Get more from Pix­el­ma­tor

Get cre­ative with your pic­tures us­ing this ex­cel­lent and af­ford­able app

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The Photos app on your iPad pro­vides a hand­ful of use­ful edit­ing tools, en­abling you to make ba­sic tweaks to your im­ages. You can crop and ro­tate an im­age, ap­ply a se­lec­tion of pre­set fil­ters, dial in bright­ness and sat­u­ra­tion… and that’s about it. If you want to get cre­ative with your im­agery, Pix­el­ma­tor (£3.99) is an ideal next step. This fast, easy-to-use and af­ford­able im­age editor pro­vides a raft of tools, in­clud­ing brushes and lay­ers, text and shapes, re­touch­ing, dis­tor­tion and more. It’s great for tak­ing your photos to another level – or even cre­at­ing an im­age from scratch.

The app is sim­ple to use, with all the tools ac­ces­si­ble from a few menus. It plays nicely with the Photos app, load­ing im­ages di­rectly from your photo li­brary and Cam­era Roll, and you can even link it to the Photos app, en­abling you to make ba­sic ed­its there, and then take your photo di­rectly into Pix­el­ma­tor. This work­flow lim­its you to us­ing Pix­el­ma­tor’s Ef­fects menu, although you still have plenty of cre­ative free­dom. Tap­ping Done sends you back into your iPad’s Photos app. Steve Jar­ratt

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