How do you get the best out of photos?
By using a photo editing app of course!
Though phones are getting smarter by the day and there is AI to click better photos, for now they can’t match up to photo editing apps.
In this exclusive list, I have rounded up all the photo editing apps that will help you transform your memories. These apps will help you to resize, adjust, beautify, sharpen, apply filters, make collage, remove objects and even shoot time lapses.
So without further ado let’s take a look at the best photo editing apps:
Pixlr is a complete photo editing app that gives you a variety of options. A lot of users rely on it for quick fixes to a photo, adding texts and applying preset filters. Recently, Autodesk acquired it, which validates it popularity.
- User Friendly design and functionality which are extremely simple and logically categorized.
- Simplified editing tools like crop, adjust and autofix.
- Advanced tools like Splash which makes the image black and white and helps you add selective areas with colors.
- Variety of preset filter option.
- Add text feature.
- Collage making option.
Facetune is photoshop for dummies. It helps you to modify your photos, especially you face and make them look picture perfect. It whitens your teeth, removes blemishes and pimples, does away with wrinkles and even reshapes so that you can have those perfect cuts.
- Basic features like crop, adjust aspect ratio, rotate and flip.
- Advanced features like whiten, smooth, red eye reduction, tones and details.
- Option to see before edits and after edits.
- Preset filters (limited options though)
- Frames to lighten up your images.
3. VSCO Cam
VSCO Cam is an editing app for people who are serious about their photos. People in the professional circuit seem to like it a lot. Its filters make the photos look better, but still help it keep real.
Another standout offering that makes it one of the best photo editing app is that it has an amazing social platform where you can make your own photo journals and share it with the world.
If you are obsessed about your pixels being perfect and and would like to experiment with a new photo sharing platform, this is a highly recommended app.
- All the basic functions like crop, edit, adjust and resize.
- Advanced photoshop features like washed out tones, saturated colors, high contrasts etc.
- Social platform GRID for your photos to get discovered.
- Amazing set of film like pre-set filters to automatically make your photo look great.
- Integrated camera.
4. Touch Retouch
The Guardian says that there is no easier way to remove unwanted objects from your photos. This is precisely what this genius photo editing app does. It removes unwanted content from your pictures.
If you are constantly photo-bombed or the frame has a lot of disturbance, you can remove them all using Touch-Retouch. The best part? It is not hard at all.
- Replace unwanted objects in the picture.
- Weed out photobombers by using a lasso.
- Make portraits more beautiful by removing blemishes and wrinkles.
- App replaces selections automatically (using nearby pixels)
- Clone tool can be used to easily duplicate objects.
Moldiv is a friendly photo-editor app with all the standard photo-editing functions but with more than 550+ stickers in it and a plethora of collage options.
If you like to liven up pictures using stickers and collages, then this is the perfect app for you.
- 320+ fonts
- 150+ filters
- Beautify selfies – face slimming, enlarge eyes, smoothen skin and whiten teeth.
- Collage – Ability to artistically combine 10+ photos in one frame.
- Ability to crop, straighten, rotate, adjust colors in a picture.
6. Lapse It
Lapse it, as the name suggests is a time-lapse capturing photo app. Though there are many smartphones these days that have a slo-mo capacity, lapse it beats them all with its rich features and easy to shoot functions.
Of course, if your phone doesn’t come with a slo-mo capturing functionality, this app is hands down the best.
- Choose the interval between captures.
- Customize focus.
- Pre-set ISO.
- Battery saver mode that switches off screen while capturing videos for long hours.
- Crop videos and apply filters.
- Import videos and apply effects easily.
7. Perfect 365
Perfect 365 is a virtual make up app. It delivers exactly what it promises. It lets you retouch and apply makeup to deliver that spotless portrait photo.
What’s more, you can explore makeup services with this app!
- Change color of your hair and your eyes.
- Whiten your teeth with one touch.
- Easily remove blemishes and dark circles.
- Sharpen your face structure for that perfect jaw-line.
- Easily apply virtual make-up to your photos.
Afterlight is a delight for people who want everything perfect in their photos. It has enough filters, styles and toning tools to please probably everyone.
It also has an amazing range of premium offerings (in-app purchases), that is non-intrusive and sets it apart from its peers.
- Abundant filters and frames.
- Varied options in lights and leaks.
- Designer letter frames that put your picture in that letter.
- AI powered contrast, shadows, highlights etc that understands your image.
- Filter collections (free) by popular photographers.
- Ability to add overlays, texts and even stickers.
This photo editing app is what we call an all-rounder. If you are looking for an app that is a jack of all trades, this is the one you should be looking to install.
It was originally developed by Nik Software, but was then taken over by Google. Now, the app has seen quite a lot of improvements including better user interface and user experience. Also, like most things Google, this app has all things free.
- Simple and user friendly UI.
- Myriad of editing tools.
- Vintage filters, HDR adjustments.
- Remove unwanted objects.
- Apply “last edits” to a new photo.
- Available guides to better use the app.
10. Lens Distortions
This app is the best app if you are looking to add natural elements like sunlight, rain, fog, snow and other weather effects to your photos. A lot of apps do have this as an additional functionality, but Lens Distortions is the best in the business.
The USP of the app is that it makes it look so natural that viewers won’t be able to recognize that it is an added effect.
