The 10 Best Photo Editing Apps For iPhone (2018 Edition)

What are the best photo editing apps for your iPhone photography? From one-tap fixes to more creative effects, there are so many photo editor apps to choose from. Read on to discover the 10 best photo editing apps that will take your iPhone photography to the next level.

Best photo editing apps iphone

1. Snapseed

All-purpose photo editor for image enhancements and corrections:

  • Huge range of editing tools, yet very easy to use
  • Exposure, color and sharpening adjustments
  • Crop, rotate, straighten and perspective correction
  • Selective adjustments, brushes and healing tool
  • Black & white, vignette and HDR
  • Portrait enhancement, lens blur and vintage filters
  • Double exposure, frames and text

Best photo editing apps snapseed

Snapseed is one of the most popular iPhone photo editing apps. It’s easy to use, but at the same time offers a powerful collection of tools.

This app has a great set of basic photo editing tools, such as exposure, color, sharpening and cropping. You can also make selective adjustments and remove unwanted objects.

Creative filters allow you to enhance or change the mood of your images. You can convert your photos to black and white, apply textures and add blur effects.

Snapseed also has a set of “Looks” which are adjustable one-tap filters. It’s easy to apply your last edits to a new photo which is perfect for editing a set of similar images.

If you’re new to iPhone photography, this should be the first photo editor app you download and learn.

Snapseed is available for FREE from the App Store. Unlike a lot of other apps, there are no extra in-app purchases.

Learn how to use Snapseed with our in-depth editing tutorials:
How To Use Snapseed’s Essential iPhone Photo Editing Tools
How To Use Snapseed’s Advanced Photo Editing Tools
How To Use Snapseed Filters To Create Wonderful Mood In Your iPhone Photos


Elegant film-like presets and a wide range of editing tools:

  • Subtle one-tap filter presets that emulate the look of film
  • Adjustable filter strength
  • Extra presets available as in-app purchases
  • Editing tools for cropping, straightening, exposure, color and sharpness
  • Integrated camera and photo sharing platform

Best photo editing apps vsco2

VSCO (pronounced visco) is another very popular photo editing app. It’s best known for its collection of filter presets that emulate the look of classic film. It’s perfect if you like to create a vintage or understated look in your photography.

Unlike other apps where the filters can be overpowering, VSCO presets are more subtle. Many of the presets have a soft, faded look that’s become very popular on Instagram.

You can adjust the strength of the presets to suit your taste. And you can fine-tune the exposure or color using a range of editing tools.

VSCO is FREE on the App Store and comes with a basic collection of presets. You can download more presets if you wish. Some are free while others cost a few dollars.

Learn how to use VSCO with our in-depth tutorials:
VSCO Tutorial: How To Shoot & Edit Incredible iPhone Photos
How To Use VSCO Filters To Create Beautiful iPhone Photos

3. Afterlight 2

Powerful, full-featured photo editor app with creative options:

  • Exposure, color and sharpening adjustments
  • Advanced tools such as curves, selective color, gradients and blend modes
  • Dust and light leak overlays
  • Free filter packs by well-known mobile photographers
  • Double-exposure tool for blending images
  • Layers let you add text and artwork

Best photo editing apps afterlight2

Afterlight 2 is a complete overhaul of the original and popular Afterlight app. It’s easy to use despite its comprehensive set of editing tools.

For basic edits this app offers the typical color, exposure, sharpness and crop tools. But where it stands out is in its advanced editing features, such as curves and selective color. These allow you to fine-tune the colors and tones in your photos to get the very best out of your images.

The filters and overlays in Afterlight 2 are great for enhancing or changing the mood in your photos. The app comes with a set of filters, and you can add more collections of filters for free.

The customizable text and artwork is a fun way to add graphics to your images. And the double-exposure tool lets you create unique combinations of images.

If you want to move beyond basic image editing, Afterlight 2 would be an excellent place to start.

Afterlight 2 is available for $2.99 on the App Store. It promises to never have any extra in-app purchases or subscriptions. And they even update the app with new free content every month.

4. Enlight

All-in-one iPhone photo editor with creative and artistic tools:

  • Selective control over exposure, color and details
  • Built-in masking option within every tool for seamless blending of effects
  • Crop, rotate, straighten and perspective correction
  • Filters, two-tone gradients, light leaks and vignettes
  • Black & white, paint and sketch effects
  • Clone tool for removing unwanted defects
  • Double-exposure, tilt-shift and photo montages
  • Drawing tools, text, borders and frames


Enlight is the perfect app if you like to get creative with your editing. It has a great selection of artistic effects, as well as more traditional editing tools.

