Combo Apps/Pixelmator for iPhone

Pixelmator has updated their app to support iPhone. I’ve written about the iPad version over 6 months ago. Because someone requested me to write about the app on Facebook which turned into a very interesting conversation.Today I got a request to write about the iPhone version. I will give you a quick overview of how this app works. Of course, you will hear my opinions and other things about the app through out the blog post. One of the best thing the developers did was make Pixelmator universal and not a two separate version of the app. What else I love about Pixelmator how easy it is to use and the ability to heavy image manipulations with only a finger tip. It’s very powerful and very intuitive. There are many tutorials that have been written or done on video with Pixelmator. The set up is pretty much the same as the iPad version, so you can load up the app and go for it. But a lot of you have waited for this app to be available for the iPhone…so lets get started with the overview.

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This is your set up screen and how to get started with Pixelmator. I’m going to tap on Create Image.

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Don’t get worried over the black screen with only a header. Tap on the plus button on the top left hand corner and a menu will pop up. Next I’m going to load a photo, so I tap on Photos.The last screen shot you will see the photo I loaded up.

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Here’s a quick overview of how the buttons work with Pixelmator. The brush button are your editing tools and filters. The plus button are your layers, blends, adding text and shapes.

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The gear button are your settings and last is the save button. It’s a cut and dry type of app with nothing fancy. What else I like about Pixelmator is they didn’t make their app look like everyone else apps, with the same cookie cutter layouts and trendy looking tools. This app is a true to itself and a step ahead from other developers.

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One of the powerful tools I wanted to you was Pinch and how it works. Basically you touch the two dots and move them all over the screen to get the right Pinch you’re looking for. The dotted string that’s connected to the big dot is like a guide to help you with what direction you’re pulling from. The small dot is your zoom in and out from different directions. I love the simplicity of how this works because it makes editing photos fun. You can pinch and pull and come up with endless possibilities.

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The next filter I wanted to show you is Kaleidoscope filter and how it works. It still has the two dot system,like the Pinch filter. There is also another slide to adjust the prism effect on your kaleidoscope from 1 to 16. If you use 1 to 2, it makes a nice mirror effect with your photos.

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This is my Kaleidoscope effect.

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I wanted to show you their Bokeh filter. They have a lot of different styles and colors of different Bokeh lights. Sometimes I like to add this effect on my photos or images. It’s add a little something to your photos.

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This is my Bokeh effect on top of my Kaleidoscope. It makes the image a little prettier.

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I also wanted to show you format so you can set how you want to adjust your layers, blends and brush. The last screen shot is your resolution saves. Highest I recommends for res saves are 4096 x 4096 and 4096 x 3072 for 4:3 ratio.

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My overall point of view of Pixelmator, get it !!! Your edits with Pixelmator don’t look prefabricated or have that slapped a filter on my photo effect. It’s powerful, effective and very simple to use. Pixelmator was made for all different types of mobile photographers from beginners to advance mobile editors. It’s not just for mobile photographers either. This app is great for mobile artists and mobile painters for all levels. You will not be disappointed with Pixelmator. The developers really did their homework on providing a powerful editing app for iOS.

I want to add that, this update was really needed for the iPhone. I’m glad they made the app universal and made it truly a mobile editing app with very powerful tools. You can pick up Pixelmator for $4.99 (totally worth it) in the App Store. It does require that your mobile devices to be iOS 8.3 and up to get it on your iPhone. I highly recommend if you have an iPhone 6 plus to get this app. I don’t recommend anything lower than an iPhone 5. I’m not sure how well this app will work on iPod touch because it has the same processor as iPhone 4S.

If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comments or email me ashcroft54@gmail.com. You can make blog posts requests too. This blog post was for Carlos Velazquez. I hope you like it Carlos. And it was helpful in your decision in getting Pixelmator. Happy editing and have a great day everyone !!!

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12 Responses to Combo Apps/Pixelmator for iPhone

  1. Carlos Velazquez says:

    Fresh air to all pocket photograpers..thank for your post!

  2. imapurrson says:

    Thank you, Tina, for your review on Pixelmator. Because of your beautiful edits with it and your recommendation to get this app, I downloaded it. It’s everything you said it would be. Always grateful to you for your truthful and honest opinions. I’m happy that Pixelmator is universal. Hope you’re doing well!

  3. rjllane says:

    Hello ashcroft54 (Tina). Thanks for the post. I was wondering if your could do another post where you take a closer look at using “Layers” within Pixelmator? 🙂 … MomentsForZen (Richard)

  4. Hi Tina excellent tutorial! Just in doubt if it’s worth the money after already having so many apps! Would love to see a tutorial on the must have twenty apps and no more!!

  5. eucalyptha says:

    I got it the same day. It is a great app. Thanks for the review which was helpful as always.

  6. rjllane says:

    Hello again ashcroft54 (Tina). Yep – I saw your Chapter 2 post on mobile IR photography – you have made stellar progress. I look forward to seeing further refinements 🙂 … MomentsForZen (Richard)

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