4 ways to improve your photos with Nokia Creative Studio 6.0

Earlier last week, the Nokia Creative Studio 6.0 update has become available for download at the Windows Phone Store. It has a completely redesigned interface with some new features. The bad news, as some of you have discovered, is that the update is missing Color Pop and Red-eye reduction. Nevertheless, we've spent some time with the updated Creative Studio. Read along to see how you can improve your images using the app.

Before the update, Creative Studio launched straight into the filters. Now it shows various editing options in a menu bar with your image. This includes reframe, filters, enhance, and blur. Blur background and Color Pop are listed under the menu.

Reframe

Choose the reframing option if you want to rotate, straighten and change the aspect ratio of any image. You can change this over and over again, without losing quality. Click the rectangle button to cycle around the aspect ratios. If you're planning to share it to Instagram, select the 1:1 square ratio.

Filters

If you like adding filters to your photo, you can select:

  • Warm Copper
  • Retro Fade
  • Retro Cool
  • Vivid
  • B&W Fade
  • B&W Strong
  • B&W Antique
  • Pure
  • Nightlife
  • Warm Horizon

Unfortunately, you cannot change the strengths of each filter. It's all or nothing. Hopefully, that option gets added in an update.

Enhance

If you want more control with the edits, select the enhance option from the menu. This gives you options to change the vibrance, shadows, brightness, clarity, and the temperature. Play with the siders until you are happy with your photo. If you're impatient, select the auto-enhance button to let Creative Studio automatically make your photo look better.

Other image editing tools such as Fhotoroom and Adobe Photoshop Express provide more editing options like sharpening, fade, tint, and noise reduction, but we're happy with the choices provided by Creative Studio.

Bokeh

There are several ways to add blur or bokeh with Creative Studio 6.0. In the blur menu, you can add a circular blur or simulate the effect of a tilt-shift lens. You move and pinch to adjust the sharp area. You can also manually adjust the amount of blur.

The blur background option is available when you click the ellipsis at the lower right corner. This asks you draw on the subject that needs to stay sharp and then draw on the background that you want to go blurry. If done well, this creates a photo that looks like it was taken with a dSLR. The edit tool lets you adjust the blurred areas. Everything masked in red appears blurry while everything else stays sharp. Use the eraser or paintbrush tool to make adjustments. You also adjust the amount of blur to apply.

Is this your favorite image editing app?

What's great about editing with Creative Studio 6.0 is that it provides non-destructive editing. You can keep adding or removing edits on the fly. If you get overwhelmed and want to start all over again, you can do that, too. Click the ellipsis at the lower right corner and then tap 'revert to original.'

Nokia Creative Studio 6.0 is a free download from the Windows Phone Store exclusively for Lumia devices. It's missing a couple of features from the previous version, but it's understandable since it is a complete redesign. That will be remedied in an update.

Is this going to be your main image editing app? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

