20 best free and paid mobile apps to retouch your photos (Android + IOS)

The 20 best free and paid mobile apps to retouch and edit photos (Android + IOS)

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There are a ton of free and paid good photo editing tools available on the internet. You can even edit your photos using features like Pro Lightroom Presets, Pro Photoshop Actions, Pro Video LUTs or various Art Effects. These many tools are specifically designed to adjust images according to individual needs. Mobile applications are a precious resource to be able to sublimate banal photos into magnificent creations. This article talks about the 20 best mobile apps, free or paid, that can be used to retouch, edit and enhance your photos (Android and IOS).

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Snapseed is a photo editing app that Google devised to offer enhancement features to the images. Besides, it offers new exposure and coloring techniques meant to improve the photos. It has HDR looks that give the HD image an attractive look. Notably, the app is free and can be used to create and edit your images anywhere.

Most of the editing work is done in the Tools section of the app. There you find a healing brush, vignette, and glamor glow filters. There are also creative photo frames, textures, and grunge and lighting effects. You can rotate and crop images, fix skewed lines with the Perspective filter, and adjust the white balance of your images. Use the Curves filter to exercise precise control over brightness levels. Each time you tap a tool, you open options that you can try out on your image, click each thumbnail to apply the effect to your image and see how it looks. Other tools include filters for head poses, portraits, lens blur, double exposure, and text. When you are happy with the changes you’ve made to your photo, tap Export.

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Adobe Photoshop Express has a variety of features that makes it attractive for use by many individuals. Besides, the app is free. The features can be used free of cost. It has a variety of filters and techniques for ensuring a calm collage for the photos. It brings out the best tools for tweaking photos to suit the needs of the person using them. Photoshop Express delivers a full selection of free photo effects and editing features. Personalize your experiences with borders and text, enhance color and imagery, create picture collages, make quick fixes and enhance your share-worthy moments.

Here are some of the features: Work on a single part of an image while the rest remains untouched with Selective Editing. Easily remove or replace the background of your image with automatic and smart cutouts. Combine photos to creatively transform your image. Achieve your dream aesthetic with the Looks filters: Charm, Matte, Black & White, Portrait, Duo Tone, and more. Enhance your photo in a tap with Overlays, including light-leaks, bokeh, and raindrops. Remove any unwanted elements from your photos to create share-ready photos with Advanced Healing. Explore Color Temperature, Vibrance and other effects with an easy adjustment slider. Remove fog with Dehaze for clear, detail-rich scenery.

Adjust the angle of your head or facial orientation in a few taps. Remove blemishes and smooth skin for a flawless finish. Transform your selfie into a caricature with fun sliders you can play with. Retouch your face with sliders that recognize face shape and features.

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Prisma is a paid app that transforms photos into a unique and attractive creation. It goes for a little cost between $8 and $30 for IOS and android users making it affordable considering the whole new experience it offers. The features differ with the type of images under consideration as some suit in portrait while others in landscape. In addition, the features are inspired by artists such as Salvador Dali, Munch or Picasso.

Prisma uses neural networks and artificial inteligence to apply artistic effects to transform images. The app was created by Alexey Moiseenkov, Oleg Poyaganov, Ilya Frolov, Andrey Usoltsev, Aram Hardy. It was launched in June 2016 as a free mobile app. It debuted on iOS on Apple App Store during the first week of June and it became the leading app at the App Store in Russia and other neighboring countries. A week after its launch, the app received over 7.5 million downloads.

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Lightroom offers a new experience of enhancing photos since one has control over the images and can start on one device and continue with the other. It is due to the ability to sync it into the cloud. Some features are available for free, but for full access, a fee of $5 applies. Professional photographers mostly use it for editing a high number of photographs at the same time. Easy image editing tools like sliders and filters for pictures simplify photo editing. Retouch full-resolution photos, apply photo filters, or start photo editing wherever you are.

Edit and transform raw photos with one of the world’s most intuitive photo editing apps. Tap and drag sliders to improve light and color, apply filters for pictures, presets and more. Breathe life into your photo editing with leading photography tools.

Retouch light and color to make camera photos pop. Easy photo editor sliders let you control photo properties from your phone screen. Crop and Rotate tools find the right size and aspect ratio to best show off your camera work. Create clean camera shots with straight lines by adjusting perspective with powerful upright, guided upright, and Geometry sliders.

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Photoleap is available for IOS only and helps eradicate images in the background, thus giving the photo a new look. Take your creativity to the next level. Discover incredible new ways to edit layers and easily enhance your photos with Photoleap by Lightricks (formerly Photofox). You’ll never believe what you can create on your iPhone with Photoleap, the most powerful photo editing app on the market

Moreover, it offers a dispersion effect that makes the photos attractive through bursting effects. It offers double exposure as the images can be placed on top of each other, making it more appealing. It offers a chance of adding a new background to the image. Thus, it improves its attractiveness.

