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The best apps for editing photos

Taking photos is the easy part, it’s the editing that typically causes headaches and frustrations. Luckily there exists a wide range of available photo editors — and yet again, these cost nary a dime — on the Google Play Store, designed to help photographers of any skill level achieve professional results. What follows are our picks of the best photo-editing applications for Android-based smartphones, capable of making even the dullest of photos pop with vivid color and life.

Autodesk Pixlr

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While most applications on the Google Play Store – photo-specific or not – typically feature a bevy of annoying ads and click-bait, Autodesk’s Pixlr photo editor keeps its interface clean and clear of any of these annoyances. What this allows for is a seamless editing experience, helping users focus solely on what matters most, the photos. Pixlr touts hundreds of effects, powerful editing tools, and handfuls of collage options that support absolute creative freedom. The app even provides a “favorites” button to create presets and save them easily in the app’s settings. You don’t typically find a photo editor this powerful available in the palm of your hand.

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Cupslice Photo Editor

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Incredibly easy and simple to use, Cupslice Photo Editor is perfect for novices. With a long list of available effects, tools, and photo configurations, this app makes it an absolute breeze to turn ordinary photos into stunningly beautiful images. Cupslice allows users to upload any completed photo to a host of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as chat applications like WhatsApp and Line. Photo editing apps don’t get much easier to use than Cupslice’s impressive offering.

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Prisma

Prisma may be a one-trick pony, but at least the app does this one trick really well. Prisma transforms your photos into faux pieces of art that mimic the classic works of Munch, Picasso, Mondrian, and Van Gogh, among others. So you want to upgrade that blasé breakfast pic into a regular Lichtenstein? Simply apply the filter overlay and — Whaam! — you’re set for social media supremacy. Some individuals complain about the Prisma logo at the bottom of their photos, but you can easily turn these watermarks off in the app’s settings menu.

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Cymera

Cymera is one of the most popular photography apps in the Google Play Store, yet, it’s warranted. The app lets you apply hand-written messages and drawings directly to your photos, much like Snapchat and Photo Editor. You can also accessorize your photos with stickers, masks, lighting effects, and various framing options. With more than 100 different filters to choose from, even the most obsessive selfie enthusiasts shouldn’t have too much trouble committing to just one. While these are all handy tools, Cymera’s best function is its ability to shape your body. The app makes it easy to cover up blotchy skin, pimples, and other undesirable blemishes. You can even use the function to slim and stretch your body. With Cymera, you’ll be doctoring your photos like a Kardashian in no time. Who needs #TransformationTuesday when editing away our flaws is this easy?

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Photo Editor by Aviary

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Adobe acquired Aviary and its namesake app in 2014, giving Aviary access to some of Adobe’s proprietary file types — i.e., Photoshop PSD files — along with connectivity to BeHance online portfolios and and the ability to link to your Creative Cloud account in exchange for Aviary’s in-app purchasing infrastructure. Still, Aviary’s photo editor continues to give photography fanatics a quick and easy method for any editing job, big or small. With one-touch controls, applicable stickers, and a slew of filters and effects, this editing application turns a smartphone into a premier photography studio. Perhaps its lone downside is the fact that, while free to download and use, Aviary does make users shell out some dough for a few of its effect packages. That said, the ordinary application — sans updates — carries enough editing power to remain incredibly useful on its own.

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Adobe Lightroom

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Adobe’s software have long been considered by many as the preeminent solution for editing pictures and photos, and its Lightroom application for Android is no different. Though it requires users possess the desktop version of Adobe Lightroom 5 – as well as an Adobe Creative Cloud account – it packs a serious photo-editing punch capable of putting others in its class to shame. Users have the ability to not only edit photos taken with an Android smartphone, but also any DNG RAW camera images and any photos saved to the Lightroom 5 desktop program. As always, Adobe provides an incredible amount of effects, filters, and tools, making this a worthy companion for any expert photographer.

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Adobe Photoshop Express

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An Adobe photo-editing app that doesn’t require a mandatory subscription? Yes, please. With Adobe Photoshop Express, users gain access to Adobe’s library of impressive editing features including blemish Removal, one-touch filters, and Adobe’s new image rendering engine. The most recent app updates also include the ability to shoot and process RAW images directly from your Android device, allowing you to take full advantage of your phone’s advanced optics. The app offers a selection of in-app purchases, too, which provide access to saved albums, advanced editing features, and additional image filters and effects. When budget holds you back, Adobe’s Photoshop Express remains one of the best options for gaining access to blue-ribbon editing software.

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This article was originally published on June 27, 2016 and updated on March 2, 2017 by Dallon Adams to include Open Camera, Prisma, and Cymera.

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