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How to Edit Photos on iPhone to Look Professional for Free

Mar 7, 2024 · 4 minutes read

If you have an iPhone, you know how easy it is to get a great photo with its powerful built-in lens. Even with the best iPhone camera, your snaps might still need a few edits, whether it’s a few tweaks or a big, dramatic finish.

Keep reading to learn how you can edit your photos and level them up using the Apple Photos app (already included in your phone) and a third-party Apple photo editor!

How to Edit Photos on iPhone Without App (Using Apple Photos)

Let’s take a closer look at how to edit photos on your iPhone with our step-by-step guide!

1. Adjust Photo Lighting and Color

Adjust Photo Lighting and Color on iPhone in the Apple photo editor

You might happen to take pictures on cloudy days or in places without sufficient lighting, this is when you can use the "Adjust" tool in Apple Photos to easily adjust colors and light:

  • Locate the photo you wish to adjust in Library
  • Press Edit and locate Adjust
  • Press the "magic wand" icon for auto adjustments
  • Swipe left for more manual options like "Exposure," "Brilliance," "Highlights," and more
  • Tap Done to save the edits, or tap Cancel to discard changes

If you find blurriness in your picture and want to fix it immediately, try "AI Enhance" in a photo editor like YouCam Perfect to improve mobile image quality in 1 tap.

2. Apply Filters and Photo Effects

Apply Filters and Photo Effects on iPhone in the Apple photo editor

iPhone Photos currently provides 9 basic filter styles for users, including changing hue in images using warm tone and cold tone effects under "Filters."

  • Tap the three-circle icon in edit mode
  • Scroll left for filters like "Noir" and "Dramatic Warm"
  • Tap Done to save your edits, or scroll back to "Original" to remove filter effects

For people who're looking for more animated effects and aesthetic photo filters, you can also try popular photo editors for iPhone recommended for eye-catching presets.

3. Crop, Flip, or Rotate a Picture

Crop, Flip, or Rotate a Picture on iPhone in the Apple photo editor

Straightening, rotating, or cropping images on iPhone are also crucial editing tips to make your pictures look best!

  • Tap "Crop" under under edit mode
  • Drag the edit frames for manual crop
  • For "photo rotation," tap the rotate button on the upper left corner
  • For "photo flip," tap the flip button on the upper left corner
  • To adjust the perspective of your image, tap "Straighten"," Vertical," and "Horizontal"
  • Press Done to save your edits or press Reset to redo the edit

4. Remove Image Background & Turn a Photo into a Sticker

Remove Image Background & Turn a Photo into Sticker

For iPhone users using iOS 16 (or later), you can easily edit the background out of a photo by long-pressing the subject without entering edit mode.

To simply remove photo background on iPhone:

  • Long press the subject
  • Press Share and select "Save Image"

To turn a photo into a sticker on iPhone:

  • Long press the subject
  • Press "Add Sticker"
  • The sticker will be auto-saved to your sticker menu

Sometimes the results might not be as accurate as you wish, this is when our Cutout tool and Remove BG feature come in handy. Recent iPhone photo editors like YouCam Perfect also utilize AI technology to help users accurately take out photo backgrounds without blurry edges!

5. Remove Unwanted Objects, People, and Photos on Photo

Remove Unwanted Objects, People, and Photos on Photo

Unfortunately, removing unwanted clutter or materials from your photo is currently hard to achieve using the Apple Photos app. You can simply crop out the person you wish to remove (which damages the overall view) or add emojis to photos for coverage.

Remove unwanted objects from photo using an Apple photo editor

The AI within YouCam Perfect can immediately remove unwanted objects, photobombers, and text without blurriness. All it takes is — to locate "AI Removal," paint on the photo, and press Apply, you'll be able to receive images without noticing editing marks!

Download YouCam Perfect Now: Best Free iPhone Photo Editor in 2024

YouCam Perfect has so many ways to create the best photo edits with the iPhone. Download the app for iOS today (Android available, too!) to start exploring YouCam Perfect’s filters and effects, collages, memes, and more!

Want to get more photo editing tips and tricks? Subscribe to the YouCam Perfect YouTube channel, and follow us on Instagram for creative editing ideas and awesome selfie tips!

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