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Favourite Photo Editing Apps

September 01, 2015  •  1 Comment

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Favourite Photo Editing Apps

There are, literally, hundreds of good photo editing apps, some of which are low cost or even free; others that cost hundreds of dollars. There are so many options that identifying which of these is right for your needs and your camera often turns into a time-consuming project. It can be so confusing that many people just give up and use whatever app they come across first. Some spend money on muscular, professional editing software that is far more than they need for snapshots of family and friends. Others end up with a bare-bones app that provides fewer options than they want, or one that is full of glitches and programming errors.

While I use a high-end, professional photo editing suite, I also have some experience using editing apps for beginning and advanced amateur photographers. Here are five of my favourites, two for PC/Android, two for Mac and one that can be used by both operating systems.

  1. For Android and PC, one of the best free programs is Google Picasa 3. (http://picasa.en.softonic.com/). Not only can you use its simple, intuitive interface to enhance and edit your photos, Picasa helps you organise and manage them too. You can easily add tags, apply a special effects filter or correct a problem with just a click. There are a few downsides. The face-recognition feature is prone to errors and easy social sharing is limited to Google+. That’s the trade-off you’ll make for getting the Google-owned app for free.
  2. Pho.to Lab (http://pho-to-lab.en.uptodown.com/android), also for PC and Android, is a fun-filled editing app that costs about AU$5.66. This is a great app for parents, caregivers and teachers to use when editing pictures with children. There are lots of ways to layer and combine elements from various pictures to, for instance, add a moustache to your baby sister’s face or change a class picture into a menagerie of wild animals with kids’ faces. On a more serious note, you can make beautiful collages and themed photo montages with this app, as well as create screen savers and unique backgrounds for your desktop.
  3. A good value for Mac users is a program called FX Photo Studio Pro (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/38569/fx-photo-studio-pro) For about AU$25.55 you get a highly user friendly interface with 170 different filters and all of the basic editing features you need to enhance your pictures, taking them from good shots to breathtaking captures. Deepen the colours of a sunset or sharpen the edges of a landscape to make it jump off the screen. Eliminate red eye, add a frame to a favourite portrait or mask portions of a photo that you’d rather not see in the final version. This app also has exceptionally good sharing options. You can post to any of the major social media platforms — Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc., as well as send email to grandma and gramps, all directly from the app.
  4. Pixelmaator 3.3 (http://www.pixelmator.com/mac/) costs a bit more at around AU$42.55. However, this is a robust program that is specifically designed for Mac and takes advantage of the latest features in the iOS system. Advanced amateurs and even pros will appreciate the flexibility of this app, including the ability to add text, draw, paint, overlay shapes and do all of the other basic editing functions accomplished photographers would expect. It has advanced sharing tools too, as well as very good tech support from its creators. 
  5. Finally, there is Be Funky (http://www.befunky.com/mobile/#), a comprehensive photo editing app designed for mobile devices, whether Android or iOS. Fully functional in all of the basic editing techniques, this nifty little program has a free version that let’s you make collages, apply clever overlays to a photo, do touch-ups and add a wide range of special effects. For a few dollars—about AU$4.25—you can purchase a more robust version of the app, but for most people the free version will be just fine.

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Of course, there are many, many other good photo editing apps out there. These are just a few of the ones I’m familiar with and so feel comfortable suggesting them to you. For the record, I have no relationship with any of these app makers and I receive no compensation for writing about them. They are included here just to give my readers a place to start if you’re thinking about getting photo editing software.

Happy shooting, happy editing!

What are your favourite photo editing apps?
Share them here in the Comment section below. I’d love to hear from you!

Dee xx



Jodie Cooper(non-registered)
Great tips Dee, Thanks. Just got the Be Funky app. Looking forward to having a play ;-)
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