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Published on September 21, 2018

Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

How do you get the best out of photos?

By using a photo editing app of course!

Though phones are getting smarter by the day and there is AI to click better photos, for now they can’t match up to photo editing apps.

In this exclusive list, I have rounded up all the photo editing apps that will help you transform your memories. These apps will help you to resize, adjust, beautify, sharpen, apply filters, make collage, remove objects and even shoot time lapses.

So without further ado let’s take a look at the best photo editing apps:

1. Pixlr

    Pixlr is a complete photo editing app that gives you a variety of options. A lot of users rely on it for quick fixes to a photo, adding texts and applying preset filters. Recently, Autodesk acquired it, which validates it popularity.

    Features:

    • User Friendly design and functionality which are extremely simple and logically categorized.
    • Simplified editing tools like crop, adjust and autofix.
    • Advanced tools like Splash which makes the image black and white and helps you add selective areas with colors.
    • Variety of preset filter option.
    • Add text feature.
    • Collage making option.

    Available for iOS | AndroidWeb

    2. Facetune

      Facetune is photoshop for dummies. It helps you to modify your photos, especially you face and make them look picture perfect. It whitens your teeth, removes blemishes and pimples, does away with wrinkles and even reshapes so that you can have those perfect cuts.

      Features:

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      • Basic features like crop, adjust aspect ratio, rotate and flip.
      • Advanced features like whiten, smooth, red eye reduction, tones and details.
      • Option to see before edits and after edits.
      • Preset filters (limited options though)
      • Frames to lighten up your images.

      Available for iOS | Android

      3. VSCO Cam

        VSCO Cam is an editing app for people who are serious about their photos. People in the professional circuit seem to like it a lot. Its filters make the photos look better, but still help it keep real.

        Another standout offering that makes it one of the best photo editing app is that it has an amazing social platform where you can make your own photo journals and share it with the world.

        If you are obsessed about your pixels being perfect and and would like to experiment with a new photo sharing platform, this is a highly recommended app.

        Features:

        • All the basic functions like crop, edit, adjust and resize.
        • Advanced photoshop features like washed out tones, saturated colors, high contrasts etc.
        • Social platform GRID for your photos to get discovered.
        • Amazing set of film like pre-set filters to automatically make your photo look great.
        • Integrated camera.

        Available for iOS | Android

        4. Touch Retouch

          The Guardian says that there is no easier way to remove unwanted objects from your photos. This is precisely what this genius photo editing app does. It removes unwanted content from your pictures.

          If you are constantly photo-bombed or the frame has a lot of disturbance, you can remove them all using Touch-Retouch. The best part? It is not hard at all.

          Features:

          • Replace unwanted objects in the picture.
          • Weed out photobombers by using a lasso.
          • Make portraits more beautiful by removing blemishes and wrinkles.
          • App replaces selections automatically (using nearby pixels)
          • Clone tool can be used to easily duplicate objects.

          Available for iOS | Android

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          5. Moldiv

            Moldiv is a friendly photo-editor app with all the standard photo-editing functions but with more than 550+ stickers in it and a plethora of collage options.

            If you like to liven up pictures using stickers and collages, then this is the perfect app for you.

            Features:

            • 320+ fonts
            • 150+ filters
            • Beautify selfies – face slimming, enlarge eyes, smoothen skin and whiten teeth.
            • Collage – Ability to artistically combine 10+ photos in one frame.
            • Ability to crop, straighten, rotate, adjust colors in a picture.

            Available for iOS | Android

            6. Lapse It

              Lapse it, as the name suggests is a time-lapse capturing photo app. Though there are many smartphones these days that have a slo-mo capacity, lapse it beats them all with its rich features and easy to shoot functions.

              Of course, if your phone doesn’t come with a slo-mo capturing functionality, this app is hands down the best.

              Features:

              • Choose the interval between captures.
              • Customize focus.
              • Pre-set ISO.
              • Battery saver mode that switches off screen while capturing videos for long hours.
              • Crop videos and apply filters.
              • Import videos and apply effects easily.

              Available for iOS | Android

              7. Perfect 365

                Perfect 365 is a virtual make up app. It delivers exactly what it promises. It lets you retouch and apply makeup to deliver that spotless portrait photo.

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                What’s more, you can explore makeup services with this app!

                Features:

                • Change color of your hair and your eyes.
                • Whiten your teeth with one touch.
                • Easily remove blemishes and dark circles.
                • Sharpen your face structure for that perfect jaw-line.
                • Easily apply virtual make-up to your photos.

                Available for iOS | Android

                8. Afterlight

                  Afterlight is a delight for people who want everything perfect in their photos. It has enough filters, styles and toning tools to please probably everyone.

                  It also has an amazing range of premium offerings (in-app purchases), that is non-intrusive and sets it apart from its peers.

                  Features:

                  • Abundant filters and frames.
                  • Varied options in lights and leaks.
                  • Designer letter frames that put your picture in that letter.
                  • AI powered contrast, shadows, highlights etc that understands your image.
                  • Filter collections (free) by popular photographers.
                  • Ability to add overlays, texts and even stickers.

