Getting Started with Fragment

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The popular app Fragment created by Pixite originally for iPhone and iPad has just been released on Google Play after months of requests from users over Twitter and Instagram. Fragment lets you see your photo through the lens of a prism, crystal or gem. The app bends and refracts your photo to create something totally new and surprising.

In this tutorial we’ll give you a brief overview of Fragment showing how to create stunning effects with your photos and very little effort.   Select a photo: When you launch the app for the first time, you’re presented with three main options. Tap “Photo” to load an image from your device, “Camera” to take a photo and “Inspiration” to view work created by other artists using Fragment.

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Once you select or take a photo, you’re given the option to crop your image. The four available aspect ratios are 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9 as well as an option to load without cropping. When you choose an aspect ratio, an icon appears allowing you to rotate the orientation. Once you’ve cropped as preferred, tap the arrow to confirm to move onto the editing screen.

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Photo and Fragment manipulation: On the next screen you’ll see your cropped ( or not cropped ) photo appear with a randomized Fragment and effect. You’ll be prompted to “Tap the shuffle button to get started”. This is a great way to get a quick look at what’s possible with Fragment. In some cases, you’ll end up with a very cool edit ready for sharing!

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On the bottom you’ll see a collection of shapes. Tap or drag the shapes to browse through the collection. Above the shape selector, there are four buttons. From left to right they are “Position Presets”, “Rotation Presets”, “Scale Presets” and “Shuffle”. These tools are great for precision placement. You can also drag to move the prism effect and pinch to scale and rotate.

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At the top of the screen are three options. “X” to go back to the home screen and a checkmark to export or share your final edit. In the middle there is a blue circle which when tapped, toggles between Photo and Fragment editing. Fragment editing means your gestures on the screen will move the shape around. Photo editing means your gestures will move the photo within the shape. This toggle will also change what the preset buttons will affect. Play around and you’ll quickly get the hang of it.

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In the bottom you see a grey arrow pointing up. Tap or swipe up to access the effects menu. Effects: At the bottom you’ll see five icons, “Brightness”, “Contrast”, “Additive”, “Difference” and “Saturation”. Tap an icon to adjust that effect. Use the slider to edit the value. Negative values affect the Photo inside the shape while positive values affect the section of the Photo outside of the shape.

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Drag the color swatches to apply a colorization effect. This only affects certain effects. Tap the “Reset” button above the effect icons to reset them all to 0. Tap the “Shuffle” button to randomly select a shape and effect as on the shape selection screen. Once you’re happy with your results, tap the checkmark to save, share, send to another app or “Refragment.” This option allows you to add an additional Fragment to your edit.

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The creative options are limitless with Fragment. Minimally enhance your photos with a unique graphic embellishment, or use “Refragment” to layer on shapes and compose a complex and detailed edit.

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