or Pixel 2, make it easy to create blurred backgrounds while taking a photo. But what if you don't have a DSLR, a brand new smartphone, or just forgot to shoot a blurred background? Just easily add it using Polarr Photo Editor.

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Minute edits - Balancing exposure at sunset
2017/9/14

In just a minute, we'll walk you through some steps you can take to balance the exposure in your photo. This is particularly useful when working in tricky lighting situations where a section of the image is either underexposed or overexposed. You'll find situations like this coming up a lot when shooting landscapes against a setting sun.

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Minute edits - Bringing back detail in dark images
2017/9/14

In just a minute, we'll show you a few quick easy edits to bring detail back to an image that is dark. This is great for when you take a photo in a low-light condition, but want to see as much of the image as possible.

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Minute edits - Creating a moody city at night
2017/9/14

In just a minute, we'll take a normal photo of a cityscape at night and turn it into something dramatic and moody. You'll get a Gotham City vibe from this edit.

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Software License
2018/1/5

Software license

Last updated on 2017 Sept 13

Polarr uses a simple software license that you can understand.

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Polarr Album Plus
2017/11/23

Polarr Album Plus shows you only your best photos. It saves you a ton of time by keeping similar photos organized and only showing the best of the group. Album Plus automatically recognizes and categorizes people, objects, places, documents, and receipts so that you can easily find what you’re looking for and not see the things you don’t need. All of your photos are automatically enhanced with our Smart AI filters. The result is an album of all your photos organized beautifully and thoughtfully. It’s your own personal curator.

Main features of Album Plus:

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Polarr Photo Editor
2017/9/13

Used by the world's most professional portrait and landscape photographers, Polarr offers advanced auto-enhance tools and sophisticated filters to edit every detail of your photo. We designed Polarr for both new and professional photographers. Polarr's interface allows you to navigate basic and advanced edits with ease, whether it's applying instant filters or sophisticated masking and local adjustments.

Download Polarr Photo Editor

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Polarr Album Plus
2017/12/1

Need help with Polarr Album Plus? You're in the right place to get started! Be sure to read the rest of the wiki for more in-depth answers and insight into our products. Here are a few FAQs to get you started.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Polarr Photo Editor
2017/12/1

Need help with Polarr Photo Editor? You're in the right place to get started! Be sure to read the rest of the wiki for more in-depth answers and insight into our products. Here are a few FAQs to get you started.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Whites
2017/11/2

Make the bright parts brighter.

Whites control is similar to highlights; but it targets a wider range of the brighter parts of your photo, therefore making it more effective to adjust larger areas of bright scenery and objects while not affecting the darker parts in your photo. Use this to define a new brightness level for a large bright area.

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Vignette
2017/11/2

Bring focus to your subject.

Vignette is a reduction of an image's brightness or saturation at the periphery compared to the image center. The word vignette, from the same root as vine, originally referred to a decorative border in a book. Later, the word came to be used for a photographic portrait which is clear in the center and fades off at the edges. A similar effect occurs when filming projected images or movies off a projection screen.

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Vibrance
2017/11/2

Think it as smart saturation.

Increasing a photo's vibrance will bring up the colors in areas that have weak saturation, while areas that have high saturation levels remain unaffected. Vibrance is especially useful for bringing up the colors in photos of people. It is very kind on skin tones because it will not over saturate them, causing the colors to be unrealistically bright. Most of the time, you will find the results you're looking for by changing the vibrance instead of the saturation because it does not affect every pixel in the image.

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Toning Shadows
2017/11/2

Blend a new color into the darker part of your photos.

Some photo editing software provides this option for you to add a different color to the darker parts of an image. In the examples below, we shift the hue of the added color while maintaining its saturation. In actual photo editing applications, you are usually given the options to both controls the hue and saturation of the added color.

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Toning Highlights
2017/11/2

Blend a new color into the brighter part of your photo.

Some photo editing software provides this option for you to add a different color to the brighter parts of an image. In the examples below, we shift the hue of the added color while maintaining its saturation. In actual photo editing applications, you are usually given the options to both controls the hue and saturation of the added color.

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Temperature
2017/11/2

Cooler to warmer feeling photos.

In digital photography, color temperature is sometimes used interchangeably with white balance, which allows a remapping of color values to simulate variations in ambient color temperature. Most digital cameras and RAW image software provide presets simulating specific ambient values (e.g., sunny, cloudy, tungsten, etc.) while others allow explicit entry of white balance values in Kelvin. These settings vary color values along the blue–yellow axis, while some software includes additional controls (sometimes labeled tint) adding the magenta–green axis, and are to some extent arbitrary and subject to artistic interpretation.

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iOS Camera roll extension
2017/11/2

Users on iPhone or iPad can set up their device to show Polarr as an edit option in their camera roll. This is a great feature to enable for those times you might be browsing your camera roll and find a photo you would like to edit. By adding Polarr to your iOS Camera Roll extension you're able to quickly make edits to that photo with Polarr. Here's how.

