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.
2. Lens Light
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.
4. Color Splash
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.
7. LINE Camera
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.
This Japanese app has the most options and effects on the list.