List of the Best Photo Editing Apps

Before breaking them down, here’s a comparison of the same photo edited with each of the apps I’m about to discuss.


Above we have the unedited, original photo. Below, from left to right in the first row, we have the SnapSeed edited photo and the Airbrush edited photo. In the second row from left to right, we have the VSCO edited photo and the PicMonkey edited photo.


Cost: Free!

Why I Use It: This is the app I use the most. It’s ideal for editing anything from selfies to landscapes. With this app you can easily crop your image, add text or filters, play with the perspective, and tune the overall image. The versatility of this app is what first brought me to it and is what keeps me continuously using it.

Edits Made to The Photo Below:

This image was tuned, cropped, and the edges were blurred. I also added two types of text, the banner text on the left and the simple text on the right.

Photo Edited with SnapSeed

Photo edited with SnapSeed.


Cost: Free!

Why I Use It: This app is perfect for perfecting your selfies. 😉 Simply press the “magic” button to have the app beautify your image for you or pick and choose what you’d like to edit. You can whiten your teeth, make blemishes disappear, and blur out the background of your photo. You can also play around and “apply makeup” with the app.

Edits Made to The Photo Below:

I cropped the photo, blurred the background a bit, and used the “magic” button to let the app do its thing. After that, I whitened my teeth and brightened my eyes.


Photo edited with Airbrush.


Cost: Free!

Why I Use It: Filters, filters, filters! I would say, and I think that many bloggers agree, that VSCO has the most aesthetically pleasing filters. The downside is that this app is not very intuitive, you’ll need to play around with it a bit to get the hang of it. Other than all that, you can utilize several tools to adjust anything from the exposure to your photos highlights and shadows.

Edits Made to The Photo Below:

I adjusted the temperature and exposure, cropped it, and added a filter.

Processed with VSCO with t1 preset

Photo edited with VSCO.


Cost: Basic use is free, premium use is $1.99. Worth it.

Why I Use It: I love PicMonkey and use it for so much! I not only use the app, but I use the site on my laptop a ton too. Focusing on the app, you can draw on your pic, add filters, add text, crop it, add stickers, touch up selfies, and take advantage of all sorts of adjustment tools.

Edits Made to The Photo Below:

This photo was cropped. I also added a filter, text, and sticker to the photo. I adjusted the opacity of the sticker to make it transparent.


Photo edited with PicMonkey.

What are your favorite photo editing apps?

Bay Area Beauty Blogger


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    • Morgan Celeste
      March 16, 2020 / 10:57 am

      That’s fantastic!! Good luck with your new blog, I’m so glad this post could help!

  1. July 16, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Hey beautiful! I nominated you for the AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD! Check out my post! <3

    • April 8, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      Oh my gosh that is so kind of you! I’ll definitely will do that

  2. July 16, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Thank for the great post! I hadn’t heard or tried some of these apps and now can’t wait too see how great they work!

    • Bay Area Beauty Blogger
      July 16, 2017 / 10:37 am

      I’m glad you found the post helpful!

      • April 8, 2018 / 1:47 pm

        Yes it was great to edit and have so many options

      • Morgan Celeste
        April 9, 2018 / 8:22 pm


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