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10 Best Free Photo Editing Apps in India 2021 - Buying Guide Reviewed By Filmmaker/Photographer

With a community of people sharing their shots, the need for getting just the right aesthetic has increased. If you are an Instagrammer, blogger, or photography enthusiast- you would be familiar with the satisfaction obtained when you get the aesthetic of your shot just right. However, sometimes, the light may be coming from the opposite direction, or the near-perfect shot may be too bright for use. 


It is here that some quick edits can help you out. As you embark on your journey to capture the world in all its glory- we have complied a list of ten photo editing apps that can help you make those good images great. Excited? Read on! This article is reviewed by a professional filmmaker and photographer, Arun F Xaviour, so learn some cool tips and tricks to get going. 

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  • Last updated: 12-08-2021
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Table of Contents

Compare the Best Photo Editing Apps

Image
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Google LLC Snapseed 1

Google LLC

2
 Afterlight Collective, Inc  Afterlight  1

Afterlight Collective, Inc

3
VSCO VSCO 1

VSCO

4
Lightricks Ltd. Facetune 1

Lightricks Ltd.

5
Instasize, Inc. Instasize 1

Instasize, Inc.

6
PicsArt PicsArt 1

PicsArt

7
Adobe Photoshop Express Editor 1

Adobe

8
Instagram Instagram 1

Instagram

9
Adobe Adobe Lightroom Photo Editor 1

Adobe

10
Prequel Inc. Prequel  1

Prequel Inc.

Name

Snapseed

Afterlight

VSCO

Facetune

Instasize

PicsArt

Photoshop Express Editor

Instagram

Adobe Lightroom Photo Editor

Prequel

Features

Get Professional Access Through This App

For the Creative Souls Out There

One of a Kind Filters

Quick Retouches Just Became Easier

One App-All Social Media Sizes

This App Will Enable You to Decorate Your Photos

The Wonders of Photoshop Made Easier

For the Artsy Social Butterflies

This App Uses AI to Understand Your Taste

An Underrated Gem

Price Starts at₹0.00₹0.00₹0.00₹0.00₹0.00₹0.00₹0.00₹0.00₹0.00₹0.00
Edit RAW filesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Creative toolsYesYesYesYes YesYesYesNoYesYes
Border OptionNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNo
Area Specific EditingYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoNoYes
Social SectionNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesNo
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10 Best Photo Editing Apps in India

We analyzed loads of apps and curated a list of the top 10 for your convenience. Check out these photo editing apps that will take your photos from good to best! We have included apps like Snapseed, Adterlight, VSCO, and more. 

1

Google LLCSnapseed

From ₹0.00

Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionNo
Area Specific EditingYes
Social SectionNo
2

Afterlight Collective, Inc Afterlight

From ₹0.00

Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionYes
Area Specific EditingYes
Social SectionNo
3
Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionYes
Area Specific EditingNo
Social SectionYes
4
Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionNo
Area Specific EditingYes
Social SectionNo
5
Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionYes
Area Specific EditingNo
Social SectionNo
6
Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionYes
Area Specific EditingYes
Social SectionNo
7
Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionYes
Area Specific EditingYes
Social SectionNo
8
Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsNo
Border OptionYes
Area Specific EditingNo
Social SectionYes
9
Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionNo
Area Specific EditingNo
Social SectionYes
10
Edit RAW filesYes
Creative toolsYes
Border OptionNo
Area Specific EditingYes
Social SectionNo

In Association With a Professional Filmmaker/Photographer - Arun F Xaviour

In Association With a Professional Filmmaker/Photographer - Arun F Xaviour

Arun is an Electronics and Media Technology graduate with more than five years of experience in photography. He spent two years working on various projects honing the art of direction and cinematography. As an enthusiast of movies and filmmaking, Arun enjoys his leisure time recreating popular movie scenes with a twist of his own. You can also reach out to him on Instagram.

How to Choose a Photo Editing App in India - Buying Guide

Before we list our top ten favourites, we have mentioned some essentials that you should consider before downloading any app. These will help you to make an informed and smart decision.

Wide Range of Pre-Set Filters, Paid and Unpaid Help a Lot

Wide Range of Pre-Set Filters, Paid and Unpaid Help a Lot

Most apps have their combination of pre-set filters. This means that there are certain combinations of various tools like- shadows, white tone, exposure, temperature, and so on.


