Oct 13, 2014

Make Your Own Textures With Effexy App

Today is Mob Paint Monday and I'm about 30,000 feet in the air flying back from a visit to St. Louis. I didn't want to totally abandon everyone so I am reposting part of an article I did about the Effexy app a while ago. Effexy was recently free for a limited time but is currently priced at $0.99 on the App Store.


About Effexy:

Effexy makes photo editing fun by adding interactive filter effects that you can modify on screen with your fingers. Dramatic effects such as melt, hand shake, and liquify alter your image into a work of art with the swipe of the finger or shake of the device.
Effexy has a wide range of photo manipulation tools that give you complete freedom when editing your favorite photos. Whether you just want to touch up an image before sharing it on Facebook/Twitter, or if you’re looking to create more advanced motion blur effects, Effexy has it covered!
Add multiple layers of effects to your photos before sharing them on your favorite social networks.

★ 10 interactive "Effex" for dramatically altering your image: liquify, melt, hand shake, motion blur, spin blur, zoom blur, tilt-shift, motion lite, spin lite, zoom lite.
★ Adjust the brightness, exposure, contrast, gamma, shadows and highlights!
★ Play with the color in your images, including the saturation, hue, white balance and Sepia!
★ Add beautiful textures to your photos, including emboss, erosion, dilation, polka dot, halftone and kuwahara.
★ Add edges using toon, sharpen, unsharpen masks, sobel edges and vignette effects.
★ Blur your images using gaussian, fast and bilateral blur effects.
★ Choose the size of the output image after editing, up to full resolution.
★ Full Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook sharing support. Share with #effexy.

Many of the effects can be adjusted to any level of intensity by using simple sliders, giving you great flexibility when it comes to manipulating your images.
We’re always happy to hear your feedback on our app, and are actively working on new features! Feel free to get in touch with us via our support page!


Here’s an image I created using Effexy.  I blended it with the original image in Image Blender and tweaked it a bit in Snapseed.

© Geri Centonze

One of my favorite features and one I haven’t seen in any other app is the Hand Shake effect.  By setting the sliders and shaking your device you can get a cool effect either subtle or dramatic.


I’m not always conventional when I use apps and I ended up creating a photo texture using the Hand Shake effect. I started with a photo of a painter’s drop cloth.

© Geri Centonze

I applied the Hand Shake Effect in Effexy.

© Geri Centonze

and then from the Texture folder, I applied Effexy’s Emboss Effect to create this cool texture below.  I know this will look great layered over one of my images!

© Geri Centonze

It’s all about experimenting! Have fun!


  1. Looks wonderful! Great idea to use the "shaking" to make textures. I'll have to try that. As always, thanks for the inspiration, Geri.

  2. Wow! Thanks Geri for sharing this with us you seem to always make me rethink the apps I have deleted..

  3. Great idea! Thanks for sharing ... the texture you created looks very nice!

  4. Thank you Nanashi - I hope you give it a try!


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