PhotoSpiralysis 4+

Easy to use Droste Effect

Erwin de Groot

Designed for iPad

    • 3.9 • 11 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Transform your pictures into Escher-like works of art! Apply the Droste effect to any picture with this easy to use interactive app. Use images with transparent backgrounds, or apply your own mask inside the app. Interactively change the properties of the effect and instantly see the result!

What’s New

Version 2.0.4

Option to create a final render with the same 'reduced' quality used in the design phase.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

AlanLaBudde ,

Cut the deluxe down to five dollars and I’ll buy it

Great program...but sure is pro - pricey
Works great on old iPad Pro ...will try iphone7s soon

samanthagarrison ,


SO amazing thank you for this wonderful app. It’s helping me create what I envisioned.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review and the kind words :)

Phuquena ,


1. Developer claims background “should be” transparent. iOS yields a white background jpg (PNG would be transparent but choice isn’t available).


3. Asked for refund bc app doesn’t do what it says it will do - ineligible. . . so forced to wait for update.


Developer Response ,

There is nothing the 'buyer' needs to be aware of. The app is completely free and all features are available for you to try before you purchase the upgrade for high resolution images. It seems very childish to me to rate one star because of one insignificant feature you would've liked and two other reasons that don't really have much to do with the app.

1) There are differences between operating systems. iOS doesn't have the extended save file dialog like macOS. For iOS I picked a single file format to keep things simple. In our email exchange (assuming that was you) I at first assumed I picked a format with transparency support, but then I corrected myself because the format is actually jpeg. Nowhere else do I claim the background should be transparent.

2) This is not something I can remedy. In edit mode I had to put in significant effort to make it interactive. For the final render it is up to the user how long the rendering should be (pick a lower resolution or disable anti-aliasing to make it faster). In the end the speed is still limited to the hardware of the device, so if this is really important to you, you need to buy a faster device.

3) I'm sorry to hear Apple is making it difficult for you to get a refund. This has nothing to do with the app. Payment and refunds are done 100% by Apple. Also, in this case you easily could've tried the app before spending money on the upgrade.

App Privacy

The developer, Erwin de Groot, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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