Oh, snap! Photo-editing apps to make your pics pop

Last updated: July 1, 2019

Want to touch up a portrait, cut that photobomber out of your group shot, or turn vacation pics into a shareworthy collage? Our top photo-editing apps make it easy to do it all – and learn new tricks along the way.
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Adobe Lightroom - Photo Editor & Pro Camera

Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Best for serious photographers, Lightroom CC offers RAW photo-editing support and a slew of advanced features
  2. 2Adjust everything from haze and grain level (great for low-light photos) to the tones of shadows and highlights
  3. 3Get the same effect across multiple photos by copying and pasting edit settings
Based on the tried-and-true desktop software, Lightroom is all about controlling the details. With selective edits, you can brush on enhancements and even turn figures into silhouettes. Note that you’ll need premium for those precision tools, and for the ability to sync changes with Creative Cloud or access your photos on other devices.


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Why we love this
  1. 1Tap-and-go filters meet professional-level tools in this free, beginner- and aficionado-friendly app
  2. 2Change specific areas of your photo, by selecting “control points,” or even painting over the areas you want to edit
  3. 3Quickly give pics a new look with filters like “vintage,” “noir,” and “grunge”
Snapseed strikes an impressive balance between approachability and capability. The menu may look overwhelming at first glance, but the tools are wonderfully intuitive. We love that you can save a set of effects and easily view your changes as a stack of individual edits – each of which you can adjust or undo.

PicsArt Photo Editor: Pic, Video & Collage Maker

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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Get creative with your pics: Easily turn your photos into fun collages and works of art
  2. 2Mix different photos as layers for a surreal “double exposure” effect
  3. 3Add your own touch to others’ free-to-edit images and stickers, then share your works with the community
If you’re looking for more sparkle than subtlety in your edits, PicsArt is your platform. Use brushes to paint on stickers, apply trendy templates or text to photos, and arrange multiple pics in tasteful collages. The sheer number of tools might seem daunting at first, but simple controls make them easy to master.


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Why we love this
  1. 1Remove unwanted objects from photos with this fantastically effective app
  2. 2Use a brush or lasso tool to make unwanted objects (or part of them) disappear, and “erase” to dial back changes
  3. 3Flick over a piece of a line (a power line, perhaps?) to remove the whole thing
There’s nothing wrong with a one-trick-pony if it does its trick better than the rest. Case in point: TouchRetouch. Whether you’re looking to remove a tiny blemish or a massive truck from an image, this is your app. You can also duplicate what you want more of with the clone stamp tool– sleekly applied by brush.

Facetune2 - Selfie Photo Editor

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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1The ultimate app for selfie and portrait editing, Facetune lets you edit any aspect of your face (and hair!)
  2. 2Make natural-looking adjustments, from smoothing out skin to adding volume to lashes
  3. 3Simple instructions – including video examples – and intuitive tools make it easy to navigate
You’re beautiful as you are, but we’re all entitled to a little digital touch-up. Apply flattering filters or get down to the details, ridding your profile pic of those dark under-eye circles or that pesky zit. You can even apply makeup, whiten your teeth, or see what you’d look like with a different hair or eye color.
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