February 28, 2018 Bailey Underwood3 mins

Photo editing technology has come a long way since the days of the dark room. Even now, digital image manipulation has only recently become an accessible practice for the general public. We've compiled our top 8 image and video editing apps to craft the perfect shot or clip for your next post, snap, or tweet.

With the rise of social media and image-only networks like Instagram, there is a gargantuan demand for simple and effective editing tools – especially those that can be used on the go.

Legend.

Is a short-form, text-based video creation app. Self-titled as ‘Legends’, the square 6-second clips are an effective tool for grabbing the attention of fast scrollers.

Best bits.

  • Add animated text over images.
  • GIF or mp4 exporting.
  • Choice of over 35 different animations and colour schemes.
  • Simple and intuitive to use.

Free?

Yes, but contains in-app purchases.


Legend is typography choreography.

 

Fotodanz.

Take short videos to create a partially moving, but partially still, image called a cinemagraph. Although only available on Android, Cinemagraph Pro is a great iPhone alternative.

Best bits.

  • Great at capturing action from afar, but also macro shots with fine detail.
  • Features filters that apply direct to animation.

Free?

Yes, but contains in-app purchases.


A busy construction site sits still - except for the bobcat.

 

Snapseed.

The ultimate image fine-tuning experience. Snapseed is an extremely powerful tool developed by Google. Image filters, all the major professional photography tools, and the ability to edit and re-edit images - if there was ever an app powered by pure magic, this would be it.

Best bits.

  • Huge selection of editing tools.
  • Edit RAW files.
  • Add filters, text and frames.
  • Powerful face enhancing features.

Free?

Yes.


Snapseed has the power to dramatically enhance pictures your phone can't quite capture, like images taken at low-light.

 

Adobe Photoshop Express.

Another powerful one and a great continuation of the Adobe mobile experience. It’s seamless, it integrates with your Adobe Creative Cloud account, and, unlike its desktop counterpart, it’s free.

Best bits.

  • Collage tool for combining multiple images.
  • De-noise for fixing grainy evening shots.
  • Defog tool.
  • Create and save your own looks to apply to future images.

Free?

Yes, but contains in-app purchases.


Chateau Yaldara in the Barossa Valley looks even more stunning after some adjustments to highlights and shadows.

 

Videoshop.

Fantastic for minor video edits. Videoshop lets you cut, chop, change and combine multiple clips at once. Perfect for editing custom clips to upload to Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook.

Best bits.

  • Add custom music tracks
  • Change video settings and apply filters.
  • Add custom intros sequences and text.
  • Adjust video speed.

Free?

Yes, but contains in-app purchases.


Videoshop lets you chop and change clips at the flick of a finger.

 

GiphyCam.

Make quick, smart-looking GIFs in a flash (but not in Flash®). Works great for producing short eye-grabbing content for sharing across social media.

Best bits.

  • New filters every week.
  • Integration with GIF keyboards.
  • Record your own GIFs.
  • Face-tracking accessories.

Free?

Yes, but contains in-app purchases.


Add cute and quirky stickers and effects to create great GIFs with GiphyCam.

 

PicLab.

Similar to Videoshop and GiphyCam, except for still images. Best for adding captivating typography, image effects or borders for sharing across social media.

Best bits.

  • Huge library of custom stickers (some require payment).
  • Add pattern, light effects and texture overlays to images.
  • Very customisable range of text and caption options.

Free?

Yes, but contains in-app purchases.


Dashiell Hendricks poses for this cute PicLab creation. Good boy.

 

Quik.

An application made by GoPro to easily combine action shots and clips into a stylish and seamless video. Choose your videos and photos and Quik does the rest, producing a clip which automatically selects the highlights and mixes them with smooth transition effects and intense beats.

Best bits.

  • Lives up to its name – insanely fast.
  • Flashbacks 24H, a feature that lets you relive your adventures over the past 24 hours.
  • 80 free backing songs, or choose your own.
  • Up to 75 clips and images from your phone’s gallery, Google Photos, Dropbox or GoPro Plus.

Free?

Yes.


Quik is perfect for compiling all your actions shots into one snazzy video.