The Mask tool is a useful feature which lets you apply effects to only certain parts of your image. Use it to blend different effects into your photos.

With so many features, this app can take a bit of time to understand, but each tool is very intuitive in how it works. And it has one of the best built-in Help features in any photo editor app.

Whether you want to perform a simple edit or create an artistic masterpiece, you can do it all with Enlight!

Enlight is available for $3.99 from the App Store.

Learn how to use Enlight in our step-by-step video tutorial.

5. TouchRetouch

Remove unwanted blemishes and objects from your photos:

  • Use the brush or lasso to select the object you want to remove
  • Let the app replace your selection with surrounding pixels
  • Perfect for removing dust spots and wires from sky or other backgrounds
  • Remove people and other objects to create a cleaner composition
  • Retouch portraits by removing blemishes and smoothing out wrinkles
  • Duplicate objects using the clone tool


Many photo editor apps now offer the ability to remove unwanted elements from a photo. But this is the sole purpose of TouchRetouch and it’s still one of the easiest and most effective to use.

Use your finger to highlight the object you want to remove. The app then replaces that object with pixels from the surrounding area.

Removing more complicated elements may take a few tries to get it perfect. But TouchRetouch makes it easy to start over if you’re not happy with the results.

TouchRetouch is available for $1.99 on the App Store.

Learn to remove objects from your photos with our in-depth TouchRetouch tutorial.

6. Instagram

Enhance your images with filters and editing tools right before you share them:

  • Varied selection of adjustable filters
  • Exposure, color and sharpening adjustments
  • Crop, rotate, straighten and perspective correction
  • Vignette and tilt-shift effects
  • Give your photos a final polish before sharing them on your Instagram feed

Best photo editing apps instagram

Do you share your photos on Instagram? If so, you definitely shouldn’t overlook the editing tools in this app.

Instagram doesn’t have the same range of tools as apps like Snapseed and Enlight. But if your photo doesn’t need any selective or advanced adjustments, it may be all you need.

It has tools for adjusting exposure, color and sharpness. You can crop, rotate, straighten and correct perspective. And you can add a vignette or tilt-shift effect.

It also has a varied range of adjustable filters for changing the look and feel of your image. If you prefer to edit your photos in a different app, you can still apply an Instagram filter before sharing.

Instagram is available for FREE from the App Store.

Check out our in-depth tutorial on Instagram Photo Editing.

7. Adobe Lightroom CC

Powerful photo editor perfect for both beginner and advanced users:

  • Powerful set of editing tools within a simple user interface
  • One-tap presets for quick edits
  • Make advanced edits using curves and color mix tools
  • Selective adjustments and perspective correction
  • Adobe Creative Cloud syncs your edits between iPhone, iPad, computer and web
  • Includes built-in camera app which captures RAW format images

Best photo editing apps lightroom

Adobe Lightroom CC gives you a powerful, yet simple solution for editing your photos. It also includes a camera that can capture images in RAW format.

Lightroom is suitable for both beginners and advanced users. You can edit a photo in seconds with the one-tap presets. Or use the powerful advanced adjustments to fine-tune the exposure, color and detail.

The app is free to download, but you’ll need to pay to upgrade to the premium features. This gives you access to tools such as selective adjustments and perspective correction. It also gives you access to your photos across all your devices via Adobe Creative Cloud.

If you use Adobe Lightroom to edit photos on your computer, this may become your go-to editing app on your iPhone.

Adobe Lightroom CC can be downloaded for FREE on the App Store. But you’ll need to pay to access the premium features.

8. Mextures

Apply textures, grains and light leaks for beautiful creative edits:

  • Grit, grain, grunge and vintage film textures
  • Analog light leaks and beautiful gradients
  • Stack and blend effects using layers
  • Fine tune images with editing tools and presets
  • Save, share and import “formulas”


Mextures is a fantastic app for applying textures to your iPhone photos. It also has a wide range of other effects including grain, light leaks and gradients.

Each effect is adjustable, and you can combine as many as you want using the layers feature. The app also has a set of standard editing tools and filters for fine-tuning your image.

