iPhone Apps to Help You Create Beautiful Images On-the-go

Top Free Photo Editing Apps

Content is the cornerstone of many social media channels, and photo content boasts some of the highest engagement rates out there. However, it can sometimes be difficult to keep on top of graphic creation when you’re on-the-go - that’s why we put together this list of some of our favourite iPhone Apps...


When Canva first announced their iOS app we were quickly transformed into barrels of giddy anticipation and joy. As our go-to web-tool for image content creation, Canva has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to create good quality graphics simply and efficiently. Understandably, it is currently slightly more challenging to get the same results on the iPhone app as it is on a desktop or laptop due to having to make adjustments by touch on a smaller screen. Regardless, being able to produce graphics for social media on the go is certainly a plus point in our book.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express has had something of a bad press since it’s release, with early review scores not necessarily as high as one would expect from Adobe. However this may have something to do with users comparing it to the eclipse-all features available on the full desktop software. As the name suggests, Photoshop Express is intended to offer basic image editing. In this task Adobe have done very well indeed, creating a sleek app that making use of tools, effects, filters and adjustments, and offers some premium options too, making it many an iPhone users' choice for on-the-go editing.


Prisma has quickly caught on among social media users. A sleek hybrid between traditional filter apps and ye-olde cartoonize effect of Windows 98, it boasts an in-built selection of around thirty filters, a great deal of which mimic the style of famous artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Warhol. Yes, realistically it is yet another app that uses filters to create psychedelic photos, but due to a reportedly adaptable AI independent to each filter the results are nothing short of outstanding. It’s a good idea to note that Prisma adds watermarks to any images that you create by default - this can easily be switched off by unticking “Enable Watermarks” on the app’s settings tab.

Pokémon Photo Booth

With the current Pokémon Go craze showing little sign of slowing, creating images on Pokémon Photobooth is a sure-fire way to get some engagement on your social media content. A very simple app that uses overlays from the original Gameboy game, Pokémon Photobooth is easy enough to use that images can be knocked up quickly enough to be used as a witty response to Pokémon based social media interaction.

Google Street View

Although not strictly a photo editing app, the advantages of taking 360 pictures and photospheres on Google Street View are pretty convincing. Firstly it allows you to geotag your photo on Google Maps, which for businesses is a great way to get your brand out there to people using the app to discover new places. Secondly it automatically saves a version of your images to your Camera Roll, which can come in really useful for other networks.


PicsArt is a worthy contender for being the go-to photo editing app on-the-go. It offers a whole host of different tools for photo editing and enhancement. Shooting within the app also offers a great deal of benefits including manual focus and some creative/textural filters. It also boasts a well designed, easy to use interface that will be welcome to any iPhone user used to struggling with clunky editing apps.


Far be it from me to use this word, but for all intents and purposes LittleMoments in nothing short of “sweet”. Perhaps not one for users who prefer the advanced capabilities of Canva or PicsArt, nevertheless LittleMoments offers a simple way to add text to your images, alongside some basic photo tools and filters.


Over offers users a simple and sleek approach to social media graphic creation. Features include basic image alteration (size, opacity and rotation), and text-based artwork overlays. It also boasts a direct pathway to CC0 images from Unsplash, so you won’t have to go hunting for free for commercial images if you want to use your graphics commercially.


What to do when everyone insists on snapping photos of their food? Make an app dedicated to snapping photos of food of course! Foodie is basically a collection of pre-loaded filters designed to compliment different types of food and moods, perfect if that’s your piece of cake (see what we did there?). Users can also use it to create videos.

Layout, Boomerang & Hyperlapse

Seeing as all three were created as complimentary/add-on apps for their photo sharing giant Daddy Instagram, Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse all boast very similar interfaces to IG. Layout offers a very easy to use (and seriously welcome) alternative to the ad-ridden pic-collage, Boomerang gives users the ability to create hilarious little looping Gifs, and Hyperlapse is a fantastic time-lapse video creator. We recommend them all in equal measure, as they give Instagram users different options for content.

Have a iPhone Photo Editing App that you swear by? We’d love to hear! Tweet us - @GiraffeSM.

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Mark is our resident content marketing specialist, what this guy doesn't know isn't worth knowing. His biggest passion is for enacting positive social change through media. In his spare time he is also a keen comedy writer and singer.

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