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Top FREE Photo Editing Apps

There’s a reason Instagram has become one of the most popular apps out there. In this visual world, people would rather look at beautiful images rather than read some text. According to Socialbakers, photos make up 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook. Holy cow!

jamie image 1I’ve taken a look at tons of photo-editing apps and compiled a list of the ones I think are the best. These are all fairly simple to use and all include filters and adjustments like you would find on Instagram. I took one photo and shared some of the editing features for each app. Take a look!

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1. Instagram:

instagram filter

Pros:

  • Simple
  • Shareable to Instagram (obviously), Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare

Cons:

  • Very popular so filters have been overused

2. Studio

Studio

Pros:

  • Decorative overlays – frames, typography, drawings
  • Tons of free decorative packs for download
  • Shareable to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and email

3. Camera360

Camera360

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Pros:

  • Ability to make collages
  • Can add texture
  • Facial filters/effects
  • Shareable to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more

4. Photoshop Express

photoshop express filter

Pros:

  • Simple
  • Red eye removal
  • Frames
  • Print to Walgreens function
  • Shareable to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Revel, Tumblr, Flickr and more

5. FXCamera

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Pros:

  • Symmetric feature
  • Fisheye lens
  • Shareable to Facebook and Twitter

6. Aviary

Aviary

Pros:

  • Facial filters/effects – redeye, blemish, teeth whiten
  • Meme creator
  • Draw on images
  • Overlay text
  • Selective color
  • Can adjust focus
  • Print to Walgreens function
  • Shareable to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, text, & more

Cons:

  • Have to pay for some filters

7. PicStitch

PicStitch

Pros:

  • Create collages
  • Lots of layouts to choose from
  • Can edit each individual picture of collage
  • All photo editing features same as Aviary (PicStitch is owned by Aviary)
  • All share features same as Aviary

8. Repix

Repix

Pros:

  • Artistic effects such as flares, posterize, drips, charcoal, & more
  • Can access images from Facebook
  • Share options include email, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, & Instagram

Cons:

  • Have to purchase some artistic effects

9. Pixlromatic

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Pros:

  • Lots of filters
  • Cool photo effects such as scratches, burn, street lights, worn, metal, & more
  • Shareable to Facebook, Twitter, and email

Cons:

  • Have to buy extra effects

10. PicLab

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Pros:

  • Simple
  • Provides photo inspiration (links to Instagram)
  • Can add text
  • Borders & Shapes, Light effects, textures, and pattern overlays
  • Shareable to Instagram, Vidlab, Facebook, Twitter, email, and text

Cons:

  • Hard to edit font
  • Have to pay to remove watermark
  • Must pay for extra fonts and overlays

The top three apps I recommend are Instagram, Studio and PicStitch. Instagram is a must in my book. It is the number one photo-sharing app out there and you need to have a social presence on it. Studio allows you to add decorative type and graphics to jazz up your design, and PicStitch allows you to make collages and also has an easy meme generator.

It’s best if you give your brand one consistent feel. Try to use the same filter style across the board. I suggest you download these apps and have a feel for them yourself! Add some variety to your social images!

Below are some typography inspirations from Studio and PicLab.

Studio:

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PicLab:

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