Prisma

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Prisma

☀☀☀ Prisma is not your typical photo editing app. Instead of offering ways to tweak brightness and contrast, Prisma gives the user the ability to turn any photo or video into art. The app offers a variety of filters, from comic-style to Picasso. The app also offers an in-app feed where users can share their art. Unfortunately, photojournalists will not find Prisma useful; it filters photos to the point where the result is unethical. — Cat Supawit

Adobe Photoshop Fix

☀☀☀☀ Editing photographs on your mobile device is easy with Adobe Photoshop Fix. Fix can remove unwanted “litter” from photos. Simply select and cut the object you want to remove and a combination of surrounding pixels will fill the empty space. Fix will save these edits into layers so that the product is dimensional instead of flat. These images can be transported across the Creative Cloud for further use. These features may be great for family photos, but journalists who alter their photos can get into big trouble.  Fix is free and available for both Apple and Android devices. — Dillion Eddie

Boomerang

☀☀☀☀ Boomerang from Instagram, available for both iPhone and Android, can add a little flare to your photography. Capture a burst of 10 pictures and watch them morph into a mini video. Post the video short to social media or send it as a message or email.  The process is quick, easy and fun. There are similar apps, but Boomerang’s large audience makes it hard to beat. Video loops are a nice change from still images. This app could be useful for journalists who want to try different forms of media. Nisa Ayral

ImgPlay

☀☀☀☀☀ In a time where gifs rule the internet, ImgPlay is an essential tool for journalists. Other top-rated Graphics Interchange Format (gif) creators restrict you to using videos from sites like Vimeo or Youtube. ImgPlay lets you make gifs out of pictures, videos, live photos, bursts or straight from the camera. Editing features such as cropping, filters, text, reverse and playback speed makes creating quality gifs easy. When you’re finished creating, you’re able to upload the gif to social media from the app. ImgPlay is free and only available on the App Store. — Leah Soto

Pixlr

☀☀☀☀ Pixlr is a free app allowing you to edit photos or create collages on all platforms, with features comparable to Adobe Photoshop Express. Pixlr has a wider array of editing tools and may be easier for beginners, but Photoshop Express is the better collage option. Formerly Pixlr Express, the app’s fine-tuning abilities go well beyond the basics, but everything is laid out in a straightforward manner, so even novices can navigate the app. Journalists are always searching for quality in a quick editor, and this does the job. You can even use the web version of Pixlr at home. — Cole Feinbloom

A Color Story

☀☀☀☀ A Color Story allows you to edit and enhance your photos, transforming their colors into bright, vibrant hues. It has tutorials for beginners that show you how to make your photos outstanding by using more than 100 filters.  While the app itself is free, some filters have to be purchased. A Color Story’s 40 effects and 20 tools include ones that adjust curves, vibrance and sharpness, blur and grain. You can create your own filters for future use. Available for both iOS or Android. Sarah Hunt

Over

 ☀☀☀ Over is a free photo editing app. It offers hundreds of design templates to choose from. Tap an image you enjoy, add text, graphics, or designs. Post to social media. The app also allows users to edit their own photos. Over was a 2015 Stuff.tv  app of the week. — Julia Bashaw

Motion Stills

☀☀☀☀☀ Motion Stills, one of the newest Google apps, turns the often shaky “live” photos on an iPhone into a journalist’s best friend. Motion Stills stabilizes them and allows you to remove sound and add text, creating a stronger multimedia element. They can be exported as a short video or as a GIF back to your photos or to Google Drive. I found this app perfect for making engaging multimedia elements that stand out from the pack. — Chris McCrory

Adobe Photoshop Mix

☀☀☀☀☀ Adobe is known for high-quality products. Photoshop Mix does not disappoint. Experienced photo editors will appreciate being able to cut out or even lasso parts of a picture similarly to the desktop version, and to work with various layers at one time. Adjust details like temperature, contrast and exposure. The app offers extensive means of distribution (i.e. camera roll, Facebook, Lightroom, Creative Cloud) once you have completed editing. By far the best app out there for creating photo-illustrations; every journalist should try it. — Hailey Koebrick

Adobe Photoshop Express

☀☀☀☀ PhotoShop Express brings fundamental elements of the original Photoshop picture-editing software to mobile devices.  Take a new photo or use your camera roll and begin editing with a variety of tools. Correct red eye, adjust sharpness, choose a filter, crop, add a frame. Link it to your Adobe Creative Cloud account and have access to your content from Adobe apps. The “Collage” feature encourages users to play with form or even mix layers within  Photoshop Mix.  Journalists can adjust photos so they are ready to publish, air or post right from their phones. — Hailey Koebrick