SuperPhoto Free, a hefty collection of filters, effects and more.

SuperPhoto Free is a photo editing app for your Windows Phone 8 or 7.x device that boasts to have hundreds of awesome effects.

Admittedly, SuperPhoto Free does have a healthy selection of filters, effects and other photo editing effects. The app's secret? None of the effects are stored on your Windows Phone. Instead, the effects are downloaded to your Windows Phone when selected.

This system not only gives you a large selection of photo editing tools but also keeps the from taking up too much storage space. Minimizing the need for on-board storage is SuperPhoto Free's strength but beyond that, the app is a little cumbersome.

The user interface with SuperPhoto Free is fairly straight forward but has a lot of "back and forth" action. Your opening screen lets you choose the source of your image to be edited. You can pull up a photo from your Pictures Hub, launch the camera and take a new photo, or pull an image from your Facebook account.

Once selected, you are sent to the category pages that includes:

  • Filters
  • 3D
  • Combos
  • Frames
  • Bokeh
  • Textures
  • Patterns
  • Brushes

Tapping on a specific effect you can view the application options and sample images. If you want to apply the filter, just tap "go" and the effect is downloaded and applied to your image. You can then save or share the edited image.

To the app's credit, there are a lot of nice filters and effects to choose from. SuperPhoto Free is fairly simple photo editing app, however there is plenty of room for improvement. For starters, the options for applying the filter are fairly limited. The options are generally limited to a range of intensity levels (lowest to highest) and general area applied (radial, left, right, diagonal, etc.). There is no preview so if you don't get things right the first time, you have to back out and re-apply.

Additionally, seeing that the filters/effects are downloaded as you need them, the options settings are universally applied, meaning you'll have to adjust the options individuallly for each filter/effect as you use it.

Next, you can't stack filters. You'll have to save the edited image, retrieve the edited image, and then apply secondary filters or frames.  Not the end of the world, but it adds to the cumbersome nature of the app.

All in all, SuperPhoto Free isn't a bad photo editing app. It's just that there are several better options to consider (Thumba, Fhotoroom, Creative Studio, etc.). You lack any cropping and exposure editing tools and while the downloadable filters saves on storage space, without a preview view there's a lot of back and forth movement to get things just right.

SuperPhoto Free is a free, ad-supported app for your Windows Phone that you can find here in the Windows Phone Store. There is also a paid version of SuperPhoto that allows for high definition saving and more filters. The paid version is running $3.99 and you can find it here in the Windows Phone Store.

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George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.