Who doesn’t want to capture a beautiful photo of their cake?

There are many steps involved in creating a stunning and engaging photo - think props, different camera angles and good lighting just to name a few. But today we’re going to focus on the importance of post-production, aka ‘Editing’.

Before I really dive in to the benefits of photo editing, let’s just debunk this one rumour…

Editing a photo of your cake IS NOT lying or cheating. You aren't trying to manipulate your photo or change anything about your cake. Far from it!

Editing allows you to simply enhance the existing features of your great photograph. It allows you to highlight the finer details of your cake and gives you an all round well balanced photo. You can achieve this through basic editing tools like cropping, changing exposure, adjusting brightness and contrast, and so on.  

That’s why it’s important to incorporate photo editing into your photography routine - it helps you to truly showcase all the details on that amazing cake you spent hours creating.

Before and after editing of my 'Colourful Cupcake Christmas Tree' featured in Cake Masters Magazine 2017

For photo editing, I personally use Adobe Photoshop. It’s a program I’ve been using for years for my graphic design work, so it’s only natural I use the program to edit my cake photos too.

But I understand that Photoshop can be a massive learning curve (and a little pricey). So that’s why today I’m bringing you my top three recommended photo editing mobile apps that produce great results and are easy to learn.

1. Snapseed

I was looking for a basic editing app that was comparable to Adobe Photoshop, and if I’m completely honest, I didn’t have high expectations. But Snapseed truly surprised me and it’s now my go-to app for any precise editing if I’m posting photos on the go.

At your fingertips, you have access to a HUGE range of editing tools that allow you to professionally enhance your images. You have the typical tools that allow you to fine-tune the colours, exposure, etc to get the very best out of your photo.

You can then also choose to dive in deeper with more in-depth tools. The feature that I’m most impressed with (and didn’t expect) was the Selective tool. The Selective tool allows you to select and modify specific parts of your picture. Pretty damn cool!

The Healing tool is also a great tool which enables you to remove unwanted objects from your photos. Imagine getting rid of the random blob of buttercream you didn’t see on the table? Awesome!

Last but not least, I love the fact that you can easily preview the original photo while you’re editing. Simply press and hold your finger on the edited photo and you’ll get a preview of the ‘before’ image. I always love to check on my progress while editing.

It’s a powerful editing tool that essentially gives you more control and flexibility over your editing compared to other apps.

Downfalls? For those who aren’t used to editing, the amount of tools you have at your disposal could be overwhelming. It may also take a bit of time to get your head around the tools and truly maximise the app’s potential.

Snapseed is the perfect middle ground between Photoshop and a basic photo editing app. It’s available on Android and IOS, and the app is also FREE - hell yeah!

2. Instagram

I know Instagram isn’t primarily an editing app, but I gotta say, I love it’s built in editing tools. If you post to Instagram regularly, then I highly recommend utilising Instagram’s editing capabilities before posting to your feed.

If you aren’t an Instagram user, then this app probably isn’t right for you. So feel free to scroll on down to my third app recommendation.

Instagram doesn’t contain the huge range of editing tools like Snapseed, but If your photo doesn’t need any advanced editing adjustments, then this should work great for you. Sometimes less is more, ya know?

It has a range of filters and basic - but great - editing tools at your disposal. Perfect for getting that polished finish in your photos!

It’s also clean and super easy to navigate around the different editing tools, so you’ll know your way around in minutes.

Bonus: Just like Snapseed, you can quickly view your original photo while editing. Simply press and hold your finger over the edited photo and you’ll get a preview of the ‘before’ image.

Instagram is available for free on both Android and IOS.

3. Afterlight

Last but not least...Afterlight.

Just like Instagram, it doesn’t contain a huge range of editing tools, but if your photo doesn’t need any advanced editing, then this is a great app to have on your phone.

Afterlight has a great set of basic editing tools, it has a good interface and it’s easy to learn. If you’re after an app that doesn’t take too much time or thought to use, then this is the app for you.

What was I most impressed with? This app has a large range of filters and instant effects you can choose from to enhance your photos. Even better is that you can overlay your image with multiple filters at once - hell yes!

If you’re not an Instagram user and you’re a bit overwhelmed with Snapseed, then Afterlight is the app I’d recommend for you. The app is available for free on Android and IOS, but does have some in-app purchases if you want to buy more filter effects.

Side note: For those with an IOS operating system, you’ll be able to upgrade the app to Afterlight 2. From what I’ve read, it has even more editing capabilities than the original Afterlight. It looks very promising! Unfortunately I don’t have an IOS phone to review the app, but it definitely looks like it’s worth checking out.

So there you have it - my top three photo editing apps for mobile. You’ll be creating well polished photos in no time! Have a favourite app for editing? Let me know in the comment section below.

P.s Need some tips to take better photos of your cakes? Check out my FREE video ‘5 pro tips to transform your cake photos’ to help elevate your photos to that professional level. Available now in my Boss Bakers Membership Hub: https://www.commiescupcakes.com/boss-bakers-membership