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Looking for image-editing apps to share your photos along with your tweets? Skim through our list



Twitter and Instagram might have started off as a match made in heaven, but over the last couple of months, signs of a break up have been showing. First, Twitter deactivated the ability to transfer your Twitter friends’ list to Instagram, and this month, Instagram removed the ability to post images directly into your Twitter feed, forcing you to visit the Instagram site to see images.

At the same time, Twitter also added Instagram-style image filters to its iPhone and Android apps, and it doesn’t seem like the two networks are going to see eye to eye again anytime soon. But if you don’t want to use the official Twitter app, there are still plenty of alternatives with image editing and timeline image-sharing built in. We list some of our favourites.

Pixlr Express


One of the smoothest edit apps in the market, Pixlr Express offers you capability to minutely edit your photos in a simple, clean and easy-touch layout. It has four levels of editing. Adjustment can sharpen, whiten, remove red eye, touch up, focus, blur, crop, rotate and autofix. In Effect you can choose vintage, creative or default effects. Overlay adds masks to your photograph and Border adds various styles of borders.

Shareability: Pixlr supports Twitter, Facebook and some other photo-sharing networks, and has a feature that lets you share large, medium or small versions of the picture, depending on whether you want a fast upload or a high-detail picture online.

What we like: It’s simple, clean and has an easy-to-manoeuvre layout.

Get it: Pixlr Express is available on Google Play, iTunes, and web

Aviary Photo Editor


One of the most popular photo editors on Android, Aviary Photo Editor comes loaded with simple features like auto enhance to beautify your photographs with a single tap. Other features include enhance, effects, stickers, orientation and crop. You can edit colour brightness, warmth, contrast, saturation as well as draw and add stickers on to the image.

The Aviary Photo Editor is made by the same company which also created the image-editing filters for the official Twitter app.

Shareability: The app automatically picks up social networking apps on your phone to share with. You need to choose one by one to share as there is no share-all option.

What we like: The layout is simple and changes made to the photos are fast. The editor gives you a high-resolution output and you can customize your tools.

Get it:Aviary Photo Editor is available for free on iTunes, Google Play and Windows Phone. Effects packs such as Grunge and Nostalgia cost 53.72 per pack (each pack comes with six filters).



If you are tired of photographs that look pretty, opt for Decim8, an editing app which lets you systematically destroy the photographs you have taken. The app applies filters which make your photos look glitchy on purpose. When you apply a filter through Decim8, it goes into the image file and corrupts the data resulting in hi-resolution messy images.

Shareability: Direct upload to Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and Postagram.

What we like: You can save combinations of your own favourite effects and use them on more photographs. And the fact that the app comes with a warning sign: “This app is capable of completely destroying an image. If this doesn’t appeal to you, there are lots of apps out there to provide all the ‘safe’ effects you could ever want."

Get it: Decim8 is available on iTunes. A desktop version will launch in 2013.



A popular editing app for professionals on iPhone, Snapseed was recently bought over by Google and made available on Google Play free of cost. Earlier this year, it was designated the Best Mobile Photo App of 2012 by the Technical Image Press Association (Tipa). The app which is meant as an editing tool for professional or advanced amateur photographers, comes loaded with different enhancement options for cropping, straightening, adjusting focus and fine tuning hues by adjusting white balance, saturation, contrast and more. You can even choose to use Selective Adjust and make changes to a part of the photograph (like removing shadows on people’s faces) and add on filters and borders for a finishing touch after your basic editing is done.

Shareability:With a click share to Google+, Facebook, Twitter and

What we like: It gives you a stronger control on editing your photo as well as undoing edits, filters or reverting to the original.

Get it: Snapseed is available for free on iTunes and Google Play (Android OS 4.0 or later)



Hipstamatic makes your iPhone feel like an analog camera. You can choose the type of lens, kind of flash and the film that you want, with hundreds of different combinations possible. Once you set up the shot, the screen looks like an analog camera, complete with a small view finder with a faux leather finish. And the final photograph is a replica of what you’d get with the same combinations in a real, analog camera. It’s as old as Instagram and still remains one of the best image editing apps on the iPhone.

Shareability: You can share with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr, all in one go.

What we like: The effort that the app makers have put in to bring the past to life. Other than the possible permutations, they have a mart where you can buy lens, film and flash styles of the past cameras, instead of filters.

Get in: Hipstamatic is available in iTunes. For in-app purchasing, head to Hipstamart.

Camera Zoom FX


Camera Zoom FX can turn a basic phone camera into a full-fledged professional camera by letting you manually control settings such as ISO, focus, exposure, contrast, saturation, brightness and sharpness, while taking the picture. It also has features such as a voice-activated shutter, a stabilizer and burst mode. You can also add effects (vintage, cinematic, funky, pencil, etc.), frames, distortion effects as well as props and collages.

Shareability: A single click allows you to share pictures to your social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

What we like: You can put the effects, filters and borders while taking a photograph so you know what exactly the final product will look like.

Get it: Camera Zoom FX is available on Google Play. It works best for Android 1.6 to Android 4.0.



Like its name suggests, Layover converts up to five images into layers on top of each other to blend together. Once you have chosen the photos, you can select from its blend filters, which include multiply, screen, layover, soft light, hard light, colour dodge, colour burn, addition, difference, darken, lighten, etc. Then blend by using a slider to control how much you would like to blend each photograph. You can play with the order of your images and apply filters on each of them while layering.

Shareability: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr or other apps.

What we like: The mask feature that erases parts of pictures to isolate elements, remove backgrounds and let the layers underneath show through.

Get it: Layover is available on iTunes.

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Published: 18 Dec 2012, 09:54 PM IST
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