There are many applications on the Google Play Store (Android) and the App Store (iPhone and iPad) that allow you to enhance the photos taken with your smartphone. A brightness and contrast adjustment here, a wave of a magic wand to erase an awkward passerby there and you have a perfect shot to share on Instagram or show your friends. We have selected the best of them for you.
Google Photos: simple photo editing
We no longer present Google Photos, which is mainly used to store your images in the clouds to find them on multiple devices with your Google account. However, we must mention the interesting editing functions of this application.
Perfect for those new to the subject, Google Photos offers a large number of easy-to-use tools to give a helping hand. pep to your shots, crop, adjust brightness, contrast, blur… You also have a nice catalog of filters to discover.
In addition, Google makes its algorithms available and immediately offers automatic retouching to improve your image with a single click or to remove inappropriate elements such as passers-by in the background or misplaced electricity pylons. As efficient as it is fast.
Google Snapseed: the essential free application
Although the application has not been updated since 2020, Snapseed is one of the essentials for any self-respecting mobile photographer, since it offers many very easy to use options. It is full of advanced settings, but also automatic retouching, allows you to crop shots, flip them, add brush effects to small areas of an image and play with a number of filters.
A little more and more interesting bonus, since high-end smartphones are generally often compatible with this format: RAW (DNG) management is included. And it’s not nothing, especially since the modification parameters of a snapshot can be saved to be applied to another image. Snapseed also makes it easy to add stylized text on photos. For us, it’s a crush.
Adobe Lightroom: the juggernaut
Unsurprisingly, the well-known Adobe also offers its services on mobile with Lightroom, well known on PC by photographers, amateurs and professionals alike. The free tool allows you to retouch photographs using predefined parameters or much finer adjustments.
Compared to Snapseed, Lightroom allows in particular a finer adjustment of the colorimetric change of your photographs, allowing for example to perfectly copy the Teal & Orange style which was very popular in 2019 on Instagram.
The software is obviously aimed at premium smartphone users, since Lightroom comes into its own when used to edit photos in RAW format. And besides, the application allows to shoot directly in RAW without going through another application, with a professional mode available to play with many settings.
In the Adobe suite, you can also turn to Photoshop Express.
TouchRetouch: simplicity first
We’ll also mention the excellent TouchRetouch for easily removing items ” unwanted » of your pictures (a passerby on your pretty landscape, a piece of dirt lying on the table where your beautiful plate is, however,…).
Just like other more generalist software, TouchRetouch uses artificial intelligence to fill the void in an area that you have defined and thus erase an unwanted element. The result is sometimes risky, but generally allows, after a few attempts, to obtain a rather natural rendering.
PicsArt: photo editing, collage and effects
strays a bit from the subject of photo editing per se and instead addresses that of layout, collages and effects that can enhance the shot before it is shared on social networks. This free application is easy to learn and allows you to test many effects, stickers, filters, or frames. It also comes in handy for quick photo montages, if you want to add an emoji or other element to your image.
You will be able to arrange your favorite photos in style and thus create a superbpatchworkmemory on a specific topic.
Prisma: artistic photo editing
With Prisma, you can transform each of your photos into a work of art inspired by paintings by the greatest masters. The application offers more than 300 filters based on paintings by Munch, Picasso, Hokusai or Mondrian…
The application automatically manages the image processing and in one click your photos become unrecognizable and almost worthy of being exhibited in a Louvre gallery.
To apply the same kind of effects on videos, there is also the Artisto application.
For its part, VSCO is a very accomplished vintage editing application. It allows you to apply several filters inspired by old professional cameras, but also to add effects, such as image noise to give a silver look to your shots.
VSCO is a clean and efficient tool that allows quality rendering. You can also share your images within the app with a community of photographers. Retro effect guaranteed.
You can also find our advice to optimize the format of your images on Instagram and avoid the too brutal compression of the social network. Also, don’t hesitate to check out our selection of the best video editing apps.