Make your old phone photos look better with these 8 apps for iPhone and Android – ABOUT MAG 2020


Edited in Bazaart.

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O coronavirus the lock means that it is difficult to go out to take new photos. But don’t let that creativity go to waste – your phone’s gallery will likely be full of photos you’ve taken over the years, desperate to see the light of day again and get a new makeover.

You can also check out these creatives ideas for flexing your photography muscles at home if you want to shoot and edit something new.

The good news is that app stores on iOS and Android are full of creative apps that can give your existing photos a whole new look, all from the comfort of your couch. I gathered a selection of my favorites; so read on, make a cup of tea (or that new hot tea). Dalgona coffee everyone is talking) and get ready for an evening editing session. You can also turn your favorite photos into a quarantined photo book.


Edited in Snapseed.

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Free on iOS and Android.

Snapseed, owned by Google, offers a wide range of exposure tools and colors to make adjustments to your images, but it also has many filter options, from vintage styles to modern and demanding HDR looks. You can layer the effects to create some interesting edits to your image. Best of all, it’s completely free.


Edited in Lightroom for mobile devices.

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iOS and Android, some functions available for free or $ 4.99 per month for full access.

Adobe Lightroom remains an industry standard for professional photographers and the mobile version is almost the same. You won’t find stickers, animations or emojis here, but you will have fine control over your image and the same set of tools found in Lightroom on the desktop. It is the application that I use most to edit my own images on my iPhone and iPad, mainly because the images are synchronized in the cloud, allowing me to start on one device and continue on another.


Edited in Photoshop Express.

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Adobe Photoshop Express

Free on iOS and Android.

Photoshop Express has many of the same features you’ll find in Lightroom, including exposure, contrast and color editing options, but it removes some of the professional tools and cloud synchronization and crucially lowers the subscription fee. It’s a great tool to adjust your images to give your best, but you’ll also find a decent selection of filters and overlay textures, as well as tools for making cool collages of your images.

It is not as open to wild creativity as other options on this list, but it is a solid editing app at a price difficult to argue.


Edited in Prisma.

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iOS and Android, $ 7.99 a month, or $ 30 a year.

Prisma does not deal with subtle filters and basic image corrections. Instead, its trippy filters will turn your images into often bizarre artistic creations. The results have a painting effect and, in fact, many filters are inspired by artists like Salvador Dali and Picasso. The filters are strong and, although you can adjust them, not all filters work with all images. I found that some were better suited for portraits, while other filters worked better with landscapes.

But it’s really fun to experiment and when you find a photo that works, it really job.


Edited in Bazaart.

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iOS only, $ 7.99 a month, or $ 48 a year.

Bazaart’s assembly and collage tools allow you to combine several different elements – from photos, text to graphics – and layer them to create a finished work of art. It has tools that allow you to instantly erase the back background of a portrait subject (I was impressed with how well it worked!) To create a new background or create various effects. It also has a huge variety of templates to create wonderful collages for Instagram stories too.

There are so many different ways to try to compose different images that the only limit comes down to how creative you are feeling. Go to Bazaart’s Instagram page for some inspiration.


Edited in Photofox.

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iOS only.

Like Bazaart, Photofox has powerful tools to remove subjects from the background that allow you to compose new scenarios or apply impressive effects. I particularly like the scattering effect of Photofox, which makes it look like the subject is exploding in particles (believe me, it’s cool), as well as the effects of flaws and double exposure that overlap two images on top of each other .

As with Bazaart, there are countless possibilities for what you can do by layering and composing different types of images and applying different effects to each one.


Edited in VSCO.

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iOS and Android, limited functions for free or $ 19.99 per year with a seven-day free trial.

VSCO started creating color classification presets for Lightroom and its roots are clear in the app today. Instead of offering stickers and animated gifs to Snapchat enthusiasts, VSCO is about the most artistic color filters. The app has a huge variety of presets available, including looks designed to mimic classic rolls of film from Fujifilm, Kodak and Ilford.

It also has a great selection of black and white filters, making it a great option to experiment with if you like monochrome photos in a bad mood.


Edited in PicsArt.

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iOS and Android, limited functions for free or $ 48 per year for the entire suite.

PicsArt has a huge variety of editing tools available, from basic adjustments like exposure and contrast, to cinematic color classification and dramatic filters that transform your images into paintings-like works of art. There are many options for the tone and shape of your face in selfies – I won’t go into the ethics of using these tools for “beauty” purposes, but I had fun using the tools to intentionally turn my features into bizarre proportions.

There’s also an Instagram-style social sharing element in PicsArt, if you’re interested in that. Personally, I was more interested in the editing options.

Check out my guide on creative photo projects at home, see our entire catalog of amazing tips and tricks for best phone photos or see how the iPhone 11 Pro captured the beauty of Scotland on my epic journey.

Paula Fonseca