Many smartphones take great photos with no editing necessary, whether it’s a camera-focused flagship like the Sony Xperia 1 II or an affordable-yet-mighty device like Google’s Pixel 4a. It’s nonetheless tempting to make a few edits, and not just for the sake of accuracy. Punchy colors and elaborate filters can help your phone photos stand out on social media, and sometimes add fun to an otherwise plain image.
There are a number of ways to edit your smartphone photos, though. You might only lightly retouch your pictures to fix flaws and deliver truer-to-life colors, or you might use an in-depth editor to turn your photos into fanciful art. And that’s assuming you edit your photos in the first place — you might be a purist who prefers to share photos in their original form, quirks and all.
If you find yourself frequently taking snapshots, then, there’s a simple question: how do you usually edit photos on or from your phone? Do you do little besides crop your shots, or do you spend ages finessing your images before anyone else sees them?
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It doesn’t matter what app you use to edit photos, just the amount of effort involved and the results you produce. You can use the default editing tools that shipped with your phone, a simple-but-free app or a sophisticated creative tool that requires a subscription. You don’t have to edit on your phone, either — you’re just as welcome if you prefer to labor over your photos using a dedicated editing suite on your PC.
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