Prisma App image from LoHo Digital
Color Splash image from LoHo Digital
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A Color Story image from LoHo Digital
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Cameras on our smart phones allow us to take photos anytime, anywhere without the need for carrying a separate camera around. Adding a filter, increasing brightness or adding effects can really bring the most out of your photos, and the best thing is you don’t need to fork out for expensive professional photo editing software to make this happen.

There are a wealth of iPhone apps available, some free, some freemium, others paid for that give you the tools previously only available to those professional photographers, so we thought we’d round up our top 10 favourite free to use and paid for photo-editing apps to help you select one or two that’ll work best for you and your business:

A Color Story image from LoHo Digital

This is a great freemium app. The free download has a limited number of filters and effects but you can buy most filter ‘packs’ individually for as little as 79p and for £5.99 you get access to all the available packs. 

​This app allows you to layer filters, which is a great, handy feature. It has over 100 filters, 40 effects and 20 editing tools such as saturation, hue, curves and contrast as well as tilting, perspective and mirror.

Great freemium app from Adobe with tools that include vignette, transform, healing and text. Easy to get the hang of and great for editing pictures on the go.

This is an art photo editor app that is free to download. It is a bit of fun, recreating your images in the style of well-know artwork. 

Prisma App image from LoHo Digital
Snapseed image from LoHo Digital

A freemium app that allows you to crop, rotate, heal, add a vignette plus a number of filters that can bring out the best in your photo. Snapseed also lets you add text to your pictures too which can be fun when sharing your photos with family and friends.

79p to download plus in app purchases. Afterlight is a lovely app to help create some wonderful pictures. It has 74 filters, 78 effects such as light leaks and natural effects with 128 frames. 

A freemium app that has some super filters and effects, it has its own built in camera so you can shoot your photos straight into the app. As a freemium app it has a basic, free version, to access other features there is a fee of between £2.99 and £6.99 for different effects. 
​If you create a VSCO account you also get access to their online community and can follow other users and learn from their experience.

VSCO image from LoHo Digital

£2.99 to download. Edit your photos – crop, straighten, sharpen, blur, exposure, noise, then add other filters. It also allows you to export your pictures to JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats. 

​79p to download, this app essentially helps you to blur your background. You select the area you wish to focus on and it does the rest to give a really excellent effect that feels more like DSLR photography. It also has a number of excellent filters to apply to your photo.

Color Splash image from LoHo Digital

This app is 79p to download. It is an app that allows you to convert your images to black and white and select one colour to remain to really focus on that area. It can be a really eye catching effect and is also a lot of fun.

A freemium app that is also available on your desktop, Pic Monkey has some great filters. It allows you to resize and crop your photos as well as touch up, add text, overlays and frames. 
 
and one for luck…
​£1.49 to download and has over 70 effects. You can layer your filters on top to create a truly bespoke look. It also has the usual photo editing 
What are you favourite, go-to photo editing apps?
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