Developer: Loran Dyrmishi
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Intuitive to use and ideal on the iPad, Alayer is a convenient way in which to add effects to one’s photography layer-by-layer.

alayer5Yes, as the name suggests the focus here is on being able to place layer upon layer of effects on top of each other; easily adjusting them individually as and when desired. It’s the kind of thing that hardly needs a tutorial thanks to how simple it is to learn.

Across the app there are over 70 different textures available. Starting out, users can choose to turn their photograph into a more artistic, almost tactile style image, or they can choose to go crazy and apply a ton of lens flare to it. Eight different areas can be explored, with as many layers available to add as one wishes. Light leaks, gradients, and color adjustments are here too, with the choice of blending them all together to create original appearances.

There’s the usual bunch of typical settings to adjust – such as sharpness, hue, saturation, contrast, and brightness – but the strength here is really the unique filters that Alayer offers. For the most part, they all serve a purpose with little filler to be seen.

alayer3Each step of the way it’s easy enough to go back a step, removing a layer. All the applied layers are available at the bottom of the screen, making it consistently quick to remove one. Alayer is non-destructive in how it applies things to images.

Sharing tools cover the usual bases, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, completing the well-rounded selection of options that Alayer comes with. Overall, Alayer is a great tool for those wanting to give their photos a bit more personality, and it’s super easy to use.


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