Whether you’re planning a fun post-lockdown photo shoot or simply have a phone full of photos you haven’t looked at since you took them, applying some creative image editing might help you get more out of your shots. And it doesn’t matter if you’re using the new iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, or an older, less powerful phone; the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store on Android are chock-full of powerful apps that can completely transform your existing photos, all from the comfort of your favourite squashy armchair.
I’ve compiled a list of my favourites, so have a look, make a cup of tea, and settle in for an evening of editing. You can even make a photo book out of your favourite images.
If you want to try something new, check out these inventive ideas for flexing your photographic skills at home.
1. Snapseed :
On iOS and Android, it’s completely free.
Snapseed, which is owned by Google, features a lot of exposure and colour capabilities, as well as a lot of filter options, ranging from vintage styles to modern, punchy HDR effects. You can combine the effects to make some unique alterations to your image. And the best part is that it’s completely free.
Some features are free for iOS and Android, but full access costs $5 per month.
For professional photographers, Adobe Lightroom remains the industry standard, and the mobile version is very similar. There are no stickers, animations, or emoji here, but you do get fine grain control over your image and the same set of tools as Lightroom on the desktop. It’s the software I use the most on my iPhone and iPad to edit my own photos, not least because the photographs sync in the cloud, allowing me to start editing on one device and finish on another.
3. Adobe Photoshop Express:
On iOS and Android, it’s completely free.
Many of the same capabilities as Lightroom, such as exposure, contrast, and colour altering choices, are available in Photoshop Express, although it lacks some of the pro tools and cloud syncing, as well as the monthly price. It’s a terrific tool for bringing out the finest in your photos, but there’s also a good range of filters and overlay textures, as well as tools for creating fascinating collages from your photos.
It’s not as open to wild innovation as some of the other apps on this list, but it’s a good editing programme at a reasonable price.
4. Prisma :
$8 per month or $30 per year for iOS and Android.
Subtle filters and simple picture adjustments are not supported by Prisma. Instead, its psychedelic effects will turn your photos into weird artistic works. The end result has a painting quality to it, and many of the filters were inspired by painters like Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. The filters are powerful, and though they can be tweaked, not all of them will work with every image. Some filters were better for portraiture, while others were better for landscapes.
However, experimenting is a lot of fun, and when you find a photo that works, it truly works.
Only for iOS, $8 per month or $48 per year.
The montage and collage tools in Bazaart allow you to overlay several materials — such as images, text, and images — to produce a final work of art. It contains capabilities for erasing the background from behind a portrait subject so you can replace it with a new one or layer numerous effects. It also provides a large number of templates for making beautiful collages for Instagram stories.
There are so many various ways to combine different photographs that your only limit will be your own creativity. Take a look at Bazaart’s Instagram profile for more ideas.
Only available on iOS.
Photofox, like Bazaart, includes sophisticated capabilities for eliminating topics from backdrops, allowing you to composite in new backdrops or apply cool effects. Photofox’s dispersion effect, which makes it appear as though your subject is bursting into particles (believe me, it’s cool), as well as the glitch effects and double exposure, which overlays two photographs on top of each other, are among my favourites.
As with Bazaart, the options are unlimited when it comes to layering and combining various types of photos and applying various effects to each.
Limited features for free for iOS and Android, or $20 per year with a seven-day free trial.
VSCO started out developing Lightroom colour grading presets, and its roots can still be seen in the programme today. Rather of offering Snapchat users stickers and animated GIFs, VSCO focuses on more artistic filmic colour filters. The software has a large number of presets, including styles that are meant to resemble older Fujifilm, Kodak, and Ilford rolls of film.
It also has a large selection of black-and-white filters, making it a good pick to try out if you like sombre monochrome photos.
Limited functionalities are available for free for iOS and Android, or the entire suite is available for $48 per year.
PicsArt offers a wide range of editing options, from fundamental tweaks like exposure and contrast to cinematic colour grading and dramatic filters that turn your photos into works of art that look like paintings. In selfies, there are a plethora of options for changing the tone and shape of your face — I won’t get into the ethics of using these tools for “beauty,” but I had a lot of fun purposefully distorting my features into weird proportions.
So this is the top most editing app that i personally like it. Which one’s is your favourite? Comment it below.
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