5 of the best iPad photo editing apps

Unlike editing photos on your phone, an iPad’s expanded screen lets you get a good look at each picture and make some major changes. But if you want a little more than the basic crop/straighten/rotate, you’re going to want to check out our list of five of the best iPad photo editing apps around, for anything from creating professional effects to ensuring your Instagram game is on point…

iPad editing apps: Snapseed.

Expand the editing functionality of your iPad with this great app that lets you crop and colour balance your pics as well as adding filters and removing blemishes. And if you’re not sure if you like the changes you’ve made, you can easily switch back to your original image.

It’s free to download from iTunes.

iPad photo editing apps: Adobe Photoshop Touch.

Adobe Photoshop Touch

This app lets you get into some serious photo editing on your iPad with all the Photoshop features you’re used to, including layers, selection tools and filters. You can also select different parts of images to edit and refine, apply professional effects, work on high-res images, and share straight to Facebook and Twitter. If you’re struggling, there are even step by step tutorials.

It’s £7.99 from iTunes, but after the introductory free trial, you’ll need a Creative Cloud membership (£8.57 a month) to make the most of it.

iPad photo editing apps: Afterlight.


This is one of the most popular iPad photography apps, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s simple, easy to use, but packed with features, including fifteen adjustment tools, 74 filters, 78 textures, and a whole world of frames. One to download if you want to up your Instagram game.

It’s 79p to download (plus in-app purchases for 79p each).

iPad photo editing apps: Waterlogue.


Not all photo editing is about enhancing reality. Waterlogue is more about escaping it, allowing you to turn any photo, from a landscape shot to a holiday selfie, into a watercolour photo. This could have saved Monet SO much time.

It’s £2.29 from iTunes.

iPad photo editing apps: Split Pic.

Split Pic

Split Pic lets you adjust, zoom in, crop, and rotate your pics… and then the fun really starts. You can combine photos, clone yourself (photographically speaking), blend images, create collages, and then share from the app to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr, and via email or text. You can even collaborate on images with friends via social media.

It’s free to download (plus in-app purchases to extend the number of layouts available).

Diane Shipley