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ReDesign Photo review: Great for filters, but needs an undo option

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The Good ReDesign Photo is easy to use with more filters and features than most photo editors.

The Bad The inability to undo changes or save filter and effect combinations is a huge miss with all these features.

The Bottom Line With hundreds of filters and effects, ReDesign Photo is great for playing with photos, but it sorely needs a method to undo your edits.

$1.99

6.9 Overall
  • Setup 8
  • Features 7
  • Interface 7
  • Performance 8

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ReDesign Photo ($1.99, £1.49, AU$2.49) is a photo editing app that's full of countless options, effects, filters, customizable shapes and just about anything else you'd want in a dedicated image editor.

You have the ability to let the app do all of the work for you, or customize the intensity of every change you make. The only problem is, the app is lacking the all important undo feature; a big miss for a photo editor with so much to offer.

With so many options available at the App Store, I like finding apps like ReDesign Photo that try to give you an all-in-one solution. But as close as it gets, the lack of an undo feature might be this app's Achilles' heel.

Getting started

There's no setup process required for ReDesign Photos. It makes it easy to dive right in, but there is also no guide, tutorial, or any other means of instruction on how to use the app. Fortunately, the app is intuitive and easy enough to use for anyone who's ever applied a filter in Instagram.

Each time you launch the app (assuming you didn't leave it in the middle of editing a photo), you're greeted with the launch screen. In the middle of the screen is a feed of curated photos that swap through like a slideshow, with the current date just above it.

At first the feed of curated photos was a bit confusing because I didn't know where the images were coming from, but the more I used the app, the more I looked forward to seeing new photos scroll through. I ended up thinking of them as a source of inspiration, rather than an additional screen I needed to bypass before I could edit a photo.

Pick a photo, any photo

Below the photo is a Start button, and just below that in an almost transparent font is a Camera button. I'll get to the Start button in just a minute.

As you would imagine, tapping on the Camera button launches your iPhone's camera. But this isn't the full­-fledged camera app you've grown accustomed to when you tap on the Camera icon from your home screen. The ReDesign Photo camera is only a camera, nothing more. Snap a photo, decide if you want to use it in the app or retake it.

As such, I suggest taking photos outside of the ReDesign Photo app before editing within the app.

As for the Start button; tapping on it brings up your Camera Roll -- almost exactly what you get when you tap the photos button in iOS -- where you can pick a photo to edit. You're then asked if you want to crop the photo into a square dimension (for Instagram), or leave it as is before you start editing.

Editing

When editing a photo, the main screen of the app shows the photo's current state with a grid of six buttons sitting just below it.

The editing options include Filter, Shape, Blend, Text, Adjust and Painting. All are fairly self-­explanatory, with the exception of Blend. Blend is where you will find various bokeh effects in shapes or random objects, such as hearts, flowers, light leaks, textures, gradients and blurs.

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