Quite often, users have to edit photos – someone needs to crop unnecessary objects from the frame, someone wants to apply filters that are not available on social networks, and someone does it professionally and wants to have an advanced tool. And although you can find a whole sea of editors on the net for every taste and color, most of them are morally outdated and can only provide the ability to add stickers. I decided to collect a complete list of high-quality software that copes with the task almost perfectly – you have to choose what is most convenient.
Built-in app with basic functions and noise removal
The Google Photos app has long ceased to be just software for viewing frames, and there are plenty of tools for editing images here. There is access to saturation, light and dark areas, contrast, brightness. You can change the hue and temperature. Of the unusual features, noise removal is worth noting – the technology works really well even with night shots. But the quick frame adjustment for one of the scenarios is available only with a paid Google One subscription, which, however, is not particularly disappointing – the function is far from a priority. In addition, Google Photos has a significant advantage over its competitors – the application is installed on almost all modern smartphones right out of the box.
- convenient slider for setting parameters with vibration;
- separation of parameters by type;
- the noise cancellation function works fine.
- filters by scripts, HDR and “Sky” are available only for a subscription.
RGB curves, white balance, and a dozen more useful tools
Immediately after opening a photo, a menu for choosing styles appears – this is, one might say, “lazy” image processing. But if this is not enough for the user, you can open the “Tool” menu, where there is a sea of all kinds of tools. For example, you can adjust the sharpness, work with RGB curves, find the optimal white balance, correct light / dark areas. Additionally, there is a perspective editor, adjusting contrast, blur, and so on. In fact, the application is not inferior in terms of functions to desktop solutions, and the edited image can be saved in memory or immediately sent to the recipient.
- a set of styles for every taste;
- an impressive arsenal of tools for deep image processing;
- you can compare the edited frame with the original in one menu;
- simple and intuitive interface;
- no paid features, tools or ads.
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The same Photoshop as on PC, but a little simpler
The smartphone version of Photoshop is naturally inferior to the desktop version in terms of a set of tools, but it is still one of the most advanced applications on Android. Of course, you can immediately apply filters here, but if you wish, the software allows you to adjust literally any parameter of the source frame. There is also a crop menu with prepared templates for social networks and printing, which is extremely convenient, and this is nowhere else. And the application also allows you to separate the object from the background, or vice versa, to adjust only the selected area or eliminate unnecessary objects in the frame with the built-in tools.
- smart selection that works great even without user intervention;
- an impressive set of editing tools;
- advanced cropping with templates;
- elimination of defects;
- text, stickers and vignette.
- many functions (filters, highlighting tool, elimination of highlights) are available only in the paid version of the application.
Professional work with color and exposure
The developers of the mobile version of Adobe Lightroom, unsurprisingly, ditched many artistic features for the sake of flexibility and professional image processing. It is very convenient to work with colors, shades, saturation, and brightness here. There are RGB curves, the ability to adjust many image parameters. Additionally, you can sharpen details, adjust light, contrast, and exposure. Of the decorative elements, there is only the ability to apply styles to process the photo quickly, but most likely, you will not use this. And there is also an “Auto” button to quickly process the frame using AI.
- better work with colors, tints and exposure;
- lack of not always necessary decorative tools;
- you can save the history of changes and then apply to other frames;
- image styles.
- custom processing and many styles are only available with a paid subscription.
The richest app for filters
This application has always stood out from the competition, with a huge library of built-in filters that can be adjusted according to the degree of overlap. True, some of the styles are not available in the free version of VSCO, but there is plenty to choose from even without them. In addition, there is a fairly rich set of tools for manual image editing – you can adjust the saturation, brightness, contrast, sharpness, white balance, frame temperature, and more. Moreover, you can save a list of edits made in a recipe format, which can then be applied to subsequent images – very convenient if you are processing a batch of images and want to get a general visual range.
- a wide range of tools for manual image editing;
- you can save the history of changes and then apply to other frames;
- no ads.
- the free version lacks about a hundred filters, as well as the HSL, Text and Borders functions.
Retouching for social networks with an editor in one bottle
The only downside to the PicsArt app is built-in ads and periodic offers to buy a premium subscription, but this is more than covered by an impressive arsenal of features and functions. For example, it is possible to adjust RGB curves, which is extremely useful, work with plasticity and perspective, adjust the image size, and have a whole list of photo parameters with fine-tuning. Of course, there is a built-in menu for retouching portraits (remove wrinkles, bags under the eyes, smooth skin, and so on).
- one of the richest sets of image editing tools;
- retouching menu for processing portrait photos;
- a set of stickers for decoration;
- you can cut out an object from a snapshot;
- built-in feed with works of other users.
- Convenient “Before / After” demonstration function.
- the free version has ads.
Remove red-eye, gloss over unnecessary and build a collage.
While many people use the app solely for adding beautiful effects, Pixlr has a lot more features. For example, the user can comfortably adjust the parameters of the photo (exposure, temperature, contrast, brightness, and so on), crop the frame, or rotate it. There’s even an auto-adjust button that sometimes gets the job done. You can also paint or blur something with pixels on a photo. There is a whole section of styles and frames. You can even apply the text. Of the interesting chips – “Sheaf.” You can make a picture black and white by coloring only certain colors.
- flexible adjustment of image parameters;
- an impressive set of tools;
- there are many styles, frames and effects;
- you can make collages or use templates.
- the free version has advertising banners.
AI at the service of a photo editor with an impressive arsenal of functions
In 2020, the Remini app made a lot of noise on the web – the developers decided to use AI to process images, and the result was impressive. And although the user does not have any manual frame settings, the program is still considered almost the best in terms of automatic image enhancement – neural networks use various algorithms to increase the frame resolution and increase the image’s brightness, saturation, and contrast. Plus, tons of art modes let you restore your photo, color it in, turn it into a sketch, and more. The only drawback is that only 5 treatments are given for free per day. The rest can be obtained only after purchasing a paid subscription.
- qualitatively improves photos in automatic mode using AI;
- perfectly restores old footage;
- many art modes;
- video enhancement function;
- history with all treatments.
- 5 free processes per day.
Two-click background swaps and RGB curves at their best
The main feature of the application, perhaps, can be called the work with the background – in the Premium version, you can cut objects from the photo so that later they can be superimposed on a beautiful background. Moreover, you can select the background you want to fill the image and then erase unnecessary objects. Looks really good, especially if you think about the shot in advance. There is also work with RGB curves, crop a frame, create a collage, or mix colors. Separately, I would like to praise the application for the ability to change the shape and perspective and the separate adjustment of the white balance.
- rich arsenal of functions;
- RGB curves, white balance, levels;
- you can change the shape of the image;
- drawing up collages;
- replacing the background and cutting out objects.
- the function of cutting out objects from the frame is available only with the purchase of the Pro version.
Photo editor for the real creator and artist
It is safe to say that Motionleap has one of the richest arsenals in the niche of photo editors. Only the application functions are aimed at creativity and not at dry editing of image parameters. Yes, you can also adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and everything in this direction. Still, there is also a list of artistic effects and, most surprisingly, a function for creating animations from static frames. For example, you can make the sea in the background of a vacation photo move, move clouds, even animate the movement of the asphalt under the wheels. The competitors in the segment have nothing like this.
- image animation function with detailed instructions;
- setting the main parameters of the photo;
- simple and straightforward export.
- in each category there are paid filters and effects.