Apple released some major changes to iPhoto during the release of iOS 7 in the fall of 2013. Many of the same features are still available, but Apple redesigned the app to remove the pictorial embellishments, keeping the app simple and flat in the design, with a more intuitive user interface. iPhoto for iOS comes with Smart Browsing, multi-touch editing, brushes, and dazzling effects. With your photos, you can create professional quality photo books, web journals, photo prints, and interactive slideshows via iCloud.
With the release of iOS 8, Apple discontinued iPhoto, while creating a universal Photos app for both the Mac and iOS. While Apple removed the photo editing features for the iOS app (not the desktop), the company introduced third-party integration directly into the photo library. Third applications like PicsArt can now be accessed right from the photos library.
Pixelmator is the latest photo editor for iOS, offering what could very well be the ideal iPhoto replacement. Pixelmator, originally designed for the Mac, offers some of the same advanced features, but specifically designed for a tablet interface. The most noticeable features of Pixelmator include the use of the drop down inspector window (similar to Apple’s iWork applications) for project and tool adjustments, including the ability to add and control images, text, and various vector graphics. Unlike most photo editors, Pixelmator offers plenty of paint brush options, distinguishing the app as both an editor and creation tool. The app also includes other features that are unique to the iOS experience, including the ability to import images into collages, frames, cards, posters, and several photographic effects. The app syncs with iCloud and makes use of the “hand-off” feature when switching to a Mac. Check out our review on YouTube.
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iColorama is an excellent photo editor for adding a wide range of filters, effects, and adjustments. Each effect includes advanced adjustment tools, such as, masking, and zoom. iColorama will also give you the option to begin and export your projects in a high resolution format, a feature that many photo editors lack. Most of the menu options come with presets on the right side to initiate your selections, and the tool bar along the bottom allows for further refinements.
Leonardo is an application for the iPhone and iPad that can be classified as an app for power users. Leonardo includes tons of advanced features, such as, layers, transform tool, filters, special effects, and adjustment tools. Selection tools are also available to isolate certain functions and to create masking layers. Leonardo is so advanced that it rivals some desktop applications. For example, in additional to a wide range of editing controls, you can export your photos as jpg, png, or psd (Photoshop) formats. The app also comes with Dropbox integration. Check out the review on YouTube.
Adobe Photoshop Touch
Adobe Photoshop Touch is a photo editor for the power user. Are you looking for the same functionality that you would typically get from a desktop app? If so, PS Touch is for you. What you will like most is the user interface. The icons and graphic layout is clean and easy to understand. You can add numerous adjustments and effects, control opacity, warp, crop images, and add layers. You can organize photos in folders and save your photos in jpg and png formats, or upload to Adobe Creative Cloud. This app is first class and must have for iPad users. Note: Adobe Photoshop Touch launched in late 2011, but was discontinued in May 2015. Currently, if you already purchased the app, you should be able to use it in the foreseeable future. Adobe now has available an entire suite of applications for enhancing productivity and creativity.