There was a time when editing photos was synonymous to Photoshop – the iconic image processing tool from Adobe. However, with smartphones and tablets being preferred over personal computers for day-to-day computing purposes these days, the momentum has shifted towards mobile apps that can digitally enhance your photos in a matter of few touches. Android is undoubtedly the leading mobile operating system provider, and has several free and paid apps that can transform your normal images taken from the phone camera to extraordinary photos that can be shared with your online friends. Here, we delve deeper into some of the most popular image editing apps available on Android.
a. Google+ Photos: Google is betting large on digital photography to increase the popularity of its social layer, Google+. Images from your smartphone or tablet can be directly uploaded on the Google+ Photos section, which is a good way to keep instant backup of your images. Moreover, the app provides a plethora of enhancement features aimed to modify light settings, remove undesirable blur and apply post-processing effects on the images. The features that stand out are its Auto-enhance utility, which is a one-touch option to auto-correct your image quality; and the auto-awesome facility that creates a motion GIF file based on similar-looking photos.
b. Snapseed: This image-editing service started as an individual endeavour, but was later acquired by Google to integrate it with Google+. Even after the much-publicised acquisition, it remains a separate entity in the Play Store. Apart from providing the regular image editing tools, it offers a huge range of frames that add a funny and memorable angle to your photos.
c. PicsArt: PicsArt provides a simple yet feature-rich interface to transform your digital images. Apart from directly editing photos taken from its inbuilt camera, it can work upon your old images as well. The app provides several pre-formatted effects such as Sepia, smart blur, HD, black & white, and many more. Additional features of this popular app include the ability to create simple collages from a collection of photos. Similarly, a feature resembling the Microsoft Paint allows you to create free-hand designs using the touch screen.
d. Adobe Photoshop: The original pioneers of digital image processing has made its presence felt in the most popular mobile operating system through the official “Photoshop” app. Although it does not support all the features of the desktop version, it provides users with the classic experience of Photoshop in an app that can be downloaded and installed for free.