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As far as photo editing apps go, there are some that are strong and complicated, some that are weak and simple, and some that are somewhere in between – leaving the average user and iPhone photo hobbiest with several camera, photo editing and framing apps. If you’re looking for a user-friendly app with the ability to quickly provide the most economical, widest selection of filters and effects, then check out Pixlr-o-matic Plus. This inexpensive app features the most variety of filters and effects I’ve seen in a single app without having to make additional in-app purchases, and while there’s no customizable options such as cropping or color/filter adjustments, it literally provides you with enough canned options to create almost any desired photo effect.
Pixlr-o-matic Plus has about 25 different default options of frame, photo and lighting effects, but dozens and dozens more are available for free download in a wide variety of category options – from soft classical vignettes to modern neon and even a few arts & crafts-type layovers. The options are so varied, that most anyone can easily find a selection of applicable photo editing options that suit their individual tastes. In addition to the vast number of effects and frames, Pixlr-o-Matic Plus provides the added bonus of being rather intuitive and user-friendly.
To begin editing photos, you simply choose to take a new snapshot, which redirects you to the iPhone’s camera and then loads the image directly into the app, or you can choose to select a photo from your device’s library. There are five simple icons across the bottom of the screen that represent photo, lighting and framing effects in addition to a return to menu button and a share button. A side-scrolling menu for each effect option allows you to both view the options and preview the applied effect to the current photo. If you download all the effects in each collection you will have a vast amount to choose from and individual viewing will take some serious time, but you can always scroll through and select only the ones that pique your curiosity or resemble the effect you’re looking for.
Switching between effect options in Pixlr-o-Matic Plus is quick and easy and while sometimes the photos and effects load slower than desired, the functionality and interface requires no switching between screens and is fairly quick to accomplish. The save/share option allows you to save the photo to your photo library or send it to iTunes, Facebook, Flickr, Imm.io, Dropbox or email the photo. Navigating between applying effects and sending or sharing is quick and simple and the app even saves the last image used if you are interrupted before saving.
If access to a wide variety of photo effects is a priority, then Pixlr-o-Matic Plus is the ideal app. There are no options to add text for captioning like some photo editing apps, but for its collection of effects and frames, Pixlr-o-Matic Plus is definitely a front-runner and a steal for just a buck!