The Windows Store is packed full of photo editors to help you make the most of your photographs. Whether you snap a picture from your Windows 10 Mobile phone camera or from a standalone camera, the store has plenty of these digital darkroom apps available to fine-tune your photos. The Windows 10 Mobile apps come in handy while on the go, and the PC versions are nice when you need to roll up your sleeves and do some serious editing.
The selection of photo editors has appeal to those who only look to apply effects filters, as well as those looking for more serious editing. It would be impossible to list all the fantastic Windows 10 photo apps, but we have whittled things down to a select group that we see as the best the store has to offer. We are focusing on apps available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile that are more budget-friendly, so don't get too upset when you see that the likes of Photoshop Elements (an outstanding app in its own right) didn't make the list. Let's take a look and see what is on the list of our best Windows 10 photo editors.
Updated February 8, 2017: We made a few changes to this article based on new releases, reader input and staff debate. There are some new titles in the mix, as well as those that we continue to view as the best from the Windows Store.
The Windows Store has several options for those looking to add a little flair to their pics in a straightforward and fast style. Matissa is one such option that delivers over 40 artistic filters that are quickly and simply applied to your photos.
Images can be pulled from your photo gallery or captured through a very basic camera app. Edited images are cropped to a 1:1 ratio with the ability to pinch to zoom, and they're positioned by touch to get the framing just right.
From there all you need to do is choose a filter, and Matissa does the rest. It takes about 2.5 seconds for the filter to be applied and the selection ranges from colorful brush strokes to grayscale filters. If you have trouble choosing, Matissa has a Shaker Mode that randomly chooses a filter to apply. Edited images can be downloaded to your image gallery and shared to your favorite social network using the universal share tool for Windows 10.
It was a close call between Matissa and Vinci, another simple and easy app for artistic filters. Matissa got the edge because it is available for both Windows 10 PC and Mobile, plus you have the ability to turn off the watermark feature. Overall, it is hard to go wrong with either Vinci or Matissa, but Matissa seems to have just a hair more horsepower. If you need a simple way to add a bit of pop to your images, it is a Windows 10 photo editor worth trying.
Fhotoroom is a popular photo app that delivers a comprehensive photo editor, a nicely laid out camera app and a social network for sharing your photos to your Windows 10 device. We've watched Fhotoroom evolve over the years, and it delivers a fantastic set of features to make everyone from the casual photographer to the serious shutterbug happy.
While you do have the ability to share your images with a large community of photo enthusiasts and capture images using Fhotoroom's camera app, the heart and soul of this Windows 10 photo app rests with its editor. The editing aspect can handle file sizes up to 41MP 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 options (exposure, saturation, contrast and cropping), as well as more advanced adjustments such as masking tools, curves adjustments and more.
Fhotoroom includes a collection of effects to add to your images and a Pro Tool set that helps set Fhotoroom apart from other photo editors. The Pro Tools include the likes of HDR filtering, Tilt Shift, Tiny Planets conversion, color splash, filter brush and more.
Fhotoroom is a free app, available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. The core, free app offers plenty of horsepower. If you need more editing tools, the Pro Tool set is available through in-app purchase, and some of the Pro Tools are available as standalone add-ons. Fhotoroom is a great Windows 10 photo editor for photographers of all levels.
Whenever we discuss Windows 10 photo editors, one app is constantly mentioned by readers. Fantasia Painter is a unique photo editor, easily overlooked but equally capable as any other option in the Windows Store. Fantasia Painter can be used to creatively edit existing images in your photo gallery or new images captured by launching the Windows 10 camera.
This Windows 10 photo editor combines the core photo editing tools with a painting app. Photo editing features include cropping, tools to adjust the brightness, saturation, contrast, a red eye fix, HDR filter, RGB balance and more. Fantasia Painter has over 100 effects filters, ranging from the core artistic filters to vignette filters and color select filters, each with a customization feature. You can add stickers and text to your images, as well as objects ranging from water splashes to butterflies.
The paint features are equally as impressive with 32 unique brushes that include fur, furball, sketch, fairy lights and more. You can use the paint features to sculpt and clone for creative edits such as enlarging muscles, swapping faces and other alterations. The paint features can be easily applied to your photographs or a blank canvass.
Fantasia Painter is available for Windows 10 Mobile in two versions. Fantasia Painter Free is a free, ad-supported version. Fantasia Painter is currently priced at $1.99 and is ad free. Overall, Fantasia Painter is a photo editor that delivers a host of tools to add a creative, unique twist to your images.
Polarr Photo Editor
Polarr Photo Editor is a fantastic Windows 10 app for those needing a powerhouse photo editor but who don't have much storage space to sacrifice. Available for Windows 10 PC, this photo editor offers a pro-style editing experience and only takes up 4MB of storage space, making it ideal for tablets, where storage space is often at a premium.
Polar offers a boatload of adjustment tools that include color, light, hue, saturation, curves, sharpening, vignette, tones and other adjustments. You can crop, tilt, rotate and flip your image, apply a noise-reduction filter and add a host of special effects filters. One of the features for Polarr that helps this app stand out from the crowd is the history management. You have an infinite number of undo and redos on your edits and you can easily jump to any point for previous edits. This makes it easy to review what you have done to a photo and quickly revert or reapply edits.
Polarr Photo Editor is available in two versions. The basic app is free and available for Windows 10 PC. You also have a Pro Version available for Windows 10 PC that is currently priced at $19.99. The Pro Version includes a radial and gradient tool, brushing and color masking tools, the ability to create your own filters, support for batch exports and watermarks, and nine additional filter packs.
Polarr Photo Editor may not appeal to the casual photographer, but if you need a feature rich editor that doesn't take up much room on your hard drive, it's worth trying. The free version has enough meat on the bones to make most photographers happy and allows you to easily evaluate the editor to see if the Pro Version is worth the investment.
PicsArt Photo Studio
PicsArt is an all-in-one Windows 10 photo app that combines a photo editor with a collage maker and a sketch pad. You also have access to a social network to connect with other photographers and share your images. An account is required (free), but you can use your Facebook, Google or Microsoft accounts.
Photo editing tools are minimal. They allow for cover cropping, rotatin and tilting your images, as well as adjusting the brightness, saturation and contrast. PicsArt also has dozens of effects filters to give your images a unique touch and 25 Magic Effects filters that transform your digital image into a work of art (similar to what you have with Matissa and Vinci). You can even add a host of stickers to your images ranging from emoticons to cats and romantic symbols.
The collage tool delivers an assortment of frames to surround your image, and it has a host of collage templates to group up to ten images together. Collage tools allow you to edit the border width, color and patterns. Images used in a collage can be flipped, rotated and positioned by touch within its frame.
PicsArt's sketch feature allows you to choose six blank canvas sizes, or you can doodle on one of your photos. A number of textured backdrops are also available to draw on. PicsArt offers several brush styles to create your drawings with, and a color picker allows you to choose just the right shade of color you are looking for.
Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, PicsArt Photo Studio is a free app. It is a solid choice if you are looking for multiple photo editing tools wrapped into one package.
If you have tried any of these Windows 10 photo editors, let us know what you think in the comments. There are plenty more capable photo editors in the Windows Store, including Fotor, Afterlight and Adobe's Photoshop Express. If we overlooked your favorite Windows 10 photo editor, feel free to toss out your recommendation.
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