Photo fx is really one of the best photo editors around, and it’s free for a short time, so grab it quickly. (These free apps can revert to paid at any time)

Photo fx is from the Tiffen Company, that makes real-life physical filters for cameras, so they have plenty of knowledge about photo filters and how they work.

Photo fx is surely the most comprehensive photo app out there, with 76 filters that are unique and can really add a dramatic look to your photos. Here’s what is included: Ambient Light, Auto Adjust, Black and White, B&W Looks, Black Diffusion/FX®, Black Pro-Mist®, Bleach Bypass, Bronze Glimmerglass®, Center Spot, Close-Up Lens, Color Correct, Color-Grad®, Color Compensating, Color Conversion, Color Infrared, Color Looks, Color Spot, Cool Pro-Mist®, Cross Processing, Day for Night, Depth of Field, Diffusion, Dual Grad, Edge Glow, Enhancing, Eye Light, Faux Film, Fluorescent (FL-B/D®), Fog, Glimmerglass®, Gold Diffusion/FX®, Glow, Grain, Halo, Haze, HDTV FX®, High Contrast, Ice Halos, Infrared, Levels, Light, Light Balancing, Mono Tint, ND Grad, Night Vision, Nude/FX®, Old Photo, Paint, Pencil, Photographic, Polarizer, Pro-Mist®, Reflector, ReLight, Sharpen, Sky, Smoque®, Soft/FX®, Soft Light, Star, Streaks, Strip Grad, Sunset/Twilight, Temperature, Tint, Two Strip, Three Strip, Ultra Contrast, Vignette, Warm Black Pro-Mist®, Warm Center Spot, Warm Pro-Mist®, Warm Soft/FX®, Water Droplets, Wide Angle Lens and X-Ray.

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 3.02.26 PMIn addition, the app gives you more than 800 presets, and 62 different color or black and white film looks. You can add diffusion to photos with more than 50 included textures, and create natural lighting with 117 different patterns. The app also includes 27 grain presets, and you can paint various effects right on your image too.

There are the usual controls for crop, rotate and straighten, along with several pre-set aspect ratios. Photo fx also lets you paint a filter selectively using a mask, and each filter can be adjusted with a slider making the number of options almost infinite.

Happily, this app lets you edit in portrait or landscape mode, and it lets you save your photos at high resolution, up to 3300 pixels. Help is built in.

The Bottom Line

Using the app is a pleasure, It’s designed to let you explore, so you can try various things, and then back out and try another filter or combination of effects.

The app is normally only $0.99, so if you miss the freebie, I suggest you still pick it up. The app requires iOS 8 or later, and of course runs fine on iOS 9.

I use Photo fx all the time. I think you will like it too. There are plenty of apps with filters. Photo fx is a cut above most of what’s out there because of Tiffen’s deep experience in the glass-and-gel filter business. Highly recommended.

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Photo fx is one of the best photo editors around. With 76 filters, it's a cut above most of what's out there because of Tiffen's deep experience in the glass-and-gel filter business. Highly recommended.

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