Paint FX iPad App Review

Lately my schedule has been so crazy busy that my iPad hasn’t got a ton of use and I haven’t even bought any new apps. This is pretty rare for me since I have to admit I’m an appoholic and love to check out new apps and technology once they come out. Finally the other day I have some time to check out a few apps on my list and have a couple app reviews coming this week. I wanted to start with Paint FX for the iPad which is an app that allows you to paint on special effects with your finger rather than just applying an effect to the entire image.

The app is pretty straightforward and easy to use. You start at the menu icon on the very left and are able to load an image from a few different sources including your iPad’s photo album, Flickr or Facebook. Once you have loaded up your image just tap on the FX icon and start painting away where you would like the effect to appear. There are tons of photo filters the app includes from simple things like Black and White and Cartoonize, many different types of tints to apply and even background textures like a retro starburst. You can adjust the size of the brush using the brush icon menu next to the FX menu and modify the edge, opacity and size of the brush.


All you have to do is start to paint on the photo with your finger to apply that effect. There is an erase tool also if you go too far so you can easily erase the effect from the image.
At anytime if you need to undo something there is an undo and redo button at the very top to backtrack your steps. They also created a mask feature that can be handy to see the mask where the effects will be applied to be shown in a traditional red mask color. Just draw in a mask and then tap and effect to have that be applied to the mask area. One thing that would be very helpful is when you add a new layer to have the mask still remain so you can apply another effect to the exact same masked section. Right now when you add a new layer your mask that you created is removed.

paint fx ipad review
There are layers in the app but not in the traditional sense. When you click the layers button it will allow you to create a new layer on top of the existing edited photo. You can’t go back to that first layer and edit it, just think of the layers as applying these effects on top of each other. Since you can’t really edit the other layers on their own I wish they would just remove this button, when you add a new effect it will layer it on top. Much easier and removes the need for an extra button.

Once you are all done there are lots of different ways you can share the photo using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Email, sending a postcard through Sincerely or your photo album.
Overall the app performs very well, it’s quick to respond, I had no crashes and does a great job. I would rate this app a 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and simple way to add filters to your photos.

The app is $2.99 and you can get it in the iTunes store here. Also it is a universal app so will work on the iPad and iPhone.
Paint FX : Photo Effects Editor - Sprite Labs

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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