There’s no doubt that despite a few shortcomings, this is hands-down the best photo editor available for Apple’s iPad
Size: 163.5 MB
Seller: Pixelmator Team
The Pixelmator Team is back with a new release: Pixelmator Photo, an app that aims to bring the power of Pixelmator Pro for macOS to Apple’s iPad. There’s no doubt about it – this is a brilliant app, and arguably the best photo editor available on iOS, despite a few minor shortcomings.
Let’s start with the good stuff. Right from the get-go, Pixelmator Photo makes it easy to import images into the app. It relies on the iOS Files interface, which is great to see considering that many of us may be editing images shot on DSLRs that have been imported into the likes of Dropbox or iCloud Drive. For folks who want to edit images stored in the Photos app, a “+” button lets you grab local pictures.
When it comes to editing pictures, Pixelmator Photo ships with many of the power tools you’d expect of a pro-level photo editor. The healing tool, for example, works brilliantly. Using this, iPad owners can highlight blemishes or objects in an image and the app will intelligently remove them, replacing the object with the image’s natural background. This tool is perfect for removing unwanted objects (planes; street lights; Aunt Karen) from landscapes. Plus, if you’ve got an Apple Pencil, you can use the stylus to precisely retouch images using the healing tool. It’s magical.
Sure, you get similar functionality in Adobe Lightroom CC for iOS, but this is locked behind the Adobe subscription which will set you back a considerable monthly fee.
Much like the desktop Pixelmator Pro for macOS, Pixelmator Photo ships with an ML Enhance feature that can fix your images using machine learning. This offers a great first-stop for users of the app – even if you’re an editing novice with little or no knowledge of apps like Pixelmator and Photoshop, tapping the ML Enhance button immediately lightens and brightens your image, and the results are generally really good.
Pixelmator Photo offers other auto-tune edits, including ML Crop – a feature where the app aims to intelligently crop your photo. This, however, doesn’t work quite so well, especially with images where the subject isn’t as easy to identify. Manual cropping is of course on offer, and not at all difficult to use, along with a range of more precise editing tools. All the classics are here, including lightness, color balance, white balance, hue, saturation, and many more.
The ease of use in Pixelmator Photo (combined with its affordable price tag) puts it far ahead of its competition on the App Store. In terms of how the app stacks up against pro-level apps like Photoshop, though, there are some limitations. For one, Pixelmator Photo doesn’t support layers – instead, you’re limited to editing one single photo. There’s also no support for Slide Over on the iPad, and there’s no iPhone version on offer, either.
However, there’s no denying that Pixelmator Photo is a fully-featured image editor for iPad that makes it quick and easy to apply powerful changes to photos for an affordable price. Its feature set, design, and ease of use make it a great option for both budding and experienced photographers alike.
- Impressive pro-level tools on iOS
- Accessible interface for novices and pro-users
- Machine learning (ML) takes the pain out of photo editing
- No Slide Over support
- No support for layers
- No iPhone app - this is iPad only