There are tons of photo editing apps out there! These six apps are some of the ones that I’m most familiar with that I think are fairly easy to understand and use. I primarily use Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Express as I’ve been using Photoshop for almost ten years (wow I feel old)! I have dabbled with the other apps and have them loaded on my phone despite primarily using Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Express. These are all great photo editing apps, I wanted to compare and contrast them so you can decide which one is a fit for you based on your photo editing needs. Continue on to read an overview of each app and then find a comparison chart at the very end.
This is by far my favorite app to use! Since I’m very familiar with Photoshop, using this app is very intuitive for me. I’ve heard from friends that it’s not their favorite app to use, but if you’re a fan of Photoshop, then you’ll like this app. I love the healing and clone stamp tools. I also regularly adjust the warmth, saturation and shadows. It has all of the tools I like to use when editing my photos. I like that you can make adjustments to the entire photo or you can edit specific spots. This is an important feature for me, so that’s why this application is my favorite. I find it to be very user-friendly and it has a good amount of features.
I don’t use this app as much as I use Photoshop Fix, but I’ll use it occasionally. This app has more in-depth tools that allow you to further tweak your photos. You can add effects like dehaze and fade, for example. In the app you can create collages, add text and filters and you have the capability to send your image directly to the Creative Cloud. This app is a good option for creating Instagram Stories as it has pre-set text designs. So if you’d like a wider range of features with Photoshop, you might prefer trying this app out!
This is another app within the Adobe Creative Suite. I’ve heard great things about this app and plan to play around with it even more in the near future. I like that you can select certain parts of the photo to apply edits to. You can also create and utilize pre-sets on your images for quicker editing. I think the editing options are more extensive, that’s why I primarily use Photoshop Express as I feel it’s easier to more quickly use. If you’d like to create your own editing pre-sets and like the ability to make spot adjustments, you’ll like this app!
I learned about this app from a blogger I follow. I downloaded it but haven’t used it much since downloading, simply due to the fact that I prefer to edit photos within one app to simplify my process. Snapseed has an extensive amount of tools which can be overwhelming at first until you actually play around with them and understand what they’re all for. There’s a lot of cool features and photo effects. I also like the layout of the app with the looks, tools and export categories. It’s user-friendly and has a ton of features you could want in a photo editing app.
VSCO is best known for its filters. VSCO is not only an app that you can use to edit your photos and add filters, but it’s also a photo sharing app. You can search images and find people to follow, and you can also post to your own account. The app has light photo editing features, it’s not as comprehensive as the Adobe Creative Suite applications, so I don’t personally use the app for editing. If you’re a fan of filters, this app has some for free and even more that you can purchase.
ColorStory has really nice filters and overlays. They have all sorts of packs you can buy that have additional filters and effects. They group their filters and effects in the packs by a certain theme. So if you have a certain aesthetic you like, you could purchase a pack and use a variety of the same theme on your photos. ColorStory has a decent amount of editing features. They also have a feature that allows you to play around with the colors in your photo. You can’t spot adjust certain parts of your photo, which is a big con for me.
This chart will help you compare and contrast the various features of these six best photo editing apps:
Hopefully these summaries and this chart will aid you in determining what photo editing apps you might like using. I know there’s a ton of different apps out there for photo editing. Use the ones that work best for you. Don’t feel like you need to use a bunch of different apps for editing. I typically only stick to one app for the ease and to save time. Feel free to establish your own process and decide what works best for you!
What photo editing app do you use? Leave a comment below and tell me why you prefer it!