For those of us who have yet to dive into photoshop, quality image editing apps are a great place to start. While certain skills, knowledge, and time is needed in order to use photoshop correctly, these photo editing apps can be used by anyone, are easily accessible, and serve as great photoshop alternatives.
1. Google Snapseed
Fortunately for non-iPhone users, the Google Snapseed photo editor can be downloaded on Android devices free of charge. Though each and every photo comes out well and all of the editing looks natural due to the app’s large range of effects and features, the Google Snapseed editor is catered more to those without any photography knowledge. However, if you happen to be ok with using a dulled-down photo editor or if you are more of a casual user, then the app’s high level of simplicity should benefit you tremendously.
For those who are unfamiliar with VSCO, it is an extremely user-friendly image editor that provides aspiring photographers with incredibly realistic-looking images and crystal clear attention to detail. In addition to being a fan favorite amongst novice photographers, the VSCO app is also free for all iOs, iPhone, and iPad users through in-app purchases made through iTunes. One of the biggest benefits of VSCO and something that is not commonly found in other no-cost editing apps, are the shadow effects. This feature not only allows users to increase tint sensitivity and seemingly change the time of day in each photo, but it also looks extremely natural on each and every setting.
3. Filterstorm Neue
In addition to their multitude of canvas options and editing tools, Filterstorm Neue also has code replacements, metadata displays, grayscale interfaces, and import/export system controls. Even though this highly sought out app is priced at just $3.99, it is only available for iPhone/iPad users, and has no plans to make the transition to Android devices. Filterstorm Neue’s pre-made filters are rather basic, however, thanks to their easy-to-use interface, users are able to edit each section of their photos, right down to the very last detail.
Additional Filterstorm features include watermarking, saturation, brightness/contrast, shadows/highlights, temperature, tone maps, etc.
Even though Prisma is not technically considered a manual image-editor and it works much differently than all of the other apps listed, it can very quickly transform average photos into visually appealing imagery, and has become wildly popular throughout 2016. By taking out the in-between steps of transforming each image, the Prisma app allows all of your photos to look amazing, without requiring you to spend any time tweaking the settings. Though many of the filters, frames, and settings implemented through Prisma are meant to resemble vintage paintings, your images still look new, current, and trendy.
Advertising itself in a slightly different way than most other photo editing apps and photoshop alternatives, TouchRetouch caters to those looking to remove certain sections of their photos in a natural-looking way. By simply double tapping the photo you would like to edit, and “lassoing” the sections you would like removed, you can eliminate unwanted people, objects, and sections from each and every one of your photos quickly and easily. This is done without compromising the overall quality or realism of your image.
While many people may spend hours of their time touching up a photo in order to compromise for the crop they made, those who implement the easy to use tools found through TouchRetouch can simply avoid the hassle.
Mextures allows their clients to search through hundreds of different textures, layouts, and frames, in order to create unique, hi quality, visually appealing photos. Additionally, this app allows you to show the world your creations through their formula sharing feature.
7. Autodesk Pixlr
Autodesk Pixlr is available not only on Mac iOs, but on Windows as well. This amazing desktop software enables you to not only edit the settings of your photos, but to turn them into pieces of art, worthy of only the highest praise.
SKRWT is labeled as “high-end smartphone photography” and has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Available through iTunes and Google Play, this app allows you to edit photos on the go, while making sure they look like snapshots with features such as perspective correction, full auto-cropping, all-purpose lens correction, exif readers, gallery sorting, and pre-import PRVW.
Given the fact that this app offers masking adjustments, image blending, tilt shift effects, light leaks, borders, frames, and an abundance of other great features, it’s price of $3.99 is a complete steal. In fact, Enlight provides you with almost double the amount of features that most other photo editing apps do, making it (without a doubt) one of the best photoshop alternatives available. The only downside to Enlight is that it is available solely through iOs platforms, restricting Android users from reaping it’s wonderful benefits.
10. Adobe Lightroom
With features such as white balance, gradient, exposure, and clarity settings, Adobe Lightroom makes for a great photoshop alternative that is very easy to use. Though this app is used primarily through iPhone Mobile devices, it can also be downloaded via tablets, and is easily accessible through the iTunes store.
Though there are many different photoshop alternatives that exist today, the apps listed above have proven to be superior in a number of ways. By providing users with an abundance of different formats in which to choose from, while also remaining either free or low-priced, it is no wonder as to why so many people have gravitated towards these photo editing apps.
If you are someone who is looking to get into photoshop, but don’t have the money or time to learn how, these apps make for great substitutes and are highly suggested by users all over the globe.