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DIY photo editing apps

Your guide to cheap, easy, high impact photo editing
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By Jennifer Tsay, Cofounder & CEO

Thu, Sep 9 2021

Comparison image showing a woman before and after photo editing, standing by a fence with autumn leavesPhoto Credit: Shoott
Quick touch-ups

If you’ve received the photo your photoshoot but wish you could just tweak the color, contrast, brightness, or even a double chin, we have some great options for you that many of our Shoott staff use for their own photos (myself included: see example photo!)

There are a number of convenient and free/affordable apps that allow you to edit photos right on your phone. In fact, we find phone-based apps are typically easier to work with versus desktop solutions. Our favorites include:


One of the quickest ways to browse through different looks. Instagram has its own, but if you want to play more, some of our favorite options include:

Photoshop fixes

Sometimes, certain angles just do not work in your favor. So for tweaking facial features or body parts, Photoshop fix is a powerful and easy tool to use. Our most-used functions include:

  • Liquify: easily select facial features to make adjustments or warp body parts to tweak them.

  • Smooth: remove unwanted texture (e.g. wrinkles) with a simple click. Click multiple times for more smoothing - just be careful to not overdo it so it doesn’t look artificial.

  • Healing: zoom in on your photo and use Spot Heal if you have small blemishes or elements you’d like to remove (small stains, acne, etc). 

Individual adjustments

Available on any photo-viewing program. The four most helpful elements to adjust for include:

  • Brightness

  • Contrast

  • Highlights

  • Shadows

These tools may take some playing around to achieve your desired look, but once you learn them, they are very effective and convenient for creating your signature style.

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