Thanks to the constant improvement in the cameras used in smartphones, we’re able to take far better pictures than we once could. Now, thanks to the countless photo editing apps out there, we can edit our photos right on our phone both easier and faster than ever before. In fact, there are so many apps that it can be hard to choose the best ones for your needs, so we’ve handpicked some of the best.
No photo editing app list would be complete without mentioning Instagram. This app lets you take photos and videos (as well as edit ones you’ve already shot) and lets you apply filters and frames to them and share them with your friends on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.
Instagram is available for both iOS and Android and is free. It can be found at http://instagram.com/ and in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Aviary is a great app for various kinds of photo editing. Along with different frames, filters, and stickers, the app allows you to draw on your photos, add text, and, adjust colors, saturation, and contrast. It even has a teeth whitening and blemish remover function.
Aviary is free for both iOS and Android, although additional frame, sticker, and filter packs cost extra. It’s available at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Photoshop Express is made by Adobe, the makers of the computer versions of Photoshop. Although it isn’t as full featured as the desktop version, Photoshop Express’s photo editing tools are powerful. It allows you to apply filters and has both one-touch and manual tools to correct white balance, color, contrast, and other aspects of your photos.
Photoshop Express is free for iOS and Android. There are also versions with more tools available for both smartphones and tablets, priced at $4.99 and $9.99 respectively. Photoshop Express is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, and the paid versions are available in both app stores as well.
AfterFocus can make your photos look like they were taken with an expensive DSLR camera. The apps main feature enables you to select sections of your photo to bring into focus while giving a slight blur to the background, mimicking the different aperture settings used on DSLR cameras. The app also has filters and lets you share your photos through various photo sharing apps and social media.
AfterFocus is $.99 for both iOS and Android and can be found in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Pixlr actually has two different apps; PixlrExpress and Pixlr-o-matic. Pixlr-o-matic, like the name implies, is the more automatic of the two. It features various overlays, frames, and effects that can be applied with one touch. PixlrExpress, on the other hand, has more features, such as red eye correction, options to adjust color, focus, rotation, etc and is manually controlled.
The Pixlr apps are especially unique in that they can also be used on your computer via their website.
Both apps are available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Pixlr Express is free all around, while Pixlr-o-matic is free for Android and $.99 for iOS.
More and more people are ditching the bulky cameras in favor of carrying around one comprehensive machine that can make calls, take photos and much more. The cameras on smartphones have drastically improved over the past few years and the applications that accompany them have begun to make these cell phone apps a viable alternative to expensive editing software.
Whether you’re a college student trying to beautify your dorm room with photos of friends or a new mother wanting to take the perfect photo of your new bundle of joy to send to famiyl and friends, these photography apps will really make a difference in the quality and beauty of your photographs.
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