Image Blender is one of my favorite iOS apps. It’s a single-purpose tool that lets you combine two photos by stacking them and choosing the blend mode to get the effect and the opacity you want. If you ever wanted to take a photo and make it look like it was printed onto an old sheet of paper, or to, uh, make an astronaut sit in front of a pile of red sand, then Image Blender is for you.
And now Image Blender 2 is for you, too. The update adds some good functionality, but the best part is that – thanks to an iOS 7 makeover – it no longer looks horrible.
The app lets you stack two photos and choose the way the colors and shades of the photos interact with each other, having light tones completely disappear, for example, or letting the colors of the top layer overlay those beneath like the blue sea colors the creatures below it.
The app also lets you make masks, so a section can be left blendless, as it were. V2.0 lets you use the Adonit Jot Touch pressure-sensitive stylus to make masks more accurate.
In addition to this, and the stylistic improvements, Image Blender now supports 64-bit devices, is faster and less crashy, and has added URL schemes that let you call its functionality from other apps. Best of all, it’s a free update for existing users, and just $2 for new buyers. I’d just go grab it to play with, and keep it in a folder on your iDevice for the time you need to use it.