Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Many apps in recent times have attempted to make layering easy to do on iOS. Few have succeeded particularly well. It's the turn of Layrs this time round, and it's done a pretty good job of things, even if it might still feel restrictive for some users.
Despite the suggestion that numerous different layers can be applied, Layrs is actually only able to divide things up according to foregrounds and backgrounds. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to do. All too often, apps have overcomplicated the layering effect, either capturing the wrong focus or just making a complete mess of things. Layrs makes it simple, with users just holding a finger to the object they want to capture, then gradually drifting it around the screen, if they so wish. There's no undo button, which is annoying when learning the ropes, but otherwise, it's pretty effective.
Having successfully divided the image, users can then apply a series of filters, blurring effects and enhancements, depending on what they are aiming for. Typical settings, such as sharpness and saturation are here, alongside more attractive filtering options. The effects that can be formed through applying different options to the background and foreground are quite attractive, with most filters proving quite appealing for a variety of uses.
Once completed, a series of sharing options are available, covering all the regular bases. This is also where one limitation emerges, in that Layrs can only create square photos, presumably to encourage the Instagram user.
It'd be nice if it were possible to use numerous different layers, rather than just two, but otherwise, Layrs is a pretty attractive option. Fun to mess around with, while providing interesting results, it'll prove particularly useful for the casual snapper, rather than being focused on loftier ambitions.