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[REVIEW] Photo FX Ultra by Tiffen

I’m no stranger to Tiffen products and I’m a big fan of their desktop app DFX, so when the sent my Photo FX Ultra for the iPad I couldn’t wait to try it out.

If your familiar with DFX then you will feel right at home with Photo FX Ultra. It has the same sort of interface, however the filters and effects have obviously been slimed down but there is still plenty to keep you entertained for hours.

Across the top you have your editing tools and running along the bottom you have the filmstrip of filters and categories.

Edit Screen With Photo Loaded

Edit Screen With Photo Loaded

Individual Controls for Control

Individual Controls for Control

Sub effects with in main effects

Sub effects with in main effects

There are 77 filters containing 934 presets, so there is definitely something that will suite. I think the best part is you still have quite a bit of control over the final output. All the presets can be customised, you can build a custom effect using layers and adding different effects, and finally you can use layer masks to determine what part of your photo gets effected.

The one thing I haven’t come across yet is where I can see all of my layers. I’ve looked but I just can’t see it, which is a shame because sometimes you might want to go back and turn an effect off. It might not be there due to memory limitation of the iPad.

I’ve always been a fan of Tiffen software for creating black and whites. I enjoy the process of coming up with something a little different so I was extremely pleased to see that black and white processing in Photo FX Ultra was just as exciting.

Here’s a few more shots edited with Photo FX Ultra.

I think if you aren’t used to Tiffen’s UI you might have a few teething problems but nothing that a bit of trial and error can’t iron out, and there is integrated help for if you get stuck.┬áIt supports high-resolution images up to 3072 pixels which is more than enough in most cases, and it works in both portrait and landscape modes.

All in all I think it’s one of the better iPad editing apps I’ve had the pleasure of using. Check it out on the App store and have some fun with it. If you’ve used it I would love to see some of your edits.

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