Top 5 photo editing and artwork apps available now…
By Louis Pell-Warpole
1 Affinity Photo £19.99 (iOS)
Created by Serif, Affinity Photo is the first truly professional photo editing software to make its way onto the iPad. Developed especially for photo editors, graphic designers, artists and all the other creative people out there, Affinity Photo allows iPad users to access premium tools when producing artwork and editing photography. Following the extremely successful desktop release of Affinity Designer for Mac and PC back in 2015, Affinity photo for iPad was announced at Apple’s annual developers conference in 2017. Built using the same technologies as the desktop version, Affinity Photo enables a revolutionary approach to creating and editing using touch and for iPad Pro users, the capabilities of Apple Pencil were never so clear with the built in sensitivity to pressure, location, angle and tilt. Equipped with a full set of retouching tools plus super accurate selections as well as real time effects and hundreds of customisable brushes for painting and drawing, this app is almost limitless. Affinity photo is the ultimate tool for any professionals or casual users who want to draw, paint or edit photos either on the go or at home! Affinity photo is compatible with all models of the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad from early 2017. Devices must be running iOS 10.3 or later.
2 Procreate £5.99 (iOS)
Winner of the Apple Design Award in 2013, Procreate is, without a doubt, the best drawing and painting app in the App Store. Already used by artists around the world, it provides users with the opportunity to produce amazing sketches, paintings and illustrations wherever you are. Procreate requires iOS 10.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. When used with iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil makes the app even more incredible, bringing it to life with the ability to apply pressure and tilt when drawing. If you’re not an iPad user but you do have an iPhone then don’t worry, you’re covered; Procreate Pocket is available for the iPhone and Apple Watch which allows you to use your watch as a tool and colour switcher when working on your smaller iPhone screen. In-app purchases are also available for additional features.
3 Snapseed Free (iOS and Android)
Snapseed is a complete photo editing app developed by Google and available for both iPhone and Android users. Equipped with some impressive editing tools, Snapseed is the perfect editing app for your phone on the go. Whilst it doesn’t have the performance capabilities of Affinity Photo, Snapseed offers premium and high quality tools to enhance, repair and transform your photos. Because of the quality of cameras on modern day smartphones, more and more of us are taking photos on our phones and want to edit them there and then without having to export them to a computer or tablet to edit later. There are now loads of apps available for editing on the go but Snapseed stands out thanks to it’s extremely simple yet capable interface and tools. Snapseed requires iOS 9 or later and Android 4.1 or later.
4 Adobe Photoshop Express Free but with paid subscriptions available (iOS and Android)
Adobe’s mobile version of their world renown photo editing software, Adobe Photoshop Express gives users access to a range of incredible tools and filters to edit their photos on the go. This app also makes it exceptionally easy to share your edited photos on social media. It works well with other photo editing apps and the rest of the mobile Adobe suite available for free download on iOS and Android so using multiple apps together to make your photos look even better has never been easier. Photoshop Express is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch as well as most Android devices, requires iOS 9.3 or later and Android 4.1 or later.
5 Pixelmator £4.99 (iOS)
Pixelmator is a capable and affordable photo editing and drawing app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Great for editing those awesome photos shot on iPhone whilst on the go and for drawing on iPad, Pixelmator has so many possibilities. It’s simple and friendly interface makes it very easy to use editing and drawing tools. Pixelmator requires iOS 9.1 or later and there is also a full desktop version available on the Mac App Store.