The holidays are just around the corner and there’s nothing like using free cell phone apps to make Christmas and New Year photos even more special. Image editors are full of features, from social media, to sophisticated photo modification or the production of beautiful collages.
It’s true that Photoshop – and it’s on the list – has become synonymous with image editing, but there are a handful of other options. See, in the following lines, the apps that caught our attention throughout the year. Most apps work on both Android and iPhone (iOS).
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VSCO Cam works like a social network: you create a profile and can follow others. The user has the possibility to post his photos directly on the VSCO network and also share the publication on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. It is possible to create collections of photos and write articles to accompany images, which are added to the “Diary” tab of the profile.
Like any self-respecting photo editing app, VSCO includes 20 adjustment options, such as exposure, contrast, highlights and Ssmbras, in addition to ten filters. The application is available for Android and iOS.
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On the left, the option to insert an article next to the photo in VSCO. On the right, the result of using one of the Magic effects in PicsArt. – Photo: Reproduction / Raísa Chiarelli
PicsArt also functions as a user community. The options to add contacts saved on the cell phone, facebook friends or check the suggestions indicated by the app help to start building your network. The user can select his interests, such as Editing, Portrait and Drawing, and with that he will have access to shares of members within these categories.
The application includes several tools for adjusting and editing photos, with dozens of effects from different categories, such as Magic, Blur, Artistic, and Pop Art, among others. There are also options to correct stains, reduce noise or even whiten teeth and different clipping tools. In addition to the effects, the app has options for applying stickers. Works on Android and iPhone (iOS).
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Enlight 2 is a hit with iPhone users – Photo: Helito Bijora / dnetc
Unlike the applications mentioned above, Enlight 2 is not a social network. Cellular software focuses on photo editing with enhanced features. It is possible to use the eraser to erase elements and replace them with others; change the opacity of the image, transform the size, position and even fill parts of the image with colors, patterns and paper effects. The app also includes several options for merging images, by overlay, multiplication, indirect and direct light and by darkening, among others.
A great differentiator of this app are the tutorials that help to understand how the tools work and appear during use, when we click on an option not yet used. Enlight 2 is compatible with Android and iPhone (iOS).
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OS Photo Editor has a simple and intuitive interface. Right on the main screen, the icons for editing, taking a photo, importing from the cell phone and exporting are available. In addition to the effects, the app allows you to work with the focus of the images, remove stains, whiten teeth, draw, make memes. Stickers and borders of different types are also available for the user to download and use. This app is also available for IOS, but it has exclusive features for the Android system.
S Photo Editor offers exclusive features for those who have Android – Photo: Playback / Helito Bijora
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Photo Grid’s strong point, as the name suggests, are the grids and collages. More than 300 grid models are available, in addition to the freestyle option, in which the user determines the layout of the photos. In addition to the effects present in other apps (cropping, light adjustments, stickers and memes), the app also includes themed posters, film strip effect, themed backgrounds and Wow! Filters, which activate special effects for selfies and video recordings .
Another interesting detail is the timer option on the app’s camera, which makes taking group photos easier. Photo Grid also works as a social network and includes a Feed tab, which gives access to the members’ profiles and another Leader in Likes and Highlights in categories such as Wow! Filters and Memes. This app is also available for Android and IOS.
Photo Grid allows you to remove pimples and wrinkles in photos taken on iPhone and Android – Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
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InstaSize has a simple and minimalist interface. In addition to 58 filters, the app includes everything from the simplest adjustments, such as contrast and exposure, to the effects of whitening teeth or reducing the appearance of acne. Another highlight is the border options, which include downloadable packages, each containing a dozen different options, within styles such as Floral, Nordic and Wood, among others. The app has an internal camera and, in addition to editing photos, you can edit videos and make collages. Runs on Android and iPhone (iOS).
Many fun stickers are available on Photo Grid and InstaSize has several different border styles – Photo: Reproduction / Raísa Chiarelli
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YouCam Perfect also has effects to remove greasiness and apply shine to your eyes. Snapseed has several nuances of the same effect, as in the case of Black and White. – Photo: Reproduction / Raísa Chiarelli
Perfect for selfie lovers, YouCam Perfect brings exclusive features such as blush, nose correction and under-eye bags, body shaper that makes you thinner, and even the option to make you taller. To give you an idea, these are just some of the options focusing on the face and body.
Tools such as frames, background blurring, stickers and even makeup are also available, which is on account of the complementary YouCam Makeup application, which can also be downloaded for free.
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Snapseed application allows you to use curves tool to edit photos on your phone – Photo: Barbara Mannara / dnetc
Snapseed is another app that stands out for its ease of use. After opening a photo, just touch the edit icon and all the options for adjustments, filters and frames will appear, arranged vertically, so that you can see everything by scrolling down. There are 12 filter styles that give access to different nuances in each category.
In a practical way, the user can adjust the intensity of the filters by moving his finger over the photo. In this way it is also possible to adjust the intensity of adjustments such as brightness and contrast. By scrolling your finger down and up over the photo, you can also browse the different options like Saturation, Atmosphere, Heat, Highlights and Shadows. The application is available for Android and iOS.
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Lightroom has a professional camera, which allows you to adjust ISO, WB, etc. In Photoshop Fix, it is possible to model the face using the Dissolve feature. – Photo: Reproduction / Raísa Chiarelli
Lightroom was developed by Adobe to make professional editing resources available in programs such as Adobe Photoshop accessible on mobile phones. There are tools to adjust the color temperature; apply automatic adjustments; use defogging, lightening or vignette effects; optical effects, to activate lens correction, among many others. All features can have the intensity adjusted by controls similar to those found in Photoshop.
A particularity of Lightroom is the forms of capture, which can be automatic or professional. In the PRO option, it is possible to adjust features present in professional cameras, such as ISO, WB, Exposure, or even activate a grid to facilitate framing, modify the proportion of the photo and activate a timer. To help with organization, the app allows you to add flags, star photos and create albums. It is also possible to sort the photos by date of capture, import or modification, and choose different views of the photos. This app is also available for Android and IOS.
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If you find that there are no correction tools in Lightroom, compared to those that exist in Photoshop, download Photoshop Fix. This Adobe application complements Lightroom’s functions by including more specific correction tools. In it, there are the tools for Dissolving, sculpting shapes of objects or manipulating facial features, distorting regions of the face. It is possible to remove blemishes, imperfections and also objects from a photo. Exposure, Warmth, Saturation, Shadows and Highlights are also present.
Connecting to Adobe Creative Cloud allows you to save an edited file in the app in PSD, including layers, and continue editing in Photoshop on your computer. Another feature of interacting with Adobe products is the option to publish projects in the Behance community. The application is available for Android and iOS.
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