App Review: RebelSauce

December 15, 2014
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App Review: Rebel Sauce

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good photo-editing app. There are many flooding the market but only a few stand out like VSCOcam. And now I do believe they might have a contender in the form of RebelSauce, a new photo editing app in the market.

Only $1 in the app store, RebelSauce comes with 36 filters with an option to in-app purchase more. You’re also able to edit the saturation, temperature, contrast, fade, add grain, and much more. I did however find the usability a little clunky in comparison to Instagram and VSCOcam, which provides far smoother ways to edit a photo.

RebelSauce seems to add an extra step before you can edit the photo – and yes, even that extra step is a big deal considering how short our attention span is. I also didn’t like how the app doesn’t have a progress bar, so you can’t see just how much you’ve edited in each mode. I suppose it’s to eliminate numbers and instead relying on how the photo looks and feels. But bollocks!

App Review: Rebel Sauce
No idea how much I’m editing

There is also a mode called ‘Expiration’ which I could not figure out is for, so if you do let me know.

As for the filters, they seem more Instagram-ish than VSCOcam-ish. I have to say, it’s pretty hard to beat VSCOcam in the filter front. They have perfected their filters to look professional and gorgeous with an extremely powerful photo editor to boot. But RebelSauce is sure trying. I wasn’t huge fan of any of their original filters that come with the app, but I haven’t bought any add-ons yet, so we’ll see.

However, if you have to buy add-ons in order to find one that works, you’re doing it wrong. Either way, it’s still one of the more stronger photo editing apps I’ve seen come out recently, so it’s worth looking into. Anyway, here’s an example of a photo I quickly edited. The left is the original and the right is the final edited version.

App Review: Rebel Sauce

As you can see it’s pretty subtle and does improve the photo overall.

You can save your photos to your camera roll or send them to Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter (and even share it on If you’re using this app, let me know what you think of it in the comments.

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