Enlight is a powerful iPhone photo editor for enhancing and manipulating your images. From basic exposure adjustments to creative masterpieces, Enlight combines a huge range of editing tools into a single app. In this tutorial you’ll discover how to use Enlight to really push the limits of your iPhone photo editing. You can even follow along with your own iPhone photos in our step-by-step video demonstrations.
How To Navigate The Enlight App
While there are many editing features packed into the Enlight app, it has an extremely well designed user interface which makes it a delight to use.
The important thing to remember when using Enlight is that you can easily access the main menu of editing tools by tapping the Menu icon (three lines) at the top right, or by swiping left across the screen:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the features that Enlight has to offer, just tap the Enlight icon at the top left of the screen where you can take a tour of Enlight and access some useful tutorials:
From here you can also access the app’s settings. This offers a number of customizable settings, including the ability to set the files size and image format (including TIFF files) when you save or export your edits:
Enlight also has a really useful and intuitive Help feature that can be accessed whenever you’re using any editing tool within the app. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen to access the Help feature for that particular tool:
How To Edit Photos In Enlight
Enlight integrates your iPhone’s photo library right into the app’s interface, making it quick and easy to grab the image you want to edit from the Photo Drawer at the bottom of the screen.
You can also expand the Photo Drawer by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. This fills the entire screen with your photos, making it easier to scroll through your images:
To open a photo from a different album, just tap the Albums option at the top left of the photos screen.
In the following sections you’ll learn about the eight different editing tools available from the main menu: Canvas, Image, Filters, Tools, Artistic, Brushes, Text and Finalize.
The Canvas option in the edit menu has three tools: Crop, Skew and Refit.
The Crop tool lets you remove the edges of your image using one of many standard aspect ratios. You can also rotate, flip and straighten your image.
The Skew tool offers the ability to apply perspective corrections to your photos. In addition to horizontal and vertical adjustments, you can also adjust the level of lens distortion.
The Refit tool is quite unique and allows you to essentially move elements of your photo closer together without stretching or skewing those important elements. This feature requires a fairly simple background to be truly effective, but it offers potential not found in other apps.
Press “play” on the video below to learn how to use Enlight’s Canvas tools to crop, skew and refit your iPhone photos:
The Image option in the edit menu contains three tools: Adjust, Clarity and Target.
These tools are used for enhancing your photos by adjusting properties such as exposure, contrast, color, sharpness and clarity.
The Target tool allows you to apply targeted edits to specific regions of an image.
You can make adjustments using either the customizable presets or the manual adjustment tools – simply select Presets or Tools from the bottom of the screen.
From basic edits to more advanced features like Curves and Split Tone, these tools provide you with a huge range of photo editing possibilities.
Watch the video below to learn how to use the Image tools in Enlight to enhance your iPhone photos:
The Filters option contains a variety of preset filter effects that you can use to change the look and feel of your photos. There are three categories of filter: Analog, BW and Duo.
Analog has a good selection of film-like filters for creating vintage or analog-inspired images. BW is for converting your image to black and white.
The Duo feature allows you to tint your image with a blend of two different colors that you select. You can adjust the type of overlap and blending before fully applying your edit.
Again, you can either use the customizable presets or the manual adjustment tools to create just the look that you want.
In the video below you’ll discover how to use Enlight’s filters to change the look and feel of your iPhone photos:
The Tools option in the edit menu has four different tools for manipulating your images: Mixer, Reshape, Heal and Tilt Shift.
The Mixer tool lets you blend photos together to create unique double exposure images like you see in the example below.
It works by layering one image on top of the other, and then adjusting how much of the bottom image shows through to the top by way of a masking brush and various blend mode settings.
While this feature doesn’t offer the same amount of image control as dedicated apps like Superimpose and Union, it covers all of the basics quite well and ensures you don’t have to save your images and open them in yet another app to combine them.
The Reshape tool is for stretching and reshaping elements in your photo, and the Heal tool is for removing unwanted objects and blemishes.
The Tilt Shift tool lets you selectively blur your image to create a tilt shift effect. This selective blurring creates the illusion of a shallow depth of field which can make your scene look like a tiny scale model.
This feature functions just like the tilt-shift tools in other editing apps, but it also has a radial blur filter which creates a blurred vignette around the edge of your photo.
You can see all four Tools options in action in the video below:
If you want to push your creativity even further, you should definitely try out the Artistic tools in Enlight.
Here you have three tools: Painting, Urban and Sketch. These artistic options can be used to transform your photos into fantastic pieces of digital art.
You can easily turn your photos into beautiful paintings or pencil sketches using either the presets or the manual adjustment tools which allow for a high degree of fine tuning.
The Urban tool can be used to apply fun and creative urban art effects, from grungy textures to graphic and text-based graffiti-like art.
Watch this video to see how you can apply these artistic effects to your own iPhone photos:
The Brushes option lets you draw and paint on your photos. This section has two tools: Doodle and Effects.
The Doodle tool has a selection of basic brush types that you can use to draw on your photos with your finger or a stylus.
The Effects tool has a collection of different graphics such as abstract patterns, bokeh, bubbles, hearts, snowflakes, leaves and birds that you can quickly and easily apply to your image.
If you like to caption your images or otherwise enhance them with text, you can easily do this with Enlight’s Text tool. There are three text options: Type, Decals and Meme.
The Type tool offers full control over the wording, style and placement of text. After tapping the Type tool, press and hold on the text box that appears to access the keyboard and type your text.
After adding text to your photo, you can move it around and customize it using different font styles, colors, drop shadows, blending modes and more.
For something a bit more stylized, the Decals tool allows you to apply pre-made “stickers” with a variety of common phrases.
Like the Type tool, you can adjust the size of the Decal text, change its color and reposition it wherever you like.
Finally, the Meme tool makes it easy to create your own thematic memes for sharing on social media.
The last option in the editing menu is Finalize. This section contains four tools: Border, Frame, Instafit and Collage.
These tools can be used to add some final touches to your images before printing or sharing.
The Border and Frame tools give you the option of applying a classic or decorative border to your photos. They’re fully customizable so you can change properties such as color, width and opacity.
Instafit can be used to position your photo on a square background for sharing on Instagram (even though you can now share non-square images to Instagram).
The background that you position your photo on top of can be a solid color, a pattern, or a blurred version of the photo itself.
Last of all, the Collage tool lets you combine several photos into a variety of different collage layouts. This is a great option if you have a series of photos that would look good displayed together.
How To Apply Selective Edits With The Mask Tool
You may have noticed that when you’re using certain editing tools, a “Mask” option appears at the bottom right of the screen.
The Mask feature is a powerful tool that gives you the the ability to selectively apply your edits to just certain parts of your image.
For example, you could apply the black and white filter to certain areas of your photo, leaving the rest in color.
To do this you simply apply the effect you want to use on your photo, then tap the Mask option on the bottom toolbar.
You can then use the masking tools to selectively apply your edits to certain portions of the image using your finger as a “brush.”
In the video below you’ll learn how to use the Mask tool to apply selective edits to your iPhone photos:
As you grow more comfortable with Enlight, you’ll find the ability to apply edits selectively with the masking brush is one of its most powerful features.
While there are many great iPhone photo editing apps out there, Enlight manages to combine a huge range of adjustments, filters and artistic tools into one single app. It has almost everything you could possibly need, all in one single package.
Whether you want to make simple adjustments to exposure and color, or get creative with painterly effects and text, Enlight will satisfy most of your photo editing needs.
You can download Enlight for $3.99 from the App Store. This is a bargain considering how many great editing features are included within the app.