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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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                      Published on June 22, 2020

                      How to Deal with Stress at Work in Times of Corona

                      How to Deal with Stress at Work in Times of Corona

                      One problem that pretty much every human on earth is facing is knowing how to deal with stress at work.

                      Things were already challenging but with the corona pandemic, the dynamics of the work environment have completely changed. On top of the increases work pressure and stress, the entire structure and system have changed too.

                      Some people have to work from home for the first time in their life. Others have to observe extreme caution inside their offices. All this while there is a constant risk of health, too.

                      Everybody is a victim of this crisis. So, read on to find out how you can deal with stress at work in a time like this.

                      Cause of the Increasing Stress

                      Work stress has always been a thing. But why has it become so much worse now?

                      Let’s first understand the causes so it’s easier for you to implement the resolving tips.

                      Firstly, there’s a panic of the unknown. All of this is new for everyone. Nobody knows what’s exactly going, how long it will go on, and what to expect. This alone is taking a toll on everyone’s mental health.

                      Since the mind is already preoccupied with this issue, it’s hard to focus on work. Moreover, the chances of being at risk of infection are also causing a distraction.

                      The biggest worry for everyone around the world is to stay safe and protect their loved ones. Work tasks are not even among the highest concerns.

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                      Although you’re not thinking about it, the stress is building up in the back of your mind. If not today, you’ll have to tackle all the work tomorrow. Work is piling up while focus and motivation are dropping low.

                      It’s worse for people who have to work from home. The change in environment, additional distractions, and the general aura of bad vibes are affecting productivity.

                      All of this sounds scary and unmanageable. However, a few efforts in the right direction can fix your productivity, attention, and motivation. Once you tackle these factors, you can reduce the stress that is connected to work.

                      How to Reduce Stress Naturally Amid the Crisis

                      There are some easy to implement tactics that minimize stress, in general. Moreover, on top of that, using the following tips will get the person back on track during this pandemic.

                      These tips will help you get into the workflow to encourage productivity. You’ll feel at ease once your mind starts focusing on the ‘normal’ things.

                      This will naturally encourage a sense of serenity that relaxes your body and hence, fewer stress hormones are released.

                      Voila! That’s all it takes to get rid of your built-up work stress!

                      1. Prioritize

                      We’ve all gone through weeks of lockdown. Work was put off in most cases. Work hours were cut down. The overall shift to get used to the new work culture caused a slump.

                      Therefore, the work has piled up now more than ever before. With the stressful news coming your way constantly, it’s really hard to keep up.

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                      So, to keep things in control, you have to prioritize. A well-organized to-do list should keep you on track. Use this list to pre-plan your day, week, and even month.

                      Other than organizing your work, prioritize positive things over negative ones. Turn off the news for a while. Do not expose yourself to things that will make you feel sad or stressed. Prioritize your work and other tasks that you did before the corona days to feel as normal as possible.

                      2. Get Clear Instructions

                      As previously mentioned, everybody’s mind is jumbled up during this crisis. So, it’s natural if you don’t understand your work tasks as proactively as you did before.

                      There’s nothing to worry about here. Keep asking questions unless all your queries are answered. If you find it hard to retain information, ask your superiors to send you a written instructional document. Do whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

                      With clear instructions, you’ll have a clear route to follow. That will keep you from feeling lost, which helps deal with stress at work.

                      3. Challenge Yourself but Don’t Overdo It

                      In this time, you shouldn’t let yourself slack. Do not give up challenging or hard tasks just because you think you’ve got an excuse to let them go. Keep learning and growing in this time so that you come out of this pandemic more valuable and useful.

                      Simultaneously, if you’re afraid that doing too much will make you more stressed or affect your mental peace, let it go. Basically, say no. But also, say yes. Maintain a healthy balance.

                      4. Balanced Nutrition and Sleep Cycle

                      Not only is sleep and nutrition needed for your mind to do well in your work tasks, but it also boosts your immune system.[1]

                      During this time, you need to feel healthy. A stronger immune system will keep you strong against the virus so you don’t have to worry about getting infected and can focus on your work more.

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                      How to Boost Productivity When Working From Home

                      A huge challenge is to create a work-like environment in your home physically and mentally. If you can reciprocate a similar vibe, you won’t feel as much of a difference and that will put your mind to ease.

                      Here are a few simple things you can do to naturally encourage a work mindset even when you’re at home.

                      1. Distinguish Your Workspace

                      Previously, you physically entered a different space to work. The commute and then the change in the natural environment caused the gears in your mind to shift too. This automatically let your productive side take over the lazy side.

                      You should distinguish your workspace in your home too so that a similar mindset is encouraged. Sit in a corner where you don’t sleep, lounge, or eat. Even if you live in a one-room apartment, grab a chair, and put it in a new spot.

                      2. Dress Up

                      Just like your brain prepared itself when you entered a different physical space, your mind also got ready to work when you dressed up for work. The little amount of time you spent getting ready was the time when your mind woke up and got set for work.

                      Continue to follow the same regime as you did when you went to the office. You don’t necessarily have to wear a 3-piece suit. However, change out of your pajamas. Take a shower. Put on some makeup if that’s what you did before.

                      You don’t have to follow a strict regime. Just do enough that gives your mind the idea that it’s time to go to work.

                      3. Take Enough Breaks

                      In a brick-and-mortar office, you’re usually not in control of breaks. However, at home, you have this luxury. Considering the higher stress levels, you should incorporate enough breaks throughout the day.

                      Not doing so will take a toll on your mind because you’re exhausting yourself.

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                      Don’t overdo it. Just take a 5-minute break from your screen after every hour. After a couple of hours, take a snack break. Do whatever suits you but make sure to maintain a balance.

                      4. Stay Connected

                      The corona pandemic has affected social relations in the worst possible way. One great thing about an office is that you get to connect with colleagues. Now that physical connections aren’t possible, take out time for online socializing.

                      Whether it is an online meeting or a casual online catchup session, continue to make an effort to stay connected. This will keep your stress at bay.[2]

                      5. Minimize Distractions

                      If you live with your family and have kids at home, working from home can be a nightmare. But you have to be strict. Do not let anyone enter your workspace while you’re working.

                      Have all your work essentials in your home office so you don’t have to leave during work. Keep your work device, internet, and charger within reach. Have water and snacks nearby too.

                      Put your phone away if it’s not needed for work. Otherwise, just log out of your social media accounts on your mobile and laptop so that notifications don’t distract you.

                      Sit away from a window if you’re likely to get distracted by the outdoors or sit near a window if you like to get some sunlight. Reduce the noise around you, sit in a comfortable chair, and do whatever needs to be done to keep you attentive.

                      The Takeaway

                      Everyone in the world is going through a hard time these days. You shouldn’t feel bad or alone at this time. Understandably, work stress has built up and gotten worse.

                      The unforeseen circumstances have forced everyone to find unusual solutions to deal with stress at work. You should do the same.

                      Most importantly, do not worry yourself. Like everything else, humans will adapt to this too. All you have to do it stay strong, stay safe and give this situation some time to settle.

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                      Featured photo credit: Rainier Ridao via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Psych Central: Beating Stress Through Nutrition
                      [2] NHS: 10 Stress Busters

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