You can add wonderful mood and visual interest to your iPhone photos in Mextures. It’s easy to create unique edits by combining and blending different effects.

If you’re new to Mextures, you may want to start by using the wide range of preset “formulas.” You can save and share your own formulas, and even import formulas from other Mextures users.

Mextures is available for $1.99 on the App Store.

Learn how to use Mextures to add wonderful textures to your iPhone photos.

9. Lens Distortions

Enhance your photos with sunlight, lens flares, rain, snow, fog and shimmers:

  • Add beauty and drama to your shots with natural sunlight and lens flares
  • Create atmospheric depth with genuine rain, snow or fog
  • Frame your subject or blur the edges with elegant glass textures
  • Layer several different overlays on a single image
  • Adjust the opacity, brightness and color of each overlay

Best photo editing apps Lens Distortions

There are many apps that add light and weather effects to your photos, but Lens Distortions is one of the best.

Its high quality overlays include sunlight, lens flares, rain, snow and fog. There are also shimmer effects and glass elements to add sparkle or blur to your image. Combine several different effects for a unique look.

Use the sliders to adjust the opacity, brightness, contrast and color of each overlay. Make the elements stand out for a bold look, or tone them down so they blend in.

With these kinds of overlay, often less is more. Sometimes the best effects are those that no one knows you added!

Lens Distortions is available for FREE from the App Store. It comes with a basic collection of overlays, but more are available as in-app purchases – and they’re definitely worth it.

10. Superimpose X

Create unique artwork by combining and blending images: 

  • Combine two or more photos to create a composite image
  • Perfect for double-exposure and fantasy-style images or replacing parts of a photo
  • Blend textures onto an image for an arty look
  • Add filters, blur, shadows and other creative effects
  • Varied selection of masking tools for selecting parts of an image

Best photo editing apps superimpose x

Superimpose X is the next generation of the popular Superimpose app. Use this app for combining and blending several photos into a single composite image.

It has a good choice of masking tools for selecting different kinds of subject. The Refine Hair tool is particularly useful for selecting hair in portrait photos. You can adjust the blend mode and opacity of each layer to fine-tune how the images blend together.

Superimpose X has a wide range of tools for editing each layer. You can use filters, adjustments, shadows, blur, gradients and distortions. Or add an artistic touch with the brush tool.

With Superimpose X, the creative possibilities are endless. Your imagination is the only limit!

Superimpose X is available for $4.99 on the App Store.

Best Photo Editing Apps: Conclusion

We hope this list of best photo editing apps helps you choose the perfect apps for your own photography.

The key to successful image editing is to use a small handful of the best photo editing apps. And then learn to use them to their full potential.

When editing your photos, less is often more. The best images are usually the ones where nobody can tell that you’ve edited it. But if you want to get creative, feel free to go ahead and experiment with the many artistic effects.

You’ll soon develop your own editing style and preferences. And in the process you’ll learn a lot about editing apps and how to get the most out of your iPhone photos.


Of course, no amount of editing can turn a bad photo into a good one. So always start out with the best image possible.

Do you want to learn how to take better photos with your iPhone? Here are 10 iPhone photography tips to quickly improve your photos.

If you want more control over your camera settings, check out the 4 best camera apps for iPhone.

Also, check out these 8 Essential iPhone Camera Accessories. They’ll provide you with even more opportunities to take better iPhone photos.

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  • Mat

    Awesome post, Kate! I love using Snapseed and VSCO (thanks to your list last year). I think I’m going to try AfterFocus next. These lists are awesome!

    • Glad to hear you find these lists helpful Mat! Have fun with AfterFocus, and do let us know how you get on with it 🙂

    • coran

      Hello Kate, this is Fotor, another photo editor. You can try it. We want to cooperate with you. Could you please send me email:

    • I agree.

  • carlos9a

    Am I the only one who pronounces SKRWT as “screw it” or is that the actual way it’s meant to be said? 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever seen Lens Distortions before. I’m going to certainly try it out. Thanks for this list!

    • I do believe that is how you pronounce SKRWT! Lens Distortions is a really great app. We’d love to hear how you get on with it. Happy editing 🙂

  • Cyndi

    Is there an app that would let me take a image, copy it and place it side by side?

    On my PC, I use Photoshop or Fireworks to do this.

