Pixomatic photo editor




A few of my latest reviews have been about best photo editing apps on iOS in different categories. Today, I share with you my review of Pixomatic, a layer based image editor for iOS devices by Qube LLC. Priced at $4.99, the editor allows you to work easily with layers. I’m talking separating a foreground image from its background, amazing double exposure effects, re-purposing objects into another designer all in a simple to use iPhone and iPad app. So, in the right hands, Pixomatic photo editor can be used to create wonderful and creative images.  

With all these cool features and a lot more, one thing is for sure – Pixomatic is unlike most other image editing apps out there and makes a mark on its own.

Pixomatic has been featured by Apple in “Great Photography Apps,” “New Apps We Love” and the “Share the Fever” on the App Store in more than 20 countries. Advanced tools that were once only available in desktop software like Photoshop have now been simplified enough for use in smartphones, hence my curiosity to test this app out.


Latest Update

The latest major update to Pixomatic brought even better tools. For example, the update that hit the App Store in May 2017 had the Hair Tool that allows you to select, mask, and easily cut out even the trickiest hair, which was a first for any iPhone or iPad image editing app. And this review will focus on the features in the latest version of the app: 3.3.2.


Pixomatic Photo Editor iOS App Features

Hair Tool

First things first, let’s discuss the hair tool which by far has to be one of the most impressive tools I have come across in all the image editing apps I have used. This showcases how advanced image editing apps for smart phones have become. You can find this tool under the refine tab, and I guess it makes sense to put it there because with this tool you’re able to extract fine details of the subject’s hair, something not possible previously with the original cutout tool in the app. Here is what the developer has to say about the cut-out and hair tools in Pixomatic:

“Pixomatic is the first-ever mobile app that brings desktop level quality for selecting and masking images. Now, you have no problems with cutting out even the most difficult picture elements, including hair! Smoothly select and mask even the trickiest hair edges.”

Easy Cutouts

This is the feature that puts Pixomatic on the list of the best image editors out there. The simplicity of the Cut-Out and Combine tool is impressive; you can easily select an object in the foreground by drawing an outline around it and separate it from the original picture, and then combine it with another picture. I was pleasantly surprised about the accuracy of the cutouts considering that you are using the feature on a small screen of an iPhone or iPad and not on a desktop computer with a huge monitor like you normally would.


The brush tool is among the most advanced tools the app offers; it allows you to control what you want to edit without altering the rest of the picture. You can change the size of the brush by gestures to zoom in or out, enabling you to make precise changes. You can also choose the strength of the changes you are making. For example, if you wish to increase color saturation of the background of the picture you are editing, with the brush tool you can do it without increasing the saturation of the rest of the image. Also, you can erase and reduce saturation using the same tool.


Another standout feature of Pixomatic is that it allows you to work easily with layers. I would go as far as to say that working with layers is easier and simpler on this app than on any other app. Layers allow you to achieve a more professional looking result, but there is a learning curve involve so be prepared for a lot of practice.


Image editing apps would be incomplete without a few interesting filters, no? Although there aren’t a lot of filters in the app, there are some that have the potential to transform your image and give them an artistic look. The art filters are great but they are not sufficient for the filter obsessed.


User Interface

The quick to download and simple to use app has a clean user interface that makes it suitable for beginners. All the different tools and features have been organized cleanly in the app and everything is labeled and easy to find. To get started, simply choose a photo from the phone gallery and start editing. Quick, easy, and simple.


Bottom Line

So is Pixomatic photo editor worth the $5 price tag? Yes, definitely!

However, do not expect this photo editor to completely replace apps that are dedicated to filters, beauty tools for selfies, and detailed brush editing, etc. But if you want to edit images and you have a creative mind, want to make it different and stand out by using cutouts, extraction of foregrounds from the background and re-purposing the images, then Pixomatic is the best app for you.

You get your money’s worth here. After using the app and playing around with its features for a while, I can understand why this app is so highly rated by its users. Its advanced features, and ease of use warrants a near perfect rating.


Compatible Devices iOS Universal
Version Off App 3.5.8
Version Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Size 141.37 MB
Developer Qube
Genre Photo and Video

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