The 7 Best Photo Apps for iPhone (for non-photographers)

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Do you ever feel like editing your photos but there are so many apps, you’re not sure where to start? Today’s article focuses on the 7 best photo apps for iPhone.

Maybe you want to improve the photo itself. Maybe you want to add some words or stickers to the photo. Maybe you want to blur the background.  This blog gives you the best photo apps for your iPhone, just what you need based on your end goal.

Before we jump into the list, I wanted to share a few tips for organizing these apps on your iPhone (and also a disclaimer):

  • Create a ‘Photo Editor’ folder to organize all of these apps in one place. This will give you quick, easy access and make sure you have what you need depending on the scenario.
  • Most of these apps automatically create their own folder in your iPhone ‘photos’ app when you save your first photo within the app. This makes it easy to find the photo later if you need to pull up a photo you added special effects to, for example.
  • If you’d like a list of 50 Best Apps to Manage Your Life (not just photography), here’s the link to my free download. 
  • The blog below contains some affiliate links. Please know, I am recommending the apps because I use them, not because of any financial incentive. In fact, most are free so I wouldn’t be compensated anyway. I want you to have full disclosure, to know I might get a small compensation in return for you clicking or buying from the link, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep Crushing Motherhood up and running 🙂

Let’s jump into the list of 7 best photo apps for iPhone! 

  • Adjust Photos (brightness, filters, cropping, etc)
  • Text & Embellishments #1 (this one has standard, kid, and pregnancy/baby versions)
  • Text & Embellishments #2
  • Collages - Simple
  • Collages - Elaborate
  • Blurring
  • Special Effects

1. Do You Simply Want to Adjust Your Photos – Brightness, Sharpness, Cropping, etc

Last week, I showed you how to create an annual family photo album in just an hour or so a month. I love having a shelf of albums that document the year’s favorite photos, memories, milestones and funny stories. (If you missed that blog, here it is.)

I typically edit the photos I want to include in album pages by using my iPhone auto-edit. But, if I have some extra time (like when I’m binge-watching The Crown), I like to take the photos up a notch by using an app editor.

The best photo apps for iPhone –  EDITING PHOTOS category:

 

SNAPSEED

free

I have several photographer friends who separately recommended this app to me, and I’ve fallen in love with it. It was slightly intimidating at first but I quickly learned how to use the app pre-sets to adjust photos.

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2  & 3. Would you like to add text to your photos and/or add embellishments to your photos?

Sometimes, I like to add some fun text for a photo caption. And, I frequently need a leaf or some other ‘sticker’ to cover up my middle child (we call him the “fournado”) as he loves to be naked. Those stickers also work well for adding privacy to cute bathtub shots.

These apps have 100+ fonts and 500+ design elements. They have a few versions, based on what ages your kids are and what design elements would match up to those ages.

The best photo apps for iPhone –  ADDING TEXT & EMBELLISHMENTS TO PHOTOS category:

TYPIC

free

And also (as a bonus app for this list, in case you have a younger child)

TYPIC KIDS

free

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And also (as a bonus app for this list, in case you’re pregnant or have a baby)

TYPIC BABY

free

Adorable pregnancy and baby milestones with artwork, typography, cute stickers, filters and frames. You can add your own text or use their pre-designed text.

And ANOTHER great option 

The best photo apps for iPhone –  ADDING TEXT & EMBELLISHMENTS TO PHOTOS category:

The PicMonkey app has a ton of cute stickers, several font options, and filters. I personally use Typic more but this is a great option as well.

PICMONKEY

free

4 & 5. Do you want to make a collage?

Collages can be a fun way to capture photos, especially for social media posts.

The best photo apps for iPhone –  SIMPLE COLLAGES category:

PIC COLLAGE

free * offers in-app purchases

Pic Collage has a lot of great template options and filters them down based on the number of photos you want to include. 

It also provides some cute templates like this one for the New Year, where you can pick your theme, choose photos and it does the rest.

The best photo apps for iPhone –  ELABORATE COLLAGES category:

RHONNA COLLAGE

$1.99 * offers in-app purchases

6. Do you want to blur something on your photo?

Sometimes the situation calls for blurring! If you take an awesome photo but it includes someone who doesn’t want their photo on social media, you can use a blurring tool. Or, maybe you took an awesome photo but the background is distracting. There are some simple blurring apps that will save the day.

The best photo apps for iPhone –  BLURRING category:

BLUR BACKGROUND PHOTO EDITOR

free * offers in-app purchases

7. Do you want to add special effects over your photo, to create a short video?

Sometimes it’s fun to add special effects like fireworks, falling snow, or sparkles to a photo. This type of app turns the photo into a short video.

The best photo apps for iPhone –  SPECIAL EFFECTS category:

LUMYER

free * offers in-app purchases

Let me know which of these apps you give a try and what you think. I’d love to hear your feedback!

And, a quick reminder on how to keep all of this organized:

  • Create a ‘Photo Editor’ folder to organize all of these apps in one place. This will give you quick, easy access and make sure you have what you need depending on the scenario.
  • Most of these apps automatically create their own folder in your iPhone ‘photos’ app when you save your first photo within the app. This makes it easy to find the photo later if you need to pull up a photo you added special effects to, for example.

If you find this blog helpful and would like a list of 50 Best Apps to Manage Your Life (not just photography), here’s the link to my free download:

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  • Melissa Delgado

    I use some of these apps, but for sure going to try out the other apps.

    • Melisa Oldland Liberman

      Excited to hear how they work for you Melissa!