Announcing Our New App—A Color Story!

A Color StoryToday we are thrilled to announce our new, upcoming app—A Color Story! It’s been almost a year and a half in the making.

A Color Story is an everyday photo editing app with filters, tools, and simple light effects. We love fresh photos with bright whites and colors that pop, and lately we’ve had a hard time finding an app that can get our photos just right. So we created A Color Story as a simple tool for colorful images. The app has 100+ filters, 30+ effects 20+ tools and the freedom to create and save custom filters!

We’ll share much more when the app rolls out. In the meantime, we just wanted to share a few glimpses of what A Color Story can do.

Before After A Color Story example Before/After edited by @JeffMindell using Chroma in A Color Story. 

Bring your color to life! Instead of filters that mute or change your color, we focus on filters that enhance the color that is already there.

Before After A Color Story example Before/After edited by @MandiMakes using Fresh in A Color Story. 

Simplicity! We’ve all tried apps that are just too hard to navigate, where you feel like you need a tutorial to even begin. A Color Story is simple. This photo was edited with just ONE filter. No other tools or adjustments!

There is MUCH more we want to share. But we won’t overload you for today! Here’s a quick video that shares all the key features available in A Color Story.

Video/Joe Batty at Neighbor Studios

Q: When is your launch date? 

A: We haven’t set an official date, but if everything goes smoothly, we’re hoping to launch in the next few weeks! We will keep you informed via Instagram as well as post here when it is available in the App Store. If the Apple review goes smoothly, it could be as soon as next Wednesday!

Q: Are you developing for Android? 
A: Yes, we are. It is also in testing phase. The process is completely different from iOS. We will launch it as soon as we are happy with the test phase, but it may be a little longer than iOS. 

Q: Can I test the app? 
A: We are done testing iOS and are almost ready to launch, so everyone will be able to download it soon. We are SO flattered that many of you have asked to test it! However, we might need a couple more Android testers. We’ll put more details about that on Twitter as we know more. 

Let us know if you have any other questions! We’ll be here to answer! xx. Elsie

*Follow A Color Story on Instagram and Twitter to see more sneak peeks and stay tuned for updates!!

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Video: Neighbor Studios. Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos linked throughout. 

  • I had A Beautiful Mess and loved it. Just upgraded to Color story, with the year subscription, but where are the doodles and text? That was what I loved most. I have 3 days…my 20 other “filter apps” can do the same for free. I wanted the doodles and texts

    • That app is called “A Design Kit” make sure you get both. :))

  • Just read about your app and I cannot wait to try this out! I’m very curious to see the results!

  • I got so excited to see this has been released! …. then realized it’s iOS only… Is that still the case? Are you still in need to beta Android testers? I’d love to help iron out those snags.

  • I’ve seen great things with the app so far from other people’s posts! I’m an android user, but can’t wait for that version!

    Thanks for the hard work, and making awesome stuff for us readers and faithful fans!

  • I’ve seen great things with the app so far from other people’s posts! I’m an android user, but can’t wait for that version!

    Thanks for the hard work, and making awesome stuff for us readers and faithful fans!

  • I’m really interested to purchase the filters(Chroma’s pack), but I’ve question does I need to pay it for once or every month?

  • Hey!
    I just had purchased all the filters a couple weeks ago on my iPhone 5s and just upgraded to the iPhone 6. How do I retrieve what I had just recently purchased for the app?
    Really enjoy it !

  • Hi Michelle! Glad you’re loving the app :)) You should be able to restore you purchases from both devices. Just click on the shop button at the bottom of the app and then scroll down until you see the restore purchases button. Let us know if you need anything else! (hello AT acolorstory DOT com) -Jacki

  • Hey ABM, like the new app! Quick question on syncing between devices. The “follow me” filters (email and instagram) were unlocked on my iPad, but when I went to use the app on my phone, they were not unlocked. While this is not a big issue on the free “with action” filters (as I can easily click through), I wondered if the purchased filters would be available to all devices or if each devices requires its own purchase? None of my other apps require separate purchases, so I am hoping yours doesn’t either! =] Thanks for clarifying!

  • Loving this app!!! I just bought all of the packs on my iPad and came over to my iPhone and they didn’t transfer even though it’s under the same account. Advice on that?? Don’t want to have to buy the packs twice and obviously not always on one device.

  • Love it! How do I purchase the currently locked features within the app? Thanks, and congrats on the launch!

  • I’m having issues with purchasing the $7.99 pack from your in-store link on the app. It exits me out of app everytime I click on the purchase price…it might be your app is really popular right now. Should I just check back tomorrow?

  • Congratulations! What a great way to start the year!!

    Looking forward to trying out the app

  • OMG i can’t wait!!! You guys once again came up with an amazing idea that i already know i’m gonna love!! Congrats!

  • I’m so excited for this new app. If you are still looking for people with Android phones to pilot it, I am totally interested. I’ve been waiting for an app like this for a long time. Can’t wait to buy it.

