Darkroom for iPad

Faster. Easier. More Powerful.

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Darkroom for iPad brings the same hyper-fast, powerful, and delightful editing experience to the big screen with an all-new, fully-responsive interface rebuilt from the ground up to be optimized for whatever device you use.

  • Tom Dale
    Tom DalePrincipal Software Engineer, LinkedIn

    Responsive, efficient UI that somehow remains uncluttered despite the surprising depth of functionality.


    No companion Mac app.

    Darkroom has been the go-to photo editing app on my iPhone, so I'm very happy that the same simple-yet-powerful functionality is now available on my iPad, too.

    It's clear that an obsessive amount of thought has gone into refining common workflows in Darkroom. Rarely do adjustments take more than one or two taps or swipes, which for me makes using Darkroom feel a lot more efficient than Lightroom's many dropdown menus and modes.

    Tom Dale has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    Brings my favorite editor to the iPad. Editing tools don't minimize photo view.


    None that I've experienced.

    I've been using the iPad build for a number of weeks and have almost entirely shifted my editing workflow over from Desktop. The only thing left is batch renaming and export functionality.

    Behzod Sirjani has used this product for one month.
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@marty@marty · Director, Tens
Okay this makes me want to buy an iPad Pro... Congrats team 🔥
Majd Taby
Majd TabyMaker@jtaby · Co-Founder, Darkroom
@marty It's really remarkable how good the latest iPad Pros feel. The even bezel makes them completely orientation-less which changes how you use it
Yury Molodtsov
Yury Molodtsov@y_molodtsov · Day One Ventures
@marty Works totally fine on a cheap 9.7 as well.
Majd Taby
Majd TabyMaker@jtaby · Co-Founder, Darkroom
Thanks a lot for the hunt, @jw! For those of you who don't know us, we’re a 2-person indie company, and for the past 4 years our mission has been to make editing photos as fast and easy as browsing photos, without sacrificing creative expression. That balance of power, speed, and delight permeates the app and sets it apart. There's no import process, you can edit and browse your entire library freely, and you can tweak any aspect of a filter or make your own. Darkroom empowers photographers to edit more photos, with more creative freedom, and more fun than any other photo editor. We’d love to answer any questions you have about us, the company, Darkroom in general, this update as a whole, or where to get good Middle Eastern food in LA.
Khachatur Gharibyan
Khachatur Gharibyan@khachatur_gharibyan1
So good
Jason Cotterell
Jason Cotterell@imagemechanics · Founder & Creative NIZO, Image Mechanics
Congratulations @jtaby @jasperhauser the product looks phenomenal! Exciting to see a such an incredibly well thought out end to end photographic workflow. You guys are crushing it. Love to ask, what were the biggest design and technical challenges – delivering a responsive design to both iPhone and iPad form factors?
Majd Taby
Majd TabyMaker@jtaby · Co-Founder, Darkroom
@jasperhauser @imagemechanics Hi Jason! Congrats again on the launch of Nizo! The hardest part was that our existing UI layer was not responsive-friendly at all. We had to start from scratch, figure out how Darkroom should look in all the different sizes and orientations (we found Apple's fixed compact/regular size classes insufficient for our design), and then building out Darkroom 4 from a set of empty views, ensuring all the little behaviors that we've added through the years work, ensuring that everything is stable, etc. What was particularly tricky was that as we were working through the iPad update, we were updating the main app (iPad was over a year in the making), and constantly managing two active branches was quite challenging.
Jason Cotterell
Jason Cotterell@imagemechanics · Founder & Creative NIZO, Image Mechanics
@jasperhauser @jtaby Thanks Majd! Remarkable work, it's really exciting seeing Darkroom continue to develop into a cohesive creative tool for the modern creative! Congrats again to the Darkroom team, and hope you have the chance for a well-deserved breather over the holidays. :)
Jasper Hauser
Jasper HauserMaker@jasperhauser · product design manager
@imagemechanics the big difference in design between the iphone and iPad UI's is that for the iPhone it assumes one handed operation. That's why our tool at the bottom with reach of your thumb is so easy and intuitive. For the iPad how ever things are a tad different. The iPad how ever is either held or operated by two hands. In either case putting the controls on the left/right sided made sure you where never need to have your hand block your view. So it's tad extreme, as we don't top/bottom control where we technically could. But ergonomically it seemed very nice to keep the center as clean as we could.