    • David Rondeau

      You could use Leonardo, which has good layer functionality. Once you have the image as a layer, you can just duplicate it, move it, and repeat. In fact, I think Leonardo is the one app that I think should be on this list, but isn’t.

    • If you mean put a copy of an entire image next to itself (rather than overlaying an element within the same image) then something like Diptic should do the trick.

    • Cyndi

      Each of the old ladies is one image. I put an image on a canvas, in Adobe Fireworks on my computer, and then copy and paste it until I get five.

  • Katherine Laris

    Looking for an app that allows two images side by side, but juxtaposed. Like this:

    • eu


  • maxiheat

    “pixilmaker ” is favorite if mine(I use an iPad mini though) as well as “you doodle pro”(which is more of an drawing app and the simplicity of it is what draws me to it) there is an app called toolwiz photos for android is there a similar app for iOS?

  • Mario

    I like this list, thank you.
    I am looking for an app to handle noise in pictures, i hate take pictures at night or even with out enough ligth becose the noise. I m pretty sure that there is some app that can help me.

  • Touchretouch was incredibly easy and took only 30 seconds of effort to remove the elements I wanted to remove. I highly recommend it!

    • TouchRetouch is great isn’t it! Such a useful app 🙂

    • Steve Duffey

      Is TouchRetouch the same technology that is in HandyPhoto?

    • Yes, I believe it does the same thing – although Handy Photo also offers other photo editing tools.

  • alegna

    Do any of these allow you to add text to the pic?

    • Austin

      Yes, Enlight offers a function to be able to add text with multiple font options. It also has a collection of preset “artistically done” phrases that you can throw into your photo for an additional effect.

  • Laine Rudolfa

    This would require applying textures using, for example, iColorama app. Also you’d have to remove the background and Superimpose app is the best for that. 🙂

  • malekjamal1998

    What do you think of Polarr? I’ve tried it and found it very efficient…

    • Laine Rudolfa

      This app is pretty good. If you’re used to its interface and find its features suitable for your editing style, I’d suggest to stick with it. 🙂

  • Steven Zhong

    Does anyone know the name of this app? Thanks!!

    • Laine Rudolfa

      It seems that the photo was created using Jittergram app.

  • deefaat

    does anyone know what app or filter is this? thanks.

    • Laine Rudolfa

      This could be created using Mextures or VSCO cam app.

  • Thank you for this list. I find most of my own favorite mobile photo tools included. Mostly, I am using Snapseed, SKRWT, Enlight, Camera+ and sometimes Pixelmator. I’ve tried VSCOcam and Mextures and really liked them, but found it a bit hard to retrieve filters I was looking for. I’ll give them another try now after having read your article.

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Glad you enjoyed the article! VSCO cam has a lot of extra filters that you can buy within the app. Maybe you can find some good ones there! 🙂

  • kjsdjjj

    Does anyone know the name of this two app’s? =)

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Duplication effect can be achieved with Enlight app. As for the second photo, it seems that there is a filter applied. This can be achieved in apps like VSCO cam or Mextures. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Georgia Barlow

    Hi there! Will there be an in depth tutorial or review of Filterstorm Neue made at some point? Rob DePaolo often mentions this app as his favourite for editing but I’d like to know more about it before purchasing and it will be helpful for when I do. Thanks heaps!!

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Thanks for your suggestion, Georgia! We’ll definitely keep it in mind. 🙂
      For now we don’t have any in depth tutorials, but you can check out this article which covers creating depth of field using Filterstorm Neue and other apps –

  • Jaqueline Saucedo

    Anybody know what app this is ?

    • Laine Rudolfa

      This looks like very strong HDR effect. Similar look can be created using Drama Filter in Snapseed app. Hope this helps! 🙂

    • Lyrikal


  • Matthew

    Surprised that Facetune didn’t make the list.

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Facetune is great for portrait editing, but we find these 10 apps the most powerful on the market. 🙂

  • Paul

    Pixelmator and Lightroom Mobile are the best ones I’ve found and I’ve used pretty much all of these so you might want to consider taking a look at those two –
    1) Adobe Lightroom Mobile – free on the App Store
    2)Pixelmator – 5.99 (I think?) on the App Store

    Hope this helps!?

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Thanks for suggesting your favorite apps, Paul! 🙂

  • Caitlyn Bosley

    I’m new to photography and was wondering, which app out of these, lets me stack photos and still do photoshop techniques? So far the best I can do with the regular camera app are these two.

