Posted: Jul 07, 2013 9:00 PM
Most of today’s smartphones are equipped with high-megapixel cameras. Luckily you don’t have to know about aperture, shutter speed or ISO to use them. Sometimes, though, your pictures need some help to make them perfect. Use these top photo-editing apps to adjust colors, create collages, add fun frames and more.



CAmera+ before and after

Camera+ appSelf described as “the ultimate camera app,” Camera+ has won awards and accolades for being a great photography app. The Camera+ app is used instead of the built-in camera app on Apple devices to take high quality cell phone pictures. With features such as the ability to set exposure separately from the area of focus, digital zoom, a stabilizer to help steady the phone for sharp images and a timer which is perfect for taking self-portraits, it’s a great app for anyone who wants to improve their cell phone photography. Have an iPhone and an iPad? You can sync the devices through iCloud so that images will appear on both. If you’re really into details, you can find out detailed information including ISO, shutter speed and edits applied for each image. Camera+ is available for $1 in iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


Platform^Apple and Android

Snapseed before and after

Snapseed appWith a swipe of your finger you can easily edit all of your cell phone photos with Snapseed. If you’re in a hurry, use the auto correct feature. If you have more time, adjustment possibilities include white balance, saturation, brightness and image sharpening. If your shot is a little crooked or has too much background, you can easily straighten or crop as needed. Want a filter for your picture? They’ve got those, too, with options for black and white, vintage and grunge. Plus, each one of those filters has additional photo-editing options. You can also use the app to adjust the depth field and focus in your image without having to worry about aperture settings. If all of that isn’t enough for you, they also have over 20 frames you can add to your images. Snapseed is available for free in iTunes for the iPhone and iPad and in Google Play for Android devices.



Afterlight before and after

Afterlight appFormerly known as Afterglow, Afterlight is an easy-to-use app for making quick adjustments to your photographs. You can make manual changes to images, such as contrast, brightness and exposure, or you can use one of the many filters they have available with names like Rain and Nice. Want to add some texture to your image? They have that, too, with options for light leaks, scratchy film and bokeh. The frames are probably my favorite part of this app. They have a star, heart, circles, triangles and more that you can use to put a unique spin on your picture. Once you are done editing, share your creation with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more straight from the app. Afterlight is available for $1 in iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.



Picfx before and after

Picfx appInstagram users will love the Picfx app, which the company claims is the “go to square format iPhone photography app.” The first step in editing a picture with Picfx is to make it square. Don't want it square? Skip this step by clicking the don't crop button. After that you can edit away with over 100 features for effects, textures and frames. Adjust the opacity of the effect with the horizontal slider, and add as many effects as you want to create a unique photograph. It’s even possible to rotate the effect if you don’t like where it’s placed, which is useful for the bokeh and texture effects. Picfx is available for $2 in iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


Platform^Apple and Android

Diptic collage

Diptic appDiptic is a great app for creating collage images with fun borders and text. They offer over 150 different layout options, from classic to fancy which has waves, peace signs and other fun shapes. After selecting the images to use in the collage, they can be individually edited to adjust colors and add filters. Borders can be adjusted for size, rounded corners, color and texture. Even the color of the textures can be changed. Text captions can be added to the collage and again you can change the color, style and font. With so many options, the possibilities are endless when creating collages with Diptic. Plus, the square size is perfect for sharing on Instagram and Facebook, which can be done easily from the app. Diptic is available for $1 in iTunes for the iPhone and iPad and in Google Play for Android devices.


Platform^Apple and Android

iWatermark before and after

iWatermark appWhen sharing photos online, especially of your children, it’s important to protect them. One easy way to do this is by watermarking your images. While it’s not a 100-percent guarantee your images won’t be stolen, it’s a good way to stop most people. The iWatermark app makes it really easy to apply a watermark to your image before posting online. You can create your own watermark with text or a logo or use one of their premade options. Once the watermark is added, you can adjust the size, opacity, angle and position to make sure it is in exactly the right spot for your image. When you’re done, share the photo on Facebook and Twitter directly from the app or save it to your photo library to share on Instagram. iWatermark is available for $2 in iTunes for the iPhone and iPad and in Google Play for Android devices.

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