  • I’m so excited! It looks so cool! An app that finally has what I want! I can’t wait for it to come out!

  • it looks great ! will you make a version for windows phone too ? because I have a nokia and it runs on windows phone ….. please 🙂

  • Hey Anna,

    Yes, Shayne is correct. We *cannot* update the Android version of the ABM app. If there were any way we could, we would have done it last year. We’re so sorry to you, our users, but it was also a huge loss for our business and really just a huge bummer all around. We’re not working with new developers (and more caution) to ensure that that mess doesn’t happen again.

    HOWEVER, moving forward!

    Our new app is FREE. That means you can try it and make sure you love it before you spend any money (or if you’re happy with what it comes with, you never have to spend any money). And I’m really excited for you to try it. We’re so excited that we got to develop this new (free!) app for Android as well as iOS. Hope you love it!!!


  • Thank you Sheena!!! We’d love to write a post about that! :)) I’ll add it to our list.
    xx- Elsie

  • I believe they had a post a while ago about why the ABM app will NEVER be updated for Android.
    Something about losing the license file, which would require them to re-list the app in the Android store as a completely new and separate app.

  • This looks like so much fun! And, I’m so excited you guys are developing it for Android too! This will be a definite purchase. Soooo looking forward to this app!!!

    xo. holly erinn

  • This is so great!! Looking forward to the launch! Congratulations!!


  • Is there any news on when the ABM app will finally be updated for Android? Fingers crossed!

  • This is such a fun app! I’m totally going to download it! Congrats on your newest project!


  • I am SO excited for this app. You guys are so wonderful & everything that comes from ABM just happens to be more than simply creative.

  • I love you ABM app, I’m sure I’mgoing to love this as well 🙂 good job girls!!

  • what I love about your apps is that they have features that photographers would use, as well as combines many features so you have less apps. i am definitely excited!

  • You have NO IDEA how excited I am about the curves! That is a total game-changer. Thanks so much for all your hard work on this. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. 🙂

  • So glad I saw this! I love rich, bright colors and every other app is more film like or muted. Can’t wait to pay with it!

  • Wowza, what an app!!! I have an android phone and will have to wait but I’m sure it will be worth waiting for.

  • THRILLED to hear there will be an Android release!! Thank you so much for putting in the extra work to make the Android kids happy! 🙂

  • This looks AMAZING!! Can’t wait to download it!
    Elsie and Emma you are so inspiring with all that you achieve – please post more about how you go about setting and reaching your goals – you seem to get SO much done!! xxx

  • Oh my goodness. You’ve created exactly what I have been searching for. My job requires lots of constant photo editing for social media – this is going to be a game changer. THANK YOU!

  • Oh my gosh this looks fabulous!!

    I will be waiting eagerly for the android version, and I am following on Instagram!
    Such a superb idea, and one that is definitely needed. Smiles.xx

  • aww. love it. can’t wait to try the app! I’d love to be an Android tester 🙂 (I’ve got a S6) Let me know if I can help you x

  • OMG, I can’t wait to buy this and use it in a major way– it looks perfect and is exactly what I’ve been missing in pic editing via Apps. YAAAAAY!!!

  • This looks like something I could totally use!

  • If you’ve used curves in Photoshop, it’s similar to that. If not, it’s a way to edit brightness, contrast, color, everything really! You can create your own custom filters with just that one tool. Can’t wait for you to try it!
    xx- Elsie

  • Woah! I want this 😮
    Are you guys developing a version for Windows phones?

  • I cannot wait to see more of this! I’ll have to check it out – this app could be key in better social media posts!


  • So excited for this app. This is something I’m also looking for since some apps that brightens/ enhances my photos changes the colors. Sometimes blue becomes black or orange becomes red. I’m an android user and I’m willing to be a tester if you’re still looking for more 🙂

  • It’s a free app!
    You get all the tools, a pack of filters (one of which is my personal fave) and a couple sample effects for free. Then there are a bunch more filter and effect packs you can purchase. There will also be a “purchase all” deal running for a bit.
    Can’t wait for you to see it!! xx- Elsie

  • Keiko was a part of our testing group (and we have permission to use her photo).

    She’s the best!!! We LOVE Keiko!

    xx- Elsie

  • They’re so different, it’s not meant to be a replacement. Just completely different!
    Can’t wait of you to try it!
    xx- Elsie

  • I totally understand! I was doing A LOT of that while we were developing filters this year. It’s SO much extra work!
    I can’t wait for you to try A Color Story. If you’re a Photoshop user, you’ll probably love curves!
    xx- Elsie

  • Many reasons, but I think when you try A Color Story you’ll understand. It’s different in so many ways, truly it’s own brand. 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • I used to do that too, that’s one of the reasons we created this!!
    xx- Elsie

  • It’s a free app! You get all the tools, a pack of filters (one of which is my personal fave) and a couple sample effects for free. Then there are a bunch more filter and effect packs you can purchase. There will also be a “purchase all” deal running for a bit.
    Can’t wait for you to see it!! xx- Elsie

  • Love! I cannot wait for it to be released, and I cannot wait to start using it. It looks amazing. Yay!!!

