Color Photo Effects

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While everyone is sharing the coolest, most colorful photos, showing off their life on social media, why should you upload boring, bland photos? After all, everyone wants to give dull images a colorful makeover.

The good news is that there are many capable photo editors available that can help you add creative effects to your photos. The bad news is that there are so many of these out there that people new to photo editing can’t work out which one they should use. Lucky for you, however, we have compiled a list of some of the best editors that will help you add color effects to your bland photos.

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Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop is every photographer’s go-to tool for adding color to their photos. You can tweak the saturation, color, temperature and brightness to get a perfect image that suits your needs. If that’s not your thing, then an easier way is to download pre-made actions from the internet and change the look of your photos in a simple click. Photoshop’s default filters also include some great options to add life to an ordinary photo.

If you are more inclined towards shooting RAW, then have a look at Lightroom. This software has made a great name for itself in the photo editing world thanks to its wealth of tools and amazing image quality when exported. Lightroom will help you a great deal in adding color effects to your photos. You can use presets available on the internet to make your photos look like another photographer’s that you admire, or make your own tweaks. There’s a great selective adjustment tool that can help you add splashes of color to certain parts of your photo while keeping everything else black and white too.

Luminar by Macphun

Move over Adobe, because Macphun’s Luminar is quickly gaining popularity due to its ease of use. Originally developed for only mac users, Macphun have decided that Windows users should also join in on the fun and have released a beta version with most of the tools from the full version.

While you can edit your photos in technical ways all you want with Luminar, it also offers over 50 presets that are sure to have something that you like. From vintage effects to a preset that makes your photos look like they were shot during the golden hour, Luminar’s filters are something that not many other photo editors can hold a candle to.

The Best in a Browser

If buying or downloading a software is not your thing and you need to make your photos colorful without closing your browser, then Picmonkey is the image editor for you. Picmonkey’s range of filters includes has a lot to offer. Whether you want to give your photo a retro look or stick to the palette of just two colors that make your photo shine, this nifty web-based editor has an answer for you. You can also change the intensity of your chosen filter quite easily to get just the right amount of color, or lack thereof, in your image.

The Best on a Phone

While Instagram is generally known as a great social platform where you can share photos after applying filters to them, many people don’t know that they can actually save their photos after they have edited them with Instagram’s great filters, essentially turning the social app into an image editor. You have a variety of filters to choose from, from subtle ones to those that dramatically change the look of your photos. You can adjust their intensity and also dive deeper into manual settings to tweak exposure, contrast, details, and much more.

There are a lot more photo editors available on the internet that can be used to add some more color to your photos. However, the ones mentioned in this article are some of the best in their respective categories that you should consider having a look at.

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