Types Of Photo Editing Apps

A photograph is not the picture of a moment, it is capturing of memory for a lifetime, it is capturing of feelings and it is time travel. Photographers go to any extent to get their picture-perfect. In today’s world of technology and social media where every day more than millions of pictures are shared everyone wants it to look good and presentable. To make the picture look good we often use editing apps that are easily available on our phones some are free and some are paid.

These apps allow us to edit, organize the photos on our phones with so much ease and image sharing capabilities that, now one can edit the photo on the phone itself. As the more and more powerful phones with extra features and great cameras are building it widens the horizon of app developers to develop more editing apps for the purpose.

So here is the list of reliable and frequently used photo editing apps which one can use to edit images according to their need.


Initially it was produced by Nik Software, but now owned by Google. It is a desktop editor with an instinctive interface. It is a free app that is available on both iOS and Android. It is unique in a way that gives you the liberty to make your customized filters that too from scratch.  It can edit raw images too. It has many special filters like Drama, Vintage, Frames, Grunge, and resizing of photos. This app also gives the option of directly sharing the photos on Face book, Instagram, and other social networking sites. It also provides a unique gesture-based interface.


This photo editing app is created by Joel Flory and Greg Lutez. It is also a free app available for both iOS and Android. It has some amazing filters which make the photo look as if they were taken from a film camera. Along with standard basic tools like cropping and borders, it can also adjust light, temperatures, skin-tone, etc. Social butterflies can share their photos on different terraces. It is one of the best photo editing apps for iPhones.

Prisma Photo Editor

This was created by Alexey Moiseenkov, Oleg Poyaganov, llya Frolov, and Andrey Usoltsev. This is a type of app that converts your photo into a painting with its amazing filters. It is also a free app available for both iOS and Android. It uses neural networks and artificial intelligence in the transformation of images into paintings.  There are more than 300 styles of filters in this app. Prisma has its online community where you can post or share your image on your feed. These filters work for both i.e. images and videos. Moreover, these styles are based on the famous artist’s style like Picasso, Munch, etc.

Adobe Photoshop Express

This app is developed by Adobe Systems. It is a free app available for iOS, Windows, and Android phones. It can be downloaded on desktops as well. It is an editing and collage making app. In addition to the basic filters, the functioning also includes “straighten” and “flip” which add flexibility and easiness in editing images. For premier features and filters one has to login with their Adobe ID.

Touch Retouch

This app is developed by ADVA Soft. Unlike other apps it is not free, its price is $1.99 and it is available for iOS and Android both. The best feature of this app is the fact that one can remove unwanted objects from their picture. It is so easy to use that with one tap the undesirable object is removed.


This app is developed by Afterlight Collective, Inc.  This editing app is available for iOS and Android both for$2.99. Along with the basic tools it also has features for adjusting light, tone, contrast, and saturation.  It has 128 filers with artsy overlays. It allows the user to upload a photo in RAW format and export in HEIC format can also be done in this app.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

This photo editing app is developed by Adobe Systems. It is a free app available for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and tvOS. These apps edits are always non-destructive i.e.  It keeps the old original image and all editing filters are applied to it are saved separately as a new image. It also works with RAW files. Images can be shared to various social media platforms.


This app is used to rectify the distorted perspective of an image. It is available for iOS and Android both with a price of $1.99. This app has tools that focus on correcting the image and lens distortion. It straight up the lines to make a picture more natural and symmetrical. It is beneficial for Smartphone photography.


This app was founded by Ola Sevandersson in Sweden. It is a free editing app available for both iOS and Android. It provides a wide range of filters, effects, and overlays which helps in making an image a visual treat to watch. Today pixlr is a task manager extension for the Google Chrome browser. The web apps of this editing app are all HTML5 applications.


This app is only available for iPhone users costing $1.99. It is a layer-based editing app. This app is used for adding filters like dust, textures, light leaks, and grains. It saves your filter formula for further use as well. There are almost 150 textures with 12 blending modes to create something artistic and good.

Distressed FX

Same as the above this app is only available for iPhone users for $0.99. It is powered by textures of Cheryl Tarrant, an artist from Tennessee. This app allows you to add extra elements to your image. It is user friendly and offers so many filters for unimaginable creativity. It is best when used for landscape and still photography.


This is the new sensational social media platform where everyone post pictures and build their online following.  It is developed by Kevin Systrome and Mike Krieger and it is owned by Facebook. This is a free app available for both iOS and Android. This app has all the tools along with basic filters one needs for editings like text, effects, stickers, overlays, fun photo frames, and many more. This app is easy to use and intuitive.


This app is developed by Lightricks. This app is also available for both iOS and Android for $3.99. It is particularly a selfie editing app. With this app, you can whiten teeth, remove blemishes, smooth skin, and can adjust facial features as well.


This app is created by MotionOne. This app blurs the backgrounds to create camera like shallow depth-of-field effects. It is a DSLR-like camera for Smartphone users. This app is available for both iOS and Android. This blurred background helps hide the messy background in the picture. It let the photographer choose what will be in focus and what will not.


This app is only available for iPhone users. This app blends the two images into a single photograph. One can choose the photographs and select a filter that will control how to blend the pictures. It also has a unique feature in which you can click a picture from this app which will be semi-transparent so that you can blend and align the second photo.

There are many photo editing apps in the market while choosing what suits you, you have to keep in mind that what you want to achieve or gain from them and then choose according to your needs. Choose what complements you and your interest and create masterpieces.

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