8 best photo editors for iPhone

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Photo editors were always necessary and relevant, starting from the earliest stages of the development of computer technology, as soon as the power of the devices began to allow full-fledged photo processing in principle. But this segment of software became truly massive with the advent of modern wearable gadgets, the indisputable standards of which were set, of course, by the first smartphones iPhone from Apple. The volumes of content of such services as Instagram and others like it are truly gigantic today. Naturally, this caused the mass production of mobile photo processing applications at iPhone.

The editorial staff devoted today's review to the best, in the opinion of our specialized specialists, applications for shooting and processing photo content. In compiling the rating, our experts were guided by considerations of the simplicity and intuitiveness of the application, versatility, the presence of remarkable individual features, reviews of real users and the general popularity / demand for the application.

Ranking of the best photo editors for iPhone

Nomination a place photo editor rating
Best free photo editors for iPhone 1 VSCO Cam 4.9
2 Snapseed 4.8
3 Moldiv 4.7
4 Phonto 4.6
5 Squaready 4.5
The best paid and shareware photo editors for iPhone 1 Enlight 4.9
2 PicsArt Photo & Collage Maker 4.8
3 Adobe Photoshop Express 4.7

Best free photo editors for iPhone

The largest category in our ranking is the most affordable free apps that are valuable on their own, even with standard free tools. Almost every program presented implies the possibility of paid additional installation of tools and filters, but on a strictly voluntary basis.


Photo editor rating for iPhone: 4.9


Let's start with one of the simplest and easiest to use, yet multifunctional applications – VSCO Cam. It is produced by the Visual Supply Company, the core of the team of which is made up of people from such famous corporations as Sony, Adobe, MTV, other big names and, importantly, Apple itself.

VSCO Cam is not just a photo editor. It's also a handy photography app with tons of subtle adjustment tools, great visual filters, regularly published digests of the best photography, and a whole host of signs of a serious software suite.

The toolkit of the program is sorted into thematic tabs: Camera – tools for shooting, Library – a library of photos with which the user has done at least some work before, Store – a set of filters in store format, Discover – an informational part with company news and a selection of the best works, Profile – user profile, Settings – a set of settings for the program itself.

The photo editor allows you to apply ready-made built-in filters (there are quite a large number of them, among which there are very, very impressive ones) or to process pictures in a completely individual order in several stages.

One of the most noticeable advantages of this photo editor is that the developers initially approached the creation of filters individually. Unlike many other startups, the VSCO team did not copy with minimal changes, but created most of the filters completely from scratch.


  • one of the most original and non-trivial collections of filters created from scratch;
  • multifunctionality;
  • a wide range of tools for individual processing of images;
  • flexible and fine settings;
  • accessibility and comprehensibility for both beginners and pros;
  • large community – accessible communication with professionals.


  • no obvious, pronounced shortcomings were noted.


Photo editor rating for iPhone: 4.8


The rating continues by a powerful software package for professional processing of raster graphics on wearable gadgets – Snapseed. The photo editor was developed by Nik Software, which was swallowed up by the giant Google after the bright success of the brainchild of a startup.

This photo editor for iPhone can, if not everything, then almost everything, and positions itself in this way almost officially. The toolkit contains convenient and easy-to-learn tools for performing auto-correction, sharpening a photo, cropping, rotating and aligning, tilting and cropping, selectively correcting individual parts of the image, pinpoint correction of the smallest errors, and overlaying vignettes. Using a set of brushes, you can easily apply the desired filters only to selected areas of the image.

The set of filters provided by the program deserves special attention. With their help, you can blur the background, add the glitter effect of spotlights, add tonal contrast, apply the multiple exposure (HDR) effect, add grain, artificially age the photo, create the effect of black and white cinema, frame the edges of the image with frames, and perform many more different actions. to create effects. Each filter contains additional functions – to navigate between them, you just need to slide your finger vertically across the screen. The intensity of the 'filter in filter' can be changed by moving your finger horizontally.