    • Laine Rudolfa

      I’d suggest to go for Enlight app. It has a lot of powerful features and you can combine several photos as well. 🙂

    • Caitlyn Bosley

      Great, thanks 🙂

  • Laine Rudolfa

    Thanks for sharing, Michal. 🙂 This one is for Android though.

  • Albaner 18

    hello I really like your tips, it would help me if you tell me which app are these photos made of

    • Laine Rudolfa

      The B&W conversion can be done in almost any kind of app, for example, Snapseed. Also, you can add fade in multiple apps, even in the iPhone’s native editing tool by adjusting the “Black point” under the “Light” section. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • I’m looking for a photo editing app that doesn’t down sample the original image. I have been using PicsArt and really like it, although now that I’m using a DSLR it’s down sampling my photos to about the size my iphone photos are.

    • Laine Rudolfa

      To avoid resizing or resolution loss, I’d suggest to use apps like Snapseed that allows you to save full resolution photos. 🙂

  • BBB1984

    hey guys can someone please tell me which app can be used to create a similar photo with these geometric shapes? Thank you!

    • Laine Rudolfa

      It seems that this image was created using 2 different photos. You can mix images together using apps like Superimpose or Enlight. Hope this helps! 🙂

    • BBB1984

      thanks Laine! I found out that they used Pixlr. Just thought the second photo on the parliament building was like a geometric filter on something!

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Thanks for the note! Yes, it could be that the other photo is a filter. Hope you’ll achieve a similar effect with the Pixlr app. 🙂

    • Juanita Manis

      You can also create this effect using Image Blender, which is a great app for superimposing 2 photos.

    • Sade Anna Greta

      Budapest ♥

    • great

    • Ella Obraske

      Pixlr would work. That app is not on the list, but it is very good.

    • XIN Xy

      I agree with this! Pixlr and the Picsay

    • jennifer bracewell

      That looks like it was made with Tangent app by Pixite. It’s a great app.( I created the image below with the app and the developer used it in the App Store)

  • Archie Stephenson

    Hi. Starting to experiment with iphone photos. Is there an app that will allow me to edit a portion of a photo while keeping the rest of the photo unedited? For example, increasing exposure makes parts of a photo look better and other parts worse, so I want to edit certain areas of pictures.

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Sure, you can apply selective edits using apps like Snapseed, which is a free app on the app store! 🙂

  • Bilz

    Any idea where i can find a filter like these two!? thanks

    • Je-ann

      You may create your own filter that can look like this using Filterstorm Neue. Enlight may also have some presets that looks similar to that.

    • ExplorerMax

      In vsco, you could choose a black and white filter and then change the highlights color to pink, purple, or any other color option.

  • Adventurous Andrea

    Does anyone know how to make images like these? 🙂 (the background of the second one, not the technology images added in.)

    • Laine Rudolfa

      It seems that these could be created with vector drawing apps like Inkpad or iDesign. 🙂

    • juanm55

      Should be easy with a CAD drawing program like AutoCAD… but maybe an overkill ..

  • Mariah

    Can someone tell me what app I can use to make my photos look like these? Thank you!

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Looks like filters from VSCO app. 🙂

    • Mariah

      thank you!

    • ExplorerMax

      If using VSCO, “E” class will get you closest to this look. May add some cream highlights.

    • ExplorerMax

      looks like Retica’s “680 Cool” filter

  • Pankaj Joshi

    Found an interesting new app ‘Picazzy’ on App Store. Its effects are quite new and different. A bit slow, but I found the outcome worth it

  • João Pedro Santos

    Hey guys can someone please tell me which app is this filter from?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Laine Rudolfa

      This could be VSCO app or Mextures app. 🙂

  • Shivitee

    From which app can we get this kind of effect plz?
    Thnk u !! 🙂

  • YoGoerz

    Is Pixelmator not THE app to have any more?

  • Juanita Manis

    You can do the same thing TouchRetouch does using Snapseed, which is FREE. Just go to TOOLS > Healing. It’s easy to use.

    • Firefighterswife928

      TouchRetouch is very intuitive and usually does a better job.

  • Juanita Manis

    I would add Hipstamatic and Mextures to this list, if you are into adding filters to your images. Also, I find Squareready the best app for keeping my photos’ original proportions for Instagram.

