Halftone 2

Turn your photos into comic book pages and videos with Halftone 2, an App Store Best of 2013 winner and Editors’ Choice.

Halftone 2 makes it easy to create comic and scrap books with your images. Choose a page layout, apply photo filters, position captions, add speech and thought balloons, place some WHAMs, BAMs, and POWs, mix in a few sound effects, and share your creation as an image, multi-page document, or high-definition video. There’s no faster or more fun way to share your stories.

Halftone 2 runs on iPad 2 or later, iPhone 4s or later, and iPod touch (5th generation).

Visit our Halftone 2 page on Facebook or become an expert by watching our video tutorials.

With so many features, there’s almost no limit to your creative options:

Captions and Balloons

  • Over 30 unique caption and balloon styles, including speech bubbles, thought balloons, banners, scrolls, and more
  • A powerful 3D perspective feature lets you tilt your captions and balloons to make them even more exciting
  • Six professional comic-themed fonts are included, and you have access to all fonts on your device
  • Optional “auto caption” and “auto text” features automatically add and position captions for photos that are imported from Facebook and Flickr
  • Each caption or balloon can have its own unique background color or gradient
  • Fully configurable border color, width, and style
  • Optional drop shadows add depth with configurable color, opacity, blur, and location
  • For balloons with tails, the tip can be positioned with a touch-and-drag gesture
  • Balloon tails have a customizable size and curvature and have an “emanating” option to add a small burst shape to the tail
  • Custom fonts can be added by opening a TrueType (TTF) or OpenType (OTF) font in Halftone 2 (for example, by opening the font from an e-mail attachment)
  • Control over font color, size, line spacing, and alignment
  • Ability to add multiple colored outlines to text
  • An optional drop cap with configurable size, color, outline, and shadow
  • Captions and balloons are “humanized” so that each one is uniquely drawn (like a real artist)
  • Favorite caption and balloon styles can be saved for later use


  • Over 80 professionally-designed graphical shapes like WHAM, BAM, and POW
  • Optional “Action Pack” in-app purchase adds over 50 more stamps designed by comic design company, Blambot
  • A custom stamp feature allows you to add your own images (with support for alpha channels)
  • A powerful 3D perspective feature lets you tilt your stamps to make them more dynamic
  • Optional drop shadows add depth with configurable color, opacity, blur, and location
  • Stencils allow stamps that are inside of a photo panel to mask the image

Photo Panels

  • Photos can be imported directly from your photo library, Facebook, and Flickr
  • Full control of the scale and rotation of each photo
  • A configurable Juicy Bits “Toon” filter turns your photos into comic-styled artwork
  • Comprehensive photo editing tools from Aviary that include automatic enhancements, filter effects, brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, redeye, whiten, blemish, and selective focus
  • Each panel can have its own unique background color or gradient
  • Fully configurable border color, width, and style
  • Ability to set the size of imported images to control project size and output quality
  • Photos are quickly swapped by touching-and-holding a photo, then dragging it to a different panel

Page Options

  • Choose from over 30 multi-photo page layouts
  • Each page can have its own background color, gradient, or paper texture (over 30 included textures)
  • An optional page blending mode simulates the way ink interacts with paper
  • Favorite page styles can be saved for later use
  • Each page can have its own margin size


  • Video is exported at up to 720p high-definition and can be saved to the camera roll for later use or sent directly to Facebook, Dropbox, or other compatible apps (like iMovie)
  • 50 licensed sound effects are included that can be assigned to each photo panel
  • A “Sound Pack” in-app purchase adds 50 sound effects, including growls, crashes, instruments, vehicles, background ambience, and more
  • Configure the order that the virtual video camera visits each photo on a page
  • Control over how much time the virtual camera hovers over a panel
  • Each panel has a customizable transition that controls the incoming speed and movement (easing curve) of the virtual camera
  • An optional soundtrack can be added by choosing a song from your music library
  • A unique “auto stretch” feature automatically shortens or lengthens the video to match the length of your soundtrack
  • Optional hover animation that slowly pushes-in to a photo panel
  • The background color of the video can be customized


  • A document library lets you create, save, copy, and work with multiple projects
  • Each document can contain many pages, giving you space to tell the whole story
  • Full support for undo and redo enables risk-free exploration
  • A unique radial menu (with optional help) shows options only when you need them
  • The zoomable editing workspace makes it easy to see a whole page or to focus on small details
  • Elements can be quickly moved and resized with simple touch-and-drag gestures
  • Captions, balloons, and stamps can be placed inside a photo panel to clip them at the panel’s edges
  • Elements can be positioned vertically (stacked) from front to back
  • A built-in guide introduces all of the basic concepts
  • Includes a link to an expanding list of helpful tutorial videos
  • Enable the snapping feature to quickly and accurately align elements on a page
  • Copy and paste support for all page elements
  • Ability to lock and unlock individual elements to prevent accidental edits
  • Localized for English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese

Output and Sharing

  • Output formats include image (JPG), PDF, CBZ, and video (MP4)
  • Output can be shared via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, Weibo, instant message (MMS), saved to the photo album, copied to the clipboard, sent to another app, and printed to AirPrint-enabled printers
  • All page elements are rendered as vectors for the highest quality output
  • Preview feature makes it easy to see a low quality version of your final image and video output before rendering it at higher quality
  • An experimental 3D anaglyph feature lets you put on red/cyan 3D glasses and view your output in three dimensions (yes, really)
  • Output a single page or all pages at once
  • Image and video output supports Low, Medium, and High quality
  • Optional halftone image processing with configurable dot size, opacity, and gain to give photos an authentic comic-styled look
  • Support for multiple 3D anaglyph blending methods: Dubois, grey, full color, half color, optimized, and red/blue

* The “Guitar Riff” sound effect was created by and licensed from davecarlock.com