Photo editing apps have come a long way in recent years, some of them rivaling even the best desktop computer apps. With so many of them out there, it might be hard to figure out which one best suits your style of photography, or which one will really give you a bang for your buck. For that reason, we’ve made a list of the best photo editing apps on the market.
Adobe Photoshop Express
On desktop computers, Adobe Photoshop has become synonymous with photo editing. That is why they’ve released Adobe Photoshop Express, an app for both Android and iPhone smartphones.
This free app has all the tools you need in one package, including exposure adjustment, photo cropping and resizing, saturation, brightness, contrast adjustment, and more.
While not as powerful and detailed as the desktop version, it still has most of the functions and rightfully deserves a place in your phone if you like editing your photos.
As another app for both iOS and Android systems, Afterlight deserves a place on this list for being a very feature-packed app for all-around picture editing.
Other than the features you’d expect in an app like this, Afterlight also comes with a plethora of filters and more than 130 frames you can add to your photos. Another option that you get is the creation of your own filters so you can give your photos a personal touch. It works with RAW files on both platforms.
Often called the best professional photo editing app, Snapseed has come a long way since being acquired by Google. It is available on both platforms, works with RAW files, and best of all, it is free.
While you can tune your images as with other similar apps, with Snapseed you can also edit filters or even stack them on top of one another like in desktop photoshop to get the wanted results. Other tools include “precision masking” for a depth of field editing, and “selective adjust” tool that is used when you need to adjust only certain parts of your photographs. Another feature that you can rarely find in other apps is the edit history that makes it easy for you to get rid of past mistakes.
This app is a favorite among Instagram users. It is free and comes with standard features, but the heart of it lies in its usage of filters to create stunning images resembling classic film photos. These filters can be further adjusted through the usage of sliders, giving you better control over your photos.
If you aren’t satisfied with the existing filters, you can also purchase more in the app, making this app great for both professionals and beginners alike.
Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Fix, and Prisma Photo Editor are available for both operating systems. iOS users can also use Enlight Photofox, while Android users have a $9.99 photo app called Aviary Photo Editor as their choice.