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Best Photo Editing Apps

iPhone and iPad users just love to edit their routine pictures, apply filters, create collages, share them in social networks and get as many likes as possible. This is why many developers have released functional photo editing apps that top the charts of the best selling applications in the App Store.

They don’t normally take much space on devices and only cost one or two dollars. Some developers do not charge for initial download and monetize their products through additional features, such as optional filters or extended editing opportunities.

People just love the opportunity to be introduced to the world of professional photography and wow-effect among fellow social networks’ users in just a couple of touches.  So what are the best photo editing applications in the App Store?

#1

Filterra

98/100
Filterra offers a huge variety of filters and effects that can be compared instantly for a perfect choice.
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
Free
theBestForiOS Rating:
98

Developed by an ambitious group of professional designers and photographers, the app offers a fine selection of filters and effects exceeding 1 million combinations.

If you are not sure about the filter to apply, there is a practical tool that allows you to compare several of them at a time and choose the best fitting effects or contrast scheme to turn your shots into masterpieces.

The app creators are proud to offer an extremely simple interface that enables users to concentrate on the beauty, unleash their creativity in as little touches as possible, tag their images and share them.

#2

Photo Editor by Aviary

92/100
Aviary is perfect fit for those who seek functional simplicity.
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
Free
theBestForiOS Rating:
92

The Photo Editor by Aviary is an entry-level yet functional and easy to use app, designed for one-handed work.

It features some basic controls, not available in many iOS photo editing apps, including brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness and warmth adjustments.

The free version provides you with 12 filters, with additional packs coming at a price of $0.99. Aviary entitles other developers to use the photo editor as a software kit for their own apps and allows the users to share the images to all compatible iOS or Android apps.

#3

Afterlight

90/100
If you are looking for an app that would give you a choice of multiple textures and film effects, Afterlight is a good option.
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
0,99$
theBestForiOS Rating:
90

Afterlight is a universal photo editing app that can help you with taking shots, applying filters and effects, cropping images, adjusting exposure, saturation, contrast, brightness, and other basic tools.

The filter pack includes 74 adjustable filters. Afterlight provides you with a notable group of textures, imitating film effects, such as light leak, dust, wander and instant film.

Plus, far from shy selection of frames, compatible with Instagram. Overall, Afterlight is a powerful app for editing images, but modest as a built-in camera app alternative.

#4

Snapseed

85/100
Developed by Google, Snapseed is a fancy app with gesture controls and advanced editing tools.
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
Free
theBestForiOS Rating:
85

Developed by Google-owned company, Snapseed doesn’t look like a typical photo-editing app.

The app allows you to edit the images in both vertical and landscape modes, combines the most simple one-tap effects and solid editing tools.

Most of the functions are controlled through gestures, which makes working with the app quite a unique experience. Some of the tools like brush can be applied to selected areas instead of the whole image, which is not a common feature. All in all Snapseed is a powerful photo-editing app, and it’s free.

#5

Camera+

80/100
All round Camera+ app gives you pretty much anything you can expect from a photo editing program. 
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
2,99$
theBestForiOS Rating:
80

Camera+ is a long-standing bestseller in iOS camera app segment. The key to success lies in the fact that the app is equally great for taking pictures, outperforming the iPhone built-in camera, and for image editing, delivering outstanding opportunities for amateurs and experienced users. 

Camera+ gives you comprehensive exposure and focus control, while the stabilizer and self-timer are the options designed to enhance your photo experience. The app enables you to use iPhone flash as a constant light source for better exposure. Matched with immense editing opportunities, such as lightbox, clarity filter and numerous scene modes, it all makes Camera+ a strong favorite between camera apps. 

The developer has also launched a free cut version, which is basically designed to promote the app and make the clients upgrade to the full version.

#6

Mextures

75/100
The app is all about textures and does a great job with layers, providing space for your creativity.
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
1,99$
theBestForiOS Rating:
75

Mextures is basically a texture overlay application. It provides you with extensive set of film effects, such as grain, light leaks, bokeh, scratches, grunge textures and other vintage stuff.

You can use multiple layers to blend different textures, so your imagination is the only limit to what you are going to achieve. Besides, the textures can be rotated or cropped and you can also change their transparency to create unique effects. Users are encouraged to check for set-up filters from other photographers and share their own works.

Many users complained about the app’s tendency to crash, but the developer claimed to have fixed the problem in the recent update.

#7

Color Splash

75/100
Color Splash specializes in turning images into black and white and leaving color in designated areas for dramatic effect.
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
0,99$
theBestForiOS Rating:
75

Color Splash has been designed for those enthusiasts who prefer things to be excellent in one specialty rather than just good or mediocre in many disciplines.

The app masters the art of transforming photos to black and white while giving users a chance to mark the areas that need to stay in color and create impressive images.

Working with the app is as easy as it can be, with the brush tool applied through touching the screen. You can also save your session at any time and get back to it later or undo any of the brush strokes. Sharing the images comes as a matter of course.

#8

Facetune

75/100
Facetune is all about editing portraits and selfies, providing you with vast retouching options. 
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
3,99$
theBestForiOS Rating:
75

Facetune app specializes in portrait and selfie retouching, such as teeth whitening, removing skin problems and blemishes, and offers comprehensive set of tools to reach excellent results in this field of photo editing.

Considering that selfie is arguably the most popular genre of iphoneography, Facetune has attracted an army of users despite a $4 entry fee.

The app’s level of complexity requires some time spent to master all the functions and includes handy tutorials to make life easier. Once you are comfortable with it, Facetune becomes a fine and solid photo editing app.

#9

PicsArt Photo Studio

70/100
PicsArt Photo Studio is one of the most comprehensive free apps, available in the App Store. Photo editing opportunities include collages, texting and multiple filters.
Category:
Photo & Video
Price:
Free
theBestForiOS Rating:
70

If you are looking for a whole world of editing opportunities that would be embraced in a single app, then PicsArt is definitely one to consider.

However, you will probably need to go through a couple of tutorials as the number of interface elements exceeds what you normally expect from an app. It lets you make collages, add text and cliparts, draw on images, add filters or customize them and tons of other stuff.

Once you are done with editing, you can share your work with social media or PicsArt community. Available in the App Store for free, the functional PicsArt has become a popular photo editing app.

Of course, the photo editing apps are not limited to the ten programs we reviewed, but we believe they are some of the best products on the market. As long as there is strong competition in the business, most developers strive to introduce a unique specialty that would mark their app and get public’s attention to it.

Some apps concentrate on special effects, others lure customers by extended editing opportunities or extremely user-friendly interface. You can use simple applications that only let you apply preset filters or comprehensive apps with unlimited potential that require some learning.

However, we can safely say that iOS-compatible photo editors have gained popularity for their simplicity and low consuming costs, since they can be used at any time on your mobile device and only cost a few dollars if not free.