Sometimes it does take a little more than a one-tap effect to give your photo the look you are looking for; you have to work a harder for it. There are a thousand iOS apps available that let you apply artistic filters by just tapping on a single button, but there are also apps that will offer you instruments to process photos more creatively by overlaying them with organic effects and brush strokes. Yes, a bit like in painting, but not quite. Repix is one of these latter apps.
- Full resolution saving available;
- 20 effects (8 free + 12 via in-app purchase);
- 6 crop ratios;
- 8 photo filters;
- Random feature;
- Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation vibrance, temperature, vignette;
- In-app guide;
- Send via email;
- Share via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram.
Repix is an image processing app coming with a selection of photo filters, plus light and artistic brushes to spice up your images by playing with your fingers. You can combine filters and special effects together for producing different and unique results. Settings for brightness, contrast, saturation and vignette can be adjusted depending on yor need by tapping and holding on each filter’s icon to call the menu and then sliding on the screen to increase and decrease values. The artistic effects can be applied by finger painting; for each there are additional settings available that are accessed either by tapping on the plus sign on the tools and by holding and sliding. If you make a mistake, you can undo; if you want to change something, you just have to use the undoer brush, the eraser or simply paint over. You can then save your final images as PNG files, share them on some of the most popular social media or send them to a desired email address.
The choice of different effects in the free version of Repix is fine but quite limited. The additional effect brushes however will broaden your possibilities a little. There are three themed packs, each containing four extra brushes. Each pack is $1.99, but you can unlock all the packs in one go through the “Master’s Collection” option, which is $4.99.
The app Repix shows some nice ideas and a few brilliant effects, but it also has its shortcomings. As far as I could see, you cannot directly control brush size, opacity, angle and so on in any away; you can only get a little more accurate if needed with zooming in and out by pinching on screen. Overall, I find the lack of brush control limiting, since it doesn’t allow you to work freely. Even by zooming in to the maximum magnification allowed, you cannot be very detail-oriented, unless you rely on other apps to stack and blend layers and so forth. The zooming in and out is not one of the most responsive out there either and at times I found myself applying strokes when I was in fact trying to pan or get closer.
Repix is not one these apps with poor artistic filters that will only look good on the iPhone screen: the output quality is very good, even at full resolution, the brush strokes are very well done and combining the various effects together can give you many creative possibilities. To be honest, the results attainable with Repix can be extremely pleasing if you spend some time on your editing instead of just applying strokes at random, but they definitely won’t work all the times as you wish. With some more brush control Repix could easily become one of the best apps of its kind.
Repix is a universal app optimized for iPhone 5 and it is free in the App Store. If you want to have an idea of what it is capable of, go ahead and try it.
Name: Repix – Edit & Remix Photos
Publisher: Sumoing Ltd.
Compatibility: iOS 6.0 or later.