184 Comments
  • Great app
  • It isn't great without color pop
  • At times it feels like MS has a unique gift of crippling their products when they introduce a more modern version of them. No color pop? Really?
  • I thought this was a Nokia product. Don't think Microsoft owns this one but I could be wrong
  • It was Nokia product before now it's Microsoft mobile oy's. You can see it when go to the store and search the app and the releaser is not Nokia anymore
  • They said it's gonna come back in the next update. But yeah, Microsoft is the only company that takes some feature(s) away after an update...
  • Will be available soon.
  • The menu option is there, and if I tap on it, it says "soon..." and it shows an example image with the feature... So it will be reimplemented in future.
  • Color pop up still there, is just hide.
  • Color pop is just weird. In 95% of all photos taken out looks plain stupid.
  • In my opinion, color pop was a gimmick/barely functional at best. Do not miss understand me, it worked (functional) if your picture fell under certain conditions, I personally have a couple of photos taken while I was golfing that just look amazing thanks to the color pop feature, but again certain conditions were met. I will wager that this feature when available again will function under a wider spectrum of conditions.
  • I've made some stunning photos with colour pop. It's no gimmick. I look for photos that will stand out if colour popped.
  • +930
  • The app does have color pop!! Will take some time I guess
  • I reformatted/reimaged my Icon just to get my color pop back, and flat refuse to update Creative Studio.
  • Reformatted/Reimage...Wha!? Can you do that??? If so, could you tell me how? When the damn app upgraded to 6.0, it removed EVERYTHING I loved about 5.5! So I uninstalled the fudging app and was looking for something as good as 5.5. (I especially loved the Ivory filter, so.) Would you help? Is there any hope, Doctor?
  • It will come
    "coming soon"
  • yeah, I miss color pop too
  • gentlemen, the color pop is still there.
  • Try an app called 'sense the colour' in the meantime
  • I frequently use this app to blur my favorite photos for the start background purposes
  • I use color pop alot so I'm still holding on to the older version.
  • that's good to know we have different preferences..
  • Wish I hadn't updated too... I miss the older UI
  • I don't see one way this app is better than the original creative studio, damn it Microsoft.
  • It isn't great app without colour pop & background blur with zooming
  • Great app. This is my favorite along with Adobe
  • I also like Adobe because it has noise reduction.
  • I find Adobe doing a better job in 'fixing' white balance issues in my photos.
  • Adobe has the best adjustments. IMHO
  • The previous creative studio was better, the current one just sucks. I could edit my 16mpx photos then print them but the current one brings incompatibility issues with printing machine.my lovely cropping style was replaced with a shit one. Filters are never the same I don't even use them nowadays
  • Good app, but Fotoroom is still the best
  • I too prefer Fhotoroom for its greater control over colour balance. I find that the Nokia camera auto white balance is far too blue to the point where even warm tones like reds and oranges are effected so I need to fix them.
  • Photoshop, creative studio and photoroom are the ones I use. I also wish one of those would have a good collage making tool, as It is the only reason I have to keep hold of 6tag
  • Try Phototastic for collages.
  • No. Fantasia Painter is still far superior imo.
  • That's also my go to photo editing app, certainly my favourite of the ones I've come across on the WP store.
  • The one by Microkia?
  • Nop. The one by Nokola. Better than what's been released by that abortion called "Microkia" (did you know the latest? The updated display app is f*cking Clear Black on the 930 and the updated Camera app ruins the square frame grid. What a wonderful work "Microkia" is doing! =P)
  • So, you're saying this update was made by a MS new team, and not by the same team that did Black????... Sounds like you're being unnecessarily critical because you hate MS... I don't really care for those kind of opinions... Now, you know I always stand up for you, but listen to yourself⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
  • Yeah, Fantasia Painter is the most feature rich.  I was really surprised at how many it has.
  • True.. very extensive editing options. One of my fave app
  • Yep, I love it and use it all the time
  • Great app, but I prefer Fotor
  • +920
  • +620
  • +1320
  • Why did they remove the red eyes feature? That's something I used a lot
  • I'm guessing they started this app again from scratch. That would be why. Haven't got around to reprogramming those features yet.ir they aren't working well enough yet.
  • They shouldn't have released it. I also miss the filters from the old one...
  • +520
  • Adobe has red eye.
  • I miss the ability to highlight a color and turn the rest grayscale. It'll return I'm sure!
  • Color Pop
  • Nice app but Fantasia painter is the real deal when it's about fixing a photo. For editing, Fhotoroom is my favorite!
  • Really Great app
    But unfortunately I only use PicsArt, because I use these apps rearly
  • It seems like I'm getting a workflow with all of these apps. :) I will likely use this one for reframing/cropping since I think it resamples and leaves full res. For other editing, is a combo of Fhotoroom, Fantasia and Adobe. Is great to have a full toolset right in the phone.
  • Good 'How To' article with pros/cons, and nice cross product comparison for reference. The Creative Studio redesign is well-done, and I appreciate the non-destructive editing option. Overall an outstanding app!
  • Fantasia painter is the best
  • I forget to use it most of the time. Good edit features though...
  • Creative studio was the first editing app I used in windows phone...i liked the color pop feature very much. The one thing i use this app is for color pop.hope it arrive soon.
  • This really is my main image editing app... Has been for a long time...
  • I imagine you get a lot of practice correcting those butt ass ugly selfies.
  • How rude✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖✖
