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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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                      9 Natural Remedies for Insomnia to Help You Achieve Quality Sleep

                      9 Natural Remedies for Insomnia to Help You Achieve Quality Sleep

                      I’m sure you would agree that whenever you can take the natural root for something, you should go for it. The more you can keep things natural in your life, the better your overall health and wellness will be for it.

                      Insomnia is a condition that affects 60 million people[1] and probably yourself hence why you’re here checking this article out. You’re probably also interested in natural remedies for insomnia and we’re here to help you out!

                      What Exactly Insomnia Is

                      Insomnia essentially is the inability to fall, and stay, asleep. But it goes a bit deeper than that. Researchers are starting to recognize insomnia as as a problem of your brain unable to stop being awake.[2]

                      There are also a bunch of factors that may be involved in your inability to sleep including:

                      • Psychiatric and medical conditions
                      • Specific substances
                      • Biological factors
                      • Food (alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, heavy meals late at night etc)
                      • Depression and anxiety

                      Why Is Sleep so Important?

                      Sleep is when it all goes down. This is when your body repairs and rejuvenates itself. It’s also the time where your mind basically files everything that’s been happening in the day creating your memories.

                      Even though you’re asleep, your body springs into action when a ton of different processes that are critical to keeping you alive and healthy. But there’s a big problem when you don’t get enough sleep.

                      When you deprive yourself of sleep, you can elevate your stress hormones, primarily cortisol. Stress hormones are really important, they are involved in your fight of flight system. For our ancestors, that was needed for out running a saber tooth tiger. For us today, it helps us jump out of the way of a speeding car or plowing through the crowds at a Black Friday sale…

                      The Problem With Cortisol

                      So a little stress hormone is actually needed but when something like cortisol is constantly elevated over the long term, this is when you’re looking at trouble. Cortisol is raised by lack of sleep because your body thinks it must be facing some sort of trauma, or else why wouldn’t you be sleeping?

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                      Your body doesn’t know if you’re facing famine, environmental disaster or you’re just up all night watching a House Hunters marathon. All it knows is there must be some significant issue keeping you from sleeping and in turn it releases all this cortisol. Over time, this elevated stress hormone which is higher in insomniacs level, can lead to a lot of nasty problems such as:[3]

                      • Headaches and dizziness
                      • Anxiety
                      • Panic disorders
                      • Heart disease
                      • Hypertension
                      • Diabetes
                      • IBS
                      • Weight gain & obesity
                      • Immune system dysfunction

                      13 Natural Remedies for Insomnia

                      Trust me, this is just scratching the surface. But hopefully you can see why you don’t want to deprive yourself of sleep. So now you’re understanding this, how do you deal with that dreaded insomnia? Let’s look at a few way:

                      1. Start Going to Bed Earlier

                      Seems pretty straight forward and simple, but you really need to make it a point to get going to bed at least an hour before you normally do.

                      You might feel that you may as well stay up late due to your insomnia but you have to give your body a fighting chance and that means starting to turn in earlier.

                      2. Create a Wind down Routine and Stick with It

                      Sleep experts say this is the most important thing for helping your body get to sleep. Your body craves routine and structure and the main thing with a routine at night is your body recognizes that sleep is about to happen.

                      So it may be a warm bath, then reading or writing in a journal and listening to some relaxing music. The main thing is with whatever routine you have stick with it and begin it at the same time each night.

                      3. Cut out the Electronics Later in the Evening

                      This may be at the root of a lot of people’s sleep problems including yours. Your electronics: phone, tablet and T.V etc give off a blue light that is really disruptive in the brain. Blue light throws off your circadian rhythm and prevents your brain from releasing melatonin which is really important with sleep.

                      When you use electronics and bright lights late at night, it’s like standing outside at noon on a bright sunny day according to your brain. Start to eliminate or reduce screen use 1 to 2 hours before you’re wanting to go to bed.

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                      4. Exercise

                      This is one of the best insomnia cures and it’s free, the best price anything can be!

