The Best Photo Editing Apps You Should Have On Your Phone

photo: Patricia Manfield

 

Have you ever wondered why some Instagram accounts have thousands of followers, and others don’t? Those damn near perfect photos you see while doing your daily Instagram scrolling probably didn’t look that gorgeous originally. You can literally take your photos from ordinary to pieces of art, with just a few tweaks to the lighting, saturation, or adding a filter. Here are a few of the best photo editing apps you should have on your phone to help you develop an eye for editing.

VSCO

I love VSCO. It’s got tons of free filters as well as some amazing paid for filters, too. It’s also a great photo sharing platform and serves as a source of inspiration for your own photos. One tip for VSCO would be to go on Pinterest and look up the best filters to use for different ‘feelings’. Stick to one and keep it going throughout your feed.

Enlight

If you desire more advanced tools then Enlight is the app for you. One of the best features is the mask tool. It allows you to apply effects to selected parts of your image while leaving the rest untouched. Make outfit photos really pop by using this tool to accent your accessories.

Lightroom

Okay so you might have to pay a subscription to get full access to Lightroom, but if you’re willing it can really make a huge difference to your photos. With one click you can make the colors pop, change the settings on only one part of the image and make yourself look like a professional photographer without any hard work. I love this, and seeing all my phone photos on the computer easily with the cloud feature just makes it even better!

Facetune

There was a time when nobody used Facetune. Now it’s a household name. Step up your selfie game with this app. Facetune gives you the capability to look your absolute best. You can brighten your smile, erase blemishes, and even brighten those annoying dark circles. Use the defocus tool to fade the background, quickly erase a stray hair stuck in your lipgloss and more.

Afterlight 

Afterlight is another amazing app for editing photos, you can add grain and texture, change the brightness and contrast and give your photos a real come-to-life feel. You can also use custom frames, so your photos could appear inside an alphabetical letter (for example) or a shape. If you’ve been wondering how people are making their photos circular or giving them texture, it’s Afterlight, baby!

Simply HDR

This app produces stunning HDR photos. Quickly apply one of the HDR presets, or take control and create your own unique style. Once you have found those perfect settings, you can easily save them for later. Simply HDR is a powerful app that adds drama and consistency to your photos.

Written by Lutece Coates

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photo: Patricia Manfield

 

Have you ever wondered why some Instagram accounts have thousands of followers, and others don’t? Those damn near perfect photos you see while doing your daily Instagram scrolling probably didn’t look that gorgeous originally. You can literally take your photos from ordinary to pieces of art, with just a few tweaks to the lighting, saturation, or adding a filter. Here are a few of the best photo editing apps you should have on your phone to help you develop an eye for editing.

VSCO

I love VSCO. It’s got tons of free filters as well as some amazing paid for filters, too. It’s also a great photo sharing platform and serves as a source of inspiration for your own photos. One tip for VSCO would be to go on Pinterest and look up the best filters to use for different ‘feelings’. Stick to one and keep it going throughout your feed.

Enlight

If you desire more advanced tools then Enlight is the app for you. One of the best features is the mask tool. It allows you to apply effects to selected parts of your image while leaving the rest untouched. Make outfit photos really pop by using this tool to accent your accessories.

Lightroom

Okay so you might have to pay a subscription to get full access to Lightroom, but if you’re willing it can really make a huge difference to your photos. With one click you can make the colors pop, change the settings on only one part of the image and make yourself look like a professional photographer without any hard work. I love this, and seeing all my phone photos on the computer easily with the cloud feature just makes it even better!

Facetune

There was a time when nobody used Facetune. Now it’s a household name. Step up your selfie game with this app. Facetune gives you the capability to look your absolute best. You can brighten your smile, erase blemishes, and even brighten those annoying dark circles. Use the defocus tool to fade the background, quickly erase a stray hair stuck in your lipgloss and more.

Afterlight 

Afterlight is another amazing app for editing photos, you can add grain and texture, change the brightness and contrast and give your photos a real come-to-life feel. You can also use custom frames, so your photos could appear inside an alphabetical letter (for example) or a shape. If you’ve been wondering how people are making their photos circular or giving them texture, it’s Afterlight, baby!

Simply HDR

This app produces stunning HDR photos. Quickly apply one of the HDR presets, or take control and create your own unique style. Once you have found those perfect settings, you can easily save them for later. Simply HDR is a powerful app that adds drama and consistency to your photos.

Written by Lutece Coates

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  • Rosanna Alicia

    Love this, Afterlight is so beautiful !
    http://www.rosannaalicia.com

  • Nicolette Painter

    For a newbie blogger, out of Englight/Lightroom/Afterlight, which would you recommend the most?

  • Holly

    Some good tools suggested! I love Lightroom and Facetune – my staples.

    Holly x
    http://www.ldnmuse.com

  • Andrea Ingrid

    I love VSCO cam and Facetune, they are my main editing apps. ❤

    http://www.clairdemoon.blogspot.com

  • Vicki Reckless

    Think I might try enlight, sounds useful, I currently use VSCO and Snapseed as my staple editing apps xo

  • trulyfionaa

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m quiet curious about the other apps besides VSCO. Better check them out :D

    trulyfionaa.blogspot.com

  • byDANSTI

    Great tips, thanks for sharing! http://www.bydansti.com

  • pineapplepink

    Great post

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  • reneejacobe

    I’m a Snapseed and VSCO girl but recently I’ve been checking other apps as well. So, thanks for this!

    http://blog.reneejacobe.com

  • Andrea Barbieri

    Great suggestions!! I mostly use VSCO and Facetune!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

  • Lucie

    I used to use VSCO but now I switched to A Colour Story which I think is created by the girls from A Beautiful Mess, and I really really love it!