High-end phones have a brilliant camera. For example, the cameras of OnePlus 5, iPhone 6+, Galaxy S8, and Google Pixel 2 result in DSLR quality pictures. Low-budget or mid-range Android smartphones carry an 8.0 MP or 13.0 MP camera. The images captured with these cameras may or may not look good.
No matter what phone you own, the cameras capture what you see. They won’t remove blemishes, dark circles, or acne from your face. If the picture is superb, it may have objects which you may not want the world to see. If the image is horrible, you’ll either delete it or you’ll try to make the picture look better with a photo editing tool.
Well, you don’t have to move your pictures from the mobile phone to the PC and edit it with GIMP, CorelDraw, or PhotoShop. Google and Apple app stores have several free photo-editing apps that will fix image quality issues and make your selfies look great in no time.
Among the plethora of apps on the app stores, I’ve shortlisted 6 great photo-editing apps for your mobile device.
Best photo-editing apps for Android and iPhone
Developed by Google, Snapseed is one of the best photo editing apps for iPhone and Android devices. Snapseed is easy to use application that has tools that you’ll usually find in the photo-editing software available for Windows OS. It also offers many unique utilities.
Snapseed identifies the face of a person and allows you to change its direction. It has a special feature called “expand” that increases the size of the canvas and fills the void space with the background.
Snapseed offers 25 photo editing tools and has 15 unique filters. It supports RAW format pictures. It allows users to make changes to the pictures with swipe gestures.
Snapseed supports undo and redo operation. It lets you save and share edits with other users via a QR code. The users that have received the QR code must open the picture and scan the code with Snapseed. When they do so, Snapseed will apply the edits to the picture automatically.
Although Snapseed is a great tool, it doesn’t have an autosave feature. Hence, users must save their edits before tapping on the back button.
Snapseed lets users export the edited picture to their preferred location. It has the option to share the image on social networking sites and messaging apps.
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Instagram is a popular image sharing service that offers basic editing photo tools. It provides different types of brushes and has numerous real-time filters.
Instagram features an eraser utility and includes an option to undo the previous edit/effect. It allows you to see the original photo before saving its modified version. To see the original picture, users must tap on an image they’re editing. Instagram allows users to arrange the filters. You can also hide filters you don’t want to use.
Adobe Photoshop Express
Photoshop Express is a great alternative to Google Snapseed. It has over 50 million users and a superb rating of 4.3 on the Google Play Store. To get started with Photoshop Express and to unlock its full features, you must log in to the app with a Facebook, Adobe CC, or Google account. If you don’t do so, you’ll get access to a handful of filters and tools.
Photoshop Express gives users access to 20+ filters and has basic photo editing tools such as cropper, red-eye, skin blemish remover, image flipper/rotator, etc. It provides a photo enhancer utility that employs a smart algorithm to adjust the sharpness and color temperature of the pictures and make them look better. In addition to this, the Adobe app provides an option to adjust the contrast, brightness, color of images manually.
Adobe PE lets you add borders of various styles to the pictures. It enables users to work with images saved on their phone. You can also import pictures from Adobe CC cloud service with it.
Adobe PE can add watermark to photos before saving them to your preferred location. It lets you specify the size and quality of the exported image.
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Pixlr allows you to create collages of up to 10 pictures. It has 10 tools and 3 different customizable brushes. It lets you add doodles to pictures.
Pixlr allows users to add overlays to photos. It includes 11 filters and an option to add frames to images. You can add text or stickers to images with the Pixlr app. Before inserting the text, users can change its font, color, orientation, etc.
Pixlr enables you to bookmark and customize the filters. You can resize images and change their default saving size in it. Users can change the default image saving path in Pixlr. They can configure the app to start in camera mode.
Photo Director enables users to remove unwanted objects from the background of a picture. It lets you compare the edited and unedited images.
Photo Director provides an Instafill tool which superimposes the picture on a new canvas and fills empty space on the canvas with a color of your choice or the blurred version of the superimposed image. Like other photo editing apps I’ve covered here, PD allows users to adjust the brightness, contrast, and color of the pictures.
You can put your picture on a train, billboard, front-page of a newspaper, screen of the theater or create collages with this application. Photo Director has various types of brushes. It has a skin smoother and red-eye remover utility. It lets you add stickers, beautiful overlays, borders, and text to photos. PD provides 21+ effects.
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AirBrush is a great app to beautify selfies. It can remove pimples, dark spots, wrinkles, and dark circles from the face. You can also change the skin tone and add makeup to photos with this application.
AirBrush can whiten the teeth and resize your nose, lips, eye, or any other part of your body. It can make your face longer or wider. AirBrush offers 27 filters and it has the option to resize the canvas.
Images edited with Airbrush look natural. Hence, you can use them as a WhatsApp or Facebook DP or share them on Snapchat, Instagram, etc.
Final thoughts: Adobe Photoshop Express, Snapseed, Photo Director, Instagram, AirBrush, and Pixlr are the best photo editing apps for iPhone and Android devices. These applications are fast and have many features.