- Add natural elements like sunlight, snow etc.
- Add multiple layer of effects.
- Ability to adjust depth, sharpness and brightness of images.
- Blur effect.
- Adjust the depth of each overlay.
The bottom line
The marketplace is littered with thousands of photo editing apps, promising to transform your memory.
However, as a user, it is entirely for you to gauge what the important features you need in a photo editing app.
If you are a professional – you will need something advanced like Afterlight2 or Moldiv. For personal use there are even more options like Facetune, Touch Retouch and Perfect 365. If you need something specific like collage, time lapse, face -emojis – you can take your pick from apps like Lens Distortions and Pixlr.
Get explore and find what suits your needs!
We’ve all experienced the effects of stress in one form or another. Feeling stressed out sucks, especially when it becomes chronic.
Stress affects everything from your digestion, immune function, cognition, and mood. In simplest terms, stress is your body’s response to changes that take place in your environment that are deemed ‘unsafe.’
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect environment for a full-blown stress meltdown. It is normal to feel stressed right now. The world feels like it’s upside down—literally.
On top of that, the uncertainty and constant health threats surrounding COVID-19 have led to a surge in mental health issues. A study found that 70% of the U.S. population have identified as moderately to severely distressed since the onset of the pandemic. Can you relate?
It has never been more important to master our emotional health. The pandemic has shown us that, while we can’t control the external world, we always have control over how we respond to it.
Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone deals with it in the same way. The good news is that you have the power to effectively manage your stress so that your world doesn’t feel like it’s falling apart every time you’re hit with a challenge.
Before you can do that, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection works.
The Mind-Body Connection and Stress
Despite popular opinion, the mind and the body are not two separate entities. Your physical body impacts your emotions and visa versa. As you can imagine, if there is disharmony in the body, there will also be disharmony in the mind, which in turn will influence your stress levels.
One study found that the type of energy patterns that are carried by certain words and intentions can cause physical changes in DNA structure which become the building blocks of your body.
Have you ever felt a nauseous feeling in your stomach when you’re anxious about something? If so, you’ve experienced the mind-body connection at play.
The next time you find yourself saying something negative, remember that your thoughts determine how your body behaves. Negative emotions contribute to dis-ease in the body. Be mindful of the words you speak because your body is always listening to you. What you think, you become.
The Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body
Life is a rollercoaster ride which means that stress will happen. You cannot hide from it. The best thing that you can do is take preventative measures to ensure that stress doesn’t wreak havoc on your mind and body over the long-term. Here are 3 lesser-known effects of stress.
1. Weakened Immune System
Your health is your wealth. Without you, you have nothing. If you don’t have a strong immune system, your body won’t be able to fight off disease and/or viruses.
COVID-19 has taught us how important it is to take care of our immune systems. If you want to maintain a strong immune system get a good night’s sleep, do regular exercise, eat healthy foods, take immune-boosting supplements, and commit to relaxation practices. This is how you will train your immune system to work for you instead of against you.
2. Gut Problems
There is a strong correlation between digestive health and stress. The gut and the brain are constantly communicating and sending signals to one another.
Have you ever felt like you were punched in the gut after receiving awful news? Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous about something? These reactions happen for a reason.
An imbalanced intestine can send signals to the brain, just as an imbalanced brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach pains can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
So, the next time you have an unexplained stomach ache, your stress levels could be the culprit. Avoid foods that can irritate your stomach and aggravate the symptoms of stress, like refined sugars and fried foods. I like to take acidophilus regularly which helps to increase healthy bacteria in the gut.
Lastly, I encourage you to create a daily Kundalini yoga practice. Kundalini yoga is great for stimulating the flow of energy in the body. There are specific Kundalini exercises that support healthy digestion, some of which include Breath of Fire, Stretch Pose, and Sat Kriya.
Stress is a normal response to positive and negative life experiences. However, if you have trouble coping with stress over the long-term, you can put yourself at risk for developing depression. Sustained or chronic stress leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, and reduced serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine.
When you experience heightened levels of stress, you are more likely to experience a low mood. Unfortunately, a low mood will make you more prone to not engaging in healthy activities, like exercising and eating well. As a result, your mood will suffer even more.
This toxic spiraling effect is what causes a lot of people to experience symptoms of depression, like fatigue, anxiety, loss of appetite, or in severe cases, suicidal thoughts.
COVID-19 has put a lot of people at risk for depression. With everything that is currently going on in the world, people are more susceptible to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness which can precipitate the onset of depression.
One of the best ways to prevent yourself from falling into a spiral of sadness is to seek professional help. A psychologist or a coach can help you navigate through the difficult times and give you tools for reducing stress and anxiety.
Secondly, create a daily mindfulness-based practice and make it a non-negotiable. Mindfulness can be in the form of meditation, yoga, dancing, tai chi, or breathwork.
Practicing mindfulness helps you reprogram negative thoughts and reassess difficult experiences with a more calm mind.
Don’t Allow Stress to Take Over Your Life
You have two choices—you can either let stressors suffocate your health and well-being, or you can transform your wounds into wisdom and rewrite a new story.
If you’re scared, it’s okay. You’re human. Allow yourself to feel everything, but don’t lose yourself in the mess. Take a deep breath and trust that your strength is greater than any struggle.