The Best Photo Editing Software for Your Smartphone

article by Arya A. author
Some of the most widely-used photo editing software providers include Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint, Zoner Photo Studio, ACDSee Pro, DxO Optics Pro and CyberLink. While these are all terrific photo editors, which ones are best for use with mobile Android or iOS devices?

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Most of the popular Adobe software products are available for Android and iOS devices, and Adobe Photoshop Elements is no exception. The app delivers Photoshop’s powerful editing tools for on-the-go photographers, allowing for nondestructive creative image editing on tablets, smartphones, and phablets. Users can easily share quality images via Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Corel PaintShop Pro

Corel Paint is rated as among the best photo editing software by a growing number of users around the world. There are several highly-rated mobile apps by Corel Paint, including Painter Mobile. This is available for Android devices, and all uploaded images can then be imported into Painter for final touchups. iPhone users can enjoy several Corel Paint applications including Patterns, and Paint It! Now.

Zoner Photo Studio

The Edit & Go app from Zoner, Inc. is available at the Google Play Store. It allows for photo management, creative editing and sending postcards directly from a smartphone. Standard photo editing tools that we expect for desktop apps are also available with this mobile solution. These include black and white edits, tilting, shifting, exposure control, filters, contrast, saturation, light temperature, vignetting, and the like.

ACDSee Pro

ACDSee is an exceptional photo editing app, and it’s available on iOS for iPhone and iPad devices. Among other features, users will be able to make collages, in which multiple photographs can be combined into a single image with 100+ layouts possible. Manual controls are provided for essential photo editing techniques, like white balance, focus, exposure, and alignment. Some more stylized visual effects are also available, including light leaks.

DxO OpticsPro

DxO OpticsPro is available at the App Store for Apple devices, and includes some uncommon features unlikely to be found in other leading photo apps. For example. smoke, fog and smog can be removed from landscape photographs, and intensity levels can be adjusted at the click of a button. The mobile app can also apply optical correction, smart lighting, white balance correction, and de-noising. It is definitely one of the best photo editing apps on the market, for a nominal fee.


Google Play is peppered with mobile apps. These include PhotoDirector – a great free app for anyone interested in editing digital photographs. With PhotoDirector you can create mood with overlays, utilize total color control, employ quick tone adjustment, control saturation, remove objects, create blurs and more. The rich photo editor runs a powerful creative collage maker, with visual histograms and full adjustments of RGB. The latest version offers higher output resolution and the saving of images in ultra-high definition 4K – making it perhaps the best photo editor at the Google Play Store.

Today, good mobile phone photographers are not required to have any preexisting photography skills to generate quality digital images. With the right mobile apps, it’s possible to instantly create an artistic look and feel, make the necessary edits, and share pictures that pop with friends and family.