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Top 10 photo editing apps

Tom Hall Published by Tom Hall March 21, 2012

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Top 10 photo editing apps

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Tom Hall Published by Tom Hall March 21, 2012

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We’re big fans of Top 10 (or 8, or 5) lists here at Nokia Connects, and as it is #NCPhotoWeek what better than the 10 best apps available for tweaking your snaps after you’ve pressed that camera button on your Nokia? Not a hipster who wants ‘insta’ results? No worries, there are plenty of other (arguably better, more versatile) apps out there to choose from.


1. Molome
Let’s start with a standard, about which you will be able to read a whole heap more on these pages on Saturday (in a special Nokiapp Showdown featuring the imaging King and Queen). Molome has a heap of options that you can add post-snap, allowing you to enjoy ‘cool effects beyond creativity’. Whether you need to get creative with your pics is debatable, but Molome certainly gives you the option.
Free from the Nokia Store


2. Thumba Photo Editor
With more than 70 adjustments, this app reckons that becoming ‘a professional photographer has never been so easy!’ Not quite sure that filters will make you ‘professional’, but they can certainly improve your already stellar Lumia shots. What’s more, Thumba is fully integrated with the Pictures Hub, so seamless editing is but a step away.
$0.99CAD from Windows Phone Marketplace


3. Photo Studio
At first look, this appears to be a standard editor, with the ability to crop, zoom, pan etc. There’s filters such as colour pop, posterize and red eye reduction. The examples on the download page in the Marketplace, however, show that there’s more to this app than meets the eye. Take a look at the Golden Gate Bridge example.
$2.99CAD from Windows Phone Marketplace


4. Pictures Lab
Being called the ‘Swiss Army knife of photo tweaks’ is a ringing endorsement, and this app seems to be able to back it up. Any app with a Tilt Shift filter gets a thumbs up from me. I love that effect. The ability to combine effects is also quite handy for enhancing then blurring and shifting.
$2.99CAD from Windows Phone Marketplace


5. Ztitch
Despite the name, this seems to be quite a handy app to have for creating your 360° image. Far from just stitching (or should that be ztitching?) your snaps, it claims to put your pics ‘inside a 3D space’. I’m guessing this means taking snaps of the floor and sky will enable you to complete a ‘semi-3D’ environment. Not checked this out yet, but it’s definitely on the list! There’s a ‘+’ version too, that promises a quicker ztitch.
Free or $0.99CAD from Windows Phone Marketplace


6. Apict
Here’s one for all instant camera fans. Fairly basic – crop and apply filter, tag (in ‘pencil handwritten text effect’) and share. What more could you want?
$0.99CAD from Windows Phone Marketplace


7. Color Data 2.0
An app dedicated to managing the colours of your photos. I like this. There don’t seem to be any gimmicky options here, it’s all about pure colour finessing and it will even remember your preferences within your colour sets and complements. Impressive.
Free from Windows Phone Marketplace


8. CamEfx
This app claims to be slightly different (I won’t go as far as ‘the photo app that Symbian users have been waiting for’) in that you can preview the filters before committing to taking the photo. So you won’t waste the film in your…hang on. Anyway, it’s a great idea and saves all the fiddling afterwards.
Free from the Nokia Store


9. ShutterPro (Lite)
With anti-blur and burst mode there is more to this app than just adding an effect after the event. That said, there are still plenty of options once the snap is captured. With the Pro version tilt shift and HDR become options.
Free or $2.99CAD for the Premium version.


10. Photo Funia
A slight shift now. Instead of tweaking your snaps to make them better, this app is all about putting your skills where your face is and making your photos of humans into billboards, Warhol-esque multi images and the like. Probably more for the younger audience, it certainly looks like a bit of fun.
Free from the Nokia Store.

So now you have no excuses. Get out there, get snapping and get tweaking. Share your best results by dropping us a link in the comments, or by tagging your Twitpic with #NCPhotoweek (@Nokia_Connects, of course).

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