Whether you’re an artist, or you just simply love to edit & create, you’ll be blown away by all the creative possibilities packed into this sophisticated photo editing app. From layers and blending modes, to special effects, brushes, filters, fonts, tonal adjustments, film, black and white and duo presets, with Photoleap photo editor, you’ll turn the ideas in your head into brilliant art right on your phone. There’s no reason to struggle with complicated desktop software ever again. Unleash your creativity and start transforming photos into artistic masterpieces.

Some features : Superior photo mixing. Superimpose images, create double exposures and surreal iPhone art. Sophisticated Layers: Combining photos made simple, plus the ability to re-edit each layer at any time. Photo Blending: Adjust blending modes, transparency, and transform (perspective change) images. Change the background of your photo with your fingertips.

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VSCO offers some free features on android and IOS devices, while the advanced ones attracts a cost of $20 per year with a one-week free trial for new customers. It offers cinematic filters; thus, it can emulate features of advanced films. Moreover, it has black and white filters that offer a new appeal to the image.

Take your photography to the next level with 10 free VSCO presets. Use editing tools like Contrast and Saturation to make your photos pop or use Grain and Fade to add texture and mimic analog film effects. Adjust or play around with your photo perspectives with Crop and Skew. Save and recreate your favorite edits with Recipes.

Recreate vintage film looks by Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, and others with Film X. Use advanced photo editing tools like HSL and Split Tone. Frame your images with a touch of color using Borders.

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PicsArt is available for Android and IOS, offering rationed features for free, while the advanced one costs $48 per year. It has a wide range of editing tools ranging from basic ones like a contrast to advanced ones like film grading and dramatic filters that change images to look like paintings. Moreover, one can use the tools to beautify themselves and readjust the photos to be unique.

Some features: Use trending filters for pictures and popular photo effects. Use the Background Eraser to erase and replace backgrounds. Clean up pictures and remove unwanted objects with the Remove Object tool. Use millions of curated, free images or edit your own pictures. Add text to photos with 200+ designer fonts. Retouch selfies with hair color changer, makeup stickers & more. Blur backgrounds with AI-powered smart selection tool. Quickly flip & crop photos. Add stickers to pictures and create your own stickers.

Outline selfies with the popular Sketch effects. Turn portraits into artistic masterpieces with Canvas effects. Make Drip Art with dripping effect stickers & customize the blend mode. Cartoon yourself in seconds with amazing magic effects.

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Bazaart is an award-winning photo editing and graphic design app that will help you easily create beautiful photos, professional designs and stunning collage art. It goes for $8 per month for the Light version and $48 per year for the Pro version. Its montage and collage implements help convert the photo into different forms such as text or graphics. Moreover, it has editing tools that help to remove the unappealing background and replace it with a more attractive one. It also has tools for creating templates that best suit the needs of the person especially models for Instagram purposes.

Some of the features:

  • Magically remove the background from photos with the magic background eraser.
  • Remove unwanted objects from your photos with the heal tool.
  • Select photos, scale, rotate, position, duplicate and flip with simple touch gestures.
  • Cut out photos artistically with the scissors, eraser and shape cut-out tools.
  • Enhance your photos with powerful adjustments: exposure, contrast, saturation, vibrance, warmth, tint, shadows, highlights, fade, sharpness and blur.
  • Add up to 100 layers, each layer is independently editable and changes are completely reversible.
  • Use photos from your photo albums, camera, files, photography or web search.
  • Add thousands of amazing backgrounds, stickers and shapes.
  • Add awesome animated stickers and GIFs.
  • Add stunning photo and video overlays.
  • Add text using a great selection of beautiful fonts or add your own fonts.
  • Apply fabulous photo filters.
  • Perfectly align images, text and more.
  • Sketch and draw with the drawing tool.
  • Create stop motion videos and GIFs.
  • Create designs in a wide variety of preset sizes or in a custom size.
  • Create your own WhatsApp stickers.
  • Save as an image with an opaque (JPG) or transparent background (PNG).
  • Save as a video or animated GIF.
  • Organize your projects into folders.
  • Share creations on Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Text, Email, and wherever you want.
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Instasize is an app that has been designed as ‘all in one’ to offer a new experience. It has various features used for photo retouching, such as many filters, resizing options, a video editor, and other appealing features. Moreover, Instasize is easy to use and does not need professionals to use its features. Similarly, it has a grid planner that ensures one arranges the photos in the desired manner before uploading.

