FX Photo Studio completes your iPad Darkroom

It seems that new pho­to cap­ture and edit­ing tools for Apple’s iOS devices are being released every day. Often they’re aver­age qual­i­ty tools avail­able for a buck.

Occa­sion­al­ly you find some­thing that’s a bit excep­tion­al, and that’s what I’m look­ing at today: FX Pho­to Stu­dio.

Designed for the iPhone, though it will run on an iPod Touch and iPad (scaled, not native dis­play), this app is all about the fil­ters and effects — 181 bun­dled with the $2.99 app and more avail­able for in-app pur­chase.

I’ll list the full fea­ture set below, but here’s a few that real­ly make this app dif­fer­ent from most pho­to edit­ing apps:

Stack­able effects
As you apply effects and fil­ters to your image, the app keeps track of what you’ve applied and how you’ve adjust­ed each effect. Once you’re done, you can save out your ‘set­tings’ for use again — a great time-saver if you want to apply the same effect to a bunch of pho­tos.

And you can also share these pre­sets with oth­er FX Pho­to Stu­dio users.

Lots of fil­ters and effects
Ok, maybe this is a lit­tle over the top, but over 180 dif­fer­ent things you can do to your image, in addi­tion to the basic crop, rotate, Gam­ma adjust, etc.

I must admit, not all the effects were to my taste (espe­cial­ly the ‘greet­ing card like’ illus­tra­tion effects, but there’s more than enough here to keep me busy oth­er­wise.

This is almost a giv­en these days thanks to Insta­gram, but every pho­to app should have the abil­i­ty to let you eas­i­ly share pho­tos with your friends on your favourite social media net­work. FX Pho­to Stu­dio cur­rent­ly sup­ports Face­book, Twit­ter, Flickr and Tum­bler — as well email.

The full list of fea­tures
So, for less than the price of a pre­mi­um cof­fee, here’s what you get in FX Pho­to Stu­dio, as of ver­sion 3.1:

- 181 pho­to effects and fil­ters
— 19 Cat­e­gories
— Intu­itive, easy to use inter­face
— Pos­si­bil­i­ty to mix dif­fer­ent effects
— Adjustable para­me­ters for all effects
— Pre­sets — to save sequences of effects and apply them on oth­ers pic­tures in just one tap
— Share pre­sets via Pre­set Codes
— Import pre­sets via Pre­set Codes
— Mul­ti­step Undo and Redo
— Crop image
— Crop area rota­tion
— Rotate and flip image
— Bright­ness adjust­ments
— Ran­dom fil­ter selec­tion option
— Add to Favorites
— Hide Unused Effects
— Take Instant Pho­to with ran­dom effect fea­ture (for iPhones only)
— Eas­i­ly import pic­tures from Pho­to Albums on your device
— Auto­mat­ic rota­tion of pic­ture import­ed with wrong ori­en­ta­tion
— Por­trait and land­scape modes sup­port­ed
— Result­ing images can be saved to “Cam­era Roll” or “Saved Pho­tos” or ‘Doc­u­ments’
— High res­o­lu­tion sup­port up to 2592*2592 pix­els (for iPhones 4)
— Copy Image to Clip­board from the app for lat­er use in oth­ers apps
— iPhone 4 Reti­na dis­play sup­port
— Image resiz­ing option when upload­ing images to online ser­vices
— Easy image shar­ing between iDe­vice and com­put­er via Doc­u­ments fold­er
— Pos­si­bil­i­ty to rearrange and orga­nize the order of Cat­e­gories and Effects
— Built-in shar­ing via Flickr, Face­book, Twit­ter, Tum­blr or E-mail
— Full iPhone and iPod Touch com­pat­i­bil­i­ty (all ver­sions)

My take
Over­all sol­id val­ue for a sol­id pho­to edit­ing app. It won’t be the only app in my iPad dark­room, but it’s one that’ll get fre­quent use, espe­cial­ly with the tex­ture and grunge effects.

The sheer num­ber of fil­ters and effects can be a bit daunt­ing at first, but after you become famil­iar with them, and their loca­tion in the orga­ni­za­tion cat­a­logue, find­ing them is easy.

I real­ly like the abil­i­ty to lay­er effects, and then save out the fin­ished effect lay­er as a pre­set.

And, they’ve got a great blog show­ing off new and user sub­mit­ted exam­ples of fil­ter com­bi­na­tions, con­test announce­ments and news.

The devel­op­er is offer­ing a Valen­tines Day spe­cial — FX Pho­to Stu­dio is on for $1.99.

Dis­clo­sure: A sam­ple of this prod­uct was pro­vid­ed for review by the man­u­fac­tur­er or their agent.

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