Each filter has its own ‘mood’. That is, each unique filter will give you a different kind of effect on the image. You can alter the look and feel of your photograph using these filters. Whenever choosing a filter, check out all the filters from the choice available and choose the one that suits your purpose.

Wide Range of Pre-Set Filters, Paid and Unpaid Help a Lot

For example- if you have a portrait photograph of yourself in the mountains on a sunny day, and you want to amplify the warmth of the photo to emphasise the sunny feel- use a filter that has an orange hue! Thus, such filters come in handy when you want to make quick edits.


Most apps have some filters available for free and many more available with a paid subscription. The description on the app store and google play mentions the number of filters the app will provide- choose the app that has the widest range of filters and good reviews. Fun fact for phone photographers- VSCO is known for its sophisticated range of filters.

Arun F Xaviour
Filmmaker & Photographer
Arun F Xaviour

The best filters will always require purchases. But don't be disheartened. Spend more time on learning what contrast, vibrance, ambiance, hue, white balance, etc., will do to an image, and you will be able to reproduce your favorite filters precisely.


Make sure the app you are using allows you to customize the filter; for example, control the intensity of the effect, shadows, highlights, etc. This level of control allows you to create unique looks rather than upload another photo edited with a time-worn filter.

Use Selective Editing Tools for Precise Editing

Use Selective Editing Tools for Precise Editing

Some photographers like to edit their shots more freely and look for tools that let them retouch light and other details closely and create their own ‘moods’. Thus, if you want to adjust settings like- exposure, grain, sharpness, softness, and so on by yourself- go for apps that have good quality tools. 


Although most apps will have these basic tools, the quality of the edits varies with every app as some can alter the resolution. While the camera app of most phones come with in-built tools, they tend not to be as sophisticated as the ones available in these apps. That is, editing apps can enable you to choose specific areas of the photo and make the desired edits. 


This is called area-specific editing or selective editing. For example- if you want to make your teeth whiter, you need to simply tap the requisite tool and select the area you wish to edit. It then allows you to modify the chosen area of your photograph.

Arun F Xaviour
Filmmaker & Photographer
Arun F Xaviour

Two of the most popular apps offering selective editing are Snapseed and Adobe Lightroom. Selective editing in Lightroom is much more sophisticated and allows more control compared to Snapseed, but you have to subscribe to the premium version to access this function.


Selective editing is not just about changing the hue, saturation, and exposure of a particular section of an image. A feature called "Head Pose" in Snapseed allows you to increase pupil size, make a smile wider, and make minute but significant changes to the shape of a person's face. Instagram models will find such features interesting.

Built-in Camera Feature for Taking Raw Images Expands Horizons

Built-in Camera Feature for Taking Raw Images Expands Horizons

In simple terms, RAW image files are, as the name says- ‘raw’. This means that these images are minimally processed or not processed at all by the camera when clicked. RAW is a heavier file and preserves the original colours of the photograph. Thus, you get a wider scope to make all the adjustments and edits.


You will have full control to alter the light of the photo by modifying saturation, exposure, shadows and more. However, JPEG images are processed the moment they are clicked. This means that the image’s brightness, saturation, white balance, etc. are altered within the camera only. Since JPEG files are already processed; the scope of editing the picture is not much.


Apps like Snapseed that allow you to click in RAW format will, as explained, give you more freedom for editing to help you get the nearly exact desired outcome. This feature is handy for professional photographers who know how to play with light and image colours.

Arun F Xaviour
Filmmaker & Photographer
Arun F Xaviour

Compared to a jpeg image, a RAW image has more color information that gives you even more control over various aspects of the image like tone, tint, etc. RAW images also have more details in their highlights and shadows. 


Although there are apps that allow RAW image capture, the ability of a smartphone camera to capture RAW images depends on whether the smartphone has Camera2. Camera2 is an Application Programming Interface (API) added by a smartphone manufacturer that gives the stock camera.


And also apps to certain features that allow manual exposure, ISO control, and also RAW image capture. If your smartphone doesn't have it, your camera won't be able to capture RAW images. You can check if your smartphone has Camera2 API using an app like Camera2 API Probe.

Some Apps Offer Creative Features That Give a Superior Look

 Some Apps Offer Creative Features That Give a Superior Look

If you are a creative soul- you will love the apps that come with the option to add textures and overlays. An overlay is an image or a texture that is layered onto the photograph. This feature expands the avenues for editing.


