Pixlr-o-matic by Autodesk is a superb photo effect app giving the hipster in you the ability to add vintage touches to photos on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The app has multiple layer filters, lighting and borders to customize snapshots. These features can be applied to your iDevice’s photo library, existing Facebook albums or Imm.to (Pixlr’s own free image sharing website). Opening the app offers the choice to select a photo from the iDevice’s library, take one instantly or fool around with sample photos provided by Pixlr. A simple icons menu is provided once a picture is chosen so you can go through the different customization modes swiftly and without hassle. The load time to start the app and to send off the final version of the photo is fast, taking only seconds.
The layer filters, lighting effects and borders are impressive in their variety as well as their quality. The layer filters and lighting give off that vintage quality through changes in clarity and photo colors that instantly make the photo look like it was taken with an antique camera rather than a state-of-the-art smart phone. The borders range from simple to classic retro like the Nolariod frame with more modern frames like Web or Flowery.
The last phase in the process is posting the masterpiece on Facebook or Immo.to. Granted this is a limited selection of social media sites, excluding other popular blog or image sharing sites like Twitter or Tumblr, but that is a minor concession. This concession is easily remedied through the option of saving the customized picture to the iDevice’s photo library to be uploaded later via computer to whatever blog or social media site you prefer.
Pixlr-o-matic is an awesome app that is simple to use and delivers on Autodesk’s goal to enable people to quickly create retro photos with a variety of options for marvelous photo effects.
AppPicker Rating: 5/5 Stars
App Type: Universal (designed for both iPhone and iPad)
Pick It Up in the App Store: Pixlr-o-matic [link]