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Photo fx Ultra

Seller: The Tiffen Company
Category: Photography
© 2010 The Tiffen Company, LLC
2.0.1
13.6 MB
$4.99
App Description

We all know what the developers say about their apps is sometimes....well let's be generous and call it wishful thinking.  But THE TIFFEN COMPANY makes good on it's claims. Tiffen's Photo fx Ultra app is the real deal!

Tiffen Photo fx Ultra is optimized for use on the iPad.  If you would like to edit photos on your iPhone, you can download the iPhone version of this app by Tiffen: Photo fx.  Both iPad and iPhone versions of this app are largely the same, except for some differences in UI.

When I read an app review I look for a couple of things:

1) What does the app do?

2) How easy is it to use?

3) What will my pics look like when I use it.

 

WHY I LIKE IT

Almost every photo that I edit goes through Photo fx Ultra at some point during my editing process.  Photo fx Ultra delivers subtle effects that never appear artificial.  This is a sophisticated and powerful tool for the serious iPhoneographer.  If you want to add real looking light and color effects this app is the best.

 

HOW I USE IT

I use this app late in the editing process.  With this app I can: add a window reflection in a Starbucks scene, color to a sky, warmth to a face, or fog to a beach shot.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT

General Effects:

Each effect can be modified by sliders. The sliders are stacked and can be moved easily. Photo fx Ultra calls this LAYERS, but it is not a true layer function.  Color effects can be modified by amount and softness, and can be moved or masked and layered.  Light effects can be adjusted for brightness, blur and color of light rendered.  These are also moveable and can easily be masked and stacked.

Color:

Photo fx Ultra has the most natural looking colors of any app I have used.  Overall tints are totally adjustable by color wheel.  Color adjustments of many kinds are easy to use. Warming, Cooling, Color Spot, Strip Gradient, 3 strip gradients in a variety of colors, can be used to great effect for landscapes.  Again, subtle is the key word here.

Light:

The good folks at TIFFEN aren't messing around when it comes to light. There is a way here to relight ANYTHING.  All moveable, Mask-able, stackable, and adjustable.  Here are only some of the light effects available through this app:

Black diffusion, white diffusion, Glimmerglass

Diffusions textures

Window (my favorite)

Spot lights

Pools of light

Breakups

There are also lens effects, film effects and special effects.  Some of these are: light balancing, color compensating and color conversion.  There a paint function as well which is very feature rich.  You can paint in several different color modes, as well as several effects.

 

INFO FROM THE APP STORE

77 filters. 934 presets 

8 filter groups

Search function for filters and presets

Larger preview, on iPad it's a joy to use.

IOS 5 compatible

Resolution up to 3072 pixels


EASE OF USE

I find this app very easy to use.  The integrated help function is clearly written and to the point.  The most difficult function is MOVE, although it should take you about 2 minutes to master.  Being a power user of this app should take 15 minutes, tops.

So, you might have gathered that I like this app.  I consider the price some of the best money I've spent at the App Store.  I included some pics of the UI and some examples- HAPPY SNAPPING!  Ok, review over. Now I'm heading to Starbucks!

 

EXAMPLES

Career Girl by Dogsitter

 

This app review was written by Dogsitter.  If you would like to submit an app review to be featured in the App Critiques section, please email django@iPhoneArt.com.

Published on March 18, 2012

To purchase this app at the iTunes store click here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-fx-ultra/id374564348?mt=8

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