Stackables
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • Stackables
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  • Last modified: Feb 26, 2014

Review Summary:

PROS: Very intuitive and easy to use. System of editable layers. Lots of great preloaded content. CONS: UI design could be a bit more attractive.

It’s incredibly interesting to review iOS photo editors since it takes incredible amount of creativity and effort to create an app of this kind and to achieve success in the iOS App Store. I am not saying that it’s easy to create any other app, but since there’s some very rough competition between photo editors, it’s certainly harder to succeed in this niche.

From time to time we bring you reviews of iOS photo editors, and we tend to take mostly popular or newly released apps. Today we’ll be taking a look at Stackables, which is in its 1.1 version. This application was released just a few weeks ago and you can currently purchase it for only $1, which is its introductory price. Its full price is going to be $2, which still sounds like a good deal considering that there are no in-app purchases.

Stackables is a photo-editing app which uses layering in order to add filters and enhancements to your photo. What this means is that you can create unlimited number of layers, where each one can be an effect, a texture, or some basic enhancement. Continue reading to learn more about how this editing system works.

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First, a few words about UI design. As you can see from the screenshots, Stackables is very flat and simplistic in some ways. Even though most of us will agree that it brings visually pleasing interface, I’ve seen some better solutions which are simpler yet more effective. Still, Stackables is nice to look at and what’s most important is that it’s very intuitive and easy to use. The first time you open this application you’ll get to see a brief tutorial explaining to you what the main tools are and where to find them. This tutorial is very short and simple, but essential if you’re planning to start editing right away.

As you can expect from a photo editing app, there’s a series of basic editing tools. There are actually more than 20 of these including color balance setup, brightness, white balance, blur, and similar. Once you decide to apply any of these tools they’ll create a new layer. What this means is that this can create a very interesting look and mood, but you can also remove any of these layers at any time.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Stackables are its 150 effects and presets. You’ll be able to easily preview them in one column, and apply with just one tap. There are actually several ways to apply an effect, so you can use modes like hard/soft light, screening, or overlaying. What’s interesting to note is that these effects are crafted with care by a professional photographer, and this is something you can definitely see. None of these are generic, and they mostly look great so I assure you that you’ll be satisfied with the selection.

There’s really nothing negative to say about Stackables. Even though it could’ve offered a bit more polished UI design, its biggest selling point are numerous carefully crafted effects. I warmly recommend trying it out.

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