With mobile photography taken to the next level thanks to manufacturers, there are endless possibilities with regards to the photos you can take with your phone. At the same time, software has also seen significant improvements since the past few years. We’re talking about mobile apps, of course, and how these complement the smart cameras that are around in the market today. So if you have an excellent camera phone, it’s equally important to have the right tools at your disposal to edit or make the photos better.
So we’re going to talk about five of the best photo editing apps available for Android this year. So let’s have a look.
5 Best Photo Editing Apps For Android
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
This app shows up on top of the list whenever we talk about photo editing software for mobile or otherwise. Lightroom specifically is incredibly popular on desktops as well, which has helped Adobe bring it on to the mobile platform a few years ago. As far as editing options are concerned, there are plenty. Sure, you will require the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to access a bunch of these features, but that’s only a small caveat. But provided you have this subscription, you can edit on multiple devices and platforms, allowing you to pick up where you left off.
The developer frequently updates the app with new features, which is refreshing given that some other photo editing apps don’t get updated that often. This tells us that Lightroom is one of Adobe’s biggest assets, and will continue to be for the years to come. If you’ve never given it a shot, now might be the best time to do so. The app itself is free to download and is devoid of ads. The aforementioned subscription, however, might be a necessity for professional users.
Bonfire Photo Editor Pro
If you’re looking for a photo editing app that will spoil you with choices, this has to be it. Bonfire has over 100 filters and editing tools to help you modify your photos as you please. The filters are diverse and there are some modern/contemporary art styled filters as well (much like Prisma). So this appears to be the best app to edit those casual selfies. The best part is that the orientation you took the picture in barely matters here as it can be edited either way.
You can also remove blemishes and marks from your pictures, which can be a very handy tool for social media posts. If you’re looking for anonymity, there’s a peculiar magnifying glass filter, allowing you to blur out the desired portion of the picture. The app allows you to do a comprehensive side by side comparison of your edited photo and the original version. The app is free to download, but this version comes with ads. There are in-app purchases, though, which should allow you to support the developer and remove those annoying ads.
LightX Photo Editor & Photo Effects
After seeing popularity on the iOS platform, LightX for Android can be considered equally good if not better. It comes with a pretty attractive user interface, making it easy to navigate all its essential features. You have some of the conventional options like filters, stickers etc, along with some complex editing tools like blur, magnify, collages, shape adjustment etc. It’s pretty popular on Android, which is evidenced by the fact that it’s been installed over 10 million times already.
There are some nifty social media centric features like editing the color of your teeth as well as removing marks from your pictures. This, I believe, is a prerequisite among modern day photo editing apps and it’s good to see it on this app. Lastly, the app also allows you to doodle on your display. This can be helped greatly if you have a device like the Samsung Galaxy Note, which comes with a stylus.
The free version of LightX is ad supported, but an in-app purchase can make the ads go away. Be sure to check it out on the Play Store.
Photo Editor by Aviary
This is for all those users who would prefer if the app did most of the hard work for them. Aviary helps you get some quick modifications for your pictures, while also offering the ability to manually control the changes. It’s easy and simple to use, which is perhaps one of its biggest highlights. This also explains why it’s incredibly popular in the Android community, especially among photo editing apps.
Many consider this to be the only photo app you need to have on your phone, and I must say I agree with this assessment. The addition of cosmetic tools, while not surprising, are certainly a nice touch here. You also have access to standard filters as well as stickers, just like any other photo editing app. The app can be downloaded for free, but contains in-app purchases. There are no ads present here, which is a relief for the users. The in-app purchase gives users access to some bonus editing tools, so it’s definitely worth a check. The app is compatible with Android 4.1 and up.
PhotoDirector Photo Editor App
This app lets you add some crucial elements to your pictures. No, we’re not talking about filters, but layers on top of photos (which, I admit, are kind of like filters) that can completely transform your photos. You have access to the HSL and RGB color sliders to offer that extra bit of flexibility when you edit your pictures. A tap of a button will quickly adjust the white balance of your photos to make them look more radiant.
The best part about this app, however, is the camera that it offers by default. This camera offers additional features, giving you the freedom to ditch your phone’s stock camera app. As far as third party camera apps go, PhotoDirector is pretty decent. The app is free to download, but is ad-supported with in-app purchases.