Thursday, March 15, 2012

App review: Pixlr-o-matic Photo editor

The other day I was browsing the app market, which they've renamed to the "Play Store", and I saw this little gem of an app called Pixlr-o-matic, and best of all it's a free one!

Usually I don't have high hopes for free apps like this, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway.

What it basically does is it edits your photos, by doing a combination of three effects, namely a colouring effect, lighting effect and a frame effect.

Then you can save and share your photos with ease from within the app itself. Anyway, when you open the app, here's what you'll see first:

From here you select which photo to start working on. This can either come from your phone's camera, be one of your existing photos, or as you can see, they have some of their own photos there that you can use to play around with.

Once you've selected the photo you want to work on, you get to this screen:

Here you'll be presented with several buttons and things. In the middle you'll see the photo I selected to edit, which as you can see is a bit of a boring one...

At the top there's a little film roll Icon - if you tap on that, you can get access to a lot more presets and options, all for free - I went crazy, and downloaded everything :)

Next to the film roll icon is the randomize button. That does just that, it randomizes the 3 different effects you can get. So if you're lazy, you can just hit that one a couple of times until you get to a combination you like. Here I quickly set a preset for each of the three options:

On the first preset, I selected "Dean" which gives the photo a washed out look, almost like a photo taken in the 60's :)

Here on the Lighting option I selected "Gaze", which gives it this red streak in the middle, giving it an even more classic and washed out look.

And here I added the "Dirt" frame, which as you can see, puts a dark edge with dust specks and stuff like that around the image.

So in a matter of seconds, I transformed a pretty dull photo into something a bit more lively :) Obviously you can save your photo as well - the app gives each image a unique file, so you don't have to worry about it overwriting the original.

From here you can Save your photo and share it.

I'm very impressed with how quick and easy it is to use this app, and most of the effects are really cool (of course there's some corny ones as well, but sometimes that's actually the look you're going for!)

As a little test and just to show you, I took two images and made 5 randomized versions. Here they are, the one at the top is the original:

Pretty neat huh? And here's a photo of Einstein (our mutt :)

Not too shabby for just hitting a button a few times.

If you like photos at all, then this is definitely a must to get.

Get it here.

Till next time!