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Rearranging icons
2017/11/2

In Polarr you can easily customize a few things, like themes. But you can also rearrange the icons however you like. This is especially great on mobile when you might want to put your most used icons on the bottom navigation bar, and infrequently used icons on the top bar.

To move an icon an icon on mobile, just simply hold and drag to a new location. With our desktop apps, just click and drag.

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Landscape lock
2017/11/2

Mobile users are going to love our rotation lock feature. In settings, you can easily lock the rotation to either landscape or portrait. By default, auto is enabled. Auto will respect the orientation of your device and Polarr will rotate with it. But we include the ability to lock Polarr's orientation regardless of what your device does.

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Making adjustments
2017/11/2

Whenever you apply an adjustment to a photo in Polarr you're presented with a slider to control it. This slider shows up when you do things like make a global adjustment or smooth skin tones. But here's a pro tip for mobile users wanted to make adjustments even faster: use the adjustment pad itself.

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Exporting
2017/11/2

Exporting your photos with Polarr is easy, yet powerful with the included controls. When exporting in Polarr, you can do things like change image quality settings, image dimensions, and even add a watermark. Here's a quick overview of what you can do when exporting your photos with Polarr.

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Import filters
2017/11/2

Users can easily create custom filters in Polarr and share them with other users. But how do you get those custom filters into your app? It's really easy thanks to QR codes.

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Vintage film series - Polarr 3
2017/11/2

In early June 2017, we released Polarr Photo Editor 4. It brought a lot of new changes to the app, one of those being a revamp of our filters. We completely improved each filter and did some renaming. This page contains previous filters for users who still wish to use them.

Just scan the QR to import filters. Enjoy!

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Skin tone series - Polarr 3
2017/11/2

In early June 2017, we released Polarr Photo Editor 4. It brought a lot of new changes to the app, one of those being a revamp of our filters. We completely improved each filter and did some renaming. This page contains previous filters for users who still wish to use them.

Just scan the QR to import filters. Enjoy!

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Modern series - Polarr 3
2017/11/2

In early June 2017, we released Polarr Photo Editor 4. It brought a lot of new changes to the app, one of those being a revamp of our filters. We completely improved each filter and did some renaming. This page contains previous filters for users who still wish to use them.

Just scan the QR to import filters. Enjoy!

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Japan series - Polarr 3
2017/11/2

In early June 2017, we released Polarr Photo Editor 4. It brought a lot of new changes to the app, one of those being a revamp of our filters. We completely improved each filter and did some renaming. This page contains previous filters for users who still wish to use them.

Just scan the QR to import filters. Enjoy!

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Infrared film series - Polarr 3
2017/11/2

In early June 2017, we released Polarr Photo Editor 4. It brought a lot of new changes to the app, one of those being a revamp of our filters. We completely improved each filter and did some renaming. This page contains previous filters for users who still wish to use them.

Just scan the QR to import filters. Enjoy!

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Golden Age series - Polarr 3
2017/11/2

In early June 2017, we released Polarr Photo Editor 4. It brought a lot of new changes to the app, one of those being a revamp of our filters. We completely improved each filter and did some renaming. This page contains previous filters for users who still wish to use them.

Just scan the QR to import filters. Enjoy!

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Borui Wang
2017/9/13

Chief Everything Officer

Borui Wang is CEO and founder of Polarr. He is a die-hard photographer graduated from Stanford with a master degree in HCI/AI. Besides building Polarr, he also loves collecting headphones and his hometown Beijing.

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Colin Lv
2017/9/13

Android Lead

Recognized as one of the best Android developer making products used by millions in China, Colin is leading all efforts of Android development and integration tasks in Polarr. He loves racing, body-building and good food.

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Daniel Vershinin
2017/9/13

Director of Vodka

Daniel is the vodka developer and UI guy of Polarr. All the way from Moscow Russia, he is the maker of Simplify for Mac and he still owns a ZX Spectrum.

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Derek Yan
2017/9/13

Architect

All the way from Toronto, @derek earned his undergrad degree from U of Waterloo in Mechatronics Eng and Graduate degree in EE from Stanford. On his spare time, Derek enjoys reading history novels, helps out at his home church Santa Clara First Baptist, and follows his hometown sports teams: Leafs, Blue Jays, and Raptors.

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Sam Sabri
2017/9/13

Head of Growth

Sam Sabri is head of growth at Polarr. Prior to Polarr, he worked as managing editor at Windows Central and as a marketing manager at Microsoft. At Polarr you'll find him doing most things community, branding, product marketing and PR. When not working, you'll find him developing his photography.

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Sean Kent
2017/9/13

Knife Thrower

Sean is the full-stack web developer of Polarr. From Eureka CA, he is the creator of PhotoGL. He enjoys cooking, gardening, and knife throwing.

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About Polarr
2017/9/13

Each month, over 2 million photographers from around the world use our flagship app, Polarr Photo Editor, to create amazing photos.

This is what we do. Polarr is a modern photography company whose focus is to give all photographers the professional tools and resources they need to create their best work possible.

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Press
2017/9/13

Have a press inquiry about Polarr? Reach out to Sam by email or on Twitter.

Media Resources

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