Instasize is the photo editor and video editing toolkit for creatives. Easily edit photos and videos with premium photo filters, picture borders, collage maker, retouch tools, format photo resizer and so much more.

Instantly make your photos look better with the free photo filters. Enhance your image with editing tools including contrast, exposure, saturation, and clarity. Resize the photo to fit any social network like Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat with the photo crop tool.

With over 100+ picture borders to frame a photo or video perfectly into any format. As the creators of borders and frames for Instagram, it has everything you need, from the original white border to trending design patterns.

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Movavi Picverse is a simple application that offers a professional look to photos. It uses artistic effects and grading tools to create a cool environment for the photo. Similarly, blurring tools can be used to hide the unappealing background and add preferred ones. The app offers free features, and in case one wants to upgrade, one can purchase a premium version. It is also useful for videos. Now you can enhance pics right in your web browser – using Movavi Picverse free online photo editor. Use basic editing tools and adjust colors in a flash wherever you are. The image editor works whenever you have access to the internet, no registration required.

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Camera+ is available for iPhone users and has photography features such as taking photos like a pro. It also offers tone adjustment tools and the removal of red eyes to make the photo more attractive. It is available at the cost of $2.99 for iPhone users and $4.99 for iPad users.

Take your iPhone photo editing to the next level with Camera+ which is designed by photo lovers on a mission to incorporate all the advances in photo technology that are being introduced year after year.

The Lab contains many photographic tools that allow you to fine-tune the exposure, boost the shadows, sharpen your photo, and adjust curves among many others. Dozens of built-in filters help you get that final look. The favorites system makes it easy to save, share, and apply your favorite sets of edits to many photos at once.

RAW mode provides maximum flexibility for editing, by saving the exact image captured by the sensor at its full precision. The RAW Editor includes tools such as Curves and a White Balance picker. Use the RAW Editor to develop your images, or send them to your computer and use your current workflow.

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Pixlr is available to both android and IOS users at a free cost. It has color replacement effects and overlays. The features help devise a unique and attractive image through editing, thus satisfying the users’ needs.

Main features:

  • Create photo collages easily with a variety of preset collages, grid style, customized ratio, and background.
  • Instantly adjust the color of your photo in one easy click using Auto Fix.
  • Use Double Exposure to create an array of effects easily with layers and adjustable transparency.
  • Create cool photo effects using Stylize (pencil sketch, poster, watercolor and more).
  • Effortlessly remove blemishes, red-eye, smoothen skin, or whiten teeth with simple tools.
  • Bring out the color with Color Splash effect or add impact with Focal Blur.
  • Choose from a range of effect packs to give your image the look and feel you want.
  • Adjust the tone of the photo with overlays – amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades.
  • Easily add text to your photos with a variety of fonts to choose from.
  • Finish off your editing process with the right border – pick a style that suits you.
  • Keep things fresh with the growing release of additional effects, overlays, and border packs.
  • Keep track of your favorite effects and overlays with the Favorites button.
  • Crop and resize images quickly and easily before saving.
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Lens Distortions is a photo enhancement tool that adds glass textures, natural sunlight, fog, or rain. It also has a premium version that offers more advanced features. One can add layers and blend in a variety of effects in one image. The app is available to both android and IOS users, with an advanced one going at $0.99 per month. The photographers can adjust the effects based on their surrounding environment.

Harness the power of beautiful light, natural elements, and elegant overlays to create truly vivid images. With the layer-based approach to color and effects, you can fine-tune the details of every element and turn your photos into immersive key art compositions.

ake complete control of your image with LD Unlimited, the premium offering of Color Layers, the Erase/Mask tool, and more than 400 photo effects including the full suite of Light Volume effects. Color Layers offer limitless customizations like masks, gradients, and blank adjustment layers.

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TouchRetouch is an app that helps eradicate unsuitable content in the photos, such as marks and objects. It is easy to use due to the touching effect, and the app will determine how to improve the image best. It helps in making a very clear and natural image, thus offering required satisfaction. It goes for a cost of $1.99 for android and IOS users.

Some features :

  • Remove telephone wires and posts, power lines
  • Remove surface breaks and scratches, both straight and curved
  • Remove photobombers
  • Remove pimples and skin blemishes
  • Remove human-made objects like stop lights, street signs, trash cans
  • Remove whatever you feel is spoiling your photos
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Filterstorm Neue provides you with all the photo editing tools you need; everything from powerful masking tools to simple pre-made filters. It has been rewritten to be faster, easier to use, and to take full advantage of your device’s hardware. Photojournalists will enjoy features like FTP and IPTC metadata with code replacements (see website for more details), purists can use curves and masking to dodge and burn, and iPhoneographers of all skill levels can enjoy the set of photo effects included. Combine this feature set with the beautiful fluid new interface and you have a new photo editing package.