The photo editor allows you to step by step through all the stages of changing the image, as well as to undo any action, regardless of the general sequence of actions.


  • ease of use;
  • a wide range of filters with additional settings;
  • rich toolbox;
  • ease of work with the sequence of actions, rollback of changes.


  • the new interface has caused partly negative reactions from users.


Photo editor rating for iPhone: 4.7


Another extremely interesting and multifunctional free application in our rating is Moldiv. It contains a huge number of special templates for creating images in the style of glossy magazines, the widest set of frames for collages, photo editing tools.

A separate set of 'beauty functions' is aimed at processing selfies with live filters, making the skin smooth, removing the correct face contour, and enlarging the eyes. Also, this set contains interesting light leak effects and live textures. Almost 200 ready-made filters, divided into 13 thematic sections, allow you to make amazing transformations with the original photo.

To create collages and images in a magazine style, 310 frames in a variety of styles, 135 ready-made magazine layouts are used.

Professional editing tools include over 300 different typefaces for adding text to images, 92 background patterns, 560 stickers.

A separate set of tools allows you to versatile video editing, add live video filters, create impressive animation designs, add particle effects, bokeh, vintage light leaks. There is a whole set of funny animated stickers.

The processed photos can be uploaded directly from the application to popular services – Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and others. You can also save processed photos with EXIF ​​data in the maximum resolution for the device being used.


  • convenient and effective tools for processing selfies;
  • a wide range of tools for applying effects;
  • hundreds of ready-made filters, frames, effects, stickers, background patterns;
  • a separate set of tools for video processing and animation creation.


  • no objective shortcomings were noted.


Photo editor rating for iPhone: 4.6


Further in the rating, we will consider an extremely simple and unobtrusive, but completely irreplaceable application when it becomes necessary to overlay text on a picture and apply all kinds of effects. All of this is Phonto, a free program available in the App Store.

Previous versions contained about 200 different typefaces, and the most recent version, current at the beginning of 2019, already contains as many as 400 fonts.

The application toolkit allows you to overlay text on a photo, apply any of hundreds of typefaces, play with text size and color, add strokes of different thickness, background and shadows.

The photo editor has an extremely simple, intuitive and unobtrusive interface. Any change in the properties of the text immediately, without lags, is reflected in the photo with the possibility of rollback.

This app for iPhone has one of the highest user feedback, which translates into thousands of highest ratings and positive reviews.


  • about 400 different typefaces;
  • ease of use;
  • convenience, accessibility, clarity;
  • nice, unobtrusive interface.


  • not noted, most positive user feedback.


Photo editor rating for iPhone: 4.5


Rounding out this collection of ratings is the app for die-hard 'Instagrammers' – Squaready. This program is especially useful when you need to process panoramic photos. With its help, you can easily add a frame of any shape, style or color around the entire image or only on one side.

The photo editor does most of the work for you. To process the image, the source in landscape or portrait orientation must be loaded from the source (camera library or Twin Collage), after which the program will automatically center the frame, help to fit it to a variety of formats while maintaining the size.

Using special tools, you can independently make changes to the source, turn it in different directions, and position it under a good angle. You can choose a background color from a very extensive palette. At the very end, the program will ask in what quality you want to save the result.

Squaready's photo editor is used by many famous afonographers, and the corresponding hashtag can be found in the Instagram albums of many celebrities.


  • convenient tools for processing panoramic photos;
  • wide palette for setting the background color;
  • flexible tools for adding frames;
  • preservation in different quality options.


  • English version only.

The best paid and shareware photo editors for iPhone

In this nomination of the rating, we will pay attention to several applications that are either paid by themselves, or free, but require additional purchase of tools or filters for full and comprehensive work.


Photo editor rating for iPhone: 4.9


First, let's consider a popular multifunctional program with a huge amount of positive feedback from users – Enlight. This is a paid app, but its price is symbolic – it is available in the App Store for $ 1.99.

