Stackables for iPad
Layer it up for better vintage shots
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.