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Pixelmator Photo is free Tuesday

Pixelmator Photo’s retouch tool, which Photos lacks, is worth the price of admission. (Which is free.)

Pixelmator has announced that its iPad photo editor, Pixelmator Photo, is free today, Tuesday, November 26.

The app is a good companion to the built-in Photos app on iPad, taking advantage of relatively recent additions to iOS to access the Photos library directly. So you can select a photo in Photos, open it from the Share menu in Pixelmator Photos, edit it, and then send the edited version right back into Photos where it started. (The Photos database always retains the original version of photo, so if you don’t like the changes you’ve made, you can always revert.)

But the real standout feature of Pixelmator Photo is its smart retouch tool, which lets you quickly fix blemishes on faces, remove people from the background, eliminate dust, and the like. (Photos has a retouch brush on the Mac, but inexplicably lacks one on iOS.)

Pixelmator Photo is a must-have utility for anyone who edits photos on the iPad. Today would be a great day to get it.