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March 26, 2014

Our top five photo-editing apps on Nokia Lumia

Capturing images on your smartphone is only half the fun. Next, you’ll want to edit them. We’ve got five wonderfully creative apps to help with that.


1. Nokia Creative Studio


Nokia Creative Studio has been around for a couple of years, but it continues to assist photographers in creating that perfect shot.

First presenting you with the option to add one of nine cool filters to your photo (or sticking with the original), you’re then given four editing categories; Blur, Play, Adjust, and Fix.

Within Blur you can add a miniaturising tilt-shift effect, or focus as to make it look as if your subject was moving.

Play includes the popular Colour Pop feature that enables you to draw out specific colours while leaving the rest of the image black and white. There’s also a Collage option for combining photos together.

If you want to manually adjust the colour, brightness, clarity and vibrancy, dive into the Adjust section.

Cropping photos can dramatically change the feel of your photos; you’ll find that option in the Fix segment, along with red-eye removal.

You’re then free to share your professionally polished image with your friends or import them into other photo-editing apps.


2. Instagram (beta)


Instagram doesn’t really need much of an introduction; it’s one of the most used photo-sharing apps across most mobile platforms.

The editing tools consist of a cropping function (every Instagram photo has to be a square, not rectangle) and a number of filters that, when applied to your photo, give a unique feel; make a new photo look old or a sunny sky look gloomy.

With an enormously active social community at its heart, your uploaded photos can be liked or commented on by people from around the globe.

3. Fresh Paint


Editing isn’t always about cropping and red eye removal, as Fresh Paint shows.

Recreate any of your photos in paint form, either by cheating and using the transform button, or by painting freehand on top of the photo.


Whichever method you choose, it’s good fun and worth checking out. Especially considering it’s free…


4. Phototastic – $1.99

Creating collages are fun, as they’re a great way to gather lots of memories into one place.

Just select the photos you wish to use, pick your collage layout and resize them all individually until they look just perfect.

If you want to jazz it up further, add one of the 140+ frames or one of the 30+ effects.


5. PicsArt


This free app packs in a lot of editing features, such as flip/rotate, resize, clone, crop and many, many more.

The cropping feature contains five preset sizes and a freehand option to crop to any size you want. With trimming complete, stick on some clipart, add a drawing, frame, border, text or a special effect.

When you’re done, save or share it with your friends via Facebook or Twitter, upload to OneDrive, Dropbox, Flickr, or to the wider PicsArt community.

When it comes to editing your photos, do you use any of the above? If not, what would you prefer instead? Let us know, below.