If you want to trick people into thinking you’re a good photographer, or if you just want to tweak your photos and remove imperfections, you’re going to need a good photo editing app. The problem is that there are so many photo editing apps in the app store. Trying to pick the best one can be a time consuming and frustrating process. New photo editing apps are emerging all the time, so it can be hard to keep on top of which ones provide the best features and ease of use.
The 5 Best IOS Photo Apps for 2016
#5 – Photoshop Express
Photoshop is a well known desktop software for image editing and manipulation. Of course, this lightweight app version can’t offer the full Photoshop experience, but it does offer more features and functionality than your typical photo editing app. If you’re not after trendy filters or gimmicky extras, Photoshop Express will be the perfect app for you to perform your cropping, straightening, rotating and red eye removing. Also, it offers blemish removal, auto-fixing and raw photo support. You’ll be able to correct various things too, such as contrast, exposure and highlights.
#4 – Filllter
This app is pretty obnoxiously named (take it easy on the Ls, y’all) but it has a selection of high quality filters and intuitive sharing across most social media platforms. Best of all, it’s on sale right now, so you can get it for free instead of its usual asking price of $1.
#3 – VSCO Cam
VSCO cam is a very popular photography and editing app, known primarily for its range of soft, warm filters that are reminiscent of old, analog photography. One distinguishing feature of this app is that it saves your edited pictures within the app, which few other photo editing apps do. It has the full range of editing and fine-tuning functions, including a skin tone editor. The app has been around for years and has, in that time, built up a loyal community of users all over the world who swear by its identifiable characteristics. The app is free, but premium filters can be bought at varying price ranges.
#2 – Afterlight
Afterlight is an easy to use app with many features, including 15 adjustment tools, 74 filters, and 128 adjustable frames. It’s landmark feature is called Fusion, which allows you to save your photo editing settings and actions to use whenever you’d like. This makes it so that you don’t have to search for the right filter every time. This is particularly useful if you use the same types of settings often, as it essentially creates a custom filter based on your preferences. This is a paid app, costing $0.99.
#1 – Snapseed
Snapseed is one of the most popular photo editing apps for iPhones, and for good reason. This free app was developed by Nik Software, a subsidiary of Google. It has a clean layout and excels in all basic photo processing techniques, with a range of filters and textures. What sets it apart from the competition are a couple of great features that are unique to Snapseed. “Selective Adjust” allows you to focus on one particular area of a photo that you’d like to change, to add emphasis or clarity to one aspect of your photo. The “Healing” feature allows you to focus on one small part of the photo that has blemishes or imperfections of any sort and repair those problems. If you’re just getting into iPhone photography, Snapseed should be one of the first apps you check out.
This list is obviously just scratching the surface of what the best photo editing apps to be using in 2016 are, but all of these options are affordable, easy to use, and provide enough features and options for you to fix up those blurry, overexposed, grainy, out-of-focus pictures you need to repair.