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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.

Creative Studio 6 reframe

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.

Crative Studio 6 filters

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.

Creative Studio enhance

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.

Creative Studio 6 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.

Creative Studio blur background

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!

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4 ways to improve your photos with Nokia Creative Studio 6.0

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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?

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...

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.

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.

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?

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

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

That's also my go to photo editing app, certainly my favourite of the ones I've come across on the WP store.

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⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆

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.

Nice app but Fantasia painter is the real deal when it's about fixing a photo. For editing, Fhotoroom is my favorite!

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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..

 

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.

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

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!!!

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.

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.

For me, it's not the best. I really think that we need a Camera+ and Camera360 (this one, better) for Windows Phone.

This app is just a retarded version of the original. Why? Cause the original is way more efficient and way better designed. This one looks like a crappy ios app trying to become something for windows. I just cant understand why whatt i lovrd about wp is fading. The crazy ininterface.

It is normal, people can't cope up with change. It is the same as people can't let go of "START" button. I only got lost for few seconds when I saw the new app, but find it more better and useful than the old one after few use. Color Pop is removed, but it is not the end of the world to me. I have tons of photo editing tools, that I used depending on needs and wants.

I honestly don't like the new design. All they had to do it add more filters on the older version and change a bit the blur feature.

I used to do clarity on clarity, the photos turned out really nice but I can't do it anymore. Now I have to save a copy of the image, and then do it again on that saved copy. ☹

5. Way - Do not update to 6 .... I dont know why this "TEST BETA" app they dont release as another app. Creative Studio 6 BETA. And who wants fully functional and with better fillters and UI (as like I ) can had 5.5 without problems. Or support downgrade... But do not force people use "beta" when older version is better. SHAME ON YOU MS !

Everyone is bitchin about the colour pop but dit anyone see what they did with the blur background... It worked MUCH better before the update plus go mess around with enough settings and try and save your perfect blurred background pic and you end up saving a picture that looks NOTHING like the preview the app showes.. Anyway I have this issue on my Lumia 1020 running 8.1DP ... I used NCS every day and now they FU"CKED it up for me completely! Hope they keep this up so that I can just give up on Microsoft and jump ship....

After the Nokia acquisition, I feel that MS is pushing me more and more away from WP with their decisions and delays. Its just sad that they do one step ahead and two backwards every time.

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The app has the potential to become one of the best editing app in Windows Phone Store. While the old UI was more beautiful, this new one is more simple and not half bad. But I need these features to replace all other photo editing app in my phone.
• Color Pop (I don't even know why they removed it in the first place).
• Res-Eye fix (Again Stupid Idea to remove it).
• Noise Reduction (Like in PhotoShop Express).
• Better Filters (Really need more and better Filters, like in Lomogram+ and few HDR filters).
• Collage.
• Lightning Effects.
• Ability to edit DNG images.
• Ability to change strength of Filters.

Like you, I think this app has a lot of potential.
The one feature I really think is missing and a lot of people have forgotten about is customized cropping.

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Nokia would really rock on Android with their talents.. And I'm super Windows Phone fan, but I'm getting tired of this non working apps/half feature apps/BETAs, now seeing all your complaints, even the look of the apps is getting tired, every thing is black and white with no effects, where is that nice panorama in the photos, all this removing of the features, and now Android getting a lot more awesome Material design over all apps and the whole OS in this year.. Please Microsoft start making something inspiring.. I really love the idea of the livetiles, that's the main reason I went to Windows Phone, and hearing how this OS has no lag and how butter smooth it is.. And then all you see is "loading, loading, loading, loading, loading". And seriously where is the background wallpaper everyone was asking for.. I like the livetiles background, but we need options. We all have our own preferences. And in this case there could be something on the left side of the start screen so the wallpaper could be in the wider aspect ratio.
I really want MS to succeed and make something special.

+Even MS products rocks on Android, I use them all the time.

I wish I havent upgraded from the previous version.

This one doesn't have color-pop the rest of the filters are junk.

 

Was my favourite app prior to the upgrade....or should i say downgrade, how could they get it so wrong, as they say, if it's not broke, don't fix it. The IU was much better before, looked really modern, this has gone a few steps backwards and in the wrong direction. Also why change the Filters, i really miss 'seashell', couldn't they have just added more Filters rather than changing them all. Also it's missing more features, yeah i know some are coming soon but seriously, why release something that isn't finished and doesn't look half as good as before. The only thing that is keeping me from going to an Android phone now is the fact that my Nokia 1020 has 41 megapixels. Microsoft/Nokia please do a poll, and then once you've listened to the majoiry please go back to the previous version or at least give us the option, this new interface SUCKS!!!

Once you have trimmed your photo you no longer open the original on Nokia camera,you are stacked with the version of creative studio photo.That happens even if you just didn't changed anything even if you haven't saved the image,the original that opens on Nokia camera with the full resolution is gone forever!This application ruins my photos messing up with the originals so I will never use it again.Good job Microsoft..

Expletive! I didn't even notice that change.
What was wrong with the old way where it just made a new file with the edits applied but still you have your original 35mp jpg or DNG?
Maybe the are strongly encouraging us to get photo shop and pay for the enhanced features in it?

To me this went from a five star app with a unique interface that worked great too a 2 star app with worse filters, a boring instagram clone interface, and a loss of my fav features. I can work around the less intuitive interface but please bring back the old features and filters.

I can't fathom why anyone would "update" an app by removing features, but this is the new Nokia, I suppose. "Coming Soon...". I think anyone who owns a Windows Phone has learned to hate those two words.

Was this some sort of semi-passive aggressiveness in lieue of all the layoffs coming down the pipe? I really can't wrap my head around why anyone would think it was a good idea to release an update before it was actually finished.  

I litterally reset my phone just so I could move back to the previous version of Creative Studio. There are, quite literally, a gazillion apps that do filters. Why remove the relatively unique functions of an app just to release more filters? /sigh

 

I only just read the actual article, no red eye reduction? G granted I haven't taken any low light pooh hotrod with the 1520, but the 920 was notoriously bad for red eye. To remove that function seems I'll conceived, unless the problem is now fixed.

Hello guys, im buying a new Lumia 525, but will I get the old version of creative studio or this new one? I tried this new one in a friend's 520 and it really sucked, so please tell me

Down grade, down grade everywhere. The new ugly creative studio is an ugly threat in the future wp. Bring back the old nokia creative studio. The update is so disappointed. I think my lumia 920 is the last wp im gonna use. Gonna switch sony,lg or iphone in the near future if things got worsen

Creative studio 5.0 was always my forever image editing app! I just love it! But I have updated my mistake!! Now I have to migrate to Adobe Photoshop ........ This creative studio 6.0 sucks big Time shame on you Microsoft for ruining the greatest asset of Nokia!