Top Apps for Photo Effects, Filters and Post Processing 2014
There's no doubt that the iPhone and iPad sparks people's creativity and have given mobile photography and editing a boost in popularity. There's a tremendous amount of photo apps on the market.
To help you pick the photo app that suits your needs beyond the most essential apps in the mobile photographer’s tool kit, I've put together this list of the best and most unique apps for special effects available just now.
All these apps save your images at high resolution and are regularly updated by their developers. I've tested these photography apps thoroughly and can recommend each one of them. Apps to help you get the most out of your photos through editing, adding filters and post processing.
7 Extraordinary Photo Editing Apps
To Enhance Your Images
This list was updated on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
Filterstorm Neue is a fully featured photo editing app with tools for both the beginner and the advanced photographer. Easy to use photo filters and editing tools and advanced masking tools and the ability to dodge and burn areas of their images.
Filterstorm Neue is compatible with iPhone and iPad. Developed by Tai Shimizu in New York, USA.
Apply film grain, textures, tasteful grunge, light leaks and beautiful gradients to your images quickly and easily. Mextures powerful, non-destructive workflow allows you to make changes at any time during your editing process and then save your style as a formula for future use. Includes textures from actual 35mm film scans from different cameras as well as formulas created by iPhoneographers.
Mextures is available for iPod, iPhone and iPad. This app was the brainchild of photographer Merek Davis from Arizona, USA.
Are you tired of faux vintage filters, heavily styled "authenticity" and rose coloured glasses? How about decimating your photos with contemporary digital destruction? Deliberately destroying your pixels?
"FILM IS DEAD ... And yet many camera apps still insist upon attempting simulations of that long-past era. We say NO to artificial nostalgia, pushing forward in the digital realm with different forms of creative destruction."
ecim8 offers a revolutionary approach to photo editing by adding unpredictable glitches, pixelation and intentional data corruption. Create chaotic, experimental and futuristic hi-tech beauty.
Decim8 is available or iPod, iPhone and iPad. Developed by Kris Collins, Colorado, USA.
Turn your photos into an electrified tangle of strokes, strings and swirls with the touch of a button. Fun and easy to use. Spectacular effects including fibers, swirls, brush & pencil strokes, etchings, cartoon, bloom, blurs, details, and webs. Check out this list for more apps with painterly effects.
Photography and painting blend together into a new art form.
Repix is a nique and polished art app that lets you remix your photos and turn them into works of art. Paint with artistic effect brushes, stroke by stroke, zoom in for more detail and zoom out for rougher paint strokes.
Use the charcoal pen to smudge edges, the edger pen to accentuate the edges, the silk pen to soften and blend colors and the undoer to tone down the effects you've added.
Effect brushes: Silk, Edger, Posterize, Cartoonize & Dotter.
Boost colours with: Hollywood, Vintage, Bleach, Sepia & Freshen.
Realistic art brushes: Drips, Hatching, Daubs, Van Gogh & Charcoal.
Grunge brushes: Scratches, Dust, Stains & Tags
Light brushes: Flares, Stars, Glow Smoke, Glow Line & Sparkler.
Also features filters, cropping and somewhat perplexing "+ modes" to the various brushes.
Repix is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. Developed by Sumoing Ltd, Helsinki, Finland.
A simple, powerful tool for blending images. Combine your photos into a photo montage or double exposure. Tools for arranging and masking your photos. Tap and hold on the main image to copy, switch or flatten your images.
Image Blender is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. Developed by Johan Andersson, from Stockholm, Sweden.
Add a thrilling, new creative dimension to your photos with this versatile photo editor packed full with a plethora of special effects and filters. Touch up your photo, apply a filter to your entire image or use one of the effects that you paint on with your finger. This is a treasure trove of special effects and filters that gives you endless creative possibilities and styles for your images.
Notable features: Escher, glass, abstract, painterly, deform and shatter effects. Fluid brush effects. ultiple masks. Save and import masks. iColorama is frequently updated and evolving with new effects.
Further reading: Teresita Alonso: on Creating the iPhoneography App iColorama.