The program is a convenient multifunctional complex for all-in-one photo editing. With a built-in set of artistic and creative tools, you can selectively control exposure, tints and individual details; crop, rotate, align the image, choose the correct perspective; use ready-made filters, gradients, light leaks, set vignettes; apply sketch and painting effects; carry out intelligent image correction; apply double exposure, tilt shift, make versatile edits.

Each tool in the app has an integrated masking option that helps you smoothly apply effects. A special cloning tool is used to manually eliminate all kinds of defects. Convenient tools are provided for drawing, adding text, overlaying frames and borders.

Enlight allows you to make both simple editing with basic tools and deep 'thoughtful' retouching or collage using an advanced set of functions and tools. The combination of these or those tools allows in just a couple of steps to create truly bizarre visual artistic effects that do not in any way repeat the styles of typical filters or templates.

The photo editor is easy to learn thanks to an intuitive interface and excellent logical structure of the choice of tools. In addition, a separate important advantage of the program is the help function – one of the most informative among programs of this class.


  • all-in-one format;
  • wide range of tools;
  • intuitiveness, clarity and ease of learning;
  • one of the best help functions.


  • no pronounced shortcomings were noted.

PicsArt Photo & Collage Maker

Photo editor rating for iPhone: 4.8


This nomination of the rating is continued by a powerful mobile software package for photo editing, drawing and working with a professional camera. The photo editor offers a wide range of tools to cover almost any need for photo editing and interaction with communities.

The standard toolkit includes many convenient and impressive tools – various effects, drawing tools, filters, stickers, background sets, tools for creating collages, etc. The photo editor is deeply integrated with Facebook, makes it easy to find like-minded and followers, watch the latest news, communicate easily and share experiences.

Let's describe the functionality of the application in more detail. The standard set includes tools for stretching, cutting, cropping, cloning, working with curves, adding text, creating a double exposure. There is a large collection of stickers and cliparts, as well as tools for creating your own stickers and the ability to share them with other users. Collage makers allow you to use ready-made templates or work in completely free image composition mode.

A separate advantage of this complex application is the provision of special training videos, which are selected on an individual basis, taking into account the existing user skills.

The photo editor is available for free in the App Store and the basic set of functions provides a fairly wide range of possibilities. But for a full-fledged work without restrictions, it will be necessary to purchase a significant part of the necessary tools – fonts, filters, brushes and others.


  • wide range of tools;
  • many ready-made effective tools;
  • training videos tailored to individual skills;
  • large community and comprehensive work with social networks.


  • not marked.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Photo editor rating for iPhone: 4.7


Completing this selection of ratings and the entire review is a photo editor with perhaps the most 'telling' name. Yes, this is the 'same' Photoshop, or rather, its compact version, created specifically for working with photos on iPhone and other wearable gadgets. Previously, the program was called Photoshop.com Mobile.

The program itself is free, and has a fairly wide set of built-in tools by default, but to use some extremely useful, and often necessary tools and filters, you need premium access, which can be obtained by activating an Adobe Creative Cloud account.

The free part of the program contains dozens of full-fledged filters, among which the most interesting, according to users' opinions, are the 'weather' Autumn, which gives calm tones Vibrant, rich Contrastpunch, black and white characteristic of Silvered. Premium access is required to access special tools like haze removal or add text.

One of the most important advantages of the program is the auto-correction function of images, the 'correctness' and efficiency of which the developers have brought to almost perfection. According to users, it is the auto-correction in this application that is implemented almost better than all other mobile photo editing programs.

The photo editor is multilingual, but even the most inexperienced user can easily figure it out – the interface is extremely intuitive and clear.


  • one of the best auto-corrections;
  • intuitiveness and ease of use;
  • wide range of tools;


  • deep retouching and access to the community have been moved to separate applications – Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix.

Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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