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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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                      How to Sleep Through the Night and Get Good Rest

                      How to Sleep Through the Night and Get Good Rest

                      “Healthy sleep is an essential part of our life as regular exercise and healthy diet”

                      . A good sleep directly affects our mental and physical health and also linked to better cognitive function, lower rates of inflammation and heart disease. It is also directly related to daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight. Contrary, people having poor sleep at night may have a higher risk of heart disease. It may also cause depression, confusion in day activities, anxiety and even memory loss.

                      Poor sleep may also lead to weight gain and increase disease risk in both adults and children. Much research also shows that poor sleep has instant negative effects on your hormones, exercise performances, and brain functions. Many people are facing sleeping disorders in the world and some of them even know about that. Also, many of us regularly toss and turn at night, struggling to get the sleep we need.

                      There are all kinds of things that can disrupt your sleep like your daily schedule, your working hours, certain medications, an uncomfortable sleep environment, or changes to your normal sleep schedule (like jet lag or a different work schedule) can make it harder to nod off, too.

                      Why Do I Keep Waking up at Night?

                      If you keep waking up at night, it could be caused by various things. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons:

                      1. Sleep Apnea

                      It is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. This is a common reason for waking in the middle of the night. It causes shallow breathing, which may cause a person to wake up several times per night. Some people are not even realized that their sleep is interrupted or break. A person who has sleep apnea may notice symptoms such as:

                      • Headaches in the morning
                      • Gasping for air at night
                      • Daytime tiredness
                      • Snoring
                      • Difficulty concentrating during the day
                      Treatment and Remedies

                      If sleep apnea is a cause or likely to cause frequently waking up in the middle of the night, a healthcare provider/doctor will probably refer the person to a sleep center. They may also advise or recommend a treatment plan to address sleep apnea.

                      Best treatment options available are undergoing surgery, using airway pressure devices, or trying oral appliances that help open the airways.

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                      2. Insomnia

                      It means a condition wherein a person finds it difficult or impossible to fall or stay asleep or Waking up in the middle of the night is called insomnia, and it’s a common problem. People who have insomnia don’t feel as if they get enough sleep at night. It may have many possible causes like-stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep habits, daytime tiredness, etc.

                      Its symptoms include:

                      • Difficulty falling asleep
                      • Frequent wake-ups during the night
                      • Waking up too early in the morning
                      • Daytime sleepiness
                      • Difficulty concentrating
                      • Irritability
                      Treatment and Remedies
                      • Start doing meditation or yoga
                      • Do not eat heavy or spicy meals before bed
                      • Doing regular exercise
                      • Do not nap during the day
                      • Make your bedroom conducive to sleep

                      3. Anxiety, Stress, Depression, or Worry

                      These can cause insomnia. Yes, it is so true that insomnia can cause because of these conditions. Both anxiety and depression makes it difficult for a person to calm their mind or shut down their thinking processes. This can make it hard for a person to fall asleep and stay asleep.

                      Treatment and Remedies

                      People suffering from these conditions should consult with their health care providers or doctors. Home remedies or techniques for anxiety and depression are:

                      • Playing/listening to soft songs or calm music.
                      • Exercising regularly
                      • Reducing the number of tasks to do
                      • Meditating
                      • Creating a calming environment in the bedroom

                      4. Consuming Caffeine Late in the Day

                      Caffeine is a tonic that can make it harder to fall asleep. A single dosage can increase focus, energy and sports performance.

                      However, when consumed late in the day, coffee stimulates your nervous system and may stop your body from naturally relaxing at night. So stop consuming more caffeine in a day to get better and calm sleep at night.

                      5. Your Exposure to Light

                      Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Your brain produces more melatonin when it’s dark—making you sleepy—and less when it’s light—making you more conscious.

                      Exposure to bright lights just before bed might affect your quality and quantity of sleep. So turn off all mobile screen lights before bed and avoid all artificial lights before bed, it helps you fall asleep at night.

