8 Best Free Photo Editing Apps for iPad 2023

It used to be that editing photos was a rather arduous process, reserved only for those with the relevant skill level and a computer processor powerful enough to run something like Adobe Photoshop. Thankfully, that is no longer the case: these days, most people don’t bother taking a camera on holiday with them and will instead simply stick with their mobile or tablet.

The camera on the latest iPhone is now so good that it’s better than most digital cameras, and the range of photo editing apps that are currently available from the app store mean that you can snap photos at will and then edit them on the go, ready to be shared with friends and family on social media.

Free Photo Editing Apps iPad

These best photo editing apps for iPad tend to range in type, from those that are quick and simple, offering the average user basic options such as the ability to resize, crop and alter contrast and brightness. There are however many more comprehensive apps out there, besides the best iPad photo editor. Let’s see a few of them below!

8. Faded ($0.99)

Let’s start with Faded, which is one of the best reviewed photo editing apps out ther for the iPad and it’s easy to see why. The app brings together professional level features and functionality in what is quite a simple package.

There are a variety of different tools to use, as well as filters and overlays that are there to help you edit your snaps into masterpieces. I also love the adjustment history feature, which makes it easier than other apps do when it comes to reverting to previous changes. – Download from iTunes

7. Autodesk Pixlr (Free)

Pixlr by Autodesk may seem on the surface as another of those auto photo editing apps that are really built for speed and quick editing rather than the more in depth stuff.

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On the contrary, the app is actually very in depth and is loaded with different features that are designed to help you personalize and customize your photos and alter them in just about any way you see fit – just as you would with powerful desktop software such as Photoshop.

The app also seems to be designed with the iPad in mind, or at least has been updated in a way that very carefully plays to this strength of a larger screen size and uses every pixel of this larger real estate accordingly. – Download from iTunes

6. Snapseed (Free)

Most of those that read the site on a regular basis will know by now that I’m a real sucker for a well designed interface, and Snapseed certainly doesn’t disappoint in this regard. To sum up Snapseed, it’s a useful photo editing app that presents a fairly simple package but then fills this with powerful tools.

You basically take a photo from you camera roll and then tap on the plus sign to add a different layer of editing to this particular snap, scrolling up and down to find different presets and then alatering the intensity by scrolling left and right.

It’s also among the only photo editing apps currently available for the iPad that actually allow you to save over the original photo rather than duplicating each time you make an edit, though it does allow you to easily rever to the original image should you wish to. – Download from iTunes

5. Afterlight ($0.99)

Afterlight, formerly known as Afterglow, is still right up there when it comes to the best iPad photo editor apps: easy editing and powerful photo manipulation functionality, at your fingertips.

It is also among the best apps out there for mobiles and tablets when it comes to filters, offerent an array or even a plethora of different options – perfect for the picky photographer! I guess the best thing about Afterlight besides these filters and its ease of use, is how it has refined the photo editing process to make it a whole lot quicker and hassle free.

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This is of course great for those who don’t have much time or would rather not spend much time on editing photos, but simply want to snap away and apply filters before uploading to social media.  – Download from iTunes

4. Litely (Free)

Another wonderful looking photo editing app is Litely, which is again quite simple and minimalistic – here a good thing! I particularly love the excellent preview function which basically fills your screen with the photo you are editing and then splits it to show a before and after segment of the same photo as you are making changes.

This represents what is by far the best among the live preview features that you can find in the best photo editing apps for iPad, and to be honest I’m surprised that more apps haven’t taken the same route.

Again, Litely boasts a beautiful, simple interface but is still a fairly powerful photo editing app. – Download from iTunes

3. Photo Editor by Aviary (Free)

Aviary’s Photo Editor remains quite a new name in the world of photo editing on mobile devices, but has still garnered quite a following. I’d say that the best feature of the app is its one tap functionality, meaning that it is now easier than ever to apply changes to a photo before uploading it to your favorite social media account and sharing it with friends and family.

This one tap approach also includes auto enhance options, meaning that you don’t even need to be an expert in editing photos in order to have something that looks good. There are loads of built in effects, frames and filters to choose from, making Photo Editor by Aviary among the more comprehensive and in depth photo editing tools out there for the iPad these days. – Download from iTunes

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2. Adobe Photoshop Express (Free)

Being the big name on desktop photo editing, one might even be forgiven for thinking that Adobe might be above the kind of on the go photo editing commonly associated with snapping and altering photos on your mobile device.

Quite the opposite, in fact: they currently have a range of different apps available for the iPad, including Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Mix and Adobe Photoshop Express.

As you can imagine, each of these is specifically designed help a particular user achieve what he or she is looking for when it comes to modifying photos, but at the same time with the same kind of in depth detail that we have become used to associating with the Photoshop name over the years. – Download from iTunes

1. VSCO Cam (Free)

As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, I’m a big fan of those apps that achieve some kind of minimalist design and user interface, and VSCO Cam is certainly up there among the best photo editing apps for iPad. The app relies on hidden menus and controls that are simply designed and laid out but also allow you powerful control over editing your photos and in turn, bringing them to life.

Another excellent aspect of the much lauded VSCO Cam app is its current community of mobile photographers, which – unlike with other photo editing apps – can be used to really help you get some feedback on your creations and help you to grow as an artist in the process. – Download from iTunes

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