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5 Best Photo Editing Apps

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The high-definition cameras on many mobile devices allow you to capture high-quality images when you’re out and about. However, a standard snap can lack real artistic flair. With the rise of clever photo editing apps like these, you needn’t wait until you’re back to your PC to give your photos a professional makeover.

Fotor: Revolutionary Photo Capture and Editing App

Fotor: Revolutionary Photo Capture and Editing App

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Fotor might be a free app, but don’t underestimate its power. It features the world’s first “focus” feature. Just select a focal point, adjust the emulator, and the app will help you take a beautiful image. Fotor also performs all the regular photo editing functions you might expect and allows you to share your masterpieces when you’re done. Since the app allows you to browse the photos of other Fotor users, it’s a great way to make connections with other creative types.

Fotor is free to download for iOS and Android devices.

Photoristic HD: Affordable App Packed with Features

Photoristic HD: Affordable App Packed with Features

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Although Photoristic HD is not free like so many apps on the market, it delivers more features than most. Its photo editing might is impressive, with image adjustment tools allowing you to control the white balance, contrast, exposure, shadows, and more. Split toning, color controls, and a moody black and white mode all help add value. The app can handle images up to 20 megapixels, so it’s perfect for professional work.

Photoristic HD is available for $2.99 for iPad.

Handy Photo: Powerful Touchscreen App

Handy Photo: Powerful Touchscreen App

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If you find it difficult to focus on your photos with menus and tools cluttering them, then Handy Photo might be the app for you. Its unique interface puts rotating menus in the corners of the screen, so the central area of the screen is clear.

With a simple swipe you can tone your effects up or down. The Move Me tool is also clever, allowing you to clip out objects and move, resize, or flip them for the right composition. As you can imagine, a touchscreen app like this works best on a large screen where your actions can be more precise. So you’ll find 2-in-1 laptops from Lenovo make it easier to get the effects you’re after than small smartphones.

Handy Photo is available for $2.99 on iOS, Android, and Windows 8 devices.

Facetune: Give Faces a Makeover

Facetune: Give Faces a Makeover

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Most users are probably utilizing Facetune to fine tune their selfies, but this specialized portrait editing app is also perfect for designers who work regularly with human models. Its clever tools make it easy to remove unwanted freckles and blemishes, whiten teeth, correct wrinkles or bags under the eyes, add a tan, or even offer a surgery-free fix for that wonky nose. If you’re proud of your work, Facetune makes it easy to email it or post it to Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, and Twitter.

Facetune’s functionality is very specific. Its tools won’t enhance a landscape, for example. But if you regularly play with faces, you’ll get plenty of use from this app. The learning curve is also a little steep, but there are many tips and tutorials to help newbies out along the way. Once you master it, Facetune is likely to become your go-to portrait editor.

Facetune is available for $3.99 for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.

PicsArt Photo Studio: Critically Acclaimed Editing App

PicsArt Photo Studio: Critically Acclaimed Editing App

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It takes a lot to impress tech blog Tom’s Guide, but PicsArt Photo Studio did it, earning a perfect 10/10 rating and the title of best photo editing app. It earned this honor for its comprehensive photo-editing features, close to 100 excellent filters, and its sharing functions which allow you to email your work to clients or share it via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or WhatsApp. Context-sensitive tips help you get the most from this clever app.

More than 250 million mobile users have downloaded PicsArt Photo Studio, which is a testimony to its popularity amongst designers and amateur shutterbugs.

PicsArt Photo Studio is free to download for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.

With photo editing apps like these on your favorite device, you can create print-quality images no matter where you are.

Featured image credit: ShutterStock

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