Looking for something to do while you’re away? I have just that – it’s simple, satisfying and doesn’t have to cost you a dime. Your phone’s gallery is full of pictures you’ve taken over the years, desperate to see the light of day again and get a new makeover.
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’ve put together a selection of my favorites, so read on, make a cup of tea (or that new hot tea)) and get ready for an evening editing session. You can also .
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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.
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.
Adobe Photoshop Express
Photoshop Express has many of the same features found in Lightroom, including options for exposure, contrast and color editing, but it removes some of the professional tools and cloud synchronization and crucially lowers the subscription fee. It’s a great tool for adjusting your images to give the best of you, but you’ll also find a decent selection of overlay filters and 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.
Prisma does not deal with subtle filters and basic image corrections. Instead, its trippy filters will transform 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.
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 background behind a portrait subject (I was impressed with how well it worked!), In order 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.
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 dispersion effect of Photofox, which makes it look like the subject is exploding in particles (believe me, it’s cool), in addition to the effects of flaws and the double exposure that superimposes two images on top of each other.
As in Bazaart, there are countless possibilities of what you can do by laying layers and composing different types of images and applying different effects to each one.
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 dark monochrome photos.
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 will not 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.
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