My Two Cents Worth


Every now and then I pay attention to the apps on my iPhone when they are updating. I will go to the Updates section in the App Store and click on the What’s New line at the bottom of various apps just to see why they were updated. Half of the time it is for Bug Fixes. The rest of the time it is to improve the overall experience or to add new features.

Recently, adding new features was the reason that my Photo Lab Pro app underwent an upgrade. This app allows the user to accomplish a number of photo-editing effects including adding backgrounds, text, double-exposures, and photo montages. It is a steal at $4.99 USD. [Note: additional in-app purchases are available.]  I am using just the basic app and am quite happy with it.

I haven’t used this app for about a month and decided to take it for a spin this morning. Lo and behold I discovered something with boundless potential in a little feature called the “Donald Trump 3D Mask”. Say WHAT?

Let’s stop right here for a moment and get this out in the open: I am not receiving any compensation, remuneration, or bartered goods and services from the creators of, or companies associated with, this app. It’s not like Nordstrom’s fer gawd’s sake. I am relating my experience here and you are free to take it with a grain of salt and/or do what you want to do.

Let’s Create a Message

I rooted around in my iPhotos Gallery file for a selfie. I don’t like them and have few of them, but I found one from 2 years ago that would work for this project.


I followed directions and the app did the rest. In a short time I had this new photo.


I added a New York Photo background and in a short time I had this photo.


Since orange was not an option, I decided to “caramelize” the flesh tones and ended up with this image.


At this point an old southern saying came to mind and I needed to find a way to add some water to the image. A bit of searching in the Photo Lab Pro app led me to the “Half Underwater” effect and the image below.


Now all that I needed to do was add some text to the image—also a feature of the app—and I ended up with this image.

Drain the swamp quote.

So that’s my Two Cent’s Worth for the week. I hope that you enjoyed the journey.

  15 comments for “My Two Cents Worth

  1. Pan
    March 16, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    I can imagine you’d make a bundle marketing that picture on T-shirts, mugs, posters, etc..


  2. February 11, 2017 at 4:26 AM

    Smashing! LOL


  3. February 10, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Way to go. What a meme! I’ll buy the poster. Thanks for the details.
    I just got a portable app that’s equivalent to the iPhone 7+ beta protrait app. For my iPhone 5. Works nice. Saving me a bunch of bread for now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 11, 2017 at 5:30 AM

      Thanks for your comment, Carol. What app are you using with the i5?


  4. February 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM


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  5. February 10, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Worth every penny. HA!

    Liked by 2 people

    • February 10, 2017 at 1:59 PM

      hit enter too soon…Your own uncarmelized face is way better, Allan.


      • February 10, 2017 at 2:48 PM

        Well, gorsh! I am a lot more at ease taking photos than I am being in them.


    • February 10, 2017 at 2:47 PM

      Thanks, Stephanie.


  6. February 10, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    🙂 I’m sure this made you very ‘app-y, Allan.


    Liked by 2 people

    • February 10, 2017 at 2:47 PM

      Oooooh. Yes, it did. I had a lot of fun along the way as the answer to one question—I wonder what this does?—led to the next one—I wonder if I can…?

      Liked by 1 person

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