Gradient Photo Editor

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Photo editing tool promotes vanity, has privacy concerns.

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age 13+
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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

It’s super easy to get started and navigate to the various features; sharing is a snap.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gradient Photo Editor is a portrait and selfie editing tool for iOS and Android devices. Kids can take a selfie or use existing photos to find out which celebrity they most resemble and use editing tools to adjust and add features to their photos. Some kids might be amused to see their personal photos matched with celebrities, while others might be less than thrilled with the matches. The ability to add filters, resize facial features, and adjust skin tone suggests that kids should strive to look a certain way. The terms of use are unclear with regard to how photos are accessed and used, so it's important to read it carefully and proceed with caution when downloading the app. For example, the terms state that Gradient does not claim ownership of users' photos that are uploaded, but it then states that users grant Gradient a nonexclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the uploaded photos. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kid’s) information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byHugohugo March 27, 2020
Adult Written bysarasreviews October 26, 2019

A waste

I don’t know why I even thought about upgrading to premium because there’s barley any difference. Many filters but they all look alike and I wasted 20 dollars f... Continue reading

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What's it about?

GRADIENT PHOTO EDITOR is an app that lets kids take new selfies or upload existing ones to find a celebrity lookalike. The result is displayed as a story, which is a progressive set of photos that gradually shows the similarities between the selfie and the celebrity photo. Kids can also create customized self-portraits by adding different hair colors, resizing eyes and lips, and adjusting skin tone. Younger kids will likely have fun with additional tools that allow them to add emojis and text to their photos. Stories and photos can be shared directly from the app. According to the developer, new tools, textures, and filters are added every week. In order to try the app for free, users must sign up for a three-day trial using some form of payment method such as Apple Pay. 

Is it any good?

While the app may be amusing at first, concerns about its shallow message and privacy issues are reasons to give pause. Getting matched with a celebrity lookalike can generate some laughs, but the match is not very accurate and should not be taken too seriously. Different photos of the same person typically result in different matches. And the wording in the terms of use is somewhat unclear. A message within the app about the importance of embracing all forms of beauty, along with more clarity about the privacy and ownership of user photos, could go a long way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why someone might want to alter their photos on Gradient Photo Editor by resizing their facial features and changing their skin tone. While it might be fun to see edited versions of selfies, it's important for kids to celebrate their own inner and outer beauty.

  • Talk about the importance of privacy and appropriateness in terms of photos. What's OK to share?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($3.99/mo.)
  • Release date: October 11, 2019
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 216.90 MB
  • Publisher: Ticket to the Moon, Inc.
  • Version: 1.4.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 6, 2019

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