Best Photo Editing Software and Apps 2015

Best Photo Editing Apps (iOS and Android)

We all want our photos to be liked. That's why we spend that extra time tweaking them before sharing them with the world (or just with friends and family). Today's photo-editing apps make it easier than ever to enhance, crop, remove blemishes, add effects and filters, and more. Our top pick overall for photo-editing apps is PicsArt (free for Android, iOS) for its comprehensive photo-editing tools, great filters and good sharing options. The interface is easy to navigate, and context-sensitive tips make it the app to download for editing your photos on the go.

Other photo apps are great for specific use cases, whether you're really keen on social sharing and discovery or you crave powerful adjustment tools. We tested six apps for Android and iOS to help you decide what's worth downloading.

How We Tested

We downloaded each of the apps onto both a Samsung Galaxy S6 Android smartphone and an iPhone 5S. We tested all aspects of each app on both phones, paying close attention to the following:

The interface: How well organized and accessible is it, and how easy or difficult it is to use and master?

Photo taking and import:
Does the camera module offer any added value? What picture sources does the import option support? How easy is it to open your photos in the app?

Photo editing:
How comprehensive, powerful and versatile are the photo tools and the filters? Is it fun to use them? Do they provide good, sensible user controls that enhance creative potential? How difficult are they to master? Does the app offer good and easy-to-access help?

How many social networks are supported? Can you share several pictures to various social networks concurrently? How easy is it to share your pictures?

We gave photo editing a weight that was greater than or equal to all the other aspects combined when calculating our ratings, because the whole purpose of these apps is to edit your pictures.

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  • I am using on of them i.e. Adobe Photoshop and the software is awesome.
  • Is Picasa really the best free option? I prefer on Windows as it's also free and apart from its fairly advanced feature set, it hasa bunch of third party plugins to add to that.
  • Two things that could improve these reviews. First a summary chart showing the features each has. Second, a chart showing what formats each opens and saves to. We need to use eps images and being a non-profit the only affordable package we found was GIMP + Ghostscript.
  • I dont quite understand these test results. They seem more like a review than a "best of" list (as suggested by the title). I would have liked to see comparisons to other Software like Capture One Pro or DxO. The programs mentioned here are simply the most well known... in any segment.. and have been for years. This makes the article somewhat pointless for anyone other than those completely new to photo editing or photography.
  • Picasa, I will say, is my favorite.It's simple, and sometime you only want to do a simple touch up.
  • Picasa, I will say, is my favorite.It's simple, and sometime you only want to do a simple touch up.
  • Gimp and PhotoFiltre, both are simple in use and free
  • Use gimp. It's free and has TONS of uses to your expense. A good paid software is Adobe Illustrator. It is somewhat easy to learn and can make great graphics with just a few touches.
  • do not forget of macphun photo editing software - they also offer tons of great apps
  • therealduckofdeath said:
    Is Picasa really the best free option? I prefer on Windows as it's also free and apart from its fairly advanced feature set, it hasa bunch of third party plugins to add to that.

    It's been mentioned before, but GIMP is an extremely attractive alternative to Photoshop and it's free. It is definitely more feature-rich than Picassa.
  • myphotofilter is a free online photo editor. Enhance photos by applying photo filters, photo frames, textures, flares and other photo effects
  • Camera PROset Ultimate iOS app is excellent. It come with HD camera plus PHOTO & VIDEO editors. It has multiple editing options all packed in one single app which no other app offers. I downloaded and enjoying this app. Out of all bunch of camera apps I tested, this is the best.
  • Hi!

    Can anyone help me please? For a Windows 8 machine, I am looking for a free, basic photo editing software that has the features listed below, prominently. And not much more. I have downloaded and tried at least 20 of them, and haven't found the right fit yet. It's for my Mom, who is kind of a techniphobe. Too many options scare her, but she definitely wants the options below...

    Tools to adjust exposure (i.e. contrast, brightness...)
    tools to adjust color (i.e. red, green, blue...)
    Adjust sharpness,
    auto adjust
    maybe undo

    If you have an idea of one, please email it to
    I appreciate any ideas you might have.
  • Hey friend, I guess you have missed the best of the best full featured and Free Photo Editor, With PicsArt photo editor you can create amazing photo edits, retouches and real works of art. Share it in various social nets, or the PicsArt art network, where you can get in touch with profi photographers, learn many editing tricks and tips following the PicsArt Daily Journal.
  • I was hoping to find detailed comparisons among those software so I can decide on the one that suits my requirements. This isn't the case in this article - is it a review of some sort?
    I like PT Photo Editor - a free software and would recommend to anyone though.