8 Photo-editing apps for your Android phone

The camera is now a standard feature on smartphones and you will find at least a 5 megapixel snapper in most mid to high-end phones. There are instances where the camera becomes the highlight of the device eg. Nokia's 808 Pureview with a 41MP camera. Taking photographs and sharing them via social networks or photo sharing apps like Instagram is more than just a trend - for some, it's a habit. And there are several mobile apps which will let you edit and enhance your photos by cropping and resizing them, adding effects, borders, and more. If you are an Android user, then here are the 8 best photo-editing apps for your mobile device.

Pixlr-o-matic - Free

Neat and simple UI

Neat and simple UI


Pixlr-o-matic is one of the finest photo-editing apps for Android that can be downloaded absolutely free of charge. As soon as you launch the app, it shows two options – one to choose a photo from the gallery or another to click a photo instantly by offering the camera option right from the app.


You can then edit the photo with the plethora of options available which includes more then 100 effects, 280 overlays and almost 200 different borders. Adding retro effects is quick, colour overlays will help set the mood while lighting effects add drama, sparkle and a grunge look. You can export edited photos back to the gallery and choose to save them in small, medium and large sizes. Moreover, keeping in mind how important social networks have become, Pixlr-o-meter gives you the option to share it on Facebook as well. What we really liked is that the free app is sans annoying ads.

Photoshop Express - Free

Cropping, resizing and all basic Photoshop features

Cropping, resizing and all basic Photoshop features


Photoshop is a simple and extremely intuitive application to edit photos. Choose the photo to be edited and you will find options to crop, rotate, flip, and straighten the image. You can also tweak the exposure, saturation, tint, contrast and brightness of the photo. The contrast and brightness can be adjusted by simply swiping your finger across the screen to set the intensity. Though not too many options, there are a few borders and effects that you can add to the image. You will get the option to undo and redo an effect and also view the image in Black and White. Uploading the images on Photoshop.cm, Facebook and TwitPic is also possible. You can even save all the images on Photoshop.com and access them anytime.

Picsay – Free, Rs. 199

For fun-filled images

For fun-filled images


This is yet another simple yet cool app for editing photos. It lets you add fun-filled effects to your photos. You can add text and even word balloons in your images. The text can further be tweaked using various parameters. Picsay also offers several stickers to make photo-editing even more fun such as hats and helmets, romance, celebrations, summer and signs and symbols. Free Picsay has a decent number of functions to add effects like adjusting saturation, exposure, brightness, tint, contrast and even temperature. It also has image editing functions like marker, spotlight, distort and invert.  There is an export option, and once you click on it, the photo can be shared via almost every option from Bluetooth to Facebook, Gmail and any other application that has been installed. To unlock more features, one can upgrade to the paid Picsay Pro version.

Camera 360 - Free

Adding some cool effects

Adding some cool effects


Camera360 is a complete feature-loaded photo-editing app for Android. It lets you pull up an image from the gallery or simply click an image directly from the app with usual flash, settings and front camera options. You can also set the timer, choose the burst mode or stabilizer while taking images. This free app has a decent number of effects for the photos and a set of advanced options like setting the image quality, photo size, ISO, mirroring capture by front camera and more. There is also the Camera 360 cloud storage option that lets you save all the photos and access them anytime, anywhere. The UI is extremely slick and it now comes with a new photo processing engine for a speedy performance. What we really liked is how it neatly manages photos and organises them according to dates.

Little Photo – Free, Rs. 207.40

Big surprise in little packet

Little packet, big surprise


This is an awesome app to retouch your images. It has a plethora of effects, for instance, you can add the Vintage effect and the app will let you spruce up the image by letting you choose from options within the Vintage effect such as vintage aged, page, light, dirty and dry. Similarly, it is inundated with several options for most of the effects. You can also apply more than two effects and effortlessly view the combinations. Moreover, you can click an image within the app or pull up images from the gallery. Little Photo comes with a paid version too, which lets you tweak elements like brightness, contrast, exposure, saturation, and merge smooth skin.

Vignette - Demo, Rs. 137.60

Tweaking images in Vignette

Tweaking images in Vignette


Vignette is one of the must-have apps that lets you customise filters and frames to create photo effects and also serves as a full-featured camera app with digital zoom, time-lapse, self-timer and more. You can add retro and vintage styles, Polaroid, instant camera styles and the camera functions like self-timer, time-lapse and digital 10x zoom. The volume rocker can be used as the shutter button and it also lets you take time and data stamped pictures. Moreover, there is support to share photos via third party apps. Vignette has a demo version and then the app needs to be purchased for Rs. 137.60.

Diptic - Rs. 53.20

For collage of images

For collages


Diptic is an awesome app if you want to combine multiple photos and make a collage. It also lets you create neat before-and-after series of images. So, you can choose from different layouts and colour effects to create a series of images. You can combine multiple images to tell a story via images. Share the images via email, or upload directly to Google+, Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr, etc. You can pan, zoom, mirror images and also adjust brightness, contrast, and colour saturation for each image. You can also adjust the width of the image.

TouchRetouch - Free, Rs. 53.50


Delete unwanted objects


TouchRetouch app can be used to remove all the unwanted content and objects from any photo. To do so, just mark the content object/objects with your finger using the brush and then click on Start. This will instantly remove all the unnecessary objects quickly and conveniently using brush, lasso and eraser tools. This makes it a great app for images ruined by a specific minor element. For instance, imagine a beautiful family picture outdoors with everything just perfect and then you notice some strangers who shouldn't have been part of the pic. Here’s where the app can come to your rescue. You can also delete objects like cords, wires etc. from the image. The app comes with video tutorials, unlimited Undo/Redo actions, smart image background recovery techniques and easy to use interface.


We think these are some of the best photo-editing apps for your Android device. If you have been using any other photo-editing app, do let us know in the comments section below.

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Published Date: Nov 03, 2012 03:32 pm | Updated Date: Nov 03, 2012 03:32 pm