When it comes to increasing originality with your photos, using filters isn’t enough. It’s too easy and really requires no skill. Photo blending, on the other hand, is much more difficult. Your creations can verge on being really bad if not done right, but if you can nail it, you’ll make something really unique.

InstaBlender for Windows Phone is from developer Thomas Tsopanakis, who’s made other apps like the popular app Countdown.  


Tsopanakis has a flair for design and InstaBlender is representative of that. We’re not even huge fans of photo blending, but this app is so well designed (and free) that we had to cover it.

The app itself is simple enough: you launch it, pick two photos and blend them. On the blending screen, you have 15 presets, which you can just tap to see the result. After the blending, you’re brought to a powerful editor driven by the Nokia Imaging SDK, which includes borders, orientation, text, adjust and yes, actual filters. You can even undo and redo those changes easy enough with a simple arrow—heck, there’s even a counter to tell you how many changes you made. That’s a nice touch.

Once you’re all done with your creation, you can either save it to the phone (high resolution at 1200 x 1200 pixels) or share it using the default Share function in Windows Phone. That means you can easily send this to 6tag or another Instagram app for easy posting.

All in all, photo blending is a niche tool that can be easily abused. But InstaBlender is so well done that it deserves to be downloaded, even if you only use it on occasion. Plus, it’s totally free with no ads.

If you do like the app, do Tsopanakis a solid and leave him a positive review—it’s really the only payment this young developer asks.

Head here to the Windows Phone store to pick up InstaBlender. Thanks, Beth, for the heads up!

QR: InstaBlender