Monochromatic, a Windows Phone app for the times your photos need a quick fix

Monochromatic joins the ranks of the many Windows Phone photo editors and hopes to garner some attention with its simple layout and core editing features. Editing tools include cropping, exposure controls, vignette application and a few tonal filters. You also have an in-house camera app just in case you need to snap a quick shot while in the editor.

Monochromatic is not a feature rich editor such as Photoshop Express but the Windows Phone photo editor does come across a nice option when you need to do a quick, simple edit of your images.

Simple Layout, Decent Editing Tools

Monochromatic has somewhat of an uncomplicated layout. The main menu has options to launch what appears to be a cut-down version of the Windows Phone to capture a new photo to edit or pull up an image from your Pictures Hub to edit.

You also have options to view the About Screen and rate the app in the Windows Phone Store.

Regardless of the method, once you choose your photo to edit Monochromatic jumps over to the editing screen. Your photo editing sets are displayed across the top of the screen that includes the following.

  • Basic: Crop, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue and Sharpness
  • Black and White: A collection of various black and white filters
  • Tone: Another collection of filters but this time they cover tonal filters of various temperatures and tints
  • Vignette: Several styles of vignette effects, both dark and light edges

Some editing tools can be adjusted as to how it impacts the photos but most of the filters and vignette effects are set in stone. Confirmation, cancel and undo commands will be displayed at the bottom of the editing screen.

Images can be zoomed by touch with the Basic set of editing tools but lacks this ability with the other editing sets. Once you have all your edits in place, a save button awaits your command at the very bottom of the screen.

Images cannot be shared from within Monochromatic, which means you will need to visit your Pictures Hub to share any edited images.

Overall Impression

Let me say from the get go that Monochromatic is not in the same league as Fhotoroom, Photoshop Express or any of the other heavy weight editors. Monochromatic is a nice, lite photo editor for when you need to do very basic edits to fine-tune your images or give them a little pop with the filters collection.

The layout is simple and easy to navigate around and while images are re-sized when saved, it isn't too drastic. An original image sized at 2000 x 3552 pixels will be resized to 1126 x 2000 pixels.

I would like to see an adjustment control with the filters to regulate the impact of the filter or effect you are using. In-app sharing capability wouldn't be a bad touch either. But overall, Monochromatic does a nice job of the basic editing functions.

If you are looking for a lite photo editor to supplement your main workhorse or prefer the simpler side of things, Monochromatic is worth a try. While we know of at least one Windows Phone user who gives it a 5 Star rating, we'll dial it down a bit and see Monochromatic more suited for the 4 Star range.

  • Monochromatic - Windows Phone 8.x - 3MB - Free - Store Link

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • I feel the writer of this article uses Fantasia Painter and can't get himself to write a review on an editor that is this simple without repeating that fact a gazillion times.
    It hasn't been updated since 2013 and FP still is the best app with the least amount of bugs ever.
  • I tried to contact the developers of Fantasia but they never reply. That app is not developing anymore. But its still the best and there is room for improvement too.
  • I contracted the developer a few months ago and kept bugging him to bring FP to Windows 8 as a Modern app. He said he was working on it. For the most part FP does things no other editor can do. WAY ahead of its time.
  • FP developer is back, he said it on twitter. 
  • THE BEST! I barely use other app including Nokia xyz
  • Fantasia Painter can't save in full res so no, not the best.
  • I love fantasia painter
  • And what app does that?, not even PhotoShop or creative studio.
  • Go to settings there are options for quality (resolution)
  • Nope. Don't use Fantasia Painter. It's a nice photo editor, just not my cup of tea.
  • I think it is one of most advanced photo editors currently in wp store. Give me one other app that can pin it down.
  • Where is the developer of fantasia painter missing.
  • Enough with all those photo editors, when will we see something original, a hidden gem in the store??
  • Im so agree with you nabkawe5
  • Nokia creative studio is my best
  • it looks good and decent i like the simple UI, minus the ads below  >_<  
  • With the latest Lumia Creative Studio update I rarely find the need to do anything else with my images. That app just has it all without all the nonsense and it's just so simple. However, if I want a bit more complicated stuff nothing can beat Fhotoroom. It's just the best.  It's good to have more options, though. But I think the devs should think a little, this editing app market is too crowded already and it's really hard to impress anyone at this point. 
  • Before Nokia Creative Studio got its major update it had colour pop, which I frequently used, now it says coming soon, and even after receives another update only the name changes to Lumia Creative Studio, no real update, colour pop still says coming soon.
  • Aviary has been removed from the store....just don't understand WHY.....i really miss it.