Best Free iPad App of the Week: Pixlr-o-matic

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Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

This week’s best free iPad app is Pixlr-o-matic – a fun, retro photo effects app from Autodesk.

There are a lot of excellent photo effects apps for the iPad, but not too many free ones. It’s great to see this free one from a first-rate publisher like Autodesk. 

Pixlr-o-matic is fast and easy to use. Here’s a bit of its App Store intro:

Turn your photos into cool looking vintage images – editing is as easy as one, two, three.
With this fun and simple darkroom app, you can layer filters, lighting and borders to get that retro grunge look in three simple steps. So many options to choose from, there are more than 25,000 possible finishes for any one image!

And some of its notable features:

✓ Color filters help you adjust the mood – amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades
✓ Lighting effects add drama, sparkle, or a grunge look
✓ Finish off your photo process with the right frame – pick a border style that fits you
✓ No camera required! Select a photo from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and start applying effects. If your device has a camera, you can also snap a new picture from within the app.
✓ Share your new vintage image directly with your friends through Facebook or imm.io

It really is quick and simple to add some fun effects and give your images a retro look. The screencap at the top of this post is a quick effort using one of the app’s built-in images. Here’s a simple effect and ‘Nolaroid’ frame on a pic of my faithful Deputy Editor Dawg:

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I think this app fits in quite nicely alongside several great paid-for photo editing / effects apps I’ve got on my iPad – and it’s certainly the best free one I’ve seen so far.

Here’s an App Store link for Pixlr-o-matic.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.


Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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