Pixelmator Photo was once available to professionals and enthusiasts who wanted to work with photos on their iPad, and now it’s an option in their pocket. Pixelmator has released a version of Photo for the iPhone that brings the advanced photo editor to smaller screens. Just like the tablet app and Pixelmator Pro, you can make a wide range of non-destructive adjustments to photos either from the phone (including ProRAW from some iPhones) or from over 600 RAW formats from dedicated cameras.
You’ll likely use some of the 30+ color tweaks, including the basics like exposure and white balance with a wheel-based color balance system like what you’d find for video rating. However, Pixelmator Photo also makes use of some useful (if increasingly familiar) AI editing features, including object removal and upscaling for low-resolution shots. You can also expect fairly close integration with Apple Photos and iCloud, such as saving edits (or opening photos from) your library.
Pixelmator Photo usually retails for $8, but is available for $4 to help motivate iPhone buyers. The app is a free update for those already using the iPad version. This probably won’t bore you away from Adobe Lightroom and other professional photo-editing apps, but the classic Pixelmator strategy might still apply here. It offers an affordable, one-time-paid alternative to a Lightroom Premium membership and other much-needed subscriptions for this level of editing.
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