It offers advanced enhancement tools such as adjustments over curves and regulating the tone. Similarly, it helps in removing the unwanted content in the photos making them more attractive and appealing. It offers features for noise reduction and clarity effects to the image. It operates on IOS only and costs $3.99.

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Photo Editor Pro is a built in Android app to edit images. It is available only in Android. Photo Editor Pro offers everything you want to edit pictures. A host of stylish effects, filters, grids and draw tools help you create an eye-catcher, even if you’ve never edited a photo before. With Photo Editor Pro, you can directly post your artworks to Instagram, Whatsapp, Facebook etc. Unlock your creativity and edit pictures like a pro!

Main features:

  • Powerful and easy photo editing tools;
  • Hundreds of filters for pictures and photo effects;
  • Glitch and light leaks effects;
  • Body editor for slimming body & face;
  • Collage maker with 100+ layouts and backgrounds;
  • Blur photo editor with DSLR blur effect;
  • Massive fun stickers;
  • Draw and add text with various art fonts;
  • Crop, rotate, vertical and horizon;
  • Adjust brightness, contrast, warmth and saturation etc;
  • Highlight and shadow;
  • Insta 1:1 square & blur background for Instagram.
  • Share pictures of high resolution to Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp, etc.
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Afterlight is a picture editor with a variety of natural filters and editing tools devised in a simple manner. Filters can be created using the fusion option that offers consistency when editing becomes necessary. It has curves where one can edit brightness, color, and image contrast. It is available to IOS and Android users at the cost of $2.99 for one-time use.

Use any of the 15 uniquely made adjustment tools to enhance your images to perfection with ease.

Afterlight has 27 fully adjustable Original Filters, 14 Guest Filters by various Instagram users, and the new Seasons filter pack including 18 filters.

Afterlight includes a range of real and natural light leaks we created with 35mm film and instant film, to simplistic scratchy film textures.

Crop your photos with the quick and easy cropping tool with 15 different presets.
Transform your photos with the rotating tool, vertical and horizontal flipping tools, and straightening.

77 different simplistic and adjustable frames, paired perfectly with Instagram. Now including the new Wallpaper Pack.

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Ribbet offers collage functions to the photos. Besides, a shape collage can be devised through the combination of many photos while choosing their layout. The app imports photos from where they have been uploaded, such as Google. It has features such as filters, straightening and cropping. The use of black canvas helps one to use a photo editor for design and publishing. It has free plan and premium plan.

Ribbet proves that powerful photo editing isn’t just for pros. Packed with an unprecedented variety of tools, this streamlined editor handles everything from basic edits to professional touch-ups. Hand-picked presets give you vast creative options, and if you want to go deeper, you’ll find everything from the clone tool to fine curve adjustments.

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Superimpose is a photo editing tool mostly used for superimposes photos on each other. It has features such as blending modes, editing in layers, masking adjustments. Both first-timers and professionals can use it. It has a background removal and adjusting it accordingly. It is available at $1.99.

Just with a few taps, create professional grade superimposed or juxtaposed photos on your iPhone! You don’t need a computers and expensive software to superimpose or cut/copy/paste one photo on top of another any more.

Here is how it works…

  1. Load a background image.
  2. Load a foreground image.
  3. Mask out unwanted portion of the foreground image using wide range of masking tools.
  4. Smoothen the edges with smoothen tool inside the app, if required.
  5. Move, Scale, Resize, Rotate, Flip the foreground to place it on the right location on the background image.
  6. Adjust the colors/exposure/contrast/hue/saturation etc. of the foreground and the background images if required to match both the images in terms of colors.
  7. You are done! Share with your friends and amaze them!
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YouCam Perfect is available for IOS and Android and is made for beauty selfies mainly.

YouCam Perfect is a beauty app that allows users to edit selfies and directly export them to popular social networking sites, such as Instagram and Facebook.

It is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store and is rated for users of all ages. This app features in-app purchases and advertisements. Once you have chosen the selfie you would like to edit, you can simply open it in the app and begin. YouCam Perfect allows you to crop your photo, add filters, and use blurring tools.

If you would like to adjust your physical appearance, you can add makeup, such as blush, lipstick, and contouring, as well as smooth your skin, remove wrinkles and acne, and edit your smile.

The app also contains a feature that allows users to record selfie videos and instantly edit them. To change the background of your photo, simply cut out the primary subject and place it in front of fun patterns or other photos.

The collage feature allows you to place several photos in different grids and templates, as well as to add fun stickers and text. When you have completed editing your content, you can share it directly to your preferred social media account.

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