Get the Android image editor best suited to your needs
Android photo editor apps began to be developed almost as soon as phone cameras were perfected. They have continued to be improved upon to the point where, today, many are comparable to the most highly respected traditional desktop image editing software packages.
However, going to the Play Store has become like being a child in a candy store – how do you choose? From a fully featured portable desktop photo editor to an app to just touch up photos you want to share, there are so many to select from. A good place to start is to select what best works for you, in terms of your specific needs, from these free Android image editors.
Adobe Photoshop Express: Photo Editor Collage Maker
The best-known name in image editing
With the name that became a verb, Photoshop has universal respect. Naturally millions put their trust in Adobe Photoshop Express for their choice of Android photo editor. For some, the association of the name with its long-term professional design reputation may be a little intimidating, but for quick and easy mobile editing and collage making, you can’t go wrong.
Photo editing – all basic photo editing tools are included from simple cropping, straightening, red-eye removal tools, etc. to lighting adjustment and filters. You can watermark and frame your photo, and create and save a specific style (Look) of your own. Resize if you wish before saving and customize the quality of your output, then easily share your creation on social media or upload it to the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Collage making – choose from a variety of grid layouts and drag and drop photos, resize, zoom in or out, swap positions, add and replace more images. You can edit any individual photo, apply a saved look and change the border and colors.
Just sign into Adobe Photoshop Express with your Adobe ID, and you can access one-touch filters, noise reduction, defogging and perspective correction features. The application supports JPG and PNG formats and RAW files from most cameras and requires Android 4.4 and up.
Snapseed by Google
An easy to use professional photo editor
Developed with the average smartphone owner in mind, Snapseed by Google has 29 tools and features, opens both JPG and RAW files from most cameras, and allows you to create and save looks. The comprehensive interface provides easy access to Looks, Tools and Export functions. All edits can be undone and re-edited.
Tools include all the basic crop, rotate, brush retouching and tuning functions. You can adjust exposure and color, bring out detail, remove areas, add text, create various vignettes, blur, add glow, adjust tone and contrast and enhance faces.
Snapseed provides RAW Develop for you to open and tweak RAW DNG files, non-destructively save them or export them as JPG images. Adding grunge or drama are great additional features. You can also create vintage, grainy film, noir, black and white and Retrolux effects, add frames and blend two photos to produce double exposure images from a range of blend modes. Android 4.4 and up is required.
Sketch – Draw & Paint
Get creative – no prior experience required!
Sony’s drawing and photo editor is designed for a fun experience, enabling you to be creative regardless of your skill level.
Make sketches with brushes and tools, build in layers, add text and stickers and zoom way in to paint the details. Import and edit photos. This Android image editor provides numerous tools for enhancing both photos and sketches – brushes, pens, pencils, eraser, smudge tool, fills, text, backgrounds… There is, additionally, the capability to use your finger or a stylus to draw. Color adjust images, scale, rotate, and flip. You can undo and redo, and back up and sync to other devices.
Export and share your creations, and join the Sketch Community where you can interact and collaborate with other users, and get inspired by creations you’ll see there. Hashtags make it easy to find the style of drawing that interests you and there are top lists and a global feed. Create your profile page and select who to follow on your personal feed.
The Sketch Android image editor requires Android 4.2 or higher.
Pixlr – Free Photo Editor
All the tools and effects you need
Pixlr, the free Android photo editor that lets you get more creative than you ever imagined, opens up a whole new, exciting, and vast world of image combinations. An array of layouts, backgrounds, and colors are available for photo collages, and you can layer and blend photos and develop unique double exposure effects.
Photo editing includes Auto Fix for one-click balancing color, masking, overlaying, text and blemish and red-eye removal tools. Stylizing, color splash and focal blur tools all help you to develop unique creations, and there are ready-made effect packs so that you can quickly customize the look of your photos.
Edit your photo, resize and save to share instantly on social media or via email. Pixlr is compatible with Android 4.0.3 and up.
PicsArt Photo Studio: Collage Maker & Pic Editor
A free all-in-one creative suite
Make awesome collages, edit photos and get access to a huge clipart and sticker library with Picsart Photo Studio, a very accessible application for the inexperienced and, at the same time a powerful one for higher-end photo editing.
PicsArt’s collage maker includes hundreds of templates and grid layouts as well as tools for making freestyle collages. The photo editor provides all the tools you could possibly need to crop, clone, sketch and make cutouts, and a library of filters, frames, borders, backgrounds and fonts. Fine tuning in brush mode for detailed effects and layers allow you to get highly creative and unique image effects can be created using the Magic Effects filters.
Use the cutout tool to make custom stickers and share them within the PicsArt community where you’ll find millions of stickers and lots of clip art that you can use to add to your own creations. The Remix feature enables sharing with a group to allow friends to add stickers and text or copy and paste other photos or portions of photos to your uploaded image.
Minimum Android 4.0.3 is required for the PicsArt Photo Studio.
Looking for Image Editors for your PC or laptop? Check out our Free Image / Graphics Editors section.