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[iPhone] Turn photos into art masterpieces with Repix, a photo editing app

mzl.lhfcmlyx.320x480-75 [1]Depending on how you look at things, the presence of a smartphone camera in everyone’s pocket these days is either a great thing for photography, or a terrible thing. I’m in the former camp: it’s great that people feel more empowered to take creative pictures and embrace that artistic side of themselves. But on the other hand, many people think that just taking pictures from a wonky angle or adding a filter will make their photos instantly turn into “art.” If you’re an iPhone camera junkie who’s grown tired of just slapping filters on your snapshots, it might be time to try a more artistic approach, with Repix.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Repix is an iOS app that lets you take photographs and manipulate them with various brushes, creating a watercolor-like, somewhat Impressionist-looking work of art.

Pros

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Discussion

mzl.qgqbxfoq.320x480-75 [2]Repix is a fun way to “remix” your existing photo library. You just pick a picture, select an effect brush, and drag your finger over the image to apply. You can use four basic color brushes to create your masterpiece, or invest in additional brushes to really take your work of art to the next level.

The four main tools you are given to start with are Charcoal, Cartoonize, Edger, and Dotter. The Dotter tool gives you a kind of comic book-style look, with fat “ink” dots, while Charcoal lets you create blurred lines. With repeated applications, the Edger creates a sort of grizzled, pebbled appearance, and the Cartoonize tool makes colors pop while smudging the image, almost like there was Vaseline on the lens.

The other brush packs you can buy are Color (which lets you make images look Vintage/Sepia-toned), Artistic (with brushes that make Van Gogh and spraypaint-style brushstrokes), and Light Brushes (which create sparklers, glowing lines, and clusters of stars.) If you don’t want to spring for the whole set of brushes, definitely get the Light brushes: they are perfect for drawing on night-time shots, party photos, or selfies.

Conclusion and download link

If you want to feel like you actually had a role to play in making your digital photography look cool, stop messing around with apps that are all about filters, and actually get your hands dirty…well, so to speak. This app is simple to use, and has a great array of tools that can make your special photos look truly magical.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.0.4

Requires iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS version 6.0 or later

Download size: 25.3 MB

Repix on Apple App Store [3]