Lightx Photo Editor & Photo Effects


Multi-faceted photo lớn editor with a wide range of powerful features

Price: $3/£3Version: 3.4Size: 74.6 MBSeller: Andor CommunicationsPlatform: iPhone / iPad

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Update! We first reviewed LightX in 2018 but by early 2019 changes were afoot và the devs split the app into two products. We now have LightX Express & LightX Phokhổng lồ Editor & Retouch. It appears they’ve shifted development to the latter, so while the link up there goes to lớn the Express version (now priced at $4) which allows you lớn bởi the same kind of things – remove sầu background, add color splash effects, blend & some editing effects và blur effects, all the ‘what’s new’ stuff we’ll talk about in a second applies to the second phầm mềm.

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So what’s new? Turns out, despite the long-winded nature of the previous explanation, not much has been added. It seems like most of the features are the same across the 2, except the Pholớn Editor & Retouch version has added improvements lớn gradient tools, a range of shape masks, và an auto-eraser khổng lồ segment objects from backgrounds allowing you to lớn create images with a transparent background. It’s not a groundbreaking feature though. The key difference though, is that the second phầm mềm, though miễn phí lớn tải về, doesn’t let you vì much without a subscription which runs at $3 a month or $35 for a lifetime membership. While that’s cheaper than many image editing apps these days, it’s likely you can still vị most of what you need in the Express version. Though it’s unlikely lớn get many more updates at this point.

Revised rating: It’s all gotten a bit confusing, but it’s still decent. ★★★★


Our original đánh giá, written in February 2018, is presented in its entirety below.

LightX is an incredibly powerful all-in-one editor. The App Store is full of apps that have sầu signature features, but LightX provides a full suite of relatively easy features to edit your iPhone photos in a number of ways. As such, it’s incredibly hard lớn cover every single aspect in a single reviews – so let’s focus on a few of its flagship capabilities.


A truly remarkable set of features laid out in easily understandable sections

One of the most interesting và fun features is cutting out elements of images và then pasting them onto lớn other images. The possibilities here are vast – for example, you could add a person’s head onkhổng lồ another person’s body toàn thân, or insert another individual inlớn a pholớn. Stuff that historically you’d need Photocửa hàng wizardry to lớn vì. As you can see from the image below, we’ve sầu taken an even more wry approach khổng lồ this feature by having our reviewer photobomb himself.

The way to lớn cut out part of an image to lớn overlay on another is easy & just involves two of you primary digits, a keen eye, and a bit of patience.

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To get started, you just need to open an image, then if you swipe left, you’re presented with a number of different options split into different groups – instant (which includes filters, and tools for improving your selfies), creative (including cutout and erasing parts of images) and draw, which lets you add new backdrops, or text và doodles to your images. There’s plenty more besides.


To cut out part of an image roughly draw round the subject

To use cutout, select the option và then use your finger to roughly drop around the part of the image you want lớn cut out. This doesn’t require accuracy at this stage. Tap next & the phầm mềm will try & tighten the edges. This rarely works entirely, so now it’s down lớn you to go manual. The best way is to use two fingers to zoom in. One you find an edge that doesn’t quite work, use the magic erase lớn remove sầu the bright red shading on the part of the image you don’t want lớn cut out. You can change the thickness of the brushes here, as well as color elements back in khổng lồ cut. Eventually, you want your entire subject for cutout shaded in bright red. Then tap next again.


The result is rarely perfect so it’s time khổng lồ go deep

You can now crop tighter around the image, or rotate, before moving on và seeing the image cut out on a transparent background. Now on the bottom thực đơn, you can tap the add background option and your cutout will be pasted over the top of the image where you can then rekích thước và change its position.


With a bit of patience, you can get a good result

The possibilities in LightX are almost endless. And each feature comes with a Clip tutorial – the first time you open the feature, a short clip will play, or you can play the full đoạn phim khổng lồ get more information. Other features include but are not limited to lớn changing focus, changing shape (so you can refine, reshape và change the perspective of the image) and curve sầu tools for changing specific colors on a curve sầu to entirely customize the look of the image.


The cut out can now be overlaid onto lớn any image

They’re generally all fairly simple to use – but one thing that often jumps out from other image editors is their App Store screenshots show perfect results. Is this the case with LightX? Yes & no. While it’s easy to lớn achieve great results, these are largely down lớn two things – good images, and a lot of patience. For example, one example in their screenshots shows the ease in which a dresses color can change from blue lớn red. This is certainly doable, but if the image is cropped too tightly, or there are too many shadows it can be incredibly fiddly or not fit for purpose. Don’t expect automation – but expect to lớn have sầu plenty of power at your disposal.

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Obviously, we chose lớn reform size and add it bachồng to lớn the same image so the subject looks like he’s photobombing himself

What sets LightX apart from other image editors is that everything is included for the basic price. There’s no premium tier, and some seriously pro tools are available khổng lồ all. No matter what angle you’re coming from – touching up that selfie, blending images, color correcting, or cutting out image elements to lớn paste elsewhere, LightX is for you.