Apple iPad is a real substitute for a desktop computer. Though device is not meant to capture photos, yet you can use iPad for editing pictures, storing them and even making screenshots. If you love to play with photos then you’ll easily end up getting photo apps in AppStore. However, when you are looking out for quicker results, you need some of the best photo applications for iPad.
Below, here is the list of top 10 best free photo apps for iPad that help you edit photos, make photo collages, upload photos from iPad to popular online photo storages, create photo slideshows on iPad, get rid of red eyes, blur or any unwanted objects on your pictures, add artistic style and feel. In a word, these top free iPad photo editors will make your photos look even better on your gadget.
Pixlr-o-Matic iPad app is a genuine continuation of its big web version – Pixlr-o-Matic (see our review for details). As its web brother, Pixlr-o-Matic free iPad app is one the simplest iPad photo editors in the universe for adding photo effects.
The app will not resize, crop, rotate pics or make photo collages. But Pixlr-o-Matic will apply sophisticated photo filters and photo effects to your images, so each your average looking pic will turn into a masterpiece.
2. Pic Stitch
Pic Stitch is an excellent free photo collage maker for iPad. With Pic Stitch you can prepare photo collages with any layout and edit each photo element of your collage.
Besides, you can choose what color will fill in the space between images, apply photo filter (such as: blur, sepria, black and white, colorize) and share your photo collage with your friends via email, Facebook or Twitter. You can always save your photo collage on iPad and edit it later.
This free photo application is among the most powerful tools for working with photos since it is backed by Aviary photo editing technology. InstaEditor contains solid editing features which help to adjust sharpness, brightness and saturation to a great extent.
Besides, there are a bunch of advanced filters and add-ons, which you may use for experimenting with your photos and thus give a creative twist to your images. Here’s InstaEditor sample photo editing:
We’ve already reviewed Flickr as one of the best online photo storages for photographers and people who love images. Having Flickr on iPad enables you to surf amazing collections of pictures from talented photo enthusiasts; upload your own pictures from iPad to Flickr website; edit slightly your images (including retouching).
Also with Flickr app, you can check recent photo activity of contacts, family and friends; comment on their pictures; participate in group discussions; add geo-tags to your iPad shoots. To sum it up, Flickr iPad app is as comfortable to use as its online peer.
BeFunky was awarded to be one of the best photo editors of 2012! It would be a shame if there was no BeFunky for iPad. Fortunately, developers of this photo editor decided to prove that BeFunky is best of the best and released a wonderful free iOS app which became popular among the iPad users.
Ok, if you know BeFunky website, be sure to find the same photo editing features in its iPad sister-app. There are a number of editing options like Sharpen, Exposure and Brightness, which could help you in giving a new edge to your pictures.
And that’s not all, you have lots of photo filters and effects called Vintage, Lomo and Black and White which all make your pictures more beautiful and unique. Also, these filters could be layered easily over each other.
What I especially like about BeFunky iPad version is the ability to apply various photo frame. These photo frames will turn your pictures into soft or distinct images; add fun or seriousness to them. Lastly, you can share the finished photos over social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.
6. Fotolr HD
Fotolr HD is a full-feature photo editor for iPad. This app includes all most used photo editing options along with helping you to rotate, crop, draw, doodle and resize over your photos. You could make some changes over photo color, contrast and brightness. The array of photo frames in Fotolr is worthy look: these frames remind a bit popular online photo editors like Photo Montager or Loonapix.
So if you want to decorate your pic with a Birthday photo frames, for example, Fotolr HD is suitable for it. One more vital feature of Fotolr is that it helps to compare your edited picture to the original ones.
7. Camera Awesome
Camera Awesome is a free iPad photo editor by SmugMug, a famous photo storage. This photo application has a scientific approach to photo shooting and photo editing.
First of all, it helps to make perfect photos with your iPad camera. You can choose a proper photo composition: Golden, Thirds, Trisec, Square and set appropriate camera exposure and focus.
Obviously, if photo is taken right, it’s much easier to enhance. Then, Camera Awesome empowers you with pro-photo tools such as transformation, fx presets, filters, text bubles, frames. If you prefer to rely on automatic photo editing means, just tap “Awesomize” tab and Camera Awesome app will improve the photo in a second.
If you one of those, who love to view beautiful images, 500px is the photo app that you must install on your iPad. 500px is a photo community which has a huge collection of photos of all kinds: high-resolution professional photos of landscapes, nature, cities, portraits, etc.
500px is quite similar to Flickr iPad app and facilitates your browsing from mobile device. With this app, you’ll have options to follow photo stream of your friends, follow other community members, comment on photos and vote for the best of them.
PhotoFunia is another fun photo editor that deserves your attention. This app cuts your face out of photo and places it in an unusual photo frame. Basically, PhotoFunia adds not a plain photo frame, but another background for your picture. We’ve described how similar fun photo editors work in our previous posts like “You are the Star! Enjoy Your Photo on a Magazine Cover” and “How to Make Fantastic Photos with Cartoon Characters”. So have a look at them to get best editing results.
Surely, PhotoFunia will completely rearrange your picture and turn it into something new. There is only one drawback – PhotoFunia iPad app requires fast Internet connection, otherwise it won’t function.
10. iBooth for iPad
iBooth for iPad is a kind of strange and funny photo editing application. It provides unique and bizarre filters and distortion effects, makes photo strips which helps are good for playing with photos.
Hardly ever iBooth would replace a “photo editor” app in its traditional meaning of a tool for picture improvement. But iBooth for iPad will entertain you with funky transformations like making portrait using balloon effects and giving fisheye effects.
P.S Don’t forget to see our guide “How to Transfer Photos to iPad without iTunes”
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