From Instagram to blog, pictures are an integral part of almost all the social media platforms. To make our content relatable we use tons of pictures however, quite often the raw version lacks brightness, contrast, orientation, or, we just want to add something to make the photos look catchy. That’s when the editing apps come handy fr us. There are so many apps available nowadays that selecting just the right one could become a bit daunting task for many.
The right free photo editor will help transform your pictures. From correcting colors, erasing blemishes and much more can be done with the help of this so the pictures are ready to print or share online.
A content-relatable and clear picture increases the chance of bringing the audience’s attention to our work. Here are the apps that I have used and loved to make the pictures better and bright for all social media platforms including the blog-post. For blog posts, I often use Unsplash.com, if I don’t have a picture fit for the content on my phone gallery as they have an enormous collection of beautiful pictures.
Few of these apps have the paid versions too however, I have been using these from past one year and so far the free versions haven’t disappointed me. Free versions of these apps have plenty of features to play with :
This app has to be on the top of the list because I use this the most to edit Instagram pictures. It is user friendly and gives the best result. This is my go-to option in editing apps for playing with the colors of the picture. Not only it has a lot of features which lets you play with a lot of options of editing *free of cost*. This app comes loaded with image manipulation tools and presets that are quite easy to use.
Most of the editing work is done in the Tools section of the app. From a healing brush to glamour glow, and from color contrast setting to different filter choices, each feature helps you get the desired result in a refined format.
Why install it:
- User Friendly
- Healing brush, glamour glow, and such fabulous features
- No advertisements
I haven’t used it that much up until a couple of weeks ago but I am kind of liking the editing options this one gives now. It’s my current favorite at the moment and I am playing with it to learn more. For this, I believe we need good quality pictures because once the animation is added, pictures tend to lose their pixel quality.
This app allows you to easily change pictures with strong, accurate, and easy-to-use animation instruments. It has plenty of free features that will do wonders for your Instagram Stories once edited. Its intuitive system of paths and anchors enable you to easily add animation effects to photos by segmenting them. For each photo, you’ll have a part of the photo that moves and other parts that are frozen in time.
Why install it:
- Easy-to-use animation instrument
- large library of “effects” and overlays like rain, sparkle, fog, etc.
- Less number of free features
- Editing versions cant be saved on the phone unless you upgrade for paid services
Canva is the reason I can make Pinterest pins with no hassles. This is a simple yet robust online design platform that helps to turn a simple idea into a stunning design. There are a ton of templates you can choose from to work with multiple categories. These include infographics, posters, and even business cards. One of the best things I found on this platform is that it is Integrated with a stock photo image bank.
Thank you so much for appreciating my Instagram stories, a major portion of goes to this app. I have been using this for my blog, Instagram, Pinterest, and whatnot. I haven’t seen a more user-friendly app than this. Use this on my laptop and phone with no trouble whatsoever.
Why install it:
- A one-stop-shop for all the posters/Pinterest pins/templates.
- Access to over 8,000 templates
- User Friendly
- No advertisements
4) Adobe Lightroom
Many of my photographs often lack the proper lighting, all thanks to staying in a high rise building which less access to sunlight. This one app helps me bring the right amount of exposure to the picture. It is one of the least used editing apps on my phone, I just can’t get a hang of it properly. it has features like Panorama and HDR stitching with Powerful raw profiles and filters.
I think for this particular app a paid version is a better one, as the unpaid one has extremely limited features.
Why install it:
- Powerful raw profiles and filters.
- Panorama and HDR stitching.
- 1TB cloud storage for syncing photo collection.
5) PicsArt Photo Studio
PicsArt is one of the favorite photo editing apps out there for many reasons. It comes with a built-in camera feature and a social network for sharing photos. The app is available for free with some in-app purchases, though, you have to deal with ads. One of my favorite features of this app is the brush mode for applying effects selectively on particular parts of a pic.
Why install it:
- Lots of creative user controls
- Wide range of photo-import options
- A rich array of editing tools and filters
If you can bear with adds then the free version is definitely worth giving a try for editing your picture.
Got some questions? Or suggestions for better editing apps then don’t forget to add it in the comment section below.
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I don’t know about other apps but PicsArt is my fav as a user I really appreciate its work. It turns my raw footage into an extraordinary Art. Tell me about your fav app. Love to hear.
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My name is Lance Jekel I am from USA and I am a photoshop designer.I am reading your entire article, it has really helped me a lot.Really informative and helpful tips!These tips have been of great benefit to my work.I would like to get something more modern from this site.Thanks For Sharing and Keep Up the Good Work.
Thanks for sharing this list of free photo editing apps. I usually use Snapseed and Canva but I really want to try Adobe lightroom, have heard a lot about it.
Hey Kavita!! I have not been using Pixaloop from the list for editing the photos, rest all are amazing!! These are essential apps for a blogger and influencer I also sometimes use VSCO for some images
I will sure try these as Snapseed looks me more interesting, and I never tried …Thanks for such an informative list !!
Kavita honestly my love I had awed your Instagram pics always, thanks a lot for sharing the editing apps where you worked on them
You have mentioned some really nice apps. I use a lot of these apps actually for Instagram and Blog. Snapseed and Canva are really useful.
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These apps are saviour for all of us when we have to edit pictures. They have some good features to enhance the pictures. I also like photoshop apps.
I haven’t used any other app apart from canva and PicsArt . I will try snapseed and lightroom. Have heard their good reviews and how easy – to-use these are.
Oh I only a one or two in this list, thanks for sharing many more I am gonna try them for sure for inhouse photography especially.
This post is a saviour for all bloggers and instagrammers. I extensively use Snapseed and Canva but other free editing apps equally sounds interesting to facelift your pics.
Hey thanks for sharing these wonderful and useful information about apps for upgrading the pic – skills. These are really looking like magic wands to facelift the pics to become more appealing.
I am using Canva, rest all also sound good. Will try them too. Photo editing, collage making and all is what I am using everyday. Well researched post.
This is helpful post Kavitha, shall try using snapseed as I am doing blog images majorly at canva . Thanks for details of each app.
I have used almost all of these and CANVA is my all time favorite for many reasons .Ease of use ,quality templates and options being a few.
These are some really wonderful suggestions. Can you also make a list of Free photo editing apps for IPhone & one on Free video editing apps for iPhone too? Thanks
For Blogger like me photo app is essential. I’ve used only snapseed and canva. Don’t know about the other apps. Would love to try for sure.
As bloggers we often have to make creatives. I often use Canva but would love to try out your other recommendations too. I like user friendly apps.
Out of these, Pixaloop is new for me and I couldn’t get the hang of Lightroom. I am a PicsArt user. I will explore Pixaloop for sure. Thank you so much for this helpful article.
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Every blogger and Instagrammer would appreciate the post. Don’t we often struggle with picture, this post is just right for those times.
Such a great list of free photo editing apps. I had used used canva only..all other options sound amazing and I will surly explore them more. thanks for sharing.
I have not yet started using my mobile to edit photos. I mostly do them on Photoshop on the laptop. But I’ve heard canva and pixaloop are awesome editors.
I swear by Snapseed and Canva as both are so user friendly . Going to check out your other recommendations too. PicArt and Pixaloop sound really good and i can’t wait to try them out!
Thanks a lot Kavita for sharing this. I have been looking for some user friendly apps. I have only used Canva. Snapseed, I checked long time back but later didn’t explore it much.
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Thanks for sharing such a useful article. As a blogger, I always look for good photo editing apps. I’ll definitely download these apps for my editing. I have been using Canva for so long and I am very much satisfied.