Are you looking for the best photo editing apps?
Well, here's my take on the top 9 photo editing apps, but before I go further...
I drank the Kool-Aid and have been an Apple junkie for almost a decade.
That being said, there are a million photo editing apps available for Apple and Android devices. However, my experience is solely based on using iOS apps.
I’ve searched the internet to find reviews and recommendations for Android devices, so I’m not picking these apps at random.
***UPDATE*** Recently my iPhone died and I was forced to master the Galaxy S7! That means the link below for my favorite Android apps is based on use and real experience!!
Most newer cameras are equipped with GPS devices these days, which is great when you tagging locations.
However, it’s not great when you’re snapping pics at home and now you’re uploading pinpoint GPS data with your home’s location for anyone on the internet to see.
Because of this, I HIGHLY recommend stripping the location data from the Exif info before posting your photo anywhere on the web.
This can be done in Lightroom or Photoshop, but there are several phone apps you can use so you never need to leave your phone.
Be safe! Keep your home, office or anyplace private that you may be taking photos at out of the hands of stalkers.
This app is AMAZING!!
Snapseed for Android and iPhone work nearly identically. Which is rare!!
Honestly, I feel it is the best photo editing app for making general edits, but it's also a great photo filters app too!
It does a great job of doing almost everything you need for general editing.
Snapseed can easily crop, straighten, improve the overall exposure, adjust highlights and shadows, adjust warmth, improve contrast, apply some basic filters, change it to black and white, make it HDR, and more!
Snapseed is an excellent place to start to get a properly exposed photo and then you can open it up in other apps to really make it pop!
It can also be used as a photo blur app. You know...if you want to you want to see a tutorial on how to blur background in Snapseed, click this link for the blur tool tutorial.
VSCO offers a variety of editing options from cropping, to changing highlights, shadows, clarity, sharpness, exposure, saturation, color temp, skin tone, and vignetting.
The thing I like about this app, that I haven’t seen in any other is the skin tone slider. It allows you to make changes only to those colors that affect skin tone.
Another bonus that this app offers, is the variety of filters you can apply to change the overall look.
Check out these must have photo editing apps for iPhone & Android! http://wp.me/p7IY3K-4s
I love Font Candy, but when researching a similar product for Android users, I ran across Rookie Cam. It has received some pretty good reviews as has PicLab, so I included both in my recommendation for you Android users.
What I love about Fond Candy is that it allows you to do so many different things with the font.
One drawback is that the color palette is a little more limited than I would like, but beyond that, I love the different ways it can be altered.
You can change the line spacing and character spacing, arc the words, add drop shadows, and change the opacity.
Plus, they offer a decent list of fonts to pick from.
I would like to see the artwork options improved, but I stick to the free options, so there’s a possibility I’m missing bigger and better things.
One aspect that super cool, but I haven’t used yet is the masking option at the top. It looks like an “O” inside and “O”.
If you tap on that is uses the background to fill in the font. Maybe that needs to be my next project.
This handy little app allows you to select what remains in sharp focus, what is mildly in focus and what is completely out of focus.
A.K.A. This app helps create that blurry background most people want to try to recreate.
It is super simple to use and comes with an auto and manual feature so you can allow the app to do most of the work or you can take over the controls. It also allows you to move back and forth so you can tweak it until you’re happy. For less than a dollar or two, this is a fun app to get!
This app is helpful at removing unwanted and distracting elements.
I have used this app several times and it does a pretty good job.
If you compare it to Photoshop, it has a LONG way to go, but for a phone based app, I typically have found really good results.
Snapseed also offers this type of editing, but I have found this works a little better.
All I’ve done is use the lasso button (looks like a looped rope) at the bottom and circle the area I want removed.
It works best if there isn’t a lot surrounding that area, or the app has a hard time determining what exactly you want it replaced with.
Once I’ve circled the area I want removed I just tap the sideways arrow, “play button” and POOF, it’s gone!
This app is similar to Font Candy.
The one thing I like better about it, is that it has a much wider selection of colors. It also allows you to adjust the hue for even more specific control.
However, it does not allow you to pick your specific color with a code. That would make this app the BEST! (Note...I have not paid for any options. Maybe that's in a paid version...?)
It also offers basic shapes, like Font Candy, but I feel Over has a few more options than Font Candy.
One of things I love about this app is that you can start a project from a blank canvas, pre-designed to various social media platform sizes.
Another important aspect to this app, is that it allows you to move to a specific layer to make adjustments, reorder the layers, and so much more.
There are quite a few paid add on's but I feel this is a very well designed app!
Want to see how I use this app to create images for my blog? Watch this tutorial: How I Use Over.
Lens distortion allows you to add fun effects to your photos like light flares, fog, and snow/shimmer. This is a fun way to add a little pop to your photos.
Once added, it allows you to edit your choice to fine tune it and make it really stand out!
This is a fun photo editing app and what's better is that it also gives you control beyond the native iPhone camera app when taking pictures.
This is the newest app in my arsenal and it may just become one of my favorite go-to apps! I highly recommend giving it a try!
It allows you to pick your focal point, which can easily allow you to blur your background.
It also allows you to pick the color temperature or use auto settings based on your situation. THEN!
You can edit just like most other apps and add text, symbols, and more!
Everyone has their own opinion and yours may differ.
If you have an app that you love, leave it in the comments below!
If it’s an iOS based app, I’ll give it a go and see what I think.
If it’s awesome! I’ll come back and update my list!!
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