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Photo retouching app: Are some of the shots you took on your smartphone or tablet not particularly beautiful? Would you like to try to retouch these photos but you are not very familiar with Photoshop and with all the other photo editing programs for PC? If you answered yes to both questions, you should try the photo retouching app which I am about to list in this article. As you can see, the solutions in question are not only almost all free, at least as regards their basic version, but they are above all simple to use!

Even if, as I just mentioned, the photo editing applications I’m going to talk about today are really very simple to use, you can count on my help to discover all their main features. Of course, you cannot expect these apps to achieve the same results that can be achieved with professional solutions designed for the desktop, but I can assure you that the final result will still be appreciable.

Now all you have to do is get comfortable, take five minutes of free time all to yourself, try the various solutions listed below and choose the ones that, in your opinion, are right for you. You will see, after reading this post your shots will take on new life! I just have to wish you good reading and, more importantly, have fun!

Snapseed (Android / iOS / iPadOS)

Snapseed it is one of the best photo retouching app that you can install for free on your smartphone or tablet. This app, developed by Google, offers numerous tools that allow you to retouch images by changing their color, exposure, brightness and many other parameters. However Google has not sacrificed intuitiveness on the “altar” of completeness and, in fact, SnapSeed is characterized by a “clean” interface that facilitates the user’s work.

After downloading Snapseed on your device Android or iOS / iPadOSstart the app by tapping the button You open or by pressing on its icon located on the home screen and, to start retouching your photos, touch any point on the display choosing, in the screen that appears, the image you want to edit.

To start acting on the image, tap on the item Instruments and, in the menu that appears, choose one of the many options provided by SnapSeed: Calibrateto calibrate the main image parameters such as brightness, contrast, colors and so on; Sharpness / Detailsto make the shot clearer; Cut outto crop the photo; Wheelto turn it upside down or, simply, to rotate it 90 °; Prospectto change its perspective; White balanceto improve color fidelity, and so on.

If, on the other hand, you want to apply a filter to the image, choose one by pressing on Effects and tapping on one of the many filters available. I advise you to try several, in order to identify the one that best suits your photo.

To save any changes made to your photo, press the button from time to time check located at the bottom right. When finished, click on the option instead Export and, in the menu that opens, tap on one of the available items: Shareif you want to share the retouched photo with others; Saveto save the image on your device; Exportto create a copy of your photo by changing its size, format and quality or Export as, to create a copy of the image in a selected folder. Have you seen how simple it was to retouch photos with Snapseed?

Pixlr (Android / iOS / iPadOS)


Autodesk Pixlr and another one photo retouching app which I recommend you try on your device. This free solution, which as you may have noticed is developed by the Autodesk software house, is available on both Android than on iOS / iPadOS and provides users with a rather rich set of very useful tools for those who love photo editing. Pixlr also offers a function that allows you to create wonderful photo collages: a really interesting “plus” that makes the app even more complete.

If I have intrigued you and you have decided to try Autodesk Pixlr on your smartphone or tablet, download the application, open it and, on its home screen, tap the button photo to choose the image you want to retouch. Once you’ve made your choice, use the tools below to edit the photo.

Pigia then onsuitcase icon to access the Pixlr editing tools that allow you to crop the photo, rotate it, add a blur, make the automatic correction of the various parameters, correct red eyes, adjust sharpness, contrast and so on; tap onpaintbrush icon to access the Pixlr brushes thanks to which you can lighten the photo, darken it, add a pixelated effect or draw on the image; press onstar icon to add one of the many effects and filters available in the app to the image; presses onframe icon to insert one of the many frames available in the image and / or to add stickers, borders and other decorations or, if you wish, tap on the symbol T. to add text to the photo and to format it to your liking by choosing from the many fonts and styles available.

When finished, remember to save all the changes made to your photo by pressing on the option done (top right) and then choose whether to export the image to the memory of your device and / or share it on any social network.

AfterFocus (Android / iOS)

Are you looking for aphoto retouching app that can allow you to blur the background of your shots, in such a way as to emulate thebokeh effect some latest generation cameras and smartphones? Well, in that case I recommend that you install and try on your device AfterFocus, a free solution that in a few taps will allow you to choose which portion of the image to blur and which not. AfterFocus also offers the “classic” tools that allow you to change exposure, brightness, contrast and all other parameters of the photos.

After completing the AfterFocus download on your smartphone or tablet Android or iOSstart the app, press the button Album located on its home screen and choose the photo you want to retouch. Then choose whether to tap on the item Smart to use the auto blur tool or to press on the item Manual to use the manual blur tool.

Personally I have tried to use the “smart” blur several times, but I have encountered quite a few problems with this mode. I was very satisfied, however, with the manual tool that allows you to “manually” mark the area to be blurred and the area to leave as it is.

At this point, after pressing on the item Manual, color the area of ​​the photo that you don’t want to be blurry red and the AfterFocus algorithm will only blur the unselected area red. In doing this, try to be as precise as possible and you will see that the final result will be truly spectacular!

Once you have finished carrying out this delicate operation, press the button Next (top right) and, after a few seconds, the background of your image will be blurred, while the red area will not be affected. If you are happy with the final result, click on the button Save to save the image in the gallery and confirm everything by clicking on the option Yes.

Other photo editing apps

The photo retouching app that I recommended in the previous paragraphs are among the best you can install on your device. However, there are many other great solutions that might be right for you and that you will find listed in the next paragraphs.

  • Prism (Android/iOS / iPadOS) – if you are looking for an app that can turn your worst shots into real masterpieces of art in 2-3 taps, you’ve just found it. Prisma, in fact, allows you to apply fantastic filters that mitigate even the most marked defects and highlight the subject represented in the photo. To apply the filters in question, however, it is necessary to have an Internet connection and, moreover, to unblock them all you need to subscribe to its paid version, which starts at 7.99 euros / month.
  • VSCO (Android/iOS / iPadOS) – if you don’t want and / or time to go and modify every single parameter of your “imperfect” photos, I suggest you try this solution. VSCO, in fact, provides a good number of preset models that allow you to correct the main defects in your shots without having to deal with advanced control tools.
  • Afterlight (Android/iOS / iPadOS) – this app provides a whole series of tools and filters that allow you to easily change the main parameters of your shots: exposure, brightness, contrast, exposure and so on. It’s free.
  • Pixelmator (iOS / iPadOS/macOS) – this is another paid solution but, compared to Afterlight, it can be used both on iPhone and iPad (buying it from the App Store for 5.99 euros) and on Mac (buying it from the Mac App Store for 32.99 euros) . Pixelmator offers a very rich set of tools thanks to which it is possible to act on practically every single parameter of your photo. The elegant and intuitive interface (on the iOS app) and the numerous advanced tools (on the Mac app) make it one of the best solutions on the market.

As you may have noticed, in this article I have focused exclusively on solutions to be adopted in the mobile field to retouch photos. If you are wondering how to do photo retouching on desktop, I suggest you read the in-depth article I published on this subject. I am convinced that you will also find this reading very useful.