Today, social networks demand more and more perfection in the photos we publish, be it landscapes, animals or simple portraits. Fortunately, the excellent cameras of the newest phones have become our allies, however, sometimes they are not enough. But, quiet, you can use certain apps to edit photos directly on your phone and they look like professionals, or at least quite striking. It is worth noting that, currently, both in Google Play Store, and App Store in Apple, you can find a variety of photo editing applications to choose from. However, in this guide we have decided to highlight the most popular and best apps for editing photos that are available on both platforms.
ADOBE LIGHTROOM (FREE / PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION $ 10 per MONTH)
Adobe Lightroom It has become the most popular option for editing digital photographs among professionals. But, best of all, because of the simplified interface and wonderful synchronization features, it is not necessary for a professional to manage or edit photos in the cloud-based version, Lightroom CC.
At present Adobe Lightroom CC is an administrator and full-featured photo editor, complete with support for RAW photos, exposure settings, watermarks and much more, available on both Android and iOS. Although in this application you can download and edit photos for free, if you want to synchronize your photos on all devices and use the premium features, you will have to pay the Adobe Photography Creative Cloud plan, which costs $ 10 dollars a month and also offers you access to Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.
PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS (FREE)
If we had to mention a professional photo editing tool, without a doubt, one of the first options that comes to mind is, Adobe Photoshop. But you know what is the best? Now this tool is available in an Express version as an application for your phone, and although it is not as powerful as its desktop counterpart, it allows you to crop photos, adjust exposures and perform a variety of tasks. You can even create your own presets, which can save you a lot of time when editing photos on your phone or tablet.
Snapseed is an application for professional photo editing, designed by Google. It has a lot of editing options, to help the most common photos become special. Snapseed gives you control over your images by including a series of sliders capable of altering blur, temperature and other attributes of the photo, such as granulated overlays, film reel effects in the 60s or its exclusive filter Retrolux
The most interesting of all is that you can stack effects on photographs, similar to Layers in Photoshop, which facilitates the production of a new result every time you edit one.
VSCO (FREE / OPTIONAL PURCHASES)
VSCO It is a photo editing application, which looks for the photos of your smart phone to look as if they were taken from a movie. In addition to a set of filters included, VSCO It also allows you to buy packages of presets, each of which has its own aesthetic for certain types of images.
Likewise,This application presents an integrated community that includes both professional and amateur artists and photographers who share their naturalistic photographs with each other. With professional-level tools and advanced camera controls, VSCO It is a great application for newbies and professionals alike.
AFTERLIGHT ($ 3 dollars)
Its developers call it "the most powerful and complete photo editing experience on mobile devices." And although it may sound somewhat pretentious, it is not so far from the truth. Afterlight It has all the basic photo editing tools you will need, as well as built-in filters, frames and RAW support for both Android and iOS. Like other applications, you can also create your own filters, to give your photos a distinctive look over and over again.
But best of all, to enjoy this application, you only have to make a single payment of $ 3 dollars, and it is not necessary to spend more on purchases from the application to unlock more features.
LENS DISTORTIONS (FREE / OPTIONAL SUBSCRIPTION)
Known for its impressive add-ons and applications for desktop devices, Lens Distortions It has also created a mobile application for both Android and iOS, a little different, but with a lot of quality.
Whether it's a color filter, or you're looking for an overlay effect such as a light leak or a flash, Lens Distortions It has a lot of realistic effects that you can add to your photos.
This application can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS and includes five free filters in each section with the free version. If you want to access the 250 premium filters, you will have to invest a dollar a month.
Who knew you needed at least six applications to make your photos look good? Well, fine, maybe you don't need them all. But it is a good idea to experiment with different applications and find the one that best suits your style and pocket.
With any of these on your phone, we are sure that you can accumulate many “likes” and the comments you need to be an Instagram champion. Go ahead, describe them and achieve some immortality in social networks, or at least a "like" of your grandmother.
* Article updated on March 13, 2019.