☀☀☀ 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  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


☀☀☀☀ Photo-editing before the shutter even clicks? Sure, try Moment, a tool that adjusts and maintains focus and brightness as a picture is being taken. It boasts various timers, grids, and can save pictures as a PDF or TIFF file. You can purchase attachable lenses for your phone (fisheye, wide, macro and others that are typically $100). An enhanced phone-cam seems a solid alternative to lugging around a DSLR or similar high-quality camera. Perfect for a journalist who needs to pack light but still desires high-resolution pictures. For photo editing after the shutter clicks, check out Adobe Photoshop Mix or Lightroom. —Hailey Koebrick


☀☀☀☀ Canva: graphic design made easy. Starting as a yearbook-making technology, its founders have since broadened its purpose to appeal to all content creators. The free app provides templates and “easy-to-use”  tools for creating social media, event flyers and blog posts. Mobile version offers free designs only, whereas the desktop version provides a greater number at a fee of $1 each. The app also offers upgrade plans for those seeking more, such as custom fonts. Beneficial, especially to lifestyle journalists and bloggers working to boost media content and establish a personal brand. — Emily Taylor


☀☀☀☀ Multimedia journalists, you’re going to love this. GIPHY CAM is an automatic GIF making app. I’ve been on deadline. I’ve needed media quickly. This app will simplify your life if you’re in a crunch. The app has filters available and the ability to make short or long, looping GIFS. This is a far less annoying substitute for Adobe Photoshop. Users can easily share their creations via text or social media. GIPHY CAM is free for download and will definitely save journalism students and journalists time on assignments. — Olivia Davila


☀☀☀☀ Part of the Adobe Photoshop family, Lightroom is a free, easy-to-use app.  Allow access to your camera roll to begin editing with high-quality tools. Crop, color adjust, white balance, dehaze, add detail all within one app. The Lightroom desktop application has been popular in recent years. Now the app is being praised for raw editing on a mobile device. Lightroom tops its sister app, PS Express — it is a good choice for journalists who need to edit photos but don’t have computer access. — Hailey Koebrick

Raw by 500px

☀☀☀ For photo-editing, the RAW by 500px app is nothing special. Beyond editing, though, Raw gives users the ability to license and sell their work. Users are given two licensing categories: commercial or editorial. They further choose options such as Royalty-Free or Products for Resale. Licensing in the 500px Marketplace ranges from $34 to $499 depending on user preferences. This might be helpful for journalists who find themselves wanting to license or obtain photos. This app is free to download in the App Store. — Olivia Davila


☀☀☀☀ Snapseed makes photo editing easy. The app offers both photo editing tools and short tutorials on how to use them. Among pre-set filters are Tonal Contrast, Vintage and Lens Blur. Tools include but are not limited to inserting text, tuning options and perspective changes. Other editing apps like VSCO and PhotoWonder work well but may not work for advanced editors. Journalists will find this app helpful when on deadline and do not have access to tools like Adobe Photoshop. Developed by Google, Snapseed is free and available to both Apple and Android users. — Olivia Davila