Fake It Until You Make It: 5 Apps to Download If You Don’t Use Photoshop

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In the digital world of 2020, every company expects its team to know how to make eye-catching visuals. The most common way to create unique, one of a kind visuals? Photoshop, InDesign, and the rest of the Adobe Creative Cloud win every time. However, Photoshop is difficult to learn and cannot be mastered overnight. Luckily, you can learn Photoshop and InDesign via LinkedIn courses or Youtube tutorials. But in the meantime, here are five apps that can help you make stunning digital content from your smartphone.

Photoshop’s Close Relative: Lightroom

Although this is part of the Adobe family, Lightroom CC is offered for free in a mobile version. This app allows you to edit the lighting, colors, and size of images. You can also purchase (or create your own) presets. Presets can be applied to multiple images to help them look cohesive and on-brand.


Create eye-catching visuals for Instagram stories, Facebook posts, and other social media platforms. This app allows you to put multiple images onto one canvas and add frames and themes. Create your own design or choose from hundreds of templates StoryArt provides.


Looking for an easy way to create a logo, Instagram story highlight covers, or fun designs? This app allows you to edit photos, remove part of the image, and add effects. You can also add text or graphics on top of your image or background.

Photoshop for Beginners: PicsArt

This app is second best to Photoshop. Imagine elements of Facetune, Instagram, and Photoshop, rolled into one app. You can upload an image and utilize tools such as beautify, stickers, cutout, text, brushes, border, draw, lens flare, and frame. Any final product you create can be saved to your camera roll, or you can publish it to the PicsArt app for other people to see and “like.” Learn from others and be inspired by their creativity, or keep your creations to yourself.


If you need to make collages with dozens of images on one spread, this is the best app to use. This app has hundreds of design templates and gives you the ability to create custom dimensions. This allows you to create logos, business cards, social media graphics, flyers, invitations, resum├ęs and more.