From professional graphic designers to amateur photography enthusiasts, digital artists and photographers of all skill levels are searching for the answer to a simple question: Which photo editing app is the best?
As with many software-related questions, there isn’t one simple answer. Instead, there are a variety of top photo editing apps that suit a range of purposes. From a beginner photographer looking for a simple interface and useful features to one of the world’s top photo editors seeking power and flexibility, different photo apps provide a different variety of benefits to photographers, editors, and artists.
Of course, while photo editing phone apps will never compare to their PC rivals in terms of power and flexibility, they’re growing closer to matching their counterparts’abilities at a rapid speed. The following four apps are our picks for the title of ‘best photo editing app.’
Adobe Photoshop is the king of photography applications. The well-known, hugely popular PC and Mac application has been the top selling professional and amateur photography editing application for the better part of two decades, making it one of the hottest pieces of PC software in history.
Photoshop Express, the simplified, mobile-based version of the application, may not have the advanced features of its PC counterpart. However, it makes up for its lack of power by offering a range of filters, adjustments, and other features that make it ideal for mobile photographers. It’s also 100% free – talk about a good deal!
While Pixlromatic may not have advanced editing features or menus with thousands of options, it does offer one great feature that’s valuable for mobile photographers: the ability to make your photos stand out, grab attention, and impress your friends without having to use a PC.
Pixlromatic includes a variety of filters and special effects that make your photos look fantastic, even if the originals aren’t up to scratch. Think of it as an enhanced and improved version of Photoshop’s ‘filter’ menu that’s accessible on your phone.
There are several collage-style photo editing apps out there, and Diptic is our pick of the bunch for high quality, crisp looking collages. One of the top photo editing apps of the year, Diptic allows users to quickly and easily turn multiple separate images into a full color collage.
Priced at just 99 cents and available for both iOS and Android, Diptic is easy to use, cheap, and available for the two biggest smartphone operating systems.
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While professional photographers will balk at its silly icons and simplistic interface, Picsay is a hit amongst teens that thrive on Instagram and Facebook. This app allows users to add captions, speech bubbles, and smileys to their pictures before using another photo editing app to post them online.
Free to download and available for Android, Picsay is a great complement to the typical range of apps designed to work with Instagram. Let’s see some cute icons, speech bubbles, and cool lens flare effects on your next set of photos!