Oooh, I am so excited to have you here! You will receive a link and password to the class content itself as a separate e-mail once your payment has gone through in full, so check your e-mail (and possibly your spam folder) for that important information! (Remember that if you are paying in monthly installments, you won’t receive access to the tutorials until after your second payment goes through. Thank you for understanding!)

In the meantime, you can get started on downloading the following apps to your Apple phone or tablet:

1. Pixlr by Autodesk

Pixlr is a seriously incredible app that does the work of 3-4 separate apps all in one. And the best news is, it’s free to download! There is an option to remove the ads from the app for a mere $2.79, but otherwise, there’s no watermarks to contend with on the photos you create and no ‘pro’ filters or effects that you need to pay to unlock. You can have the entire editing suite for free if you don’t mind putting up with ads, or you can remove the ads for cheap cheap cheap! I LOVE THIS APP.

2. Perfect365

Perfect365 is a digital makeup app that allows you to enhance your selfies either subtly or significantly. It’s a godsend if you want to put your best face forward online (literally), and you can use it to make even minor enhancements to your skin, face, hair, and makeup without looking like a Plastic McFakePants. (Pssst– you don’t have to be a woman or female in order to make good use of this app. I regularly use it to make discrete touch ups to the men in my photos, too.)

I recommend paying to upgrade this app, because the free version will only allow you to save your photos in low definition. You can unlock the high definition upgrade for around $3, and there are a bunch of other makeup palettes and effects you can purchase for between 99 cents and $3 as well. Personally, I only paid for the HD upgrade of this app.

3. Photo Candy

The PhotoCandy app was one of the first apps I ever downloaded (back in 2015!) The free version will tack a ‘Made With Photo Candy’ watermark to every photo you create, so I would recommend upgrading the app if you decide you love it (which I totally do). To remove the watermark only costs around $1.50, or you can unlock the entire app and receive all of the patterns, presets, filters, and shapes for around $7.

4. LensFlare by Brain Fever Media

Be still, my beating heart. I use LensFlare for almost every single photo I post to social media- no joke. I adore adding light to my pictures as an intentional embellishment, and I know you will, too! There is no free version of this app. If you are interested in downloading it to your phone or tablet, you’ll need to pay around $3 to access everything that this wonder app has to offer. You can also purchase it in a bundle with other apps made by Brain Fever Media, but I personally have only ever tried the LensFlare app, and that’s good enough for me!

5. Retromatic

The Retromatic app definitely has its limitations, but it also performs well when you’re going for a specific type of effect (which we’ll be learning about in the App Magic class!) It was also one of the first apps I ever downloaded. You can’t get it for free, but the basic paid version costs only around $2. You can unlock other sticker packages for a buck each, but I’ve just got the basic version on my iPad.

6. Split Pic

If you haven’t already signed up to receive the free tutorial series for the Split Pic app, you can do so here.

The free version of Split Pic places a watermark at the bottom of the photos you create in the app, unless you pay to upgrade. Upgrades range from $1.50 to just take off the watermark to $5.50 to remove the watermark and unlock all of the ‘pro’ layouts, filters, and stickers.