    • Firefighterswife928

      Mextures IS in the list.

  • Perrypelican

    What about Leonardo. How can Leonardo be excluded from a list like this?

    • Lisa Jo Rudy

      it’s always tough to select the “top ten,” and Leonardo is a lot of fun!

  • Rieanna

    Can anyone tell me an app that’ll allow me to make my photos like this? ?

    • Lisa Jo Rudy

      This looks like double exposure – which can be done using an app like Superimpose. You’d take one image and then superimpose it over the other — you can also adjust the amount of opacity, so the effect can be subtle or intense.

    • Stacey Limone

      This also appears to be shot through one of those light crystal baubles people hang in windows (I play around with this often).

  • emasttt
  • ashley

    I just love this girls photos. Can anyone tell me what filter makes it appear like this. Always has a pinkish tint to it…

    • Daniel

      Not all effects can be achieved via mobile editing apps…If this was edit on smartphone it can be VSCOcam…

  • Yusef

    How do you create this effect?

  • Abdullah

    Great article but I’m asking you guys why don’t you use procam3? It’s one of the best ?

    • It is definitely a great app – but while it does contain some photo editing features, we would consider this to be more of a camera app rather than an editing app – which is one reason we didn’t include it in the list of best editing apps. Glad you enjoy using it though 🙂

  • Bob J

    Hope it will be useful for those who are looking for iOS app that can crop/resize photos to specific dimensions with accuracy of 1 pixel. It also works in batch mode.

    Crop-Size – 4.99 on the App Store


  • Norma Jean

    Does anyone know with which app this was added on to a photo? (I cencured the text with a white part)

  • Erick Boileau

    and Pixelmator ? how can you forget it in a serious review ?

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  • Christopher Howard

    VSCO cam is now subscription based to use any of the filters, which for the entire subscription, are free.

  • So SnapSeed has retained it’s position in 2017 as well. And the truth is, its really a great app for editing the photos, very basic and easy to operate.

    • It certainly is a great app! Perfect for both beginners and advanced iPhone photographers 🙂

  • Lauren Moretti-Roesler

    I like Handy Photo

  • You have shared great resource here i am using VSCO its working great to me.

    • Thank you Justin – glad you found this article useful.

  • namsu em

    There is no info on the output resolution of all the apps in this article – which is a key aspect in photography publishing may it be print or web. The best app for me would be the one which provides essential tools with hi res filters and most importantly a hi-res output file. As per my knowledge, snapseed gives the max resolution output on the market. I print many photographs taken/made on my iPhone (4×6, 6×8). I would recommend every smartphone photographer to start printing your photos and your photos will have a completely different meaning.

  • Cj Mander 46

    Hii i wanted to edit the chest hair covering pecs and abs what is the best app?? Thsnkss

    • Strawberry Mommy

      Razor or Wax are pretty good lol

  • Fadi Afram

    Why ProCamera isn’t on the list?

    • Hi Fadi. This article concentrates on photo editing apps, and while you can edit photos in ProCamera it’s better known for it’s camera/shooting features. You’ll find ProCamera listed in this article comparing the 5 best camera apps:

    • Fadi Afram

      Yes I understand just want to know your opinion about editing in ProCamera.
      Thank you!!

  • Melissa

    Amazing article it really help me to improve the use of the app, I was pretty basic with it. I used it a lot VSCO and Snapseed for my Ig pictures, I’m more fan of Snapseed to be honest but you made me discover how freaking nice is VSCO camera Omg I won’t use my iPhone camera anymore cause it sucks LoL. Amazing, thank you for your dedication on helping not so expert camera, app, phone, name it, users. Awesome

  • PhotoChriz

    Deep Art Effects is missing, too! Great app for giving your photos a nice artistic touch.

  • vanessa soares
  • Sludge Guzzlers

    I see the App Store price for Superimpose is $1.99, and not $.99 as shown here. Is there a way to get it for $.99?

    • Robert Hudnall

      Is a buck a deal breaker for an app?

    • Je-ann

      Sorry about that Sludge, the price of the app has changed since we wrote this article. I’ve now updated the article to reflect the correct price.

    • Je-ann

      Sorry about that Sludge, the price of the app has changed since we wrote this article. I’ve now updated the article to reflect the correct price.

  • Hank Hirschfeld

    I think Photogene⁴ is by far the best serious photo editor on the market!

