FX Photo Studio Review [iPhone App]

There are so many photo apps for iPhone and iPad that it can be hard to know where to start looking. Simply type “photo” or “photo editing” in a search yields too many apps. I tried FX Photo Studio recently, and more than anything else, it’s just a lot of fun.

If you’re looking for a photo editor that will clean up, sharpen, add text, etc., you’re looking in the wrong place. But if you’re looking to make some really different and fun pictures, it will do much better. Its best feature is that it has so many options, it’s questionable if you’ll ever use all of them. It allows you to either take a photo through the app, use a photo from your camera roll, or import a photo from Facebook or your documents.


I decided to use this picture of my daughter and one of my dogs. Upon importing or snapping the desired photo, the app takes you to a screen where you can crop the photo to being square, or leave it as is. The next screen is the main editing screen. Along the bottom are standard editing screens such as cropping, rotating, and brightness and contrast, etc. Along the top, it has the option to do any of nearly 200 effects.


Once you choose which effect you want, there’s more options after that. You can either use it as is, or you can change the amount, brightness, contrast, etc., depending on the effect.


Additionally, you can just apply the effect to certain pieces of your photo. It has a brush to paint the effect on certain pieces. It also has an eraser to take it off of certain pieces. Additionally, there are a few buttons to create a mask around a shape, with it also allowing you to invert the mask. Where it falls short is that it offers your some brush options, but not different sizes. It’s hard to paint the effects in such broad sweeping strokes.


Once you’re done setting the effect the way you want it, hit Apply, and while you wait for it to finish, it gives you a trivia fact, a different one every time. It’s a fun little extra. At this point, you can choose to finish or continue. You don’t have to stop with just one effect, and can add effect upon effect.


Once your image is set the way you want it, as with the rest of the app, it gives you plenty of choices. You can save the image to your device’s photo album, documents, or clipboard, or you can print it as well. You can also share it via:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Email
  • Tumblr
  • Instagram


The app works on both the iPhone and the iPad, but the size of it is more suited for the iPhone, meaning it’s most likely a native iPhone app that works on the iPad. However, I found it hard to do the brush strokes on the small iPhone screen, so I did the work for this picture on the iPad and just used it at 2X the size. I ended up not using the brushes for this, so I definitely still could have done it on the iPhone, however.

FX Studio (iTunes link)

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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