Apps To Help You Edit Your Photos

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In my last article, I discussed what sites I use for free stock images. While the majority of my photos are stock images, I do have a considerable amount that is my own as well. For instance, I try to post on Instagram regularly and, even with some stock images, need to edit them to fit my theme. Before I do talk about the apps I use to edit my photos, I do want to point out that I have an android phone so some of these apps might not work for iPhones (although I believe they all do).

When it comes to editing pictures, I try to go with a 'less is more' approach. To me, I'd rather take a fantastic photo with minimal edits to keep it as realistic as possible. This doesn't mean that I don't tweak each image, but I try to keep it to a minimum. The great thing about living in such an advanced technological world is that our phones can now take exceptional photos. I'm not a wealthy woman, so I usually use my phone's camera or my Nikon Coolpix B500. You don't have to purchase the best camera on the market to get a beautiful photo (although it does help).

Photo by Kevin Bhagat on Unsplash

Adobe Photoshop Express and Lightroom CC
All apps I use are free of charge. While you can purchase a subscription to both of these, the free versions give you plenty to work with. Both of these apps I use on my phone and are the main component of editing my Instagram photos. Typically, I use Lightroom the most for my enhancements and changes. To keep my theme consistent, I have a few presets I've created on this app for all of my Instagram photos. The tweaks are small, usually changing the temperature, highlights, and contrasts in each picture. I rarely put a filter on my photos but, if I do, I'll use the ones already created in Photoshop Express.

Speaking of Photoshop Express, this app is used for any add-ons I might want to put onto my photo. This includes captions, filters, emoticons, or borders. For the most part, I do this to images that will be used for my Instagram story or a Snapchat. If I had to pick one app out of the two, I would highly recommend Lightroom CC.

Canva and Adobe Spark Post
These aren't necessarily for editing purposes, but to create a template for different events and themes. Both of these apps have a variety of options to choose from and are loaded with free templates. I mainly use these to create a stunning Instagram story, something that I have recently found beneficial to growing followers. You just pick a model you like, edit it to your needs, and save it to your gallery.

I probably lean more towards Spark Post for the fact that it has a little more for you to work with. It gives you the option to add effects to your photos and really change up the details. You can use your own photos or, if you aren't a great photographer, you can use their free stock images for whatever purpose you need. This isn't just great for Instagram though! You can use these apps for wedding invitations, band posters, book covers, and so much more.

Facetune
I'm not a fan of changing my selfies too much, but I would be lying if I said I didn't tweak them a little. Facetune is a fantastic app for fine-tuning any portrait photos you have. You can smooth out a pimple, reshape that forehead that looks a little too large, cover up grey hairs, and so much more. All that being said, I would encourage you to use this sparingly. One thing that is great about all of us is that we are beautiful and unique. Once you start changing a photo too much you begin to lose who you are (and usually people will start to notice how unreal it looks).

I use this app to help blend my hair when I'm in between colors, add a little more detail to my eyes so that my makeup shows up better on the photo, and smooth over a few pimples if they are popping out. Other than that, I try to keep my face as natural as possible.

Paint.net
This is basically a free version of Photoshop. There might be other programs out there that are better, but I have found this to be the easiest to understand. When it comes to Photoshop, I'm a lost little puppy. I know for a fact I don't use this program to its full extent, but it does help me get my needs accomplished. It can be downloaded on any computer and, if you don't know how to use it, has plenty of tutorials to follow.

For the most part, I use this for my stock images that need a caption added. If you go to The Graceful Klutz, you'll notice I have several photos on each article that have a title on top of them. This is where Paint.net comes in to play. Through practice, experimentation, and a lot of Youtube videos, I have found ways to layer words and boxes onto my images so that they can be used on sites like Pinterest and Instagram. I also use this program for my weekly recap photo you see on Patreon.

Those are the main apps I use for my photo editing needs. While I've tried plenty of apps and programs, these have proven to give me everything I need to create a successful photo. Let me know in the comments below some of the apps and programs you use for your photo editing needs!

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