We recently shared photo editing and typography apps and alternatives to Instagram. Here are a few more photo apps on our radar — most of these offer tools to create drawings and sketches from photos, as well as enhancing selfies. Take a look, and have fun!
Sketch and cartoon effects
An app in which users and artists connect, Sktchy is all about collaborative photo sharing. In this community, artists around the world create portraits inspired by photos shared by users like you. Artists browse the Sktchy photo gallery to find a “muse,” and then create drawings, paintings, and more based on that picture. Thinking of replacing your avatar with a fun new canvas? This app might be for you.
With Paper Camera, you can import photos and videos to “paperize” them. While this app can be challenging to use, and you must work with appropriate (and well-lit) shots, the final hand-drawn effect is pretty cool.
You can convert your photographs into gray or color pencil drawings, and choose from a number of sketch styles and paper textures. There are editing tools as well, including the ability to adjust the outlines, intensity, brightness, and contrast.
A photo painting app for Windows users, Fantasia Painter has more than 30 brush styles and powerful effects (from face swapping to body shaping), which help you to transform a photograph into a work of art.
For selfies, collages, and more
You, and what you see. That’s the app’s tagline, which hints at what it does: you take a photo with your front camera, another with your back camera, and then share them both in a single split-screen image. You can also add a caption and your location before sharing it with your friends.
Want to take your selfies to the next level? This app brings your self-portraits to life in 3D animations. There are three selfie options: portrait (animated 90-degree rotation), panorama (full 360-degree animation of your surroundings), and full 3D (360-degree animation of a subject).
If you’d like to compile photos from Instagram into collages, PhotoGrid is a collage-making option. You can rearrange photos into different templates, and add text, stickers, frames, fonts, and backgrounds.
A collage app for Windows, Phototastic lets you add frames and borders, stickers, and numerous image effects, and offers many layouts to choose from.
Finally, to add a vintage or retro vibe to your images, consider Vintage Deco (or an Android alternative like Retro Camera). Experiment with vintage and classic stamps and frames, which add a slice of the past to your images in a stylish way.
Do you use any photo apps not listed here? Share your favorites.