Photo editing apps are a must for businesses that use smartphones or tablets to take photos.
Smartphone and tablet cameras are better than ever, turning Average Joes into instant professional photographers. Still, smartphone and tablet snapshots are far from perfect. Photos can come out looking flat, dull or otherwise lifeless. Whether you share photos on social media or use them on your website or online store, a quick editing session with a photo editing app can make a world of difference in attracting customers with beautiful works of art.
To help you wade through the sea of photo editing apps available at app stores, here are five of the best for iOS and Android
1. Adobe Photoshop Express
Designed for on-the-go photo editing, Adobe Photoshop Express is an entry-level photo editing app that offers a handful of features for quick edits and automatic fixes. Basic editing tools include crop, rotate, flip and red eye removal. You can also enhance photos using slide controls to adjust clarity, contrast, tint, exposure, temperature and more.
The app also supports panoramic photo editing, has social media integration, and comes with frames, borders and more than 20 filters to add special effects.
Adobe Photoshop Express can be downloaded for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play marketplace. In-app purchases deliver additional features, such as the Looks pack for additional filters and the Nose Reduction pack to remove grains and speckling.
For a more robust version of the app, Adobe Photoshop Touch is available for $9.99. Teetering somewhere between Adobe Photoshop Express and Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Touch offers support for more advanced features such as layers, selection tools and high-resolution editing.
Apple's 2011 iPad app of the year is a favorite among app critics and users alike. Acquired by Google in 2012, Snapseed is a free iOS and Android app that offers a slew of professional-level photo editing features.
To polish photos, the Auto Correct feature enhances colors, exposure and contrast in a single tap. The Tune Image feature tweaks brightness, shadows, white balance, saturation and other effects, and the Selective Adjust feature also lets you highlight and focus specific objects or areas. Other features include frames, texture and tone adjustment, and sharing via email, Google+ and more.
The app also comes with several filters and effects to give your photos a unique look and feel. This includes classic Black & White, Vintage, Drama, Grunge and Retrolux, which adds scratches, film styles and other embellishments to give your photos a retro vibe.
3. Photo Editor by Aviary
Looking for advanced capabilities? Photo Editor by Aviary is a full-featured photo- editing app for iOS and Android devices.
In addition to being able to adjust photo quality — clarity, color correction, contrast, brightness, temperature and the like — Aviary lets users easily enhance and truly personalize their photos.
For instance, in one tap, Aviary's Hi-Def function intelligently sharpens photos, while Illuminate fixes poor lighting. Crop and Resize presets also make it easy to transform photos into the desired dimensions. Aviary also features a set of Cosmetic Tools, which gets rid of flaws and blemishes, whitens teeth, and removes red eye.
Where Aviary really outdoes other photo editors is its collection of personalization and creativity tools. Users can add fun stickers, create their own memes, and draw and write on their photos.
To make the app easier to use, users can also customize their screens by dragging and dropping their favorite toolsets.
Aviary is a free app with several add-ons via in-app purchases. The app is also frequently updated based on user suggestions.
A popular alternative to iOS cameras, Camera+ does more than let users take photos like a pro. It is also a powerful photo editing app equipped with several tools to transform images into works of art.
One of Camera+'s standout features is the Clarity function — in one tap, Clarity corrects colors, adjusts contrast and brightness, and enhances details to bring life to dull, washed-out photos.
Other features include digital flash to brighten dark photos; scene modes to create true-to-life photos based on your environment; brushing and layered effects; and borders and captions to for a personalized touch. Camera+ also comes with standard photo editing tools, such as rotation and cropping.
The iPad app offers advanced editing tools to correct tone, remove red eyes, straighten crooked shots, change white balance, adjust sharpness, and create vignettes to add faded edges.
Camera+ also syncs with iCloud, so you can easily take and edit photos between iCloud-enabled devices.
Camera+ costs $1.99 for the iPhone and $4.99 for the iPad.
Need to add a little pizazz to your photos? Repix lets you "remix" photos using a host of brushes that turns an iPhone, iPad or Android device into your own personal canvas. Using the tip of your finger, Repix's series of brushes lets you paint various decorations, effects, colors and artistic touches onto your images. Own a Samsung Galaxy Note? Repix for Android comes with S Pen support, so you can use your stylus to create your masterpiece.
In addition to style brushes, Repix features over a dozen design filters and a collection of frames to finish off your designs.
Repix is also built with the user in mind: It has an intuitive interface, fast adjustment and cropping tools, and "zero-friction" design to easily switch between tools without additional steps. Repix also has social media integration, enabling users to directly share photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr, as well as email.
Repix is available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Marketplace. Additional brushes and filters are also available via in-app purchases.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.