Mini meme: Six of the best photo editing apps

From high-end image editors to quick-fix filters, here’s our selection of apps to make your photos picture perfect

The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android

Once upon a time the idea of editing photos on a phone or tablet was considered folly – akin to painting watercolours on a piece of sponge.

But that's all changed as screens have got sharper and touch control more precise. Plus, with many of us now using smartphones as our main camera, there's no shortage of raw material on them that could benefit from a bit of judicious tweaking before posting to Facebook or Instagram.

And that's where these apps come in: they're the best photo-editing apps we've tried so far.

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1. Pixelmator for iPad

The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android

Even if you just want to muck about with its endlessly tweakable filters, Pixelmator would be three quid well-spent. But delve further into the app and you discover a beautiful, usable, powerful touch-optimised image editor, featuring transform tools, layers with effects, and paintbrushes for adding the personal touch. Barg!

Platforms: iPad Price: ₹620

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2. Adobe Photoshop Touch

The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android

You’d be daft to expect desktop Photoshop on mobile, but this comes close, with many familiar tools present and correct. The interface is a bit cumbersome, but the app’s hugely capable, especially on tablets, and it has a more professional bent than Pixelmator. Pity about the separate phone/tablet versions though.

Platforms: Android, iOS Price: ₹270/300

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Download Adobe Photoshop Touch for Android phones

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3. Pixlr Express

The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android

Pixlr Express feels like quite the oddball, a quirky icon-happy interface always mere seconds away from emitting an explosion of editing effects. But despite its kitchen-sink nature, Pixlr has plenty to offer, from an intuitive focus-blur tool to the dozens of dazzling filters waiting for a thumb tap.

Platforms: Android, iOS Price: Free

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Download Pixlr Express for Android

Download Pixlr Express for iPhone and iPad