This selection of best photo editing Apps for iPhone will satisfy the need of any stock photographer who sells mobile images online. The processing quality of these Apps is very good, they do not ruin the photo, though some filters may slightly affect focus in a negative way. That’s why if you plan to sell these photos, it is a good idea to check the quality of each image on the computer screen, zooming it at 100%, and then I fix the focus if needed.
Many of these Apps can function as a camera. Personally I prefer the standard iPhone camera for taking photos, and then I use these Apps to edit them and apply filters.
Every App in this list has some good filters and some amazing filters. There are so many of them that in the beginning it can be overwhelming. It is impossible to use all of them regularly, but with time you will notice that you tend to use the same filters most of the time, and you will discover your favorites. Often I end up with many versions of the same image, filtered differently. Then I upload them to Lightroom and choose the one that I like the most, to sell it on microstock sites.
The choice of the App depends on a photo and the desired result. Do you prefer to manually adjust image quality and keep it natural? Or you want to add some special effects, like vintage filters, light effects, or grungy textures?
You can create professional-looking photos thanks to Camera+’s excellent manual controls for shooting, plus dozens of filters, frames and tweaks to help perfect each shot. The App includes a “Clarity” function, one-touch “scene” modes, lots of different filters, including vintage and monochrome, plus “the Lab” which allows to manually adjust every aspect of the images. Most of the filers are free, and two additional packs are available for purchase.
My favorite thing about Camera+:
Good variety of filters. Convenient interface.
Camera Awesome will take your photos to the next level by shooting fast and taking sharp, well-exposed shots. The App includes some manual controls and a great “Awesomize” function which makes images brighter and better exposed with just one click. A basic set of filers is incuded for free, but to experience the whole power of stunning effects, it is worth buying (for just a couple of dollars) the complete filters pack. You can combine filters with different textures to create a virtually endless variety of effects.
My favorite thing about Camera Awesome:
Optional filters and textures, which can be combined to achieve an endless variety of photographic effects.
Snapseed is definitely a must-have. Especially for those who like to manually adjust photos. With “Tune image” sliders, in just a few simple steps you can transform an underexposed and dull photo into a shiny bright masterpiece. Some filters are really great too, especially Vintage and Retrolux collection. A nice selection of frames is offered as well.
My favorite thing about Snapseed:
“Tune image” sliders, allowing to manually improve any photo in less than a minute. Stylish collection of borders.
I installed Pixelmator because of its numerous light effects – retro style light leaks and bokeh, and that’s the only thing I use this App for, which is otherwise a “powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike”.
My favorite thing about Pixelmator:
Cool adjustable light effects.
Fotor is a very powerful camera and editing App, as well as a community. The editor includes basically any control you can think of. Some filters are included for free, but to unlock the full power of the App you can purchase optional filter packs. Unfortunately, unlike in earlier versions of Fotor, now many filters kind of look almost the same and the differences between them are very slight. A nice Collage function allows to create photo collages. The “Enhance” function allows to improve the photo in one click. Lots of stylish frames and borders are included as well.
My favorite thing about Fotor:
Great variety of filters. Stylish borders. Inspirational photos in Fotor community.
Photo fx gives you the tools to edit, control and correct your images as well as create interesting effects with 878 presets, including digital optical filter equivalents. Photo fx includes simulations of many popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, natural light and photographic effects, plus a clever paint system with a variety of brushes.
My favorite thing about Photo fx:
Natural looking filters and light effects.
Filters is not a camera, it’s an image editor offering over 800 ways to transform your photos. This App provides an endless variety of filters and textures, including: vintage film recreations, hand-painted textures, vibrant colored gel overlays, special multi-effects adjustments, as well as standard image adjustment tools like brightness, contrast, color temperature, exposure and more. There are so many effects, and they are all so good, it is almost discouraging because it’s hard to make a choice!
My favorite thing about Filters:
The moment when I finally make a choice and decide which filter to use 🙂
The name of the App speaks for itself. Light Leaks provides 230 filter with themes varying from film camera to the unique sets of classy moods. Whether you are looking for vintage sentiments or special light leak effects, the App has it all.
My favorite thing about Light Leaks:
Stylish light leak effects and color overlays.
This App has a nice selection of filters, including vintage light effects. A good App for quick and straightforward editing. Simple design and powerful tools make it a pleasure to use.
My favorite thing about Afterlight:
Numerous high quality vintage filters and light effects.
Retrica is a great camera App with are at least 100 vintage filters to choose from. Some of them are free, but it’s worth buying some additional filter packs.
My favorite thing about Retrica:
“Shine” filter which creates warm, sunny photos and fits almost any image.
Filterloop is a “premium, all-inclusive photo editor”, and it does include lots of manual image adjustment tools. But to me, again, it was retro light effects that seemed the most appealing and useful. Analog film effects, light leaks, color overlays, dusty textures – everything vintage!
My favorite thing about Filterloop:
Numerous vintage light effects.
1967 is advertised as an “intuitive, uncluttered and powerful photo editing experience inspired by 64 vintage photo filters”. Well, maybe not so much intuitive, it takes some time to discover the meaning of each button, but as soon as you get used to them, it’s a pleasure to use. There are no manual adjustment controls, only 64 vintage filters with a possibility to adjust the strength of each filter. Simple and efficient!
My favorite thing about 1967:
Easy and straightforward – just switch between filters and look at the previews.
Probably the most famous App, Instagram is a simple and stylish way to capture, edit, and share the moments of your life with the world. It’s in the end of the list to give other Apps a chance because it might happen that when you get Instagram you wouldn’t really need anything else. Instagram filters are amazing. The old “classic” ones and the most recent ones, most of them are very good, and the best thing is that you can fine-tune every one of them. The long awaited feature – the possibility to keep rectangular photos without cropping them into a square, is finally there too! If you don’t want to share your photos with the community you can make your account private and just use Instagram as a photo editor.
My favorite thing about Instagram:
Beautiful filters and the ability to fine-tune them. Very convenient interface (the only thing missing is the ability to quickly move from one filter to another by swiping the finger on the photo (now when you touch the photo, you see the “before and after” image).
Last but not least, EyeEm is a great photo editing App, as well as a community of photographers from all over the world. You can take pictures, edit them, share with the community, and even earn some money with the best of them. At some point EyeEm changed all their filters, and to be honest, I miss the old ones. They were special and original. The new ones are high-quality, but they are pretty much the same as in most other Apps. I would downgrade if it was possible. You can use EyeEm as a photo editor without sharing your photos with the community, just don’t click “share” button after the image has been edited.
My favorite thing about EyeEm:
Super easy to switch between filters by swiping left and right with your finger (exactly what Instagram is missing!)