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Back to School: Free Photo Editing Apps that Make the Grade
by Laura Hicks -  8/6/2013

Going back to school means seeing classmates again, going to football games and getting ready for homecoming. All of these are great opportunities for fun photos. But photos that are straight out of camera don't have near the pop of those that have gone through a little post processing. But you don't have to pay anything to get a high level of creativity and editing functionality. Check out some of our favorite fee photo editing apps.

Snapseed: Snapseed is one of my all-time favorite photo editing apps. It does a great job of taking good images and turning them into awesome images. The app gives you a multitude of editing options including grunge, black and white, vintage, and tilt-shift. The app allows you to use a slider technique to get the desired effect in a matter of seconds.

Camera 360 Ultimate: Camera 360 also has a lot of great editing functionality especially when it comes to enhancing your images. The app offers MagicSkin, LOMO, sketch, cartoon, MagicColor, and HDR.  The app also has a sliding scale that allows you to pick the intensity of the effect. Below are a few examples.

Camera Awesome: Camera! aka Camera Awesome was one of the original editing apps I installed on my iPhone 4s and it still continues to be one of my favorites. Camera! is an easy to use with quite a bit of custom editing including spot exposure adjustments, spot focusing adjustments and a slider that can "awesomize" your image. The app also includes some effects and others can be purchased if desired.

Photo Editor by Aviary: Aviary is a toned down version of the ones listed above. It also has some good editing functionality, but not near as advanced as the others. This app allows you to download a pack of free frames, effects and stickers. Extras are available, but at a cost. Below are a couple of examples of images that have been edited with the Aviary app.

Overgram: Feel the desire to add cool fonts to your images? Overgram is a simple editing app that allows you to add text to your images. Although I'm not a huge fan of words on my images, this is a cute app that is free and probably more appealing to a younger crowd. You can save these images to your Instagram account or to your phone's photo album.

Instaframe: Instaframe offers users a fun way to showcase images by adding specialty frames and text to your images. It's another fun app that is easy to learn and makes creating unique photos a snap. After you are finished editing your images it is easy to load these masterpieces to a multitude of sharing sites like Instagram, Tumblr or Evernote for example.