Pixelmator Photo 1.0.2 review

Is Pixelmator Photo the quick and simple iPad photo editor you’ve been looking for?

Pixelmator Photo

Digital Camera World Verdict

Pixelmator Photo is a snip at just $4.99/£4.99 but it’s best for people who just want quick fixes and all the benefits of machine-learning artificial intelligence rather than in-depth adjustments.


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    Film emulation presets

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    Perspective corrections

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    ML Enhance quick-fix

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    No local adjustments

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    Overlap with Pixelmator

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    Awkward workflow

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Pixelmator says Pixelmator Photo is “the best way to edit your photos on iPad”. It uses a lot of core Apple technologies including Metal, Core ML 2 and Core Image to deliver its speed and features, and boasts Pixelmator’s new-found ML (machine learning) technologies for automatic image enhancements and more intelligent application of its film emulation presets.

But does it do enough to join our list of the best photo apps for Android and iOS devices?

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com