Capturing and editing photos on a mobile phone has become something of pastime for most of us smartphone users. Adding filters, tweaking colours and putting thought bubbles make quite a difference to an otherwise simple photo. Artistic shots, while great as they are, can always be enhanced with a little editing—one could opt to use Photoshop for post processing. But with smartphone apps, it’s a simple and fun process to do on the fly and share/post your photos online almost immediately. We found a few of the not-too-popular Android apps for post photo processing that are free and fun to use. Take a look::
Definitely one of the better photo editing apps out there, Cymera offers users a plethora of cool features to choose from to make sure regular pictures look more entertaining and vibrant. You can start off by choosing from a variety of preset lenses that feature quadruple image capture in bursts, Fisheye, Sproket, Double and a couple more. You can then choose a mode with either a timer, anti-shake, touch focus or a blur effect. After you’re satisfied with the image you’ve captured, you can then proceed to edit the photo and post. Here you’ve got a wide array of features from auto fix options based on the type of photo to colour and light correction settings, beauty settings and quite a few add-ons such as cartoon glasses, wigs etc. You can also leave a scribbled message on the image if you wish. The best part is that it’s all free.
A very versatile app for capture and editing
Animating a few segments of photos has become another trend with the likes of Nokia’s Cinemagraph lens for its Lumia series. Fotodanz does exactly this for any standard Android-powered handset. Settings are simple and although not as sophisticated as Nokia’s option, this app does go to great lengths to make the user experience quite intense. You can manually select portions of captured frames that you wish to animate. The app will record a short 3-second video that you can edit. Draw an outline over the area you wish to animate and let the app do the rest. A few filters are available in the free version, while the paid version offers you lots more. The image is saved in .GIF format and can also be uploaded to a few networks.
Animate your photos
True to its name, the BeFunky image editor lets you jazz up your photos with some very colourful and interesting effects. After capturing an image or using one from your gallery, you can add filters to them with an option to control the intensity of each filter. There are a quite a few borders you can choose from as well to give the image a framed effect. And you’ll also be able to add text to all your photos using this app. Aside from these effects, you can also crop, straighten and rotate the image, if need be. Standard settings like adjusting the brightness, contrast and exposure are available along with temperature control, sharpening, saturation and hue alterations. A "Beautify" feature with preset conditions is also provided. The UI of the app is simple to understand and easy to use, making it one you should consider if you don’t want to get too intense with your photos.
Add some funky colors and tones to photos
AfterFocus is a slightly intense app that lets you edit your photos to quite an extent. It’s loaded with handy tools that have auto and manual features to adjust tine, temperature, hue and saturation, and even fix and adjust the focus around or on specific subjects in the shot. The UI might seem just a tad intimidating, especially when dealing with colour levels etc., but if you’re used to making changes in Photoshop, AfterFocus can be quite a cool tool to play around with. The app also comes with effects that let you add text and other overlying images from your gallery. And, of course, there are a slew of frames that can be added to a completed photo. The paid version brings in a little more functionality and features to the app.
Post process your images like a pro
One of the simpler apps for adding filters of all kinds is Little Photo. The setup of this app is ridiculously simple and all filters and functions are very neatly laid out for easy access. The camera via this app allows you to either touch to focus and capture or use the volume rocker as a shutter release. The captured image is then side aligned on the screen and all filters, neatly arranged (text) on the right, are a simple tap away. Depending on the processing speed of your handset, the effects will show up immediately. There’s not much in the way of controlling each effect to a large extent, but the app does offer some. This is a quick and simple way to add cool filters to stylise your images effectively.
A simple and easy to use filter system
There are plenty of camera apps out there in the Android Market and while most might offer similar features, a few manage to pack in a couple of unique functions. These are just our latest selection of five free photo apps, but please feel free to list out other options in our comments section below so other readers will benefit from the selections. Please also note that a few of these apps are also available for iOS.
Published Date: Apr 20, 2013 11:02 am | Updated Date: Apr 20, 2013 11:02 am