Top 5 photo editing apps

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Let’s face it: Even if you passionately snap shots every second, you may not be a professional photographer. That doesn’t mean you can’t act the part though.

Cameras on smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus represent a new wave of high-quality technology, giving you the opportunity to produce sensational selfies and lavish landscape pictures.

With the rising wave of professional grade built-in cameras and the popularity of Instagram, there has been a new flood of editing apps.

Read on to check out five of our favourites and turn your photos from dismal disasters to post-worthy pieces of perfection.

Adobe Lightroom mobile


Adobe is one of the premiere names in photo editing and now it’s allowing Android and iOS users to take its power on the go with Adobe Lightroom Mobile. The only hang-up with this app is that it’s not totally free. You can grab a free 30-day trial but after that you’ll have to subscribe to Creative Cloud to keep the good editing times rolling.


This is another app for users who are serious about stepping up their photo editing game. From heavy-hitter Cyberlink, PhotoDirector lets you do just about anything with your photos. You can keep it simple by adding filters and overlays or dive deeper into the app’s more advanced features. Available for iOS and Android phones.

PicsArt Photo Studio


This free app is one of the easiest to jump straight into if you don’t have much editing experience. It might not have the most complicated or in-depth features, but it has everything you need when it comes to editing photos on your smart device. PicsArt Photo Studio is specially catered toward the easy creation of collages and features dozens of filters to enhance your snaps, regardless of whether you’re an Android or iOS user.



This may seem too obvious, but as the first major app at the dawn of photo editing apps, it deserves a spot on any list. One of the main reasons users like to touch up photos is so they look better when shared. When it comes to sharing photos, Instagram is unrivaled. Other apps offer more and better filters and collage features, but getting your photos up on social media is easiest (and free) with Instagram. Lab


This one is for those not looking to take their photo editing too seriously. This cheeky app lets you add all sorts of crazy touches to your pictures, from wacky frames to stickers and other artistic effects. If you’re an Android or iOS user and you’re shooting for something a bit silly, the free Lab app is perfect for you.

Got a favourite photo editing app that’s not on our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jose Moutinho

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