Editing photos on iOS isn’t difficult, and iOS 8 brought some native tweaks to make editing your pictures much easier. Still, some want more, or at least something different. There are plenty of apps out there that can deliver really solid photo editing, but the latest, Darkroom, might just be the best yet. It’s a little bit Photoshop, a lot customizable, and free (with an in-app purchase available). Darkroom even lets you create your own custom filters, should you always find yourself going a particular direction with your edits.
Darkroom has a lot going on, but remains infinitely simple. Among our favorite features baked in is Infinite History, which saves all your edits as you go, should you make a mistake (and we did). There are also standard filters to make edits quick and easy, and the ability to save your pics as square for Instagramming.
A few features stand out with Darkroom. DIY filters allow you to create and name your own quick-access filter, which is great for those times you know exactly how lighting will ruin your shots, or just want a new aesthetic for your social feed.
The in-app purchase comes with something Darkroom calls Curves, which gives you the ability to take a straight line and adjust it for the tightest RGB edits via mobile. It’s a very Photoshop feature, and for $2.99, prosumers (and pros) will probably want to take advantage straight away.
Darkroom might not have its own social network like VSCO, but it’s a really impressive editing tool, even without the $2.99 in-app purchase.