Gone are the days when we use to upload a photo on Facebook as it was actually clicked. Today even if a photo is clicked perfectly still we use various effects and filters to make it look even better. Not only some pre-designed effects, certain apps allow us to enhance the quality of an image by adjusting the white balance, saturation, sharpness etc. With thousand of apps for photo editing available one might find it difficult as to which app to download. Let’s have a look at our best photo editing apps which we find can truly help make your photos speak what you want them to.
Note: This list is a random list and not in any rank order
One of the most popular apps in photography department PicsArt is not just an editing app with a bunch of filters and enhancements but also includes functions like collage making, photo drawing tool and the all new DrawCam mode which allows you to combine real-time photo taking with drawing, editing and layers. Apart from these, it also has a built in camera app which allows you add certain effects or overlays even before you have clicked a photo. Though the camera mode could have been a bit faster but still it’s a great replacement for the camera (found in Nexus devices) which does not include much editing stuff while taking a photo.. However, all the editing tools have been divided in 8 categories; Fx, Blur, Artistic, Pop Art, Paper, Distort, Colors, Corrections. Moreover PicsArt has its own social networking platform; which means people can share their edited photos to PicsArt community just like we do on Instagram. Although the UI is quite simple but what annoys you while editing is the ads. The app is free on Playstore, Appstore and Windows and you can buy some more cool editing tools from its store.
If you are one of those doesn’t want too much tools but want some really good looking effects Aviary is for you. Where some apps prefer quantity over quality, Aviary is one of those apps which does not have many effects (12) but has enough to make a photo attractive and appealing. But still if you are not satisfied there is an option to shop for some more filters. Also the app also allows you to change brightness, saturation, contrast etc to manually edit a photo. A tool which is worth mentioning is Blemish; which allows you to correct or hide certain small defects in a picture. For example – Pimples on face, unwanted marks etc but the tool should be used properly as over usage can give somewhat an artificial look to a photograph. Other features like draw, crop, tilt, frames and stickers are also there. Finally, the app is available for free on both Playstore and Appstore.
Well Pixlr Express is one app which gives you a large number of options in every aspect of editing. Be it filters, overlays, frames, manual editing or even stickers; Pixlr Express has it all. For the detail, all the filters are grouped into 7 headings; Default, Vintage, Unicolor, Creative, Soft, Subtle and Too Old. Not only filters, even overlays and frames have been categorised into few headings. Once you open a heading, you will find even more number of effects, overlays or frames but to do that you have to download these tools. Apart from these, there are tones of options for manual adjustment. You also get the collage mode but its not as customisable as PicsArt. Initially you may find it a bit confusing but once you get use to it, you will discover more and more options to edit your photographs. One thing we really wished was a sharing option to directly share the edited images to various social networking platforms. Fortunately the app is free and available on both Android and iOS. Windows users though should look for other alternatives.
There is not much required to tell for this one though. Instagram as we all know is the most popular photo editing and sharing app. Though there are not much editing filters and same goes for tools but a recent update has introduced various manual tools like brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth etc. The only disadvantage with Instagram is that uses squared photos which could be a problem if you have taken a shot in landscape mode. With recent acquisition by facebook for $1 billion, facebook sharing is now just one tap away. Also you may notice that there is no option to actually save the photo but once you are done with editing and reach the SHARE TO menu, it automatically saves the photo. Instagram is more than just a photo editing app. Moreover, it has now become more of a photo sharing hub. On top of all this, the app is available for free on Playstore, Appstore and Windows Market Place (in Beta) store as well.