iPhone Photo Editing Apps (2021)

July 01

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Nowadays practically every mobile device boasts a high-quality camera. Though, there is still a need for photo editing tools, especially if you want to create a specific effect.

Nowadays practically every mobile device boasts a high-quality camera. Though, there is still a need for photo editing tools, especially if you want to create a specific effect. And, who does not like to experiment a bit to create distorted images every once in a while? Well, with the following photo editing apps you can fix any photo and get your daily fix of fun.

1. Adobe Lightroom CC

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The Adobe Lightroom CC app is a great option if you find that Photoshop is just too intricate for your needs or skills. It has proven to be a very effective and reliable tool for editing your photos (just like the other software solutions in the Adobe suite). 

One of its biggest pros is that you can shoot RAW photos in HDR mode. The app will then also sort these photos automatically in your cloud-based gallery which means that you do not have to worry about running out of space on your device. Plus, with the Group Albums feature you can share one of your albums or several photos via an invite. Your invitees will then be able to access these photos and even contribute too. 

With Adobe Lightroom CC, you can also say goodbye to bad hair days (well, sort of). Another new feature is the texture slider that lets you smoothen or enhance details like hair, skin and the bark of a tree. 

2. RAW Power

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Similarly to Adobe Lightroom CC, the RAW Power app also lets you shoot in RAW and can accommodate several RAW camera formats. The app was founded by iPhoto’s previous Senior Director of Engineering, making it one of the top tools for iPhone photography. You can even create stunning photos when taking photographs with your iPad.

One of its most impressive features is that it lets you zoom in up to 800%. This will for sure help you when making adjustments. It also boasts a Depth Effect feature for your pics that you have taken with an iPhone that has a dual camera system. 

3. Snapseed

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With Snapseed, you can edit your snapshots in a snap. The beauty of this app is that while it offers a wide range of features, it is not difficult to use. Thanks to its intuitive interface, editing your photos will be a fun experience as it should be.

As a matter of fact, Snapseed is regarded by many as the top phone app for editing photos. So, if you thought that free apps cannot deliver high-quality results, you would be very much mistaken. With this photo editing tool, you can adjust the curves, sharpness, color balance and saturation of your photos.

All in all, if you often post on Instagram, this is the perfect app. It lets you create presets which you can save and use in the future again. This way your Instagram feed will boast the same theme.

4. Adobe Photoshop Express

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The Adobe Photoshop Express app might be vastly different from some of the other tools in the Adobe suite, but this does not make it any less effective. It has all the basic features that you need to crop, flip, rotate and straighten your snapshots. 

If you like to create cool collages, you will love the Photoshop Express Collage feature. This feature boasts ready-to-use layouts, backgrounds and gradients as well as a pop-color tool to make your works of art pop. 

All in all, this app will help you to create professional photos and collages while you are on the go. It is the ideal app if you do not have a subscription with Adobe yet. 

5. Affinity Photo (iPad)

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If you are not interested in signing up for an Adobe suite subscription at all, the Affinity Photo app is a sensible solution. Created by Serif Labs, it is for sure one of the most powerful photo editing apps available on the market. Use the money that you have saved to invest in lenses for your iPhone and you will be able to create stunning shots. 

Some of its features include: panorama stitching, batch processing, digital painting, RAW editing and focus stacking. You will be blown away by the performance and power that this photo editing app can deliver!

6. Filterstorm Neue

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If you have tried the Filterstorm app but was not entirely sold, be sure to try the Filterstorm Neue app. In short, it is the classic version which has been revised to improve the speed and overall user experience. It also has a couple of features such as PNG export, tilt/shift effects and the ability to change red, green and blue curves at the same time that the classic version does not boast. 

In addition to its filters and masking tools, some of its other main features include: the ability to edit your photos in back and white, tweaking the curves, contrast, clarity and brightness and blur effects. Just like Affinity Photo, Filterstorm Neue is a much more affordable alternative to signing up for an Adobe subscription.


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The beauty of the VSCO app is its versatility. With this photo editing tool, you can adjust the contrast, sharpness, color balance and brightness. Rest assured, if you get stuck, there are many creative tutorials and community stories that can serve as a useful source of inspiration. Once your photos are ready, you can save your new masterpieces or alternatively share it right there and then with your friends and family or the VSCO community of creators. 


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This is for sure not your ordinary photo editing app. What makes this app so unique is that it offers a wide range of filters that you can use to make drastic changes to your photos. So drastic, in fact, that you might not even be able to recognize your photos after you are done experimenting. If you like warped pictures and elements that are distorted, Hyperspektiv will have you sorted. 

9.Enlight Photofox

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If you are looking for a photo editing tool that is similar to Hyperspektiv, be sure to check out Enlight Photofox. Just like Hyperspektiv, Enlight Photofox lets you transform your original photo into something that is completely different. 

With this smart app, you can place other photos on top of one of your average photos. The end product - stunning surreal shots! The app also offers double exposures (which means double the photo fun). Then, once you are ready to move on to something slightly more inventive, you can play around with the transparency and perspective.  


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Although the Pixelmator app is similar to Affinity photo, it is less powerful. That being said, you will love its simplicity. In short, with Pixelmator you can sketch, enhance images, and create very impressive advanced image compositions. With the help of its innovative tools, numerous templates and effects, you can improve any photo instantly. 

It also boasts a very nice painting application that will help you to unleash all your trapped creativity. With Pixelmator’s painting application, you can paint an image right on your iPad or iPhone. There are over 100 brushes and countless painting techniques to choose from to create the perfect watercolor, pixel or crayon effect. Thanks to the double texture brush technology, your creations will boast unbelievable detail.

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