Stack­ables for iPad

Layer it up for bet­ter vin­tage shots

Mac Format - - IOS APPS | RATEDRATED - 99p De­vel­oper Samer Az­zam, ap­ps­tore.com/sam­er­az­zam Works with iPad Ver­sion 1.6 Age 4+ Stun­ning re­sults Highly cus­tomis­able Sim­ple and at­trac­tive in­ter­face Uni­ver­sal ver­sion would be nice

Stack­ables was first avail­able on the iPhone, where it of­fered a pow­er­ful way to blend vin­tage ef­fects and pull off looks that would nor­mally re­quire the full ver­sion of Pho­to­shop. And now, on iPad, this ver­sion gives you a greater can­vas to work with, plus it seems a more nat­u­ral fit in land­scape ori­en­ta­tion than apps such as iPhoto, for in­stance. Tra­di­tional fil­ter apps, even when of­fer­ing slider tweaks, don’t al­ways hit the spot. Stack­ables gives you al­most-end­less cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions as you add/ re­move lay­ers, re­order them and change var­i­ous pa­ram­e­ters – con­trast, sat­u­ra­tion, bright­ness, ex­po­sure, shad­ows/high­lights and more. In fact, there are more than 20 ad­just­ment tools. There are over 150 ef­fects on of­fer, too, and these can be ap­plied quickly, even when pil­ing up the lay­ers to pro­duce ever-more com­plex ef­fects.

The in­ter­face puts your im­age at the cen­tre of the ac­tion, with bal­anced sides for the lay­ers/ef­fects (left/right) and tools top and bot­tom. Just choose a fil­ter op­tion from the top, tap the ef­fect on the right and when you want to add an over­lay tap the + in the bot­tom left. The lay­ers on the left can also be hid­den rather than re­moved, to see what your photo looks like with­out them, and by tap­ping and hold­ing, you can re­order lay­ers in the left col­umn for a dif­fer­ent re­sult. With so many ways to make new ef­fects and a size­able gallery of ready-to-go blends, Stack­ables is a win­ning for­mula for iPad users. Chris­tian Hall

Un­ri­valled vin­tage ef­fects blend­ing for iOS pho­tos at a bar­gain price. Pow­er­ful and still sim­ple to use.

Your lay­ers are on the left, the ef­fects are on the right, and the tools are at the top – Stack­ables is pretty easy to get tin­ker­ing in.

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