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XnView Photo Fx App for iOS

Free Photo Effects App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

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XnView Photo Fx Splash Screen

XnView Photo Fx Splash Screen

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XnView Photo Fx is a free iOS app that allows you to edit your photos and enhance them with a number of stylish effects and filters. It is a universal app that runs on iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch. XnView Photo Fx is developed by the author of XnView, a popular and incredibly useful multi-platform image viewer.

XnView Photo Fx Summary

XnView Photo Fx, just like the desktop XnView software, is one of my favorite iOS apps. It is one of the first apps I open when I want to do something creative with photos on my iPad or iPhone. XnView Photo Fx is very easy to use, with buttons and controls that are easy to understand with little explanation.

To begin, open a photo from your device--and you can crop, rotate or mirror the image before adding effects. The crop tool offers presets for the most common aspect ratios, as well as a free crop option.

Next, you can tap the action button to explore the vast array of image effects as thumbnail images. The thumbnail images display the actual image you are working with, so you get an idea of what to expect. Once you choose an effect, several variations of the effect are presented as thumbnails along the bottom of the screen. Some effects have sliders for adjusting the intensity or opacity of the effect.

At any time, you can look at the history of actions you have applied, and/or compare your changes to the original image. Multi-level undo and redo are also available. When you are happy with your image, the share button allows you to choose the export quality and save your edited image back to your iOS photo album, or share via email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more.

XnView Photo Fx Features

Exploring actions in XnView Photo Fx

Exploring Actions in XnView Photo Fx

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  • Basic photo edit tools to rotate, crop, and mirror.

  • Actions button reveals image effects divided into categories for Image, Color, Effect, and Filter.

  • The Image category includes effects such as vintage, tint, light, texture, vignette, tilt-shift, motion blur, frame, etc.

  • Color effects include gamma, exposure, temperature, hue, black & white, sepia, posterize, etc.

  • Effect category includes pencil sketch, pointillize, halftone, kaleidoscope, mosaic, color fantasy, etc.

  • Filter effects include sharpen, blur, noise reduction, edge, emboss, minimum, and maximum.

  • Each effect selection presents a number of presets to the effects, and many effects have additional adjustments.

  • Undo/redo are available, along with the full history of actions--and you can compare the original and edited images with the tap of a button.

  • Quickly access your preferred effects by saving them under "Favorites."

  • Tap the info button for image width, height, file size, and DPI.

  • Share your edited photos to Facebook, Flickr, Tumbler, Twitter, Vkontakte.

  • Export photos to other apps, device photo albums, email, or clipboard. Choose export quality in preset sizes or preserve original image size when exporting.

  • Identical feature set between iPhone and iPad app.

  • Works in either portrait or landscape orientation.

XnView Photo Fx Conclusion

Vintage Presets in XnView Photo Fx

Vintage Presets in XnView Photo Fx

© Sue Chastain
One minor complaint I have with this app is that the preset thumbnails sometimes cover part of the image... but a simple tap in the center of the screen hides the entire user interface so you can see your full image. There is also no direct in-app access to the device's camera--personally, I rarely use this in my image-editing apps, but some users may miss it.

XnView Photo Fx is a free app, so there really is no reason not to take it for a spin. Chances are you will enjoy exploring it enough to keep it around; it's certainly one of the best free photo effects apps I've come across for iOS. In an app store flooded with photo effect apps, XnView Photo Fx is one that stands out as deserving of a spot on your home screen.

XnView Photo Fx Links:
XnView Photo Fx in the iTunes App Store
XnView Mobile Apps Site

Reviewed: XnView Photo Fx version 2.04

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