  • Thank you. I'm here all week. Try the roast beef and don't forget to tip your hostess.
  • So, you like roast beef..... Figures :-o:-o:-o:-o:-o
  • I've been using PhotoShop since it came out and I really like Thumba Photo Editor (paid version) but if I want something done quickly I use Nokia's offerings
  • Was way better designed before. Now it's just ugly.
  • Agreed.
  • They ruined a a once perfect app and it was unique in how it applied filters IMO had the best filters out there. Thank you very much Microsoft for pulling an Xbox music on us.
  • What happened to the collage feature that is missing as well? Used that all the time.
  • That was the worst collage maker I've ever used!
  • Color pop was my favorite feature :'(
  • Complete redesign or not, but to me this is most definitely not understandable to leave out those 2 crucial features from previous version, but yet this is a major update to the app. Yes, yes I know color pop and red eye are coming back in future update, but again how long will that be. It would've have been nice if they would've included said features being stripped in the changelog to update to Creative Studio 6.0, I would have chosen to not update and wait it out until they were once again part of Creative Studio.
  • Favorite editing app? No. But it is a solid app that has gotten better and I have used it often. The filters and controls are nicely done.
  • The blur option feels laggy whenever select it, earlier it wasn't the case.
  • Superb app. Colour pop is missing:(
  • Fantasia Painter is Best.
  • At this time, I using Fantasia Painter to color-pop, its under different name there but has better functionality too...  
  • Doesn't actually work for me. I run it and it shows Latest and the top and Photos text at the bottom, but with no images. Menu just shows About which does show the version number. Odd.
  • What device?
  • Nice!
  • Why undo the previous filters which were way better & more useful. It doesn't make sense.
  • Not my favorite editing app any longer. I've been using Nokia Creative Studio, exclusively, since it was first released, but I hate the new user interface and have switched to Adobe Photoshop Express. Let me know when they fix what they've just bollocked up.
  • giving
  • My favorite editing app. But I use Adobe PhotoShop express sometimes too. However most of the times I edit my photos on my laptop, and there the default Photos app is enough for me.
  • Is there any app to highlight something or make custom lines or circles? And what if I want to combine two photos ?
  • I pretty much use it for red eye reduction and that's about it.
  • The most annoying thing happens when you blur the background and add some options to the photo like sharpening, temperature etc. When you save it the photo comes out blurry as fuck! You have to blur the background first, save it, then edit again. Needs a hell of an update!
  • Glad to see in not the only one having this issue, thought I was kidding the plot
  • Needs an undo option too, my God.
  • That's a good idea. I like that we can revert to original photo, but yes, an Undo button would be nice.
  • Why has your dog no life in him/her? He/She is always sleeping! Lol
  • Polor Cop
  • Is it released just for some region? Cauz i can't see any update for the app. (l920)
  • Return color pop
  • Creative studio 6.0 is the worse.. previous version was much much better.. 1) no color pop 2) blur background option litreally sucks. this was much better in previous version at least we can zoom the picture and draw the lines prefectly.. no such option in the new version. 3) picture quality gets bad after editing...  I was a real real fan of the creative studio..but now i dnt even like to open it..  
  • My favorite is Nokia creative studio and PhotoShop express....
  • Why not build this into the native app for lumias or am I thinking to much lol. Overall I like the features
  • So I will skip this update, I think. Dont want to mess with the (already low) quality of images as 1320 has such a basic camera.
  • Wish it could do away with the WPCentral apps annoying I-want-to-be-an-amber-alert tone
  • I would just be happy if they could decide on an interface and quite moving things around so much.
  • After last update in my 520 touch not responding some times.now waiting for update :'(
  • +520. Actually it is bit slow, the earlier app was better.
  • I think there is a bug in 6.0...when i use manual blur then save it...The whole pic gets blurry :( this update sucks
  • Missing collage too.
  • Just like Microsoft.... Another update that removes something. Damnitall!! Why can't they just enhance and improve something?! Enough with REMOVING things for an UPDATE. Sheesh!!!
  • I like cs6
  • It is a good app, no doubt, but I prefer Adobe PS and Fhotoroom for most of my editing needs.
  • The worst ever version of creative studio. I'm hating it more than ever. I want my old creative studio back
  • Missing the color pop.. :( http://instagram.com/shbhm111
  • Nope, this is not my main image editing app. It was a great app before(creative studio 5.5). I don't like the new ui or the filters which are quite mainstream.
  • Pics Art is the best by far
  • Its was my favourite and it will be only if we get colour pop
  • Not that much useful...
  • Is Ms serious? We need parental controls for them.
  • Lol, comment of the week!^^^^
  • ROFL
  • Screenshots are not editable with this version at all. Hopefully it comes back in the next update.
  • App was much better and simple before
  • I liked the filters before the update. I can't use any of the filters, seriously. But the layout is quite functional
  • i think fantasia painter is a much better editor........
    try it yourself
  • ME WANT COLOR POP
  • Kicking myself as I knew about colour pop, then accidently updated .
    My go to editor is Fotor, it has a beautiful clean design and is easy to use. Adobe is also good. Fantasia can be a bit overwhelming, but has loads of features.
    Also love Phoster for making collages and adding text.
  • They gotta add the old filters!!
  • The best is fantasia painter for pro photographers using a phone.
  • Yeah that is my favourite one. Bit for readymade filters and blurring effects Creative studio is best.
  • Cool features. Especially the circle and rectangle.
  • I like this and adobe
  • I miss the possibility to group several pictures in a group :(