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                      6. Indigestion

                      Eating some spicy food, junk food or unhealthy food just around bedtime can also create sleep issues. Indigestion causes uncomfortable bloating and gas make it difficult to fall asleep at night and even and it may wake someone up in the middle of the night.

                      To avoid the indigestion problem,  eat healthy and light food at night. If you want to eat heavy or spicy food, do it earlier in the day and not before or around bedtime. This may help you to have good sleep at night.

                      7. Your Bedroom/Sleep Environment

                      One of the possible reasons that you are not getting enough sleep is that your bedroom environment is not properly optimized. Factors include the temperature, noise, external lights, and furniture arrangement, etc.

                      You can improve the sleep environment by doing these:

                      • Minimize disturbing or external noises
                      • Keep it dark and cool
                      • Ban work from the bedroom
                      • Reduce light and artificial lights from devices like alarm clocks
                      • Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, relaxing, clean and enjoyable place
                      • Don’t overheat your bedroom temperature

                      How Do I Stay Asleep Through the Night?

                      To stay asleep through the night and get some good rest, start trying these:

                      1. Take a Warm Bath

                      Just before or around bedtime, take a warm bath, it helps to drop down the body temperature and may help you to feel tired. It can also help you to relax and calm and slow down, so, you are ready to go to bed. Studies show that they can improve overall sleep quality and helped people get more deep sleep.

                      2. Make a Habit of Regular Exercise or Can Do Meditation or Yoga

                      If you are spending your whole day watching TV, playing games on mobile phones or tablets, etc, it can make you lazy and inactive. And this usually makes it pretty difficult to fall asleep at night.

                      Active people tend to get better sleep at night.[1] Hence, by exercising or doing yoga, you can reduce stress and anxiety—which in itself might help increase sleep time by more than 20%.

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                      Don’t do exercise just before bedtime though, it could affect sleep.

                      3. Eat Healthy Foods to Promote Sleep

                      Make a habit of eating healthy foods and fruits and avoid eating spicy food, junk food.

                      To help you sleep better, you can eat these:

                      • Cherries
                      • Bananas
                      • Low-fat cottage cheese
                      • Salmon
                      • Toast
                      • Kiwi fruit
                      • Spinach

                      4. Improve Your Sleep Environment

                      As mentioned in the last section, a peaceful and good sleep environment sends a powerful signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down and let go of the day’s stresses.

                      Make sure your room temperature is not too cold or hot as it affects your sleep too.

                      To get good quality sleep, do these things:

                      • Keep your room cool
                      • Keep noise down
                      • Make sure your bed is comfortable
                      • Reduce all external noises like traffic noise, etc.

                      5. Create a Bedtime Routine

                      Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps to fall asleep quicker. And to bring that feeling of sleepiness, it helps to have a quiet bedtime routine.

                      Bedtime routines have two serve purposes: it is meant to be relaxing and calming, not so exciting, and it helps to form a behavioral association and gives signals to the brain to feel you sleepy.

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                      Here’s How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier.

                      6. Take Time to Relax and Calm Your Body

                      Take a deep breath before going to bed, calm and relax your body. It helps to reduce all-day stress and calm down your mind which may make you fall asleep fast. If you watch TV around bedtime or use mobile phones, switch it off for some time and calm yourself down before going to bed.

                      7. Rule Out a Sleep Disorder

                      An underlying health condition may be the cause of your sleep problems. One of the causes is sleep apnea which causes inconsistent and interrupted breathing, and disturbs your sleep at night. People with this disorder stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping. If you any have symptoms of this disorder, you must consult a doctor immediately.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Sleep plays a crucial part in your health. Conserving energy, healing the body, consolidating memories, and regulating emotions are some of the key reasons why we sleep. Studies say that due to inadequate sleep, obesity risk is increased in children by 89% and in adults by 55%.[2] Other research concludes that sleeping less than 6 hours per night enhances your risk of developing heart disease.[3]

                      So besides nutrition and exercise, sleep is a major pillar of overall health and well being, and you should take steps to ensure that you always get a good night’s sleep.

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