Thanks to the vast improvements made to smartphone cameras, mobile photo editing is more popular than ever. Everyone wants to add those little tweaks to make their photos really pop and there are a metric ton of apps that can do just that.
Searching for photo editor apps in the Google Play Store will return enough results to make your head spin so we’ve put together a list of the best photo editor apps for Android. Please note, none of these have the power that something like Gimp, Lightroom, or Photoshop has. For more serious photo editing, you’ll still need a computer!
1) Adobe Photoshop Express
When some people ask if a platform has a good photo editor, what they mean is does it have a version of Photoshop. In Android’s case: yes! Adobe Express isn’t a fully ported version of the ubiquitous desktop version, but it provides enough tools to easily tweak photos on a touchscreen.
You can remove red-eye, mask blemishes, and remove noise. And if you have a RAW photo or two saved to your device, this app can load them up.
The main app is free, but you need the Premium Looks Pack ($3.00) if you want all of the filters, and you’ll have to snag the Advanced Pack ($5.00) to get noise reduction and defogging. Though, for now, you can get these features for free if you’re willing to sign in with an Adobe account.
Download: Photoshop Express for Android (Free with in-app purchases)
Aviary has long been one of the best photo editors for mobile devices, so Adobe bought it. But that doesn’t mean Aviary has since become a Photoshop clone. This app still has its own distinct look and feel. It’s just that now you can save your work to Adobe’s Creative Cloud when you’re done. Or, you know, you can continue not doing that. Whichever floats your boat.
Compared to Photoshop Express, Aviary used to feel more playful. Not so anymore. The interface consists of grays and whites that fit it well alongside Adobe’s other products. That said, I’d call it an improvement that looks right at home on devices running the latest version of Android.
Aviary remains a lively tool. You can use it to apply filters, surround a photo with a frame, and apply stickers. This app is also one of the easiest ways to create memes (though you could always take things to the next level by installing a dedicated app).
Download: Aviary for Android (Free with in-app purchases)
Maybe you don’t care if the screen is smaller — you still want power. In that case, download Snapseed. This photo editor takes the features packed into the desktop version and brings them over to mobile. Want to shift the perspective of an image? Go right ahead. Need to blur specific parts? Have at it. Looking to adjust brightness, contrast, and colour balance? Knock yourself out.
The interface differs noticeably from all of the other apps on this list. Options hover above your photo as floating buttons. Tapping any of them brings up additional controls at the bottom of the screen.
Download: Snapseed for Android (Free)
4) PicsArt Photo Studio
When you first open PicsArt Photo Studio, it feels like a social network with an editor attached. You’re bombarded with banners and photos, with the option to actually edit images tucked away on a small button in the middle of the screen. The app seems primarily focused on getting you to create your own network, follow other artists, and vote on the best work in various contests.
But when you do want to edit a shot, PicsArt’s interface is straightforward and effective. There’s the option to apply filters or create collages, as we’ve come to expect. When you’re done editing, you can save photos up to 8 megapixels. You do have to deal with banner ads, but fortunately, they’re not visible on any of the main screens. You can also remove them with a single $5.99 payment.
PicsArt is free to use, but like Aviary, it comes with a shop. Here you can find clipart, fonts, frames, and the like. There are a number of free packs. Paid ones usually go for one or two bucks.
Download: PicsArt Photo Studio for Android (Free with in-app purchases)