Mirror Lab - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, I have been coding for 35 years.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The image processing engine.

François Morvillier, the interviewee, is the Co-Founder and Director of Mirror Lab. He has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in developing software and tech solutions for a wide range of industries as well as academia.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

I like Snapseed as a general photo retouching tool. The parameter selection interface is
quite interesting and efficient.

How long have you been working on this app?

Almost 6 years.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

I’ve put some effort into minimizing the number of finger strokes needed to play around with effects. For instance, contrary to many other photo apps, you can apply effects by just dragging along the list of effects, rather than needing to tap each individual one. I hope this creates a sense of exploration and fun when using the app.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

I have only seen two apps that are somewhat similar. Mirror Lab has many more effects and goes deeper when it comes to giving you control over the art you produce with it. One of the reasons is the number of parameters you get to play with, the other is the fact that it encourages stacking effects together. There is a friendly community of users on Instagram and many have developed a unique style using the app.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

I will keep on adding new effects regularly, as I have been doing for the past 5 years.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Enjoy the app and share it with others if you like it :)

Mirror Lab

About App:

Mirror Lab aims to be the most fun, easy to use, and powerful photo-editing app to creatively enhance pictures, make mirror photos, kaleidoscope images, and distort faces and scenery.

Mirror Lab now comes with a powerful animation module. Create smooth videos with parameter interpolation between keyframes (be sure to activate video from the app settings).

Effects
Choose from 50+ filters, each with multiple fine-tunable options.
★ classic symmetries: horizontal and vertical reflections
★ ripples, whirls, stretching and other distortions
★ kaleidoscopic and fractal effects
★ 3D effects
★ tiny planet effects
★ triangulation, pixel sort, and halftone effects
★ shape cut-outs, including concentric iterations
★ glitch art-friendly filters such as stripes and broken glass effect
★ adjust your image's brightness, contrast, saturation, vignetting and more
★ swipe through 40+ preset options to browse through possibilities in an instant

Parameters
All filters come with several parameters to adjust, allowing for a large range of varied results. Effects can usually be simply placed by simple touch-drag for position and double-touch-drag for size.
Some of the most common parameters you will find:
★ intensity of effect
★ dampening of effect (the further from the center of the effect, the lesser the intensity)
★ rotation angle
★ aspect ratio

Ease of use
Compose filters for endless creative options. The + button reapplies an effect immediately - some effects like to be stacked!
The app has a powerful undo system allowing you to track back at any time.
Please note that the top and bottom toolbars can scroll. There are a lot of effects to the right of the bottom bar!

Categories: Photography

Date: August 26, 2020

Developer: François Morvillier - Co-Founder and Director

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