Over the last three years, we've been exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence and human-computer interactions. The products we build are a result of that exploration. And Deep Crop is the latest product from Polarr.
Hit up the iOS App Store and you'll find version 5.1.x of Polarr Photo Editor now available. This update actually has some cool new features and we'd love to share them with you. One of the coolest changes in this update is the new edge-aware feature in the brush tool. Read on to learn more about it and see what else is new in the latest version of Polarr.
Shhh, keep it secret but we're working a huge update for Polarr Album+ and a brand new app from Polarr. And you can help beta test!
Dear Polarr user,
This is Borui, founder of Polarr. We know that everyone hates subscription. As app developers, we do too when we consume other developers’ apps. On behalf of all software developers, I first want to say thank you If you're already paying for a service that has a freemium model of a subscription, and you're the top 1% of all users.
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.
Polarr 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.
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!
Mark came straight from USC with a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration to create the iOS apps of Polarr. When he’s not revolutionizing the App Store, he climbs up rocks and makes short films.
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, product marketing and PR. When not working, you'll find him developing his photography.
All things analytics
Alex grew up in a small and quiet city in Taiwan. Spent a brief time pursuing a career in finance before stepping into tech. Alex then decided to move to the Wild Wild Texas for his MBA and is now part of the growth team at Polarr in CA. His previous adventures include 500 Startups and Deloitte. Alex enjoys baseball, photography, and traveling alone.
Andrew studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. Before that, Andrew grew up in Florida. He enjoys running,skiing, speaking German, DoTA 2 and making things run on Linux. At Polarr, a little bit of everything is touched on by Andrew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make the dark parts darker.
Blacks control is similar to shadows; but it targets a wider range of the darker parts of your photo and adjusts the brightness of them, therefore making it more effective to adjust larger areas of shades and under lit surfaces while not affecting the brighter parts of your photo. Use this to define a new darkness level for a large dark area.
3D LUTs are common in the film industry as a way to "filter" or recolor scenes. Think of them as filters or presets, but for video. And Polarr can open them!
Polarr users on desktop platforms like Mac or Windows have access to some advanced functionality when it comes to exporting images in batches. This is a feature for power users and anyone else needing to export a bunch of photos that are in a series.
Polarr 5.2 introduced a new feature called the Border tool. This tool allows you to quickly and easily add borders to your photos. It's an intelligent tool that will suggest a border color based on the colors available in your photo. You can, of course, select any color you want.
The brush masking tool joins the radial, gradient, and color masking tools for creating local adjustments inside Polarr. We added the brush masking tool after receiving feedback from our users. You all requested the desire to have greater control and precision when editing their photos, so we gave it to you.
Our updated Color mask is better than even for creating local adjustments to a specific color or color range.
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:
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.
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Need to take a break from Polarr Pro? How you cancel your subscription depends on where you initially purchased it.
Meaning, if you originally purchased your Polarr Pro subscription on iOS, you'll need to manage it and cancel it through Apple. We've broken down this page into sections depending on where you originally purchased your subscription. Find where you purchased it and you can learn how to unsubscribe from Polarr Pro.
How can I get a refund for a purchase
Each platform handles refunds slightly different.
For iOS App Store or Mac App Store purchases, visit and contact Apple Support.
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
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
We wanted to say big thank you for everyone who participated in our first mini contest and shared us with your neat editing skills. We are truly impressed with all the submissions received and how creative they are.
Want to put your editing skills to work? Good, because we're starting a new contest series. Polarr is seeking tutorial videos that are one-minute long from our creative users. Each month, we will release an image for you to download and edit using Polarr Photo Editor. Submit your video tutorial to us and you might win some great prizes.
In this tutorial, we take a portrait of a person and give it a light and airy aesthetic. The techniques here can be used to make quick edits across a variety of subjects. Let's get started.
In today's tutorial, we're going to be using the HSL tool and a few others to recolor a photo. We'll be following a few rules surrounding complementary colors for this particular recoloring. Need a quick refresher on how complementary colors work? Then check out our article on Pixel Magazine on color theory for photography.
In this tutorial, we're taking another look at enhancing photos taken around sunset. But we're going to show you a new technique to add warmth to these photos and emulate that sunset feeling. Let's learn!
Photos that were taken at sunset usually have a nice golden glow to them. This is the golden hour and when you can count on your photos to usually look great. However, sometimes you might have one of those evenings where the sky is just missing a little bit of gold. Here's how you can turn a grey sky into something out of a dream.