There is certainly no shortage of iOS photo editors in the iTunes App Store, but when the team behind Pixlromatic launched a new app, we knew it was going to be good. The free app, Pixlr Express, is packed with a robust set of features – from the basic autofix, red eye removal and contrast adjustment – to the more advanced effects, textures and borders.With over 100 default effects, overlays and borders, Pixlr Express is a pretty impressive offer for any serious iPhoneographer.
When you first launch the app, you can either take a photo from directly within the app, or open up a photo already saved in your camera roll. Once you have your photo ready for editing, you’ll find two unobtrusive menus at the bottom and the top of the app. All of the main features are accessible from the menu at the bottom of the app – Adjustments, Effects, Overlay and Borders. The menu at the top allows you to close the image and save the edited image to your phone. A great feature that Pixlr Express brings to its users, one that a lot of photo editing apps lack, is the ability to undo and redo each step through your editing process.
The overall minimalist look of the app is also a refreshing change from all the other iOS photo editors out there.
Under the Adjustment tab, you’ll find 14 settings. You can crop and rotate images, remove redeye, whiten teeth, adjust the contrast and more. You can also sharpen and blur the entire image, and apply a linear or circular tilt shift effect.
When opening up each setting, the menu remains at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to adjust each setting to look exactly the way you want. For example, with the tilt shift effect, you can boost the colour of the part of the photo that remains in focus, and adjust the blur intensity. Once you’ve got the setting exactly the way you want it, you can apply the changes to your photo.
Under the Effects tab, there is one set of free instantaneous effects you can apply to your photos. Another 6 packs can be downloaded when you unlock Pixlr Express Plus, which will set you back $2.99. The free default pack has 25 pretty impressive effects that you can easily apply to your photos. With each effect, you can also adjust its intensity with the ‘fade’ slider.
The free pack available in the overlays, or textures, include 30 looks for your photos. The free overlays include lighting effects, grunge effects and more. Pixlr Express also comes with 30 free frames. With many of the frames, you can choose between a vertical and horizontal option, can adjust the opacity of the frame, and in some cases can intensify the vignetting.
With so many features available in the free version of the app alone, you can keep track of your favourite effects, overlays and borders by adding them to your favourites. Once your photo is ready, you can save it to the photos on your phone, or share it via Twitter or email, and you can select what size image to upload or send.
In addition to the free and paid iOS apps, Pixlr Express is also available for Android.
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