                  Available for iOS | Android | Windows PC

                  9. Snapseed

                    This photo editing app is what we call an all-rounder. If you are looking for an app that is a jack of all trades, this is the one you should be looking to install.

                    It was originally developed by Nik Software, but was then taken over by Google. Now, the app has seen quite a lot of improvements including better user interface and user experience. Also, like most things Google, this app has all things free.

                    Features:

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                    • Simple and user friendly UI.
                    • Myriad of editing tools.
                    • Vintage filters, HDR adjustments.
                    • Remove unwanted objects.
                    • Apply “last edits” to a new photo.
                    • Available guides to better use the app.

                    Available for iOS | Android

                    10. Lens Distortions

                      This app is the best app if you are looking to add natural elements like sunlight, rain, fog, snow and other weather effects to your photos. A lot of apps do have this as an additional functionality, but Lens Distortions is the best in the business.

                      The USP of the app is that it makes it look so natural that viewers won’t be able to recognize that it is an added effect.

                      Features:

                      • Add natural elements like sunlight, snow etc.
                      • Add multiple layer of effects.
                      • Ability to adjust depth, sharpness and brightness of images.
                      • Blur effect.
                      • Adjust the depth of each overlay.

                      Available for iOS | Android

                      The bottom line

                      The marketplace is littered with thousands of photo editing apps, promising to transform your memory.

                      However, as a user, it is entirely for you to gauge what the important features you need in a photo editing app.

                      If you are a professional – you will need something advanced like Afterlight2 or Moldiv. For personal use there are even more options like Facetune, Touch Retouch and Perfect 365. If you need something specific like collage, time lapse, face -emojis – you can take your pick from apps like Lens Distortions and Pixlr.

                      Get explore and find what suits your needs!

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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                      Is It Possible to Repay Your Sleep Debt? Why Being Well Rested Matters

                      Is It Possible to Repay Your Sleep Debt? Why Being Well Rested Matters

                      You may think that not getting enough sleep will just make you incredibly tired and a little irritable, but it goes beyond that. It can lead to health problems such as heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, and memory loss.

                      Most adults have incredibly busy lives. From trying to raise a family to working a full-time job and everything that happens in between, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

                      Instead of going to bed when they are tired, they’ll spend that time catching up on items that weren’t accomplished during the day. While this may seem productive, it is actually harmful and can lead to sleep debt.

                      What Is Sleep Debt?

                      The term “sleep debt” is used to refer to continuously losing sleep. This generally happens when you decide to stay up an extra few hours to get a project done or get up early for the same reasons.

                      Insomnia can also add to sleep debt. In essence, anything that interrupts your ability to get between 6 and 10 hours of sleep each night adds to your sleep debt.

                      Every person is different, so how much sleep they need varies. Other factors that play into how much sleep a person needs include age, if the person is sick or impacted by chronic pain, amount and frequency of exercise, and if they are pregnant.

                      Things that can disturb sleep patterns include too much caffeine or alcohol as well as blue lights, which are found in electronic devices such as phones and TVs.

                      To determine how much sleep you need to feel rested, here is a process you can try:

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                      1. Go to bed at the same time you go to bed now and wake up at the same time you normally get up for work. Calculate the amount of time you slept.
                      2. For the next 2 to 3 nights, go to bed 15 minutes earlier than you normally do. Keep this up until you get 7 hours of sleep each night.
                      3. When you’ve been sleeping for 7 hours for a few nights, take note of how you feel. If you find that you are still tired or that it’s hard to wake up when your alarm goes off, go to bed 15 minutes earlier the next night.
                      4. Continue this process until you get enough sleep every night. Your body will tell you how it feels and if you’re getting enough rest.

                      How Do You Know You’re Getting Enough Rest?

                      The thing about sleep debt is that people are often so used to functioning with not enough sleep that they don’t even recognize the symptoms anymore. The body and mind are amazing things, and they can adapt to a variety of different situations.

                      While you may be able to function on not enough sleep and still get your tasks done, you’re damaging your health. Remember, sleep debt leads to heart problems, memory loss, diabetes, and weight gain.

                      Even though you’ve found ways to cope with sleep debt, your body will give you signs that it needs more rest. Pay attention to these things. While determining how much rest you need, it’s advisable to keep a journal during the day to keep track of the indicators of sleep debt. They include the following.

                      When you wake up in the morning, record how much sleep you got and how you felt. Note whether your alarm woke you up or if you woke up on your own. Do you feel rested? Do you feel good? Or do you feel groggy?

                      Throughout the day, record how many cups of coffee or other forms of caffeine you consume to feel awake and functional. How many times do you yawn throughout the day? If you find it hard to stay awake when at your desk, you may be adding to your sleep debt.

                      You’ll also need to keep track of your body’s cravings. If you find yourself constantly hungry for sugar and/or carbohydrates, it may be because you didn’t get enough sleep. Your body is looking for extra energy so that it can function.

