Share creative photo messages with friends

Use Wacom’s Bamboo Loop app to draw on your photos and share them with others

When you’re taking photos on your smartphone, it’s easier than ever to share them with friends and family.

There’s always the opportunity to post them to social networks directly from your device, but sometimes your favourite photos are the ones you might only want to share with one or two people. Fortunately, photo sharing apps like Wacom’s Bamboo Loop are designed to solve this exact problem, allowing you to take any photos you’ve shot, draw on designs and annotate them, and then send them to a friend or family member. The drawing tools that Bamboo Loop provides make it the ideal step up from sending photos via a regular messaging app, creating personalised and funny results.

Bamboo Loop is available on iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We also used Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus mini — a miniature stylus that attaches to your key chain — to draw on our photos, as this part of the process can get a little fiddly.

When you’re choosing a photo to send via Bamboo Loop, it’s worth remembering that the app will crop them into a square format, so choose one with your subject fairly central to avoid losing any important details. When you receive a photo, it’s also possible to add your own messages and designs to it before sending it back to your friend. Alternatively, you can just send them a smile to show your appreciation.

Bamboo Loop is free, so let your friends and family know about it and you’ll soon have a whole list of contacts to share your favourite snaps with. Once you’ve grabbed the app and selected the photo you want to share first, read on and we’ll show you how to transform them into personalised digital cards.

Tap on the Loop logo and select a friend from Facebook, your contacts or your friends list. If they don’t use the app it will invite them.

Select the Photo icon to choose a way to add an image to your Loop. If you’ve already taken a photo, select Photo Library.

Use the drawing tools to add some style and a unique message to your photo. It might take a little practice to get this part right.

Tap the tick in the bottom-right to review your image before you send it on. Once you’re ready to send, tap the tick in the middle.

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