Compared to Lightroom or Photoshop, sometimes mobile apps are maddening when you want to edit them just a little bit. I want more control to fine tune the image! Here are my top two best photo editing apps that you should check out!
Let’s start with the cost of this app — a whopping 99 cents. While I’m definitely not one to buy a bunch of apps, a buck is so worth it when you can manipulate photos exactly how you want.
You begin by shooting a photo or pulling a photo in from your library, and immediately along the bottom you can see the different options. I like to start with a one-touch filter and then modify it exactly how I want later. The list of filters is much longer than Instagram’s filters and they’ve split them up into categories (Original, Guest, Seasons, Fusion, etc).
Once you choose a filter, click on the slider tab and you’ll see you have a wealth of choices to change your photo exactly how you want. Here’s the entire list of things you can change:
Clarify, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Fade, Highlight Tone, Mid Tone, Shadow Tone, Temperature, Vignette, Grain, and Sharpness.
I find that I only use a few of these, but even a little bit of contrast change and sharpness increase and the photo is exactly where I want it. The fine tuning of the app is why it stands out to me — often times the one-touch filters are too drastic of an edit, and with this app I can dial it in exactly where I want.
Cost? Free. This app is hipster-friendly, solid style and a piece of art. You begin by pulling in a photo or taking a photo, which drops the image into your VSCO grid. From there, you choose from a bunch of one-touch edits and then further customize from there.You can also purchase more presets if you’re looking for a specific type of edit, or if you want the simplicity of editing differently without doing too much yourself.
The one-touch edits are cool too because you can adjust the amount of the preset that comes through the photo. If you love a one-touch edit but want less of the effect without having to do it all yourself, just tap on the one-touch edit one more time after you select it, which brings up a slider screen to decrease the amount of the effect.
The list of filters available in this app are very similar to Afterlight with a few exceptions — here’s the complete list: Exposure, Temperature, Contrast, Rotate, Crop, Fade, Vignette, Tint, Saturation, Shadows, Highlights, Sharpen, Grain, Highlights Tint, Shadows Tint. All of these specific filters are on a sliding scale from 0 to 12, which is great because you can remember the specific numbers to dial in versus having to remember to slide the bar over “about 65% from the left”, etc.
Hope you enjoyed this list of the best photo editing apps! They’re my favorites for a reason, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve tried so many and there are just so many apps to choose from.