Skew: a new photo app that lets you fix crooked lines and poorly aimed shots

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I will be the first to admit that I am terrible at noticing lines and angles when I snap pictures. I even use the stock Camera app’s grid feature, but I don’t think about the Golden Ratio when trying to get a picture of my cat doing something funny.

Skew is a photo editing app that lets you fix those minor mistakes after the fact. Not only can you straighten angled lines by rotating the image, but you can also “skew” the photo so that objects in the picture are straight.

Users start by either loading a picture from their device’s camera roll, or taking a picture from within the app. Then, tap the Rotation button to adjust the angle of the shot. The Rotation wheel (called a magnet in this app) allows you to fine tune the angle adjustment very precisely. When you are done, tap the check mark and move onto the Skew.

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In the Skew section, you can manipulate the image so that it sort of tugs at the image and moves it around, making it look straight. Tap the editing tool in one of the four corners to skew that area. Then, tap the next corner to do the same. You’ll be able to manipulate a wall that was originally taken at an angle to make it look like it you were directly in front of it. This does distort the image a little if you mess with it too much. Don’t go crazy.

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You can see what the image looked like before the adjustment by touching and holding the screen for a second. This feature only goes back one move. If you don’t want to make the changes, tap the “X” in the upper right corner of the screen to go back. You can also reset the entire image to its original form by tapping the reset button in the upper right corner of the main screen.

Then, head over to the Ratio section to adjust the image for 1:1, 3:2, 5:4, or 16:9. If you feel so inclined, flip it upside down or backward and then you’re ready to go.

You can save the image to your camera roll, or upload it to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also select another compatible photo editing app, or save it to Dropbox.

Skew is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for $1.99. Download it in the App Store today.

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