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These days, you can’t just pop an Instagram filter on your photo and upload it — the horror! No, it’s better to use an editing app first…after all, how will all your friends know how very blue the Pacific Ocean was or how those clouds really popped over the Manhattan skyline? With so many ways to edit your photos, it can be hard to know which apps to use — or even how to use them. Here’s the TPG guide to the best apps for editing those travel photos so you’ll have the coolest pictures of your trip (and the most ease in editing them).


Best used for shots of landscapes, Snapseed has some very intense pre-set filters in the ‘looks’ section, but the fun really starts when you play with the tools. If you select ‘tune image’ you can edit things like brightness, warmth, ambiance and shadows. In the ‘details’ section, you can edit the structure and sharpen your photo. The ‘selective’ button allows you to edit just one part of the photo, like increasing the brightness in only one area that seems a little dark. Playing around with the app is the best way to learn how to use it, so practice on some photos pre-trip until you figure out the perfect balance. Download for free on Apple or Google Play.


Ever wondered why influencers look so perfect among stunning backgrounds? If you want to look like a gypsy goddess or muscled Abercrombie model traveling the world, Facetune is your app. A favorite of the Kardashians, the app allows you to completely edit your look. From teeth whitening to wrinkle and skin smoothing to reshaping your waistline, you can become a much more glamorous version of yourself. You can also patch any spots to cover tattoos, scars or other imperfections. You’ll look so hot, no one will even bother to notice the Taj Mahal or the Statue of Liberty behind you. Just don’t go overboard. Download for $3.99 on Apple or $5.99 on Google Play.


You may notice a lot of #VSCO hashtags on Instagram. You can be part of the VSCO fun by using this app, which is both a camera app you can shoot in and a photo editor. You can also share all your edited photos to your own VSCO grid, which is the app’s photo-sharing platform similar to Instagram. Photographers will be a fan of the manual camera options, where you can edit the shutter speed, white balance, focus and ISO before snapping. Small icons at the bottom of the editing screen are options for changing the color, sharpness, exposure and more to photos either snapped within the app or your with regular phone camera. Download for free on Apple or Google Play, and you can pay extra for more advanced editing features.

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This app has a simple, geometric interface that makes using it a pleasant experience. Upload your photos and edit them with over 20 different tools for adjustments such as clarity, contrast, grain and vibrance plus pre-set filters and effects you can download for free or purchase at an added cost. The app, similar to VSCO, has its own grid where you can view all your edited photos, and you can connect this section directly to Instagram for easy uploading and sharing. Download for free on Apple or Google Play, and you can pay extra for extra filter packages.


A little different than some of the other apps on this list, Prisma turns your photos into works of art (literally) by making them look as if they were paintings. Using styles from artists such as Munch, Picasso, Van Gogh, Levitan and more, your photos won’t stay photos for long — they’ll be turned into sketches, paintings and creative combinations of ornaments and patterns. Download for free on Apple or Google Play, but if you want to save the photos in high resolution, plan to pay for a monthly subscription.


Aptly titled, this app was created specifically for shooting and editing food photos. If you’re the kind of person who needs to document every single morsel you eat on social media or feels like photographing your meal is more important than eating it, at least you can make your food look enticing using Foodie. Search from over 30 different filters, titled to match what kind of food you’re capturing, like crispy, chewy, BBQ, sweet, fresh and tropical. The app is especially useful when dealing with crummy lighting in restaurants, ensuring you’ll get the perfect mouthwatering shot despite all odds. Download for free on Apple or Google Play.


Budding photographers will love Enlight, and if you want to get really specific, you download the spin-off apps like Enlight Videoleap, Enlight Photofox and Englight Quickshot. You start by opening your “photo drawer,” which is essentially your gallery. The app offers preset filters to choose from, or tools like color and details, which cover items like structure, sharpen, shadows and more. Even if you’re not really a photographer, the app has plenty of tutorials to help, and if you want to get extra creative, you can try tricks like double exposures, graphic design elements, text, layers and more. Download for free on Apple and unlock extra features at an added cost.

Featured photo by Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash

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