Photo Enhancer

15 Best Photo Enhancer to Improve Image Quality on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android


How to enhance a photo? When you need to remove noises, add photo filters or increase photo resolution. Photoshop is one of the professional photo enhancer. Besides the versatile photo enhancer Photoshop, there are thousands of others, which helps you achieve the desired effects within few clicks.

The post shares 3 different methods to increase the quality of images, as well as 15 best photo enhancers on Windows, Mac and smartphones. It should be an ultimate guide to get the desired photos in high quality.

Photo Enhancer


Part 1: How to enhance a photo via WidsMob Retoucher

WidsMob Retoucher is a versatile photo enhancer to reduce noise, optimize portrait, apply analog film filters, add artistic effects, and more photo parameter adjustments. The program also provides lots of parameters to adjust saturation, contrast, brightness, temperature and more.

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Denoise

When you need to enhance a photo, you have to remove the noises of the photo first. It will remove both Luminance noise and Chrominance noise, and then enhance the Sharpness to increase photo quality.

Add a noisy image into the program; choose the “DE-NOISE” menu. After that adjust the “Luminance”, “Chrominance” and “Sharpness” to enhance photo resolution and quality.

Fix Image Noise with Retoucher

Filmpack

When you need to enhance photos with analog film filters, you can discover the magic of artistic photo effects. Just choose the desired effects from dozens of camera profiles, color modes and film grains.

Choose the “Color Rendition Profile” and select the desired camera profiles. Adjust the “Contrast”, “Saturation” and “Special”. Then choose the “Film Grain” to get a desired result to enhance the photo.

Retouch with Film Pack Effect

Portrait

In order to enhance portrait images, the program is able to detect the portrait and optimize the skin within a full solution. It is able to detect and optimize all the portraits for one image.

Once you add a portrait into the program, the program is able to detect faces within the portrait. After that adjust the “Skin Smoothing” and “Skin Whitening” to enhance a photo.

Selfie Photo Beautifier with Retoucher

LOMO

Besides the basic photo enhancement features, you can also add LOMO filters, Color filters, Vignetting and Fisheye for the photo. You can also combine several effects to get the desired effect.

When you add one image into the program, you can click the “Color Filter” to add a background color. Then choose the “Color Opacity”, “Vignetting” and “FishEye” to enhance your photo.

Fisheye Effect with Retoucher

Adjustment

Of course, you can also adjust the saturation, contrast, brightness, temperature and tint to get the desired effect. Adjust the parameters to get a special enhance for photo.

Artistic Effect with Retoucher


Part 2: How to enhance a photo via Photoshop

Photoshop is the one of most popular photo editors. If you are a Photoshop subscriber, you can use it to enhance a photo. But Photoshop seems too expensive to deal with some simple tasks. Moreover, enhance a photo with Photoshop is a little complicated for amateurs.

Step 1: Launch Photoshop on your computer and import a photo. After open the photo you’d like to enhance in Photoshop, you can magnify the photo to check the imperfects.

Step 2: Right click the desired layer to “Duplicate Layer” with a new name. Located to “Filter” menu on top ribbon, open “Noise” option and select “Reduce Noise” to enhance photo quality.

Sharp Noise Command Photoshop

Step 3: In reduce noise filter window, you can adjust various parameters to produce a better result, including “Strength”, “Preserve Details”, “Reduce Color Noise”, and “Sharpen Details”. You can modify the values gradually based on the previews on the left.

Reduce Noise Photoshop

Step 4: Once you enhance photo resolution successfully, press “OK” to save the changes. After reducing noises, you have to modify the values of “Exposure”, “Contrast”, “Color Vibrance” and “Saturation” to get the clearer photo. You can find these parameters in “Adjust” option that belongs to Image.

Step 5: If some areas become soften during noise reducing, you can select these areas and use “Smart Sharpen Filter” to make the areas sharper. Finally, press “Save As” option in “File” menu to save the enhanced photos to your computer.

Sharpen on Photoshop


Part 3: How to enhance a photo via Fotor

Fotor is an online photo enhancer to make the most common enhancements to your images within one single click. The “1-Tap Enhance” feature contains the exposure compensation and color correction. Make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome in order to enjoy the feature online.

Step 1: Access fotor.com in your browser and select EDIT in home page to go to the photo editor. Press “IMPORT PHOTO” button on the upper right corner to import the photo to enhance.

Step 2: After imported, drag and drop the photo in editing area. Press “1-TAP ENHANCE” option on the left side ribbon to enhance your photo. If the result is imperfect, you can press “BASIC” option and modify the parameters below, like Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness.

1-TAP ENHANCE on Fotor

Step 3: If you need to enhance a portrait, press the “BEAUTY” option shaped as an eye on the left side. Then you can beautify your portrait photo with dedicated tools, like eye shadow.

BEAUTY on Fotor

Step 4: During enhancing, you can compare the result with the original photo in the right preview section. Finally, press the “Save” icon on the top ribbon to save the output to your computer.