                      If you find that you’re too tired to exercise, this can be another sign that you’re not getting enough sleep.

                      At the end of the day (or week), look over your records. This will help you determine if you’re getting enough sleep.

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                      Can I Repay My Sleep Debt?

                      If you look at your journal and notice some patterns, including those that lead to sleep debt, don’t freak out.

                      While you’re not getting enough rest now, you can repay your sleep debt[1] and get back on track to feeling rested and improve your health.

                      Some people believe that sleep debt can’t be repaid, but studies have shown that parts of it can be repaid. It just takes time.[2]

                      Repaying sleep debt won’t happen in a weekend. Here are some things you can do to help get a good night’s rest:[3]

                      1. Develop a Sleep Sanctuary

                      Having a separate work environment and a sleep sanctuary is important. This will get you up and moving during the day, helping you get rid of some excess energy as well as allowing you to stretch and keep muscles from getting stiff, which can make it easier to fall asleep at night.

                      Bill Becker, CEO and Design Director of BDI, which manufacturers ergonomically minded office furniture, including a series of standing desks said:

                      “The workplace can be one of the most challenging environments to adopt healthy habits, given that on average, the majority of workers sit nearly 6 hours a day, burning only 1 calorie per minute. More importantly, prolonged sitting has been known to lead to other health issues such as increased blood pressure, excess body fat and high cholesterol. This is where a sit+stand desk can make a difference. There are many mental and physical benefits to standing desks, and can be a great component of an overall active and healthy lifestyle.”

                      To create your non-work, sleep sanctuary, you need to have a comfortable bed that doesn’t increase or develop pain in your body. You also need to keep TVs out of the room, as well as computers and other mobile devices. The blue light from these can mess up circadian rhythms and keep you from getting good sleep.

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                      Only use your room for sleeping, intimate activities, and other forms of relaxation, including reading or meditating. This will train your brain to recognize the space as a place of calm. It’s also important to only go to bed when you are tired.

                      If you wake in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep within a few minutes, you need to get out of the room and go somewhere else. When you are tired, go back into your sanctuary to sleep.

                      2. Exercise Regularly

                      It may seem counterintuitive, but exercising leads to better sleep at night. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, both of which can impact how well you sleep. It also increases how deep of sleep you get, as well as improves sleep quality.

                      Since sleep debt leads to weight gain and other health issues, exercising has the ability to counteract these problems. The better you feel through exercise, the better you’ll sleep at night.

                      However, it’s important that you don’t exercise within 3 hours of going to bed. This may keep you awake and add to your sleep debt.

                      3. Only Nap If Absolutely Necessary

                      You may think that getting in a good nap during the day can help you with your sleep debt. In some cases, it can. But keep in mind that if you’re napping during the day and then finding yourself going to bed later at night or not getting quality sleep, it’s not helping repay your sleep debt.

                      Sticking to a bedtime routine throughout the week and on the weekends is the best way to ensure that you’re getting enough rest, and more often than not, you won’t need to nap during the day.

                      While you may be tempted to stay up later on weekends to catch up with friends, family, or the TV shows you missed during the week, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Sticking to a routine is better for your body and your quality of sleep.

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                      4. Watch What You Put into Your Body

                      Too much caffeine throughout the day can impact how well you sleep at night. You may find yourself in an afternoon slump after lunch, but reaching for another cup of coffee or an energy drink is impacting your sleep.

                      Limit your caffeine intake to the morning. To energize yourself in the afternoon, eat some natural sugars such as fruit or grab some protein. You may also consider going for a quick, 15-minute walk to help perk yourself up.

                      At night, when you’re winding down after a long day, limit the amount of alcohol you consume. It may seem like it’s helping you get a good night’s rest, it’s not.

                      Alcohol makes it difficult for your body to go into deep sleep, so you’re not getting the quality of sleep you think you are. A few drinks are fine, but watch how much you consume.

                      5. Skip the Sleeping Pills

                      When it comes to falling asleep fast, there are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription products to help people sleep. It may be tempting to use these as a quick fix, but keep in mind that these are generally used as a short-term solution.

                      While some people benefit from taking sleeping aids for a short amount of time, the vast majority of people abuse them, which can be harmful to health and hurt your sleeping ability. If you have questions about the effectiveness of sleeping pills, talk to your doctor.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Sleep is important. Humans can’t live without sleep. We need it to be able to function and to stay healthy. Sleep is when the brain and body repair themselves, without enough, you may find yourself feeling groggy, irritable, and unwell.

                      If you incorporate all of the suggestions above into your routine but still find yourself in sleep debt, you may have another issue that needs to be addressed by your doctor. Talk to them to find the best course of action so you can get a good night’s rest.

                      Sleep debt is a major concern for a lot of people. Thankfully, there are ways to repay this debt, and getting enough rest is beneficial in so many ways. Here’s to a good night’s rest!

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