Looking to take your Instagram feed to the next level? Or are you a keen amateur photographer, in need of an editing suite that you can access in an instant, straight from your phone?
Your snaps are sure to look better than ever when you hit download on our favourite photo editing apps. Below you'll find all the software you could ever need to add amazing filters, tweak brightness levels and increase the sharpness of any shot.
Discover Photoshop For Mobile
Recommended for: Fans of the original Adobe Photoshop, anyone in need of a reliable and easy-to-use photo editing app.
Brought to you by the creative kings Adobe, Photoshop Express is essentially a stripped-down version of the real thing - Adobe Photoshop. You'll find all the basics in the app, alongside plenty of other handy features.
Adjust, correct and enhance your shots with a few simple taps. The Basics tab in the app will enable you to crop, straighten, rotate and flip photos, edit brightness and contrast, increase saturation and so much more.
Need to fix a photo quickly? Try pressing Auto Fix. With one touch, intelligent Adobe software corrects contrast, exposure and white balance swiftly. You can also apply one of the app's pre-loaded Looks. To date, there are 45 to choose from, with a range of black and white options and impressive duo tone styles.
The Photoshop Express app doesn't stop there. You can even remove blemishes, fix skewed photos with Perspective Correction, add text and borders, create collages and even apply a watermark - it really is a great all-in-one app.
The best part? Photoshop Express is free and available on iOS 9.3 and above, and Android 4.1 and above.
Recommended for: Smartphone users looking for a more advanced app to edit images in detail.
Looking for an app that feels a little bit more creative? Choose Snapseed, developed by Google.
Snapseed is fairly similar to Photoshop Express, but offers a little bit more accuracy. Just like the Adobe app, you'll find all your basics covered within the Tune Image section, located under Tools. However, Snapseed really shines when you explore its other features - such as Curves, Selective and Double Exposure.
If you're familiar with more advanced photo editing software, you'll know all about Curves. A more in-depth way to edit brightness and contrast levels, you're presented with a histogram and a line sloped at 45 degrees. Depending on how you move the line, a different result will appear. It can take some time to get to grips with, but if you are familiar with the tool on software like Photoshop already, it'll be something you gravitate towards constantly.
Snapseed's Selective feature, meanwhile, let's you target individual areas of a photo and adjust. Is your background perfect, while the subject of your photo feels too dark? Choose Selective, press the + symbol and tap on the area you want to edit. Set the control point to brightness and then with two fingers pinch in and out to increase or decrease the reach. From here, you can go ahead and add as many control points as you'd like.
Snapseed really is packed with tons of cool features, pre-loaded Looks and even useful tutorials for beginners. It's also free, so great pictures won't cost you a penny – it’s ready to download from the App Store or Google Play.
Recommended for: Instagram enthusiasts, fans of more creative/artistic editing software.
VSCO is well known among Instagram fans for its coveted filters (known as presets). It's also a social network in itself, with private messaging features and a newsfeed where uploaded images are shared with the community.
Driven by what VSCO call a creator-first philosophy, you'll find the basic editing features on here once again, alongside GIF editing and video editing tools. RAW capture and editing is supported too.
There are hundreds of presets, both free and paid available - well-loved among VSCO users are HB1, P5 and M5. Passionate VSCO fans can also sign up for VSCO X. Priced at $19.99 (approx £14.20) for the year, you'll unlock all of VSCO's premium presets and specialised tools.
Be Creative with Canva
Recommended for: Instagram Story lovers, people looking to create amazing graphics quickly using their own photos.
Something a little bit different, Canva is primarily an online free platform that makes creating infographics, posters, social media banners and more, simple. Now extremely popular, it's available as an app for both Apple and Android devices.
The app itself offers almost all the features found in the online tool, enabling users to choose from specially-sized templates that range from Instagram Story Templates and Snapchat Geofilters to Kindle Covers. Once you've chosen what you want, you can then pick from many editable designs or start from scratch yourself.
Adding your own photos, text, logo and various design elements like borders can be done with a few quick taps. And voila - you'll have an amazing party invitation, flyer or Facebook cover in seconds.
Want to know more about the brains behind Canva? Check out our blog on The Best Female Founded Startups to discover how CEO Melanie Perkins turned an amazing idea into a billion-dollar company.
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