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Your photos are super boring, but Matter can change that

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Matter is a strange app. In all honesty, there's absolutely no reason for it to exist, and it serves virtually no meaningful purpose. That being said, I absolutely love it and I find myself using it far more often than I ever would have imagined.

Matter is a photo manipulation app that lets you add physical objects to your photos, but that description probably isn't going to sell you on how cool the app really is, so let me show you a photo I took -- along with the object I added in Matter -- which took me about 30 seconds to create:

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Isn't that cool? I think it's cool. What is this crazy structure jutting out of the pond? I have absolutely no idea, but I put it there. I dropped the object in, tweaked the shadow a little bit to match the shadows in the photo, and saved it. Ta-da! But to be fair, that photo was pretty cool even before I added Matter to it, so let's take a look at an extremely boring photo instead.

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Here's a shot of an apartment complex garage. It doesn't get much more bland than that, right? Now we'll add some objects that definitely don't belong there.

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What are these strange UFO-esque discs hovering over the garage and parking lot? Your guess is as good as mine, but that totally drab snapshot is now a peculiar work of art thanks to Matter.

As you've probably gathered by now, this isn't the kind of app that is going to let you put a vintage filter on a touching photo of your kid, or help you create the perfect selfie. What it will do, however, is give you the tools to put dozens of geometric shapes into your world in an extremely easy way, and make your utterly dry photos actually enjoyable to look at. You can't ask for much more than that for US$1.99.

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