Social sharing is all about pictures, from food to holiday snaps, to selfies and #ootd - so we need to make sure our photos look their best before we share them with all our friends.
Many apps out there allow you to add filters or effects to your pictures, and we’ve picked our five favourite to share with you today. And they’re all free!
Here’s our top 5 free photo editing apps.
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Snapseed is Google’s own photo editing app, designed especially for touchscreen devices. It’s aimed at more ‘serious’ mobile photographers, and allows users to thoroughly edit and apply different filters to their pictures.
It can be a little tricky to use at first, as the interface 'puts photos first' - there aren’t many buttons, save for a plus sign in the bottom right corner which holds all the editing tools you need. It’s also gesture-based, so it may take some time to learn all the controls.
Once you get used to it though, Snapseed is a fantastic tool to make your pictures look more beautiful and more professional. It comes free on iPhone and Android.
With more than 90 different filters, PicsArt is one of the most complete, easy-to-use photo editing apps out there. Despite the overwhelming number of options, the interface is straightforward and user-friendly.
The filters are easily adjustable, and PicsArt also offers a variety of other tools like clipart, drawing tools, brushes, borders, text… It also sports its own social network, where users can share their edited pictures.
PicsArt is free on Android and iOS, but does come with in-app purchases.
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All the kids are using it - VSCO Cam (pronounced ‘visco’) is the ultimate anti-Instagram - its filters are nicer, subtler, and more adjustable. There are also a number of editing tools, like contrast, luminosity, colour and sharpness.
Users can then share their work on the app’s own network, as well as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. VSCO Cam is free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, but in-app purchases are necessary if you wish to expand your filter selection.
Unlike other photography apps, which provide filters to enhance the quality of your photo, Camera 51 focuses on the moment before you take the picture. It analyses the shot and gives you advice on composition.
The app lets you pick one to three ‘objects of interest’ that you should focus on, and tells you exactly where to stand in order to take the perfect photo. It can also detect objects that don’t belong in the frame.
Camera 51 is free and available on iPhone and Android.
Cymera is the perfect app to edit your portraits: it comes with a ‘beauty mode’, which allows you to change the features on the subject’s face - you can be as subtle or go as crazy as you’d like.
It also comes with many different filters and editing options, such as adjusting the levels (brightness, saturation, contrast…) and adding overlays (snow, rainbows, lens flares…). Also, the app allows you to choose a ‘type’ of picture before you save it, like food or landscape, adding a final touch of effects.
This app is free to download for iOS and Android.
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