Apps that come with this option have various textures and overlays to choose from that give a distinctive look to the photograph that cannot be achieved otherwise. Creative expression becomes easier, and you can match the desired mood with the outcome more easily. For example, you can choose an overlay that has a lot of lines that look like printed folds to give your photo a retro look.

 Some Apps Offer Creative Features That Give a Superior Look

Lastly, apps like Instasize offer a border and sizing feature for social media uploads. That is, the app will fit your photo into a square, an Instagram ‘full’ layout, and more. The remaining area of the photo will usually have white borders that can be customised with colours and images. This feature is useful for those who don’t wish to crop their shots for uploads.


Some apps also allow you to add text to your photographs. They have a huge variety of fonts and font colours to choose from. You need to simply tap the text option and type what you desire. The app will place the text on the photographs and will also let you manually adjust its placement.

Arun F Xaviour
Filmmaker & Photographer
Arun F Xaviour

Some photo editors allow basic graphic designing too. This feature allows you to create catchy call-to-action posters, flyers, postcards, and certificates. If you own a business, you will find this feature extremely handy. One such app that I use is Canva. The free version itself offers lots of templates and customization options.

Use Multiple Apps to Get the Best Results

 Use Multiple Apps to Get the Best Results

The range of apps available is so wide that even expert editors find it tough to choose just one app for their editing requirements. This is largely because each app has its own specialisation, or an individual might only like a feature or two of one app. Even if you have to download multiple apps, you don’t have to worry about the space as they are not very big in size.


For example- bloggers like the filter range of VSCO, the overlays of Afterlight, the border function of Instasize, and so on. Thus, feel free to mix and match various features in different apps to get your desired result!

Arun F Xaviour
Filmmaker & Photographer
Arun F Xaviour

Photos uploaded to social media sites are automatically compressed. Some apps export images in a lower quality too. If you plan on using multiple apps to edit your photos, there is a chance for progressive degradation in image quality. So make sure to check the image for any reduction in clarity after using each app.

Social Section for Social Butterflies and Inspiration Seekers

Social Section for Social Butterflies and Inspiration Seekers

Some apps, like Instagram and VSCO, come with a social section. This entails the creation of a photo sharing community. Millions of users upload their photographs. Some of them even look like pieces of art in this section.


If you like appreciating photographs, connecting with fellow photographers, find more people who like what you want, and get some inspiration, and creative insight- these apps will help you out. All you would have to do is- follow the people and pages you like, and the app will create a feed for you.

Arun F Xaviour
Filmmaker & Photographer
Arun F Xaviour

Check if the app allows you to share directly to social media. You will be able to share your pictures directly as Instagram posts or stories, Facebook status, WhatsApp status, or even send them as a message to your friends.

Tips to Make Your Photos Stand Out - From Our Expert Arun

Tips to Make Your Photos Stand Out - From Our Expert Arun

Social media is crowded with photos edited with age-old filters. Whether you run an Instagram page to showcase your photography skills or a fitness and lifestyle Facebook page, you need to make your photos unique. Here are some tips to achieve just that:


  1. Go through the profiles of popular social media influencers and see what they have posted. Plan something different from that. Your edited photos will only enhance its attractiveness, not the creativity behind the picture.
  2. Make sure that your app doesn't reduce the image quality while exporting.
  3. Follow social media's maximum resolution and image format guidelines. This will prevent the AI from converting your image, which can cause quality loss.
  4. Add some sharpening to your images. Not too much, not too less, just right. You may need to experiment a few times before you can find the right amount that won't make your picture look unnatural.
  5. Learn about the colors that suit various moods, weather, and seasons. Warm is not always the right tone.
  6. Portraits are best for mobile screens, while landscapes are good for desktops. Crop pictures accordingly.
  7. Give extra attention to shadows and highlights. There is a higher chance of loss of details in these areas.
  8. If you are planning to pay for features, go for an app that offers as many customization features as possible.

Get More From Smartphone Applications

Get More From Smartphone Applications

Looking for more smartphone applications that'll make you efficient? Be sure to check out the best meditating apps below and ensure personal growth, just a touch away!

Summary

When it comes to editing photographs- everyone follows a different approach such that, there is no right or wrong answer. However, if you know your requirements that is, the kind of light you want for your photographs and the tools that would make your vision a reality. 


This guide is the only thing you will need to figure out the best app that will give you the required results. And again, you can choose multiple apps too and edit your photographs just the right way.

Author: Shivangi Sharma

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