Free Apps Make Pet Photo Editing, Sharing Easy

Best Artistic Filters: Photo Art by Fun Factory

This is one of those apps that can eat hours out of your day, as you play with more than two dozen effects and filters, painting them into specific areas of your photo or applying them to the entire image. If your cat has been particularly evil, drop in a black and white filter and paint her eyes red as the devil’s! Then drive your point home by sharing the image across multiple platforms, from Twitter to Google+.

Although Photo Art is an Android-exclusive app, there are plenty of comparable products out there, like ColorStrokes, which is geared for iOS and offers many of the same features. And while Curtiss prefers to keep her images as “true to reality” as possible, she does admit to playing around a bit with apps like these: “ColorStrokes is fun if you want to paint out color in portions of your images — for example … having a pet in black and white and its collar/scarf in color.”

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Kill some time playing with the many cool effects available via Photo Art.

Honorable Mentions: Pixlr-o-Matic by Autodesk Inc.

According to Curtiss, this app is great for “when you just have to add … vintage filters." California-based photog Euan Rannachan shares Curtiss’ urge to lay off the altering and effects: “Less is more. The more you doctor an image, in most cases, it tends to look a bit fabricated. I find I never use more than three filters.” Still, if you simply cannot resist slapping that Polaroid or toy camera filter on Rover’s mug, Pixlr is an easy, go-to app that will get the job done.


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