4 Photo Editing Apps to Use on Your Phone

Hey what is up, you guys? Today, I’ll be sharing to you the photo editing apps that I either currently use or I may have used before.  I’ll also be giving a review about the app’s camera (if it has one) and tips on post processing pictures.

1. VSCO (Free)

Any A9/HB2 users here?

Do I still need to introduce VSCO? haha. If you always use your phone to edit your photos, I think VSCO is one or the one you are using. I mean, a lot people who I know has this on their phones. Like I said previously on my post, VSCO was my first means of editing pictures. I started using their free filters, then my sister purchased would buy the paid ones that’s how I got to use it (lol). VSCO gives you that minimal (slash) aesthetic (slash) “feels” to your photos.

  • Camera:

For reasons (I don’t know why?) , I don’t really use or gotten to use the camera of the app. I just explored it recently, and surprisingly, it now let’s you manually adjust the settings for your camera since wayyy back it’s just a click-to-capture (if that’s even the proper term) camera. I won’t go into further details, but here are some things you can manually adjust on its camera: white balance, shutter speed, and ISO. Also, it let’s you shoot raw! *insert shookth emoji*.
Another feature of VSCO’s camera is that it gives you that marker for you to check if your phone is aligned or not.

 

  • Editing Process:

Probably the reason why VSCO is a popular photo editing app is because of its extensive beautiful filters or presets to choose from! I have a moment when I used HB2 for a good amount of photos in my Instagram and changed to A9 after haha (check picture down below).

 

Editing in VSCO is simple. For me, it leaves out the long amount of time to edit (when you’re in a rush) as long as you know each tool and what it is for.

 

If you are overwhelmed with the amount of filters, on the far left of the filters bar there’s a “manage” button to click on filters you usually use. Also, you can hide certain tools you don’t use by holding the icon of the tool and tapping it to hide.

  • Sample Photos:

 

2. Mextures ($1.99)

I remember Mextures was a thing back in high school. Well for us, who’s into taking and editing photos. I don’t use Mextures today, but I sure had fun using it before. It has different textures to choose from: from light leaks to grit and grain. Mextures works by adding different layers/textures and blending it onto your photo, which you can control the intensity of each texture.

 

  • Camera:

The camera of Mextures is a click-to-capture (I guess I’ll be using this term now haha). Use this if you want your image to be edited right away to the app.

  • Editing process:

One unique thing in Mextures is that they have these “formulas”.  Basically, it’s like a preset that it consists of different layers/textures and adjustments on a single formula. You can create your own or use the formula created by other users.

 

If I’ll be using Mextures again, maybe I’ll take advantage of its Light leaks and Grit and Grain textures because it gives the photo a vintage/retro vibe.

  • Sample Photos:

(Some photos edited from Mextures years back)

 

(Here are photos I edited recently)

 

 

The moment I was introduced and learned to edit my photos manually, I fell in love with it. The photos has become so fluid even more when it is in RAW. The next two apps are the ones I’m currently using besides Lightroom to edit my photos.

3. Polarr (Free)

Yes, you got that rright, Polarr with a double “R”. Even though therre’s a Lightrroom app, I don’t know why, but I’m morre comforrtable to edit my photos thrrough Polarr (I’ll stop with the double R’s haha). One reason why I recommend you to edit your photos in Polarr is that you can do it manually (If you edit your photos through Lightroom, then you’ll get the hang of Polarr easily as both of them are quite similar). You should check out Andrew Kearns’ great video review/tutorial about this app along with the RAW app.

  • Camera:

*Click-to-Capture camera*

  • Editing process:

Most of the tools in Polarr are similar with other photo editing apps, but Polarr have two of my favorite and powerful tools: Curves (to edit Highlights and Shadows in specific areas in the picture) and HSL/Hue-saturation-luminance (to choose a particular color to adjust).

 


You can also add texts and shapes to your photos. Plus, you can see the History of the adjustments you made.

 

Once you are done editing, you can save your edit and turn it into a filter/preset. I also recently discovered that they offer tutorials too! You probably want to check that out.

 

  • Sample Photos:

 

4. Snapseed by Google (Free)

Last but not the least, Snapseed by Google. It is similar with Polarr, but I use Snapseed mainly to edit RAW photos when I’m not using my laptop or when I’m out.

  • Camera:

*Click-to-Capture camera*

  • Editing process:

Although it has a Curves tool it lacks the HSL tool which I also need. Additionally, it has filters which you can explore and play around and a Face feature for selfies or portraits which you can enhance and adjust the pose of the subject.

 

 

  • Sample Photos:

 

 

What photo editing applications do you use? Let me know in the comments section below. If you do like this post make sure to like and share.

 

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