7 amazing iPad apps to make your photos pop

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All you need are your photos, an iPad, and these apps.
All you need are your photos, an iPad, and these apps.
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When you’re looking to create special, one-of-a-kind photo on your iPad, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices out there. We’ve taken some time to find the best apps for photo editing on the iPad and create some step-by-step how-tos to ensure you get the best results.

Whether you’re just looking to out-game your Instagram buddies or create a stunning double exposure photo on your iPad, here are the 7 best ways to make your photos pop.

VSCO-on-iPad-780x585Make your photos pop with VSCO on iPad
VSCO is a fantastic photo app for iPhone and iPad, and it lets you shoot some killer photos as well as edit them directly in the same app once you’ve taken your masterpiece. Plus: A video tutorial for this VSCO project.

AfterLight-780x585Leave Instagram behind with AfterLight’s massive toolset
If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, check out AfterLight, a sweetly-priced iOS app for iPad (and iPhone) with over 74 amazing filters and effects (and that’s just the free ones) to make your photos the envy of all the other basic Instagram users out there.

Enlight-780x585Create stunning double exposures with Enlight
Most of us don’t want to take a huge amount of time, learning how to create double expusure images in-camera or with a big application like Photoshop. Enlight makes it so easy that even a photo newbie like myself can create amazing double exposures with Enlight in just a few minutes. Plus: A video tutorial for this Enlight project.

Memes-with-Aviary-780x607How to make your own hilarious memes with Aviary
Have you ever wanted to make your own memes? You know, the funny pictures with the bold text on the top and bottom that all the kids are going crazy for these days? With Photo Editor by Aviary, you can do just that, plus add stickers, frames, and even do some pretty great photo editing right in the same app. Plus: A video tutorial for this Aviary project.

Pixlr-collage-780x527How to make a jaw-dropping collage on your iPad with Pixlr
Don’t let the backlash against scrapbooking get you down — photo collages are fun. If you’re looking to make your own collage on your iPad, Pixlr is a fantastic choice, as it makes putting various photos together and adding fun effects incredibly simple and fun.

DSC07722-2-780x585Use Pixelmator to add more of a good thing to your photos
Imagine a photo of a young child, blowing bubbles into a gentle breeze. Wouldn’t it be an even better photo if there were more than one bubble in it? Because man, that kid is cute, but she sure can’t blow bubbles very well. With Pixelmator, a fantastic photo editor on iOS and Mac, you can do just that with the clone tool. Plus: A video tutorial for this Pixelmator project.

snapseed-780x593Tune your photos with free Snapseed on iPad
Snapseed is a free image editing app from Google that has some fantastic editing tools to make any photo even better. The killer feature here is the set of Tune Image tools that let you take a good photo and turn it into a great photo, right on your iPad, with very little effort. Plus: A video tutorial for this Snapseed project.