In part two of our Best Android Photo Apps series, today we take a look at several Android photo and image apps that I use myself to help create blog post images as well as create images for social sharing. Every app listed is freely available in Google Play.
In Part One we covered a couple of the better Complete Photo Editing Tools. There are an incredible number of photo editing apps available for Android smartphones so I’m highlighting the best apps that I use personally. These apps are simple to use and produce quality results without a huge learning curve.
PhotoShake Phone App
The PhotoShake Android Phone app is a super fast and easy way to make collage photos. PhotoShake has many options but I really like the MultiPhoto select tool that allows you to take several pics from your gallery and create a fast collage. You simply “shake” your smartphone (or click the shake button) once you have your images selected. The app randomly sorts the images into a collage. If you don’t like the look or arrangement, you simple keep “shaking” until you get the look you want.
Another key feature of PhotoShake I like is the balloon text (callouts) option. You can add text using a variety of comment/thought balloons. Other features of PhotoShake are filters, tweaks and frames.
Cartoon Camera is so simple that I’m amazed at the quality of image you can create with it. Cartoon Camera is a real-time mobile photo app that, once you’re in the program, allows you to point and shoot while seeing the actual preview before you take the picture. Cartoon effects for the free version include Color Drawing, Sepia, White Strokes, Dark Strokes, Colored Edges, Crosshatch and Pencil Sketch. Upgrading will unlock the Pencil Sketch Smooth, Color Pencil Sketch, Paper Drawing, Dark Pencil, and Cartoon filters but most bloggers will find the free version satisfactory. Other features include a slider to adjust color and sensitivity. The app also supports both front and back cameras if your smartphone is so equipped.
Pixlr-o-matic is a simple photo filter app that has a slew of options (hundreds) yet is simple to use. You simply add effects, overlays and then add a border if you want. Don’t see the look you’re looking for? No problem; Pixlr-o-matic allows you to view and download other effects, overlays and borders free of charge. Downloading the extras couldn’t be easier and doesn’t require another app install; you simply click the batch you want and go right back to the image you were working on only with access to those you just downloaded.
A very popular Fiverr gig is turning a photograph into a sketch and now you can do it yourself, free, with Sketch Me. Sketch Me is a simple Android App (or iOS for $.99) that allows you to add a sketch, crayon or oil paint effect to your photos. You can take the photo through the app or grab one from your smartphone’s gallery, Dropbox, Drive or other cloud-based storage app.
Photo Grid – Collage Maker is a lot like the PhotoShake Phone App (above) only a little more diverse. You can still ‘shake’ the phone for certain background changes and there are quite a few background images to use. I like that you don’t have to shake for a random background effect, you can go though the options and chose the one that best fits the mage. You can also pick between a nice selection of collage patterns. Moving the images is possible as well. Another cool feature is the ability to add text to your image. The text feature is very nice and it’s easy to change fonts, sizes, angles and even the text background color. You can even use background images in the text section.
PhotoFunia is a super cool photo app that takes injects your image into over 300 available scenes. The app is smart too, finding the face of your image in many cases, saving you from cropping first. I’ve used PhotoFunia in several blog posts including Guerrilla Marketing Or Social Media? Pepsi Or Coke?. Some of the scene categories include posters, cards, galleries, photos, billboards, celebrities, frames, magazines, movies, books and more with many scenes to choose from in each one.
Pho.to Lab – fun photo editor!
Pho.to Lab is a lot like PhotoFunia (above) but with different scenes to choose from. Pho.to Lab is a little more annoying if you’re using the free version because many scenes are locked and there are upgrade nag ads at every turn. Personally, if I had to choose just one, Pho.to Lab or PhotoFunia, I’d pick PhotoFunia even though Pho.to Lab has more than 500 effects
I think I’ll finish up part two with a real fun photo app – Wondershare Panorama. Wondershare Panorama is very fun and produces some pretty nice photos. I can see Wondershare Panorama being very useful for blog header images. You simply go into the app, focus the camera on the beginning of your Panorama and scan left or right while still holding the shutter button. Once you release the shutter, that’s where the image ends and you have a nice Panorama photo.
Beware Of Photo Deformer
I did install Photo Deformer but I cannot recommend this one. This post is about the best photo editing apps but I felt it important to mention Photo Deformer before I close out part two; I don’t want our readers to go through the experience I went through with his particular app and it also shows the importance of selecting the right apps and paying attention to the permissions. I was getting constant ads on my smart phone’s notification bar as well as pop-ups. Very frustrating!
Do you use any of these Android photo editing apps? Do you have any other recommendations? Do you see the value of using a smartphone for your own blog images? Do you use your own photos and images? I really look forward to your responses.