                      People who exercise regularly report better sleep. It also doesn’t have to be that much even just 30 minutes 3 to 4 times a week can help to combat insomnia and improve sleep.

                      Exercising earlier in the morning also seems to help. When you exercise early, it helps to naturally engage your circadian rhythm and that in turn means your body will more naturally wind down later in the day helping you sleep.

                      5. Get Sunlight Earlier in the Day

                      This has the same effect as early morning exercise. The sun forces you to wake up and makes your body realize what time of day it is. It pumps out wake up hormones and allows your body clock to be engaged properly leading to better melatonin release later at night when you need it.

                      Basically daylight tells your body when to feel awake and when to feel tired.

                      6. Keep Your Room as Dark as Possible

                      These last few tips are all interconnected. Remember when I mentioned about your house springing to life with all the electronic light late at night? You want to combat this by keeping things as dark as possible.

                      Ideally, you’ve cut out light from screens an hour or so before bed; and now you want your bedroom as dark as possible. Since most people don’t go to bed when it gets dark out, keeping your room dark tells your body the day is done. Darkness also helps to secrete melatonin which it can’t do if there’s always blaring light coming through your eyes.

                      6. Watch out for the Caffeine

                      You’re aware of the effects of caffeine I’m sure, but you might not know it can last in the body a lot longer than you realize. The noticeable effects of caffeine kick in within 10 to 20 minutes and can last 2 to 3 hours.

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                      Caffeine has what’s called a ‘half-life’ which can extend its effects on your blood stream. There can still be an impact 6 or more hours later. So if you’re having a coffee at 4-5 pm, this may be why you can’t fall asleep at 11 pm that night.

                      You might have to play around with when you cut off caffeine, but ideally you wouldn’t have any past 2-3 pm.

                      7. Drink herbal tea

                      Chamomile Tea

                      While we’re talking about beverages, here are a few that can help combat insomnia. Chamomile tea has been used for relaxation for quite a long time now. It can help calm the nerves, combat anxiety and also works like a mild sedative.

                      Valerian Root

                      Similar to the chamomile, valerian has been used for a long time. It’s seen to help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep. It might be something to discuss with your doctor as it may not be best to use in the long term even though it’s natural.

                      St. Johns Wort

                      You’ve probably seen this too as it’s in most health food shops and even grocery stores. St. Johns wort, even though it sounds like a great name for a band, is a flowering plant that can help with depression, anxiety, and insomnia — three things that tend to be connected a lot of the time.

                      You can find capsule forms but also fresh to make tea out of.

                      Passion Flower

                      Another natural sedative that’s technically a tropical flower. You can steep a teaspoon of it in boiling water for ten minutes to help with sleep.

                      California Poppy

                      This one you might not have heard of but it’s not the name of an exotic dancer.

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                      The bright orange leaves from California poppy can be steeped in hot water for about ten minutes and will help to combat anxiety along with making you feel relaxed.

                      8. Try a Warm Shower

                      Again, it’s about giving your body the signals that it’s time to sleep. A warm shower naturally helps to slow down and relax your nervous system and encourages you to feel sleepy.

                      You know how a warm shower in the morning can make you feel drowsy when you need to be waking up? You might want to forgo it then and start showering before bed.

                      9. Keep Your Room Cool

                      Your body temperature drops when you sleep and keeping a cool environment can encourage your body to get to sleep, and stay asleep, quicker.

                      You want your room between 60 to 72 degrees so you may have to play around with thermostat (that I’m still not allowed to touch) or keeping your windows open.

                      Basically, your sheets should feel cool to the touch when you lie down.

                      The Bottom Line

                      If you’re suffering from insomnia, realize that you are definitely not alone. It’s frustrating but can be managed. There are a lot of great natural remedies for insomnia to help get your body to sleep and stay asleep.

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                      Featured photo credit: Victor Hughes via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1]National Public Radio: Can’t Sleep? Neither Can 60 Million Other Americans
                      [2]National Sleep Foundation: What Causes Insomnia?
                      [3]Sleep Med Clin.: Chronic Insomnia and Stress System

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