Whether you capture photographs from your Windows Phone or a stand-alone digital camera, there are times when a photo editor can come in handy from your Windows 10 device. These editors can help you fine-tune your image or customize it with special effects filters.
There is a host of photo editors available in the Windows Store and we have tapped the best available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. We are excluding programs available from third party vendors such as Photoshop Elements and spotlighting the editors offered directly through the Windows Store. We're looking at proper photo editors here, so you won'd find popular filter apps like Vinci and Matissa on this list.
Fhotoroom is a popular Windows 10 photo that is described as a "Photography Experience Platform, Fhotoroom combines a comprehensive photo editor and a social network ideal for sharing your images." Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, the photo editor has evolved nicely to provide a boat load of features to make everyone from the casual photographer to the serious shutterbug happy.
You can share your photos with one of the fastest growing communities of photo enthusiast or if you prefer, simply use Fhotoroom to fine-tune your images. The editing aspect can handle file sizes up to 41MP files with full EXIF and GPS metadata support. You also have RAW support for 150 file formats along with JPEG, PNG and TIFF files.
Editing tools are extensive and include your basic editing tools (exposure, saturation, contrast, cropping, etc.). You also have a collection of presets to add effect filters to your images. Then there is the Pro Tools that helps set Fhotoroom apart from other Windows photo editors. These Pro Tools include HDR conversion, tilt shift, Tiny Planets conversion, color splash, filter brush and more.
I've been using Fhotoroom for years from both my Windows Phone and Windows tablets. It has a fairly small footprint (just 22MB) but still packs a huge number of features. The core app is free and offers you plenty of editing horsepower, and there are several in-app purchase opportunities to choose from that expand Fhotoroom's editing abilities further.
Photo Shader has had a presence in the Windows Store since the days of Windows Phone 7.5 and was recently updated to Windows 10. The update not only gives the photo editing app a significant redesign, but also extends the availability to Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices.
The redesigned user interface makes it easy to perform quick edits to your images and offers enough features to allow the editor to do a little heavy lifting. The editing tools are accessible through a series of buttons that scroll across the screen. Just tap a button to access a particular editing tool set. These sets include tools for color balance, sharpness, noise reduction, cropping, brightness/contrast, saturation and more.
Photo Shader also has over 40 different effects filters and the ability to create custom filters. There is an editing history feature to allow you to view all the steps you have taken with the ability to remove or revisit any of the edits made. In saving edited images, Photo Shader has support for choosing the file location and naming the edited image file.
All in all, Photo Shader is a great option for those looking for a way to quickly edit their images or for those who don't need a feature heavy, pro-style editor. The free version of Photo Shader is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. The free version does have limited access to the masking and history tools and a $2.99 in-app purchase option is available to remove these limitations.
Fotor is another solid photo editing choice for Windows 10. Fotor takes more of an all-in-one approach with both a healthy photo editor and collage creator rolled into one app.
Starting out with Fotor's photo editing features, you can adjust the basics (exposure, contrast, saturation, temperature, etc.) as well as crop your images, add effects filters, add borders and add text boxes. You also have a tilt-shift tool and thirteen preset scenes that can be applied to your photos. Fotor has support for RAW file conversion, along with the ability to resize images.
The collage generator has three different modes; template collage, photo stitching and shuffle collage. The template collage is fairly straightforward in that you choose your images and Fotor populates a collage frame with them. You can choose a different template layout and shuffle your pictures around.
The free style feature provides you with a blank canvass and you position your images to your liking. While you might think photo stitching is a tool for building panoramic images, it is more of a film strip creator. The end product reminds me of the old picture booth film strips.
All in all, Fotor is a quality photo editor to consider. This free offering is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile and has a respectable amount of photo editing tools delivered in a user-friendly package.
Polarr Photo Editor
Polarr Photo Editor Pro is a pro-style photo editor for Windows 10 PC and while many are impressed with the app's capability, some may not like its price tag ($19.99) or the lack of a trial version. Enter the non-pro, free version of the Polarr Photo Editor.
Polarr Photo Editor offers many of the editing features of the pro version, the same pro-style editor layout and an even smaller storage footprint (only 4MB). This makes Polarr Photo Editor a very attractive editor for Windows 10 tablets where storage space is at a premium.
The lite version has support for JPEG and most RAW file formats up to 42MP along with support for the import and export of transparent PNG files. Images can be imported from your local hard drive or cloud services such as OneDrive and Dropbox. You also have a few editing tutorials available to hone your editing skills.
The layout of the Polarr Photo Editor is identical to the pro version, delivery a user-friendly design. Adjustment controls run down the left and right side of the screen with your image resting in the center of the screen. Polarr does have a live preview for your adjustments to let you see how your fine-tuning looks without the need to tap an apply button.
Editing tools included with Polarr Photo Editor include adjustment tools for exposure, color, clarity, sharpness, saturation, contrast and more. There are tools for cropping, resizing, tilting, optic distortion and a modest collection of effects filters. The free version is strong enough to handle most editing needs and let you evaluate the editor to decide if the Pro Version is worth the investment.
Polarr Photo Editor is a free offering in the Windows 10 Store and available for Windows 10 PC. While I would like to see a Mobile version come about, the PC version is a solid option for those looking to lightly tweak their photos or for those who want to dive deep into photo editing.
Again, there are plenty of capable photo editors in the Windows Store such as Lumia Creative Studios, Afterlight and Adobe's Photoshop Express, but these stood out as the best. If we have overlooked your favorite Windows photo editing app, sound off below in the comments. Additionally, if you are interested in chatting it up about photography topics, jump over to our Windows Central Photography Lounge.