  • Any news yet on the app cost? (Will there be in-app purchases as well or will it be more of a one time only cost?)

    Looks great!

  • So excited about this app! I tend to use multiple to get the image that I want so an app that would get me the image I want straight away would be amazing! x

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  • I’m wondering why a whole new app and not incorporate it into the app you guys already have? Not picking, genuinely curious..

  • Insert shocked/pumped emoji* this looks life changing! Really! I love photoshop but I hate how frustrating it is to have to edit my iPhone photos on my computer to get the results I want. This looks like it could eliminate so much extra work. I can’t wait for this! 🙂

  • I can’t wait! I look forward to dumping many of the editing apps that bog my phone down. Love ABM ❤️

  • Oh my gosh, I’m so excited!!! This is the best news. I seriously have like 15 photo editing apps and none of them give me the results I want easily. Can’t wait!

  • I’m actually really excited about this app! I’d love to do testing for Android!

  • Looks so good!

    Is this going to kind of replace the original A Beautiful Mess App?

    Can’t wait!

  • This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! Can’t wait for it to be available for Android!

  • I see you’ve used a photo of Keiko Lynn in the trailer. is that an endorsement from her?

  • Congrats!!
    Looks like a very super useful app that my phone obviusly has to have!!

  • I was totally ready to go buy it, then I read it’s not out yet. I can’t wait!!!!

  • This is so neat! I am always looking for apps to make my photos look nicer. Can’t wait!

    Juju Sprinkles

  • I’m curious to see what you think, Jessica! I honestly think it’s different from any other app, but I’m biased. :))

    xx- Elsie

  • This app will be free, with in-app purchases. For free you really get a lot and can get a VERY good feel for the app. Even one of my favorite filters comes for free. The purchases are more packs of filters and effects that are REALLY awesome.

    Can’t wait for you to try it!

  • This app will be free, with in-app purchases. For free you really get a lot and can get a VERY good feel for the app. Even one of my favorite filters comes for free. The purchases are more packs of filters and effects that are REALLY awesome.

    Can’t wait for you to try it!

  • Nope, it’s all about photo editing, no graphic stuff. Watch the video to see all the feature! 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • Thanks so much Courtney! :)) Can’t wait for you to try it!
    xx- Elsie

  • This is seriously like the perfect app I have been waiting for in my life! It is always so hard to boost the saturation and then move the photo into a 2nd app to get the whites bright. YAY!!! Can’t wait + congrats!

    x, Paige

  • Really excited about this! So glad you’re paying special attention to getting the white to look bright; that’s always a challenge! You have such gorgeous photos, and I know this will be awesome! 🙂


  • So excited for this! It looks well set to stand on par with even VSCO! I mean, CURVES!? You can’t beat that! It’s wonderful how the color-enhancing concept ties in really well with ABM values, and I can appreciate that. I’d be more than willing to buy this app when it’s out for Android. Heck, I didn’t even spend a single dime on VSCO!

  • This is going to be the photo editing app of my dreams!!!! You guys are THE BEST. Really, you are 🙂

  • I’m so excited by this, as this is how I like to edit my grams too! (

  • Ooh I love this! Cant’ wait for the release! As someone who doesn’t have a dslr, I use my phone for almost all of my photos, including my product photos! So a good editing app on my phone goes a long way 🙂

  • Exciting! I have NEVER purchased an app before, but theres a first time for everything. I can’t wait!

  • This is so exciting! I’m so glad you’re making it for android too! YAY! It looks absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try it out!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • I’m on the same boat as Allison. Would love to be an Android tester, but am not a Twitter user. Any other way we can get more info?

  • I am so excited about this! I rarely use many filters because I find the distort the colours of my instagram photos rather than enhance them. Brightness,exposure, contrast and all that messing around instead. Can’t wait for android!!!

  • This won’t be like the ABM app wait, promise. We’re talking a matter of weeks, tops. Believe or not, we started development on both at the same time. Our lead developer just got a job at Google right in the middle of the project, so we had to replace him. And Android is just harder. But don’t worry. We got you!


  • Very excited about the new app!

    I am an Android user, but not a Twitter user, is there another way I can get info on testing the app?


  • love this but seriously, damn.
    why does android ALWAYS have to wait!!!!!!!!!!
    i told myself to wait on the “get excited part.” guess i was right.

    {insert sad android emoji}

  • Wow, I honestly wouldn’t have thought I could be convinced to buy another photo editing app (I have several already)…but I have to say this looks really wonderful! I don’t even like to use filters on my instagram pics anymore but making colors pop and CURVES!!? Wow.

  • So excited about this app! I too have had a difficult time finding an app that enhances colors in my photos.The before and after photos are awesome! I can’t wait to see those results in my own photos!

    Looking forward to the launch!

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