    • Anne Genova

      I really like Photogene⁴ but they haven’t updated it in years and it won’t work in iOS 11 ;-(

    • Hank Hirschfeld

      I feel your pain, I love this program. After I upgraded to IOS 11, I saw it no longer worked on my ipad pro. Went out and bought an Ipad Mini with the IOS 10 so I could still use Photogene. Can’t find any other program that even cmes close!

    • Anne Genova

      It really is a great app. Looks like I will have to try out Snapseed…

  • Lizzie Ambré La-Mahrz

    Could anyone please tell me which app has this effect… and what the effect is called??
    Thanks 🙂

  • Great to see that I used most of them. Thanks for sharing the helpful review. It will be beneficially for the newbies.

  • VSCO offers few fantastic features for photo editing. I will definitely try this one for editing photos.

  • April Gougeon

    Can someone tell me app would allow you to photo to be black & white but one focus point be colored? I saw a pic of a guys cowboy boots. The photo was a bit out of focus but what was cool was the cowboy boots were colored in a teal. Help?

  • Nick

    I really think this article should be updated to include Plotagraph… its new but a definite must if you want to make your photos pop

  • justin789

    I found this application, PhotoViewerPro. Its super easy to use, great for editing videos and photos. It’s user-friendly and very powerful.

  • Sheri Roushdy

    Anyone knows what app I can use to create similar edits? (Paint effect, etc)

  • I have been searching for posts that can help me decide what photo editing app should I have for my iPhone and your post got the answers I’ve been looking for! Since I want only the best photo editing app, you have enlighten my confusion because of the great number of apps to choose from. You are quite a life-saver (well an iPhone saver too, I guess – haha) Thanks again!


    With Snaptric you can create the perfect group photo or selfie within seconds by choosing the best face from each photo.

    • carol hughes

      Thank you so much for this information. I do over edit most of the time.
      I will pin this to my Pintrest board for photography.
      Right now, I am trying to do better with the sun. Cannot get the exposure right. Frankly, the cloudy, gray days are my best chances for a good shot.

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  • Ella Obraske

    Mextures is actually $1.99 on the app store. Just a heads up for all of you wanting to buy this app.

  • Ella Obraske

    Another great app is Pixlr. I very highly suggest that app. It has a wide variety of different tools, its FREE, and you can over lap it with other pictures. WARNING this is not the best app to use if you are trying to edit something out of a picture.

  • Just loved it, with to knew it before leaving my iphone 7.

  • Anabel lee

    which app?

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  • I’ve tried 2 from this list but I would love to explore other left app and thanks for such good list

  • Sarah Jennings

    What’s the best app to remove a simple background such as the black background in this pic.? Thanks!

  • I have been looking for a long time like as this idea. thanks for this great idea

  • Destiny Cox

    Does anyone know the best app to make German Expressionism photos?

  • Carole Noel

    Very good article. Thank you. The nice thing about this article is that it provides links to tutorials for many apps. That is valuable for beginners.

  • Mark Spurgeon

    Good article. I notice that PhotoshopExpress does not get a mention, is it considered too old school?

  • William Guinane

    Polarr is the best!

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  • Amazing post, Kate! I adore utilizing Snap seed and VS CO (on account of your rundown a year ago). I believe I will attempt After Focus next. These rundowns are magnificent!

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  • snapseed is all time best app for photo editing..

  • Jayden Scarano

    does anyone know this type of filter? I’ve been looking for it everywhere but i couldn’t find it

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      Developer: Jus like the year 1998

  • Laura

    Was wondering will these programs work on pics shot with a real camera that Bluetooths into my phone. Just curious

  • I think Mextures is a good apps for photo editing

  • Hi kate, I think you have researched very well on this topic. I have tried some apps from your list. All were beautiful. But Superimpose X, Mextures,
    Touch Retouch are new to me. Hope these will work also fine.

  • These are some nice recommended app for iPhone. Thanks a lot for it. This will be a great help for iPhone users. I loved your article very much. Your article is really nice and elaborate. Thanks for suggesting both paid and free apps. You have also described each and every app broadly. Thanks for the effort you have put behind it.

  • Sebastian Antony

    THANK YOU so much Kate! I am delighted to see my “go to” app, SuperimposeX on the list finally! now if only you could do a full blog post on it, thousands of iphone editing fans and prospective IPA members can also become more familiar with it.

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