What are the two most surprising issues with the Fold Defy app for the Mac? First, why no one came up with an app to do what Fold Defy does years ago? Second, why you would want to do to digital photos what most of us would not do to paper photos.
Fold Defy takes ordinary digital photos and makes them look as if they’re paper photos which have been folded, creased, and crumpled– all in an attempt to make the photo appear as if it was crunched up, then smoothed flat.
That’s easier said than done, yes, but the proverbial ‘picture worth a thousand words’ applies.
Fold Defy has three basic folding styles.
- Fold – which automatically adds both vertical and horizontal folds (change direction on each)
- Crease – add creases and folds to the image by simply drawing a line where you want the crease or fold to be
- Crumple – actually simulates a crumpled piece of paper that’s been smooth flat (with controls over perspective and scale)
There are also options built-in to add the crease and crumple as a 3D effect with surface shadows, natural looking highlights. It also comes with a library of paper textures to apply to each crumpled photo.
Even the crease crinkles and folds are adjustable, as are the fold direction, surface height, and width. Weathered and distressed photos can be saved and then exported as high quality .PNG or .TIFF files with transparency.
You won’t use Fold Defy as your go-to app for photo enhancements, but adding a distressed or weathered look takes only a few clicks.