App Review – Dreamscope Photo Editing App

APP REVIEWI love a photo editing app. Its one of my weaknesses in the app store. I’ll see a new one and I”ll get it! The Dreamscope app was one I wasn’t sure what it was. I kept seeing people post pictures and wasn’t sure what app they were using. It turned pictures into a painting. I loved the effect. I Gogggled and by some chance I found out what the app was Dreamscope.

I set out to have fun with the app. One thing right away I didn’t like was you had to log into the app. Meaning you had to create an account. They have since added Facebook as a log in option. This gave me a negative tone from the beginning. After logging in I could upload a picture and have it converted using one of the styles.

One thing to note, what ever you upload will by default be public. Meaning it will show in the Dreamscope feed. If you are doing something you don’t want the world to see you must click the “globe” icon and then you will see a lock. This means its private and will not show up. Again another thing that gave me a some negative feelings. I prefer to have things by default set to private and me share what I want to share.

The last negative thing for me is that the heavy lifting is done off your phone after it’s uploaded. The Dreamscope servers do the conversion. The previous version it took up to 5 minutes for the image to convert. Now, it’s taking much shorter. I would say around 1-2 minutes depending on the picture.

That being said. There are some really awesome filters/options. I have played around with the service and love the Clayton Kashuba filter/option. But there are a few others. Some of the filters are a miss, like the coin I am not fond of the results. However there are so many more options the good outweighs the bad. Below are a few examples of the pictures.


Vulcan Part using Street Zeebra


Parrot at the Birmingham Zoo using Clayton Kashuba


Flamingo using Vortex Mosaic


Neon Museum, Las Vegas using Clayton Kashuba


Bellagio Conservatory August 2015 using Mosaic

It has some great features for pictures. And some misses


  • Great filters to make take your pictures to the next level
  • Easy to use
  • Free App


  • Must sign up for an account
  • Upload pictures to the Dreamscope servers to process
  • Takes a longer time than other apps to convert pictures
  • Default is to share publicly
  • Water mark on picture

It’s a good app despite the cons. If you want something free that can do these types of filters. While it’s not my go to app it does have features I can’t get anywhere else. It does a great job on the pictures especially my favorite filter, Clayton Kashuba.

Find it in the Apple App store for free.


Tim is the founder of Element33. A social media agency specializing in education, management and strategy for small businesses. He comes from a traditional marketing agency but has embraced all things digital. He considers himself a marketing nerd and believes that all marketing is tied together. This means no matter what silo you are in, social, email, seach, etc, changes in one will affect the other!

2 comments on “App Review – Dreamscope Photo Editing App

  1. Reply Sharon Sterner March 1, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I’m not concerned about the watermark, it can be cut/cropped out after printing or editing. PLZ say we can print them out, or is there a BLOCK on that?
    2Q’s; I’m wondering about putting this on my desktop and slowing or stopping other apps run.
    2) I do worry as well about the cost for the upgrade, I DO NOT like
    auto-w/drawls. Was it easy, effective discontinuing that feature?
    Thank u to whomever answers this.
    I do have a pro photographer that uses this, her photos are amazing w/this app. that’s how I found out about this.

  2. Reply Karin Foreman March 31, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Even if you pay the monthly fee of ~$10, the “huge” size they advertise is 1024. This resolution would only be good for the web but not good enough to print a 8×10 photo. I would love this app, however, your computer becomes pretty unresponsive during the time it runs the on-line app and the output resolution is unusable except maybe for fb posts.

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