Pix­el­ma­tor 2

Me­tal power comes to iPhone

Mac Format - - IOS APPS -

£3.99 Devel­oper Pix­el­ma­tor Team, pix­el­ma­tor.com

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 2.0.2 Pix­el­ma­tor had a suc­cess­ful launch on the iPad and with this up­date you can get the same photo-edit­ing power on your iPhone too. It’s now backed by Ap­ple’s Me­tal tech­nol­ogy, which is meant to speed up fancy ed­its. The list of cre­ative tools is im­pres­sive and, par­tic­u­larly with the dis­tor­tion ef­fect, we would say it’s very fast to ren­der. But when it comes to colour bal­anc­ing and sim­ple ef­fects we wouldn’t say you re­ally no­tice the speed over sim­pler apps such as Snapseed. That aside, Pix­el­ma­tor’s big­gest draw is how it uses lay­ers. It hides them in a panel that’s off-screen un­til you swipe it in from the left. From here lay­ers can be se­lected one at a time, merged, blended and ad­justed to your needs, just like in a proper desk­top photo app. A fur­ther boon is sync­ing to iCloud, en­abling you to con­tinue work­ing on an im­age else­where, or you can use Hand­off. Chris­tian Hall

Speedy ed­its thanks to Ap­ple’s Me­tal tech­nol­ogy, but all that power on a phone isn’t that not­i­ca­ble.

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