The 10 Best Photo Editing Apps
Not all of us have the luxury of having Photoshop, a beautiful macbook pro and an expensive DLSR camera that shoots with 500 megapixels, but luckily for all of us, there are a handful of amazing apps that allow us to create beautiful Instagram feeds (see how I grew my Instagram account to over 15000 followers here), beautiful websites and most importantly careers that don’t require such heavy investments.
Below you will find the top ten Photography/Photo editing apps available for both IOS and Android. (Sorry Blackberry)
Number 10: Instagram
Yes, I know, Instagram is more of a social platform that an actual heavyweight in photo editing, but that doesn’t make it a slouch when it comes to offering amazing filters and features such as the Adjust option. This often under-utilised feature allows a user to mess around with the perspective of the image as well as auto adjust and straighten images for those of us with OCD. BTW, What do you think of the new Instagram Icon? Let us know in the comments section below!
Number 9: Photoshop Express
The old stalwart of photo editing has created a near feature-full version of the successful program famously known as Photoshop. As with most Adobe projects, the user interface is beautiful and clean. It will however take a few hours to really master this app but once you’ve learnt your way around, you’ll be using features like filters, sharing straight from the app and importing RAW files.
Number 8: FaceTune
The first paid app featured in this list but with good reason. if you are a fashion blogger or even a food blogger, you’ll really love this app. It allows for great facial retouching, increasing the white balance of a photo with a few simple clicks as well as many other features such as reshaping, blemish control as well as focus and defocus settings.
Number 7: PicsArt Photo Studio
Probably one of the best all-round photo editing apps available on the Play Store and App Store. PicsArt offers over a hundred different editing tools such as; customisable filters and effects, generating animated GIFs and videos, thousands of themed clipart images, stickers, frames, filters, and collage frames as well as my favourite feature: the mobile photo editor which provides a wide array of photo editing tools such as the clone tool, crop tool, photo blending and enhancement too. If you are looking for one app that can do it all, this should definitely be the app you should consider.
Number 6: EyeEm
I’ve read many articles about Eye’Em and to be honest I’m yet to utilise it to its fullest potential myself. But there’s a reason 15 million photographers are using this app and it’s not for its many useful features like it’s built in photo camera and photo editor, or it’s 24 adjustable filters, or even it’s exposure correction setting which tends to come in handy 100% of the time. It’s the ability to upload photos to a market place and make instant money off of your shots, that make this app very appealing. On the App and play store it lists some of it’s features as follow: License your photos on EyeEm Market and other premium marketplaces e.g. Getty Images. Get published worldwide by leading agencies, brands and media outlets and lastly keep control of the selection and copyright of photos you want to sell.
Number 5: Camera+
Granted this is not a cheap app for most people, but if you find yourself forking out the moola for it, you probably won’t be disappointed. with features such as front facing flash (that now comes as a feature in the iPhone 6s), up to 6x digital zoom as well as my personal favourite the ability to edit exposure separately to focus, which makes it super easy to control how light and dark your photos are before you the shot.
Price: $2.99/£2.29/R45.54 (iPhone), $4.99/£3.99/R76.00 (iPad)
Number 4: Afterlight
Sometimes the most simple things are often the best. With over 74 unique filters, 78 natural textures and 128 frames, this app focuses on making it as simple as possible for you to produce high quality edits that stand out. It also offers both cropping and transformation tools, which on the website is described as having over 15 different cropping presets as well as having a rotating tool, vertical and horizontal flipping tools, straightening tools and a new Double Exposure tool.
Number 3: Pixlr by Autodesk
For a free app, Pixlr sure does offer a wide variety of features. With over 2 million different combinations of effects, overlays and filters, this app can meet any requirement you throw it’s way. A very useful and cool feature would have to be the double exposure feature; This allows you to merge two different images in a stylistic and creative way.
Number 2: Photo Editor by Aviary
A beautiful interface is not the only thing that stands out on the Aviary App. Extremely easy to use and to navigate, it comes with features to edit colour, brightness, temperature, contrast, saturation, and much more. On top of all the previously mentioned features it also boast a convincing set of stickers and filters which makes it both good for manual editing or, for the lazier types – quick filter type editing.
Number 1: Tie between #VSCO & #Snapseed
So, I couldn’t decide which app I think is the best between VSCO Cam and Snapseed. Both offer a wide variety of different functions, features and effects that are both useful as well as easy to use. When it comes to ease-of-use, both are incredibly versatile and beautiful with their modern interfaces and a simplistic approach. A lot of other apps just don’t seem to nail the clean cut look that both these apps seem to get right.
Lets have a quick look at why you should go with Snapseed.
It has more free filters that VSCO cam.
It has a fantastic HDR adjustment.
It has frames whereas VSCO does not.
Now lets look at why you should go with VSCO over Snapseed.
It includes it’s very own publishing platform
It has manual focus, shutter speed and ISO
It can manually separate exposure and focus
It has a Boomerang-like feature called DSCO by VSCO
When it comes to choosing between the two apps, I guess it would have to be left to personal preference but like I say, why not have both? Or all on this list? I know a lot of bloggers and photographers who use VSCO for preset filters, Snapseed for storing, Facetune for white balance and Aviary to increase and decrease brightness. So if you find the perfect combination of apps, go for it!
So, what’s your top ten list? And do you think we should have included other apps in our Top Ten?
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