Picfx adds effects to your images

Picfx lets you play around with 47 different effects and 13 different styles with which to tweak your images, and adds some extras not found in other apps of this type.

Picfx lets you play around with 47 different effects and 13 different styles with which to tweak your images, and adds some extras not found in other apps of this type. As with most image manipulation apps, you can snap a fresh photo with your iPhone camera or import a picture from your photo library. Across the bottom of the screen are icons of leather-bound books, each of which represents a bunch of effects. The categories are broken up into Grunge, Classics, Textures, Light, Space, and Frames. Once you've selected a photo, the layout makes it easy to pick an effect from each category.

To add more options to the mix, you can also apply a style at any time in the process. To add a premade style, touch the Stylize button to bring up a dial that lets you choose options like Black & White, Sepia, and Warm styles. Stacking effects and styles gives you virtually unlimited combinations to experiment with.

What sets Picfx apart from the other apps in this collection are the ultrarealistic textures you can apply to your photos. One called peeled paint looks very realistic. In the Space category, there are interesting effects like Nebula, which adds a ghostly space scene. Though these may sound kind of superficial, when we started combining them with other effects, Picfx produced great results.

Overall, Picfx is a great app for adding effects to your images that you can share on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, or through e-mail. Though you don't have precise controls for adjusting the amount of each effect, being able to stack effects and styles gives you a large number of possibilities.

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