Guest post by Hillary Walker
With the widespread use of Smartphones and almost all smartphones having a high-end camera, people are not just satisfied with clicking images. They don’t have that much time to transfer the images to desktop and edit them using Photoshop or Lightroom. People want apps using which they can do all the editing directly from their mobile devices. Let’s discuss the top 10 apps using which you can edit your photos and make them stand out.
No matter what app we choose, Google has the best one in almost every category. Image editing is not an exception. Nik Software gave us Snapseed in 2011, which is currently owned by Google. The powerful photo editing app rivals many desktop applications as well. Let’s take a look at some of its useful features.
- The app provides you easy option to adjust exposure, sharpness and color settings.
- A wide range of tools including healing, selective image adjustment, and brushes.
- There is a huge range of filers including vignette, lens blur, and portrait enhancement.
All of these comes completely free of cost.
Visual supply company developed VSCO, which is a combination of editing tools, camera and also comes with an online community where you can share your creation. The app has a wide range of filters, especially some rare ones that makes your image look like it has been clicked using an old analog camera. Compared to the heavy filtered presets that Instagram offers, the filters of VSCO offers a subtle touch that makes your image look classy. Apart from that it also has standard editing tools like crop, color, skin tone, and brightness adjustment, etc. Once your editing is completed you can also share the image directly to social platforms like Instagram.
Adobe Photoshop Express
All photographers who edit their images by themselves are already familiar with Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Express, which comes for both Android and iOS takes the best features and editing tools of Photoshop and squeezes them into a single application. The app is easy to use on your mobile screen. All you need to do is upload an image and use the tool that you require. All the basics like red-eye correction, exposure, and contrast settings are there. Once editing is complete, you can upload the finished image to your creative cloud account, which you can access from your desktop as well.
Graffiti Photo Editor
Today we live in an age where sharing our daily activities in the form of images have become a custom. All thanks to the Story and Status feature of Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook. Captions bring out a lot from a static image. What if there is an app that offers you to add captions in the form of colorful Graffiti. Graffiti Photo Editor comes as a solution. Using this app you can
- Convert your pics into a cartoon-like images
- A new look can be given to the old images
- You can add captions using more than 45+ Graffiti alphabets.
- Images can be set as Graffiti wallpapers or shared via social media platforms.
The latest iPhone version comes with solid hardware for photography. However, users are not often satisfied. We always need a bit more. Often, scenic images look good with a little bit of texture, gradients, and light flares as ad on. That’s where Mextures comes into play. Using this app you can
- Apply vintage textures, grain, grit and grunge effects to your images
- With the built-in editing tools, you can fine-tune your images.
- Using layers you can blend different effects altogether in a single image.
All these features, however, doesn’t come free. With in app purchases, it costs $2.99
Those of us who are interested in astrophotography or landscape photography know how the clarity of an image increases by blending different images of the same subject with varying resolution. What if we had a similar option to do so in our smartphone? SuperimposeX is a perfect application that serves your purpose. Using it you can
- Combine multiple photos and create a single image.
- You can replace a photo’s background
- Create artwork by blending textures
- Add filters and other creative effects.
The app comes for $4.99
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Do you want to upgrade your game a bit more? Worry not. Adobe brings you another free to download the app at play store, Lightroom. People who have already used the desktop application know that Lightroom provides an easy option to make the required changes in your image. Lightroom for mobile focuses on providing some adjustment tools which are displayed as simple sliders. Using those sliders, you can easily adjust, color, distortion, grain, contrast, exposure and other settings.
Often, we get some unwanted objects in our images. It may be an unwanted light source or a speck of dust on your camera lens. TouchRetouch provides you the option to remove these small things and more like trash cans or a large street sign. The app is easy to use and allows you to remove what you don’t want with a single tap. It also has lots of tutorials available which helps you to unleash the full potential of the app. However, all these features don’t come for free. The app costs a one time charge of $1.88.
Prisma Photo Editor
Prisma is a bit different from other conventional photo editing apps. It is meant for you if you want to make your photos look a bit like a painting or an artwork. You will find a lot of creative filters which makes your photo look like they have been painted by Salvador Dali, Picasso or any other famous artist. The free version comes with lots of filters. However, if you want to access the premium filters, you have to pay an additional charge. Just like Instagram, Prisma also has an online community where you can share your images once editing has been completed.
Formerly known as Pixlr Express, Pixlr is an amazing app for editing images. It has over 50 million downloads at play store and provides you all the options that Photoshop or any other tool offers. You can create beautiful collages, adjust color, brightness, contrast, and exposure. It also has a useful double exposure feature which you can use to merge layers of multiple images. There are also some built-in features like a color splash or focal blur. The app is free and you don’t need to create an account. But for using some advanced features, you have to make in-app purchases.
Apart from the ones listed above, many other apps deserve a name on the list. You can try out Facetune, Foodie, Pixelmator, etc. Go out, click some snaps and make them worthy to be featured at popular platforms by giving them some amazing effects.