Best Photo Editing Apps

5 Best Photo Apps for Quickly Editing Photos

Last updated on: 2018


Now that you know how to take the perfect photo and flat lay, it’s time to start editing! Here are our five favorite photo apps to edit your pictures in a snap.


VSCO is a free editing app with some of our favorite film-like filters. The all-in-one camera, editing and photo sharing app is easy to use with a wide selection of filters and essential adjustment tools. Users can publish their photos in the VSCO app for their followers and other users to see. Check out this in depth VSCO tutorial for more information on how to use the app!


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2. Snapseed

Need to whiten and brighten? Use Snapseed! If you have a very clean aesthetic or are creating lots of flat lays on white backgrounds, Snapseed allows you to brighten up certain areas of your photo in a flash. View this tutorial for more examples and tips on how to get whiter photos.


Photo via Sharon Loh

3. A Color Story

Want to add some more color to your feed? A Color Story is your new best friend! With more than 100 filters, 40 effects and 20 tools, this app is perfect for creating bright, fresh and vibrant photos. You can bring out certain colors or even add in an overlay. Don’t miss this Weekend+ Pack Tutorial to find out the best uses for each filter.

A Color Story

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4. Afterlight

Add a splash of light to your photos with effects in Afterlight (previously known as Afterglow). Users can either take a photo or load a previously taken photo, then head into editing. Along with full-photo filters, Afterlight offers variety of different light leaks to create a vintage-looking effect. The app is free, but offers in-app purchases. If you’re looking for an updated, all-in-one editor for one low price of $2.99 (meaning no in-app purchases or subscriptions) check out Afterlight 2. The new app was designed and developed with an extensive list of new features, including image file support, photo extension, create your own filters, advanced pro tools, zoom while editing and frame your photos.


Photo via iPhone Photography School

5. FaceTune

FaceTune is the ultimate all-over makeover app. From laughter lines and under eye bags to blemished skin, FaceTune has you covered. It’s basically Photoshop, but with more user-friendly navigation! In the app you can remove unwanted freckles, acne, eye bags with the Smooth tool. Reshape can be used to adjust any features, and make subtle color tweaks with Tone.


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What are your favorite photo editing apps? Let us know in the comments below!

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