Top 10 mobile apps to spice up your photographs

Beautiful and impactful images are crucial for any print or digital publication. As a publisher, you probably spend considerable amounts of time finding the right images or choosing pics from a pile of submissions. If you’re an indie publisher you’re probably also used to taking pictures and editing them yourself. Thanks to smartphones, this task can go from being frustrating and time consuming to being fun and efficient. The following apps, for instance, can help you perfect any image with a few taps and swipes.  Let’s dive into our top 10 favorite photo editing apps for mobile.

1. Camera+ (iPhone) Available for iOS devices, Camera+ is a camera and photo editing app in one. With this app, you can set exposure separately from focus and choose how light or dark you want your photos to come out. The app also comes with different shooting modes so you can capture rapid streams of shots or take a single, stable shot. Camera+ has five main editing categories: Scenes, Crops, The Lab, Filters and Frames. The app’s Clarity feature is also impressive; it analyzes your photos and makes smart adjustments that can breathe new life into the dullest and darkest images. Cost: $2.99

2. Snapseed (iPhone and Android) Snapseed is one of the most popular editing apps, and that’s not only because it’s free. The app has some powerful editing features that you can use to tune saturation, brightness, contrast and more. Changes can be applied to the whole image or selectively using the app’s Selective Adjustment tool. Its 12 filter options will also help you give extra character to your images. Cost: Free

3. VSCO Cam (iPhone and Android) VSCO Cam is another free and popular app that works on iOS and Android. The app’s most powerful differentiator is its clean and friendly user interface. It comes with pre-installed presets that you can use to edit your images for free and an array of presets you can purchase online. The filters available in the app make your photographs look absolutely stunning. Cost: Free (additional features for purchase)
4. Lensical (iPhone) Lensical helps you add a playful touch and beautiful filters to any portrait. You can create watercolors, make sketch textures, add beards or make anyone look old with a few simple hand gestures. Though Lensical has less features than most of the apps included in this post, it makes for a great iphone photo editing companion for people that like to have a bit of fun with their images. Cost: Free

5. Filterstorm Neue (iPhone) Filterstorm Neue provides all the photo editing tools you need; everything from powerful masking tools to simple pre-made filters. You can adjust contrast/brightness, hue, saturation, as well as add gradients, blur effects, reduce noise, add exposure, masks and much more. Cost: $3.99

6. TouchRetouch (iPhone and Android) TouchRetouch lets you remove unwanted content or objects from your photos using your finger. Just mark the items you want taken out of the snapshot and hit ‘Go’. You can remove people from a photo, smoothen or retouch a face, remove spots from your picture and much more. It’s a great tool that will help you make a photograph look perfect in a couple of simple steps. Cost: $1.99 on the App Store, $1.86 on Google Play

7. Adobe Photoshop Express (iPhone, Android, Windows) Adobe’s professional app makes photo editing fast, fun and easy. You can crop, straighten, rotate, and flip your photos, remove red eye and pet eye, auto-fix contrast, exposure and white balance, remove blemishes, add filters and a variety of effects. The app also supports RAW photo imports and lets you purchase additional packs for more advanced features. Cost: Free (additional features for purchase)

8. Facetune (iPhone and Android) As its name suggests, Facetune is an app that helps you retouch your selfies and portraits. You can whiten teeth, widen or refine your smile, remove freckles and blemishes as well as smoothen the bags under your eyes. You can even add makeup, smoothen jawlines or reshape your nose. Cost: $3.99 on the App Store, $4.17 on Google Play

9. Handy Photo (iPhone and Android) Handy Photo is a powerful photo editing app with a nifty user interface. The app lets you improve the general look of your photos with color and tonal adjustments and filters. It also helps you remove unwanted content and add filters and frames. Cost: $2.99 on the App Store, $2.73 on Google Play

10. Photo Editor by Aviary (iPhone and Android) Aviary (now owned by Adobe), created this fantastic editing app that helps you edit photos on the go, without fuss. You can use Aviary to add frames and stickers, adjust color balance, crop, sharpen, blur, rotate and straighten your photos, and add cosmetic effects such as blemish removal and teeth whitening. Cost: Free (additional features for purchase)

Got other photo editing apps you’d recommend? Share them with us in the comments!


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