In the age of selfies and social media, clicking and posting photos has become common practice for most smartphone users. However, the ever evolving and changing camera technologies being introduced to smartphones has resulted in a reality where the same photo can appear in varying permutations of light and shadow based on the features and settings of a camera, necessitating the use of photo editing apps to adjust the brightness, shadows, highlights, contrasts, and other aspects of a photograph. Luckily, the Google Play Store offers a plethora of free photo editing apps for its users. Here is our list of the top five photo editing apps on the Google Play Store.
Snapseed is perhaps one of the most simple and uncomplicated photo editing app on the Google Play Store. It’s limited features makes it easily understandable accessible to all users. The app has a user friendly user interface and is developed by Google. Snapseed offers a range of features for photo editing. Like most apps, Snapseed also offers a series of pre-made filters that users can apply on their photos. However, for those who want to customize their filter or want additional editing options, Snapseed also offers various other editing tools such as “lens blur”, “head pose”, “perspective”, “healing”, “white balance”, etc. On top of being free for all users, the app also lacks pesky advertisements and is the ideal beginner-level photo editing app.
This app has a permanent spot on the list of best photo editor apps in the Google Play Store. PicsArt is a versatile app that offers photo editing options for all levels of editing, be it beginner, intermediate, or advanced. It offers multiple features for cropping, removing backgrounds, adding text, adding multiple layers to images, and other Photoshop-level editing features. PicsArt also has the provision to make banners and collages. The standard version of the app is free, but it does include in-app ads. Users can, however, upgrade to the paid version, PicsArt Gold to get rid of the ads and get access to additional editing features.
Canva is the perfect app for amateur graphic designers looking to express their creativity. The app offers a wide selection of templates, graphics, text fonts, text editing features, etc. that can be utilized to make graphic designs, logos, cover art, and banners for social media accounts. Canva is available both as a website and as an app on Android. Canva offers a selection of templates catering to the dimension requirements of the major social media platforms such as the 1:1 for Instagram Posts, 16:9 for YouTube thumbnails, etc. It also offers templates for banners, posters, invitations cards, etc. The range of pre-designed templates makes it very simple and beginner friendly. However, for those who want to personalize the entire image, Canva also offers the option to start with a blank canvas and custom-make the entire picture.
VSCO can be called a photo-editing-cum-photo-sharing app as it allows its uses to not only edit their photos, but also share them with other users on the platform. In this aspect, it can be compared to apps life Instagram and Pinterest, although VSCO also has an in-built phot editor function that offers a wide range of editing features including modifying the color, contrast, saturation, brightness, and hue shade of photos. Most of the features on VSCO are free for all users, but purchasing a membership unlocks exclusive editing feature like HSL.
5. Adobe Lightroom
Adobe is a familiar name in the world of editing apps. It offers a range of photo and video editors for Mac and Windows and is a quickly recognizable name among professional photo and video editors. Lightroom is one of the the photo editing apps from this Adobe series of apps, and luckily for mobile users, it is now available for Android users too. True to its name, Lightroom offers a spectrum of features relating to the color and light in a photo. Users can adjust the color tone of a photo as well as its saturation, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows, etc. Lightroom is also the perfect app for color grading images. The standard version of Lightroom is free for all users, however access to premium features does require a subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.