This app is a no-brainer. Simple and intuitive, Photoshop Express lets you make the necessary adjustments to crop, exposure, color, tint, hue, saturation, contrast and levels with ease.
You can create artistic looking shots with the swipe of your finger when you add many of the classic filters from Photoshop, including “Lens zoom,” “Grain” and “Glow.” While somewhat simple, the app works well. Plus it’s free — so, if you don’t already have it, you should be uploading it now.
If you want a little more pizzazz in your shots (who doesn’t crave sparkles, hearts and sun rays now and then?), try out this app, which has dozens of quality effects to layer over your shots.
You can use this app with every photo you take. Create surrealist landscapes with light from multiple directions, moons (in all stages of waning and waxing), fairy dust and even lightning bolts. To take a subtler approach, add grain, sketch and borders. The effects are highly customizable — change their positions and adjust their vibrancy on a sliding scale.
If you only download one app from the list, this should be it. While you wont be able to add funny stamps and cat masks to all of your photos, you’ll take some of the best-looking photos your friends have ever seen.
It’s best to use the app in combination with another (like Photoshop) that lets you make basic corrections before addding these amazing effects. Choose from dozens of filters (if you buy the pro version of the app, you get even more). Each filter is better than any you’ll find on Instagram. Then, add effects like beautiful sparkles, neon light streaks and even realistic rain.
This app lets you take cool, arty shots by isolating the color in a selected area of the photo and desaturating everything else.
It’s intuitive — use your finger to add or subtract color from the photo, or to zoom in and out to achieve the sharpest edge between color and monochrome. And easily correct mistakes without having to trash the photo completely.
This app lets you crop several shots together into a collage in a simple, intuitive, custom way.
You can flip, rotate and make minor adjustments (e.g. exposure, contrast) to each photo as you edit. Choose from several templates and customize widths, colors and border edges to your heart’s content.
With Photowonder, crop, collage, add filters and effects. It falls into the same category as LINE Camera, letting users change the filters but also add stamps and create collages.
Still, the effects are much different than LINE Camera’s. One of the best filters adds snow to your photos. (Here, we made it snow in New York City on a scorcher.) Finally, preview effects before you apply them — one of the best parts of the app.
Whether you like to get silly with your photos or need to write notes, mark-up images, or just play with cool filters for your shots, this app is for you.
Use LINE Camera to add beards to your friends photos. More serious editors can use the painting and text tools for photo mock-ups.
LINE Camera has as many filters as Instagram. Plus, it lets you draw over your photos with different brushes, add smiley faces, glasses and other funny stamps atop your pictures.
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Calling all Instagram addicts: Cease living your life in X-Pro II. These versatile apps will let you customize, color-correct, crop and add beautiful effects to your photos before you upload them to Instagram.
You can’t always distract the viewer by adding filters to your blurry, underexposed shots. With the apps on this list, you’ll be able to do so much more. These tools will help make some necessary adjustments to your photos before you start adding effects to enhance them. (You might even be ready to ditch the Instagram filters once you check out these apps.)
Then, once you’ve laid a proper foundation, add dozens of effects to your heart’s content — remove blemishes, make it look like it’s snowing on a scorching day, add glitter, moons and even funny cat masks to your friends faces.
Smartphone technology has improved mobile photo editing tremendously. Not only are these apps fast and easy, but they’re simply a lot of fun to manipulate and play with. All the real “pro-grammers” know Instagram is actually the last step to perfect your image before you upload it to the masses. (Don’t worry — you can still douse your photo with the X-Pro II filter at the last minute, if you really want to.)