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Best Photo Editing Apps for iOS

You've taken a great photo with your iOS device. Now it's time to make it extra special using the best photo editing apps for iOS.

Enlight

This photo app does it all

Enlight

Your Photos, Your Way

When you want one photo editing app to do it all, Enlight is the one.

Enlight is an all-in-one photo editing app that will eliminate the need for multiple apps on your iOS device. With Enlight, you'll have the basics like color adjustment, cropping, and even some filters that can change how your photo looks. But the app does much more, such as text on images, artistic effects like paintings and watercolors, double exposure, Instagram-ready borders, and much more. With Enlight on your iOS device, you won't have to worry about not having the right tool for the job, because you'll have them all in one place. It's super convenient and well worth the price tag.

Why we love it

Enlight is one of the most powerful photo editing apps that we've had the pleasure of using, and it's a must-have for any photographer's toolbox.

Pixelmator

When you need an all-in-one Photoshop experience

Pixelmator

Pixelmator-demo

For anyone who needs powerful photo editing, as well as working with digital graphics

Pixelmator is one of the best photo and image editing apps that you can buy on iOS. The app brings desktop-like power to iOS, and is capable of letting you tweak your photographs to perfection through powerful editing tools. And if you are more of a graphic designer, Pixelmator is great for that too, as there are a lot of tools to create your own graphics and artwork. It's flexible, customizable, and provides enough power so that you never have to use a desktop or laptop computer again for image editing.

Why we love it

We love Pixelmator because of the power that it provides. It's super easy and provides us with all of the tools that we would ever need to perfect our photos.

SKRWT

Never have crooked lines again

SKRWT

For anyone who wants to straighten up edges and lines in their photographs.

SKRWT is a simple app that does one thing: it corrects keystone and lens distortion in your images, so that they don't look so crooked or uneven. The app is super easy to use, with intuitive tools that let you adjust both vertical and horizontal perspective so that the edges and lines in your photographs appear more straight and even. The dials that are used to adjust the amount of adjustment are super precise, so you don't have to worry about it moving around once you remove your finger from the screen. Once you've made all of your necessary adjustments, just save the image or send it off to another app for more editing or sharing with others. It's the best app to help you remove that pesky distortion from the lens.

Why we love it

SKRWT is a simple and intuitive app that makes it easy to remove the crooked lines and lens distortions from your photographs before sharing. Plus, the precise dials mean accurate adjustments, so you don't have to worry about being too careful with the tools.

Affinity Photo

The first fully-featured photo editor for the iPad

Affinity Photo

Plenty of tutorials and samples to work with

Affinity Photo for iPad has an intuitive interface, but it's quite complex. Some might say it's difficult to learn. However, the app does come with a wealth of tutorials and sample images to get you started. Begin with the first tutorial, and work your way through them. You'll get a solid introduction to the interface and controls, as well as the techniques that will make your photos really stand out. As you progress through the tutorials, feel free to break away and try out your techniques with your own images or the samples. I've found that's a solid way to really learn and embed the knowledge from the tutorials into your mind and muscle memory.

Adobe Lightroom for iPad

Take your images to the next level with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Adobe Lightroom for iPad

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for iPad

Adobe has also added more 3D Touch support. In the Camera Roll browser view, a short touch will give you a Peek at the image. A longer press will Pop the photo onto the full screen. You can also press on the app’s icon to launch a number of Quick Actions. The Peek and Pop functionality is also available using the Grid View. Just to note, you can edit images on your device for no charge. But if you want to access your photos on other devices, including a PC, you’ll need to have an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription. You’ll need to shell out $9.99 per month to subscribe, but new users do receive a free 30-day trial.

Why we love it

There is a growing crowd of smartphone photographers who don’t use the desktop at all for photo editing, so Adobe is clearly transitioning the target audience of the Lightroom mobile apps in the right direction. This powerful image editing tool is great for anyone looking for a free option for their iOS device or those who already have an Adobe subscription.

Adobe Photoshop Fix

Let's Fix This

Adobe Photoshop Fix

Face-aware liquify

For Adobe users that want to edit on iOS.

With Adobe Photoshop Fix, you can heal, smooth, liquify, lighten and make other edits and adjustments to your images. Access edited photos within other Adobe mobile and desktop apps by signing in to Adobe Creative Cloud to further refine them or use them in other creative projects – it’s all powered by Adobe CreativeSync.

Why we love it

This photo-editing app with Adobe in the name doesn't disappoint thanks to its feature set.

Polarr Photo Editor - Photo Editing Tools for All

For stunning photos, this editor provides the exact tools you need.

Polarr Photo Editor - Photo Editing Tools for All

Effects, adjustments, and filters

Polarr Photo Editor is not only very easy to use, but produces quality photos at the finish. If you are looking for a new photo editor, or are already a fan of Polarr Photo Editor for Mac, then head over to the App Store and get the updated mobile version.

Why we love it

Polarr Photo Editor is a robust tool for iOS. With extensive features, ease-of-use, and a customizable interface, if you have not tried this mobile version of the Mac app yet, then you are missing out.

Adobe Lightroom

Take your images to the next level with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Adobe has also added more 3D Touch support. In the Camera Roll browser view, a short touch will give you a Peek at the image. A longer press will Pop the photo onto the full screen. You can also press on the app’s icon to launch a number of Quick Actions. The Peek and Pop functionality is also available using the Grid View. Just to note, you can edit images on your device for no charge. But if you want to access your photos on other devices, including a PC, you’ll need to have an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription. You’ll need to shell out $9.99 per month to subscribe, but new users do receive a free 30-day trial.

Why we love it

There is a growing crowd of smartphone photographers who don’t use the desktop at all for photo editing, so Adobe is clearly transitioning the target audience of the Lightroom mobile apps in the right direction. This powerful image editing tool is great for anyone looking for a free option for their iOS device or those who already have an Adobe subscription.

File New - Text on Photo & Typography Maker

When you need powerful photo editing and extra touches of flair

File New - Text on Photo & Typography Maker

Powerful features

For anyone who wants a comprehensive photo editor with cute flair and watermarks.

File New - The Ultimate Photo Editor ($3.99) by Hi Mom S.A.S is an all-in-one photo editing app for your iPhone. If you haven’t yet had your fill of photo editors, or haven’t been fully satisfied with what was on the market before, then File New is an app that you should consider.

Why we love it

File New has a nice, simple interface that is straightforward. The tools are easy to use and precise. Plus, the watermark and glitter textures for text and stickers adds a new touch of flair, and it's easy to add up to six of your own logos or watermarks.

Photo Editor by Aviary

When you just need a lightweight and flexible photo editor

Photo Editor by Aviary

Enhance and Stylize

For anyone who just needs a plain and simple photo editing app.

Photo Editor by Aviary contains powerful tools for every mobile photographer. You have the basic photo adjustments, cool and stylish filters, and even some advanced tools for the perfect selfie. It's fast, simple, and has a ton of features for free. What more do you need?

Why we love it

Aviary is a lightweight and fast photo editor that has all of the basics you need for free, and then some.