As an online photo editor, Fotor may be not a professional photo enhancer. But you can use it to do some basic photo enhance tasks, like adjust brightness.


Part 4: Best 5 Photo Enhancers for Win/Mac

Gimp: Best Alternative photo enhancer to Photoshop

Gimp is an exceptional photo enhancer with long history. GIMP is the most competitive competitor for Photoshop. This full-featured cross-platform photo editor based on a social community where volunteer developer gathering.

GIMP Photo Editor

Paint.Net: Apprentice could become master

The selling point of the online photo enhancer is its simplicity. Doesn’t like Gimp, this photo enhancer provides users the easy user experience to edit their work. It also supports layers, filters and plug-ins.

Paint.Net

PhotoPlus: Easy-to-handle photo enhancer

This photo enhancer satisfies most of your need with basic photo editing functions. Re-size, apply filters and effects, and reduce red eye, those function could be applied to most of the daily life photos.

PhotoPlus

Pixlr: Online photo enhancer with quick filters

Pixlr is an online photo enhancer wins reputation by its powerful quick filtering and text function. People prefer online photo makers these days because it’s easy to access and are always there.

Pixlr Photo Editor

Sumo Paint: In-browser photo enhancer/photo editor

The artistic tools and various paintbrushes make apprentices satisfied enough with this photo enhancer. Like Pixlr, user could always have for free and it would be there if you are connected to Internet.

Sumo Paint


Part 5: 5 Best Photo Enhancers for iOS

VSCO Cam: Filter-based photo enhancer

VSCO cam always ranks the top of my best photo enhancer list. The artistic and fibulas filters it tones make every boring photo become a master. You could also adjust the enhancement when you add filter to your photos. I prefer A2 for scenery and A8 for winter. Hope you could find your favorite filter in this application.

VSCO Cam

B612: Photo enhancer especially for portrait

This would be a fantastic photo enhancer if your girlfriend and girls friends want you to take good photos for them. What’s more, you could take use of it as photo video maker as well. The short video applied with music well presents your mood. And of course it allows you to send your work directly to social media like Facebook, Twiter and Instagram.

B612

Pixlr: Awesome mobile version photo enhancer

It is not only an online photo enhancer, Pixlr also allows users to use on mobile phone. Edited with its millions of effects, filters and overlays, you could send your photos directly to social media via this photo enhancer.

Pixlr App

Prisma: Enhance normal photo to masterpiece

The photo enhancer might help you become the next social media star among your friends. Try Prisma to turn your photo into the work of Van Gogh, Munch or Picasso. You could try taking a selfie with a sunflower aside. Then make yourself to Van Gogh.

Prisma Screenshot

Oggl: Especial photo enhancer for square photo

Square photos are popular among people mainly thanks to Instagram. This photo enhancer does the magic of converting photo to something vintage and old-styled. I like edit flowers or temple with the filters Oggl offers.

Oggl


Part 6: Top 5 Photo Enhancers for Android

Snapseed: Professional photo enhancer of Google

Snapseed is a very powerful and all-featured photo enhancer for smartphones. Advanced editing features such as selective adjustments and a healing tool for removing unwanted objects handle most of the photos editing requirement.

Snapseed

Camera 360: Easy-to-handle photos enhancer application

Chinese companies like making all-in-one photo enhancer. But to be the truth, they are really useful and effective. Camera 360 could rank the best of them. Every single function of it could be compared to the individual application of special expertise.

Camera 360

Bonfire: Turn your photo into watercolor

Although this fancy photo enhancer makes your photo into watercolor masterpiece, it has basic editing functions like paper and white, HDR, skin smoothing skins and blemish removals. The Facebook Bonfire application itself will let you do video calling with Facebook friends.

Bonfire

Adobe Lightroom: Professonal photo enhancer for Android

Adobe has improved their mobile offerings a lot over the last year with Lightroom. It could also sync with the desktop changes if you applied to its Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom can be used to adjust photos with a slew of one-touch adjustments like what you do on the desktop.

Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom

Airbrush: Easy photo enhancer for selfie

Airbrush specializes in quick fixes and edits to face and skin including a blemish remover, eye larger, teeth whiter and so on. The easy-to-handle interface and function of the photo enhancer wins high rankings and scores in Google Play.

AirBrush


Conclusion

The article lists 18 programs to enhance a photo. Photoshop is the most professional photo-enhancing program. However, it is not a good choice for amateurs. To some people, Photoshop is unaffordable. Moreover, the process to enhance a photo with Photoshop is too complicated to beginners. Fotor is a good online photo editor. And it provides a 1-TAP Enhance feature. But it is more appropriate to do some basic enhancement tasks. If you are looking for a powerful photo enhancer with easy-to-use features, WidsMob Retoucher seems the best answer. Its advanced algorithm will help you to do all the enhance photos automatically.


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Peter Wood
Peter Wood
Peter Wood, a senior editor, focus on photography design and editing software and devices.
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