Best Photo Editing Apps

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There’s no doubt that visual content is king when it comes to social media. People are far more likely to engage with a post that features an eye-catching image than one that doesn’t. Of course, not everyone is a professional photographer. And even if you are, taking great photos doesn’t always mean you know how to edit them to make them really stand out. That’s where photo editing apps come in. With the help of these handy tools, you can turn a good photo into a great one with just a few taps on your phone. So, if you’re looking to up your photo editing game, here are some of the best apps to check out…

The Best Photo Editing Apps

Adobe Lightroom: Photo Editor

Adobe Lightroom is a must-have app. It’s free to download and use, but you do need an Adobe Creative Cloud account to access it. With Lightroom, you can easily adjust all the basic photo settings and upgrade your aesthetics with 150+ exclusive presents. The editing tools allow you to quickly and easily retouch and transform your photos. The built-in camera tool can instantly improve your photo by adjusting lighting and enhancing colors. If you have a premium membership, you can also access more advanced features like healing brush, masking, geometry, and more. Want to try something new? Many photographers have Lightroom packages for sale or even for free. Do some research and find one you like! 

VSCO: Photo & Video Editor

VSCO is a staff favorite when it comes to editing photos. With VSCO, you can give your photos a truly unique look with just a few taps. This app offers a full studio of photo editing tools. While the wide range of tools beats many other photo apps, the filters are the star of the show. The filters range from subtle and natural to filmic and vintage. All users can easily import their photos and use editing tools like contrast, saturation, grain, fade, texture, film effects, crop, skew, etc. With a VSCO membership, you can get access to over 200 presets as well as HSL and split tone editing. In addition to photos, VSCO also has a video editor and creative community!

Unfold: Story & Collage Maker

Unfold is a great all-in-one app for editing and content planning. With Unfold, you can easily create beautiful, high-quality stories and posts. The app offers a wide range of customizable templates to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your needs. One of our favorite features of this app is the Instagram feed curator. You can aesthetically plan out your grid by organizing your photos and making sure that they all look cohesive together. And, it’s highly interactive as you can schedule your posts right in the app or share them directly to your social platforms.

Picsart Photo & Video Editor

With Picsart, you can bring your creativity to life. This app has all the photo editing tools you need, plus a huge library of free clipart, stickers, and collage templates. You can easily add text to your graphics, remove the background from your photos, or touch up your selfies. Plus, there are a ton of fun filters to choose from to give your photos a unique look.


Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google. With Snapseed, you can easily adjust your JPG or RAW photo files with simple taps and get great results. It offers 29 pro-level tools and filters that you would expect to find in a picture editing software, but it’s all available in their free app. You can also save your edits as custom presets so you can use them again in the future. Plus, there’s a built-in photo-sharing feature so you can share your edited photos directly to social media or send them via email or text.


TouchRetouch is an app that’s all about removing unwanted objects from your photos. Whether you want to remove a person from the background of a photo or get rid of a blemish, TouchRetouch can help. The app offers both automatic and manual object removal with just a few taps. Plus, it’s easy to use and you don’t need any photo editing experience. There is a fee to download, but don’t let the cost keep you away from these tools that will clean up your photos with ease.

LD: Typography & Photo Effects

While pricey, LD: Typography & Photo Editing is one of the most unique editing apps we’ve come across recently. With LD, you can create beautiful typography designs and then edit your photos to match the look. Their cinematic imagery and optically-captured overlays allow you to add light hits, glass effects, and natural elements (like snow, rain, fog, etc.) These effects will surely add depth, detail, and elegance to your photos like no other!

Canva: Design, Photo, & Video Editor

Canva is a popular all-in-one design app. You can use it to easily create beautiful designs for your social media posts and more. In addition to its design capabilities, Canva also offers photo editing features. You can quickly and easily edit your photos with basic photo tools as well as remove the background with one click or resize your photos for all your platforms. There are tons of premium templates with fun graphics and text overlays to use on in-feed photos or stories. And, if you’re looking to add some videos to your social media arsenal, Canva also has a built-in video editor with pre-made templates and easy drag-and-drop tools.

Motionleap by Lightricks

Breath life into your photos with Motionleap! This app allows you to animate your photos while on the go. Simply select the photo you want to animate, choose from one of the many available animations, and watch your photo move. You can even add 3D camera effects and sound effects to make your photo even more fun and engaging!

Closing Thoughts on the Photo Editing Apps

Now that you know about some of the best photo editing apps, it’s time to get out there and start creating beautiful visual content for your social media platforms. With these tools, you’ll be able to quickly and easily edit your photos to make them stand out from the rest. So get started today and see what you can create!

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