Looking for something to do during1; it's simple, satisfying and doesn't have to cost you a penny. Your phone's gallery is full of photos you've taken over the years, desperate to see the light of day again and get another new makeover. The iPhone app store on iOS and the Google Play store on Android are full of creative apps that can give your existing photos a whole new look, all from the comfort of the sofa. ? I just have the thing ̵
I have gathered a selection of my favorites, so read on, make a cup of tea (or the hot new) and settle in for an evening editing session. You can even .
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Free on iOS and Android.
Google-owned Snapseed offers a wide range of exposure and color tools to tweak your images, but also has many filter options, from vintage styles to modern, punchy HDR looks. You can post the effects to create some interesting edits to your image. And best of all, it's completely free.
iOS and Android, some features available for free, or $ 4.99 per month for full access.
Adobe Lightroom remains an industry standard for professional photographers and the mobile version is about the same. You won't find any stickers, animations or emoji here, but you will get fine grain control over your image and the same set of tools that you find in Lightroom on your desktop. It's the app I use most to edit my own photos on my iPhone and iPad, not least because the photos are synced in the cloud, allow me to boot on one device and continue on another.
Adobe Photoshop Express
Free on iOS and Android.
Photoshop Express has many of the same features you find in Lightroom, including exposure, contrast, and color editing options, but deletes some of the pro tools and cloud synchronization and determines the crucial subscription fee. It's a great tool for fine-tuning your images to get their best, but you'll also find a decent selection of filters and overlay structures, as well as tools for making cool collages from your images.
It's not as open to wild creativity as other options on this list, but it's a solid editing app at a price that's hard to argue with.
iOS and Android, $ 7.99 per month or $ 30 per year.
Prism does not process subtle filters and basic image corrections. Instead, its trippy filters will transform your images into often bizarre artists. The results have a painterly effect and in fact many filters are inspired by artists such as Salvador Dali and Picasso. The filters are strong and although you can fine-tune them, not all filters work with all images. I thought some were more suitable for portraits while other filters worked best with landscape.
But it's great fun to experiment with and when you find a photo that works it really works .
iOS only, $ 7.99 per month or $ 48 per year.
Bazaart & # 39; s assembly and collage tools let you combine several different elements – from photos, to text, to graphics – and create them all to create a finished work of art. It has tools that let you immediately erase the background behind a portrait subject (I was surprised at how well it worked!) To put in a new background or post multiple effects. It also has a large number of templates for creating wonderful collages for Instagram stories as well.
There are so many different ways you can try to put different images together that the only limit will come down to how creative you feel. Head over to Bazart's Instagram page for some inspiration.
iOS only .
Like Bazaart, Photofox has powerful tools for removing subjects from backgrounds that allow you to put together in new backgrounds, or apply amazing effects. I especially like Photofox's scattering effect, which makes it look like your subject is bursting into particles (believe me, it's cool), as are the glitch effects and the double exposure that overlay two images on top of each other.
As with Bazaart, there are endless possibilities for what you can do by adding and combining different types of images and applying different effects to each.
iOS and Android, limited features for free, or $ 19.99 per year with seven days free trial.
VSCO began to add lightroom color presets to Lightroom and its roots are clear in the app today. Instead of offering stickers and animated gifs for Snapchat enthusiasts, VSCO is all about the more artificial cinematic color filters. The app has a wide variety of presets available, including looks designed to emulate classic movie reels from Fujifilm, Kodak and Ilford.
It has a large selection of black and white filters as well, which makes it an excellent choice to experiment with if you use your moody monochrome images.
iOS and Android, limited features free or $ 48 per year for the entire suite.
PicsArt has a wide range of editing tools available to you, from basic adjustments such as exposure and contrast, to cinematic color gradation and dramatic filters that transform your images into painting-like artwork. There are lots of options for both the tone and the shape of your face in selfies – I won't go into the ethics of using these tools for "beauty purposes", but I had fun using the tools to intentionally turn my features into bizarre proportions.
There's an entirely social sharing element on Instagram style for PicsArt too, if you're interested in it. Personally, I was most interested in the editing options.
Be sure to read my guide to creative home photography projects, seeor see how the iPhone 11 Pro captured the beauty of Scotland in my epic road trip.