Best photo editing apps for iPad

The screen real estate and touch surface of the iPad make it an ideal tool for doing some serious photo editing.

Whether you want to get rid of a skin blemish, blue a sky, add filters, or something else, there are tons of photo editing apps available for iPad. With the help of services like iCloud Photo Library it’s easier and more convenient than ever to shoot on your iPhone and start editing instantly on iPad. Depending on what kind of photo editing you need to do, some apps may be better suited for you than others, and that’s exactly what we’re going to help you figure out.

These are the photo editing apps for iPad we feel are currently the best of the best!


Professional editing tools without the learning curve

Pixelmator makes learning how to use advanced editing tools simple, no matter how experienced you are. Like using content aware tools on your desktop editing software? Pixelmator can bring the same power right to your iPad. Oh, and there’s Handoff support which means you can start editing on your iPad, and pick up right where you left off on your Mac, and vice versa. It doesn’t get more convenient than that.

Adobe Lightroom

If you already use Adobe Creative Cloud

Lightroom for iPad brings all your favorite Lightroom adjustments right to your iPad. With tons of presets and corrections to choose from, it’s a great editing option for anyone already tied into Creative Cloud. That being said, you do need a CC subscription in order to use Lightroom. But once you have one, all your images are synced seamlessly with all your Adobe products for easy access on every device you own.


Snappy editing in a simple package

Snapseed packs a lot of useful tools into a very simple interface. Tap on the plus sign to add an edit. Slide up and down to find the preset you want to adjust and then left and right to change the intensity. Snapseed is also one of the only photo editing apps that currently supports non-destructive edits in iOS so you can save over the original photo instead of duplicating each time. And if you ever want to revert back to the original, you can.


If you take a lot of photos of people, you don’t want FaceTune, you need it. It offers desktop class healing tools on mobile. Facial blemish? No problem. Want to whiten your teeth? FaceTune can tackle that in seconds too. If I ever have to edit a portrait, I always turn to FaceTune before any other app, desktop or mobile.


Transform your photos into something unique

Waterlogue isn’t your run of the mill photo editing app and instead lets you transform any photo into a beautiful watercolor. It also maintains the highest resolutions possible so whatever you create is suitable for framing and sharing online. Waterlogue currently features 14 presets that you can customize and control.

Photogene ⁴

Editing with endless sharing options

Photogene offers lots of advanced photo editing tools including retouching, batch resizing, tons of filter presets you can make your own, and lots more. When importing files, I’ve also learned to like the larger preview thumbnails Photogene offers so I know I’m selecting the correct photo each and every time, which is sometimes hard if you have groupings that are similar. Once you’re done editing, Photogene exports to pretty much every photo service and social platform you can think of.


For great filter selection and easy editing

Afterlight still offers some of the best photo filters for both iPhone and iPad. It also comes with lots of easy to use editing tools that let you tweak and adjust quickly. And if you want photo extensions, Afterlight offers some of the best support right within the Photos app itself.


Simple editing meets subtle filters

Litely, like Afterlight, has lots of filter options that are tasteful, yet not overdone. You’ll also get lots of easy to use editing tools. And if at any time you want to see a preview of your changes compared to your original photo, just hold down with two fingers to see a split screen view. Litely also supports photo extensions and lets you apply any filter you’d like right in the Photos app.


Photoshop trickery right on your iPad

Ever wanted to completely change the background in a portrait? Or maybe you want to overlay two photos and blend certain areas. It doesn’t get much easier than with Superimpose. Beyond that, you also get lots of useful editing tools including transparency options, blending textures, double exposure options, and more.

Effects Studio

For a multitude of effects and blending tools

Like many of the other apps here, Effects Studio offers a wide array of basic editing tools. But what makes it stand out from other options are its additional effects and blending tools. These alone set you up for endless creative possibilities. Effects Studio also offers sticker, masks, and other effects to make your photos as unique as you are.

Your picks?

If you edit lots of photos on your iPad, what apps have you found to be your favorites and why? Be sure to let me know in the comments!


Source: iMore

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