At first glance, InstaThis HD appears to be yet another barebones free image editing app for the iPad. However, while the app does limit what you can do in the free version, there are quite a few functions available that allow you to do everything from creating multi-image montages to editing and adding effects to those images.
When you first open the app, you'll be prompted to upgrade to the paid version, which features dozens of additional filters and editing tools. However, the free version is quite robust on its own, allowing you to use any of the app's functions to at least some degree. First you must select a frame theme and then fill the slots on the frame with any one of the images in your photo library or new ones that you take with the camera. After adding images, you can edit the lighting, contrast, or saturation levels, add effects like black and white or sepia, or overlay text on the new image. Once complete, your work of art can be saved to your photo library, shared on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or e-mailed to a friend.
In this, InstaThis HD is a very robust app with many features available for free. The paid version certainly offers a number of upgrades, but for the basic functions, the free version is more than enough. Additionally, the app is quick and responsive, the ads are not intrusive, and there are no saving or exporting limits. If you are eager to create murals or collages on your iPad, InstaThis HD is a great app to get you started, with a number of features to choose from.