How to Edit Photos on iPhone Using the Built-In Photos Application

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An iPhone is one of the most sophisticated tools that anyone can have. It has so many functionalities that genuinely make life a lot easier for anyone living in the modern age. One of these functionalities is the ability to edit photos using the iPhone photo app that comes with the device. By the time you are done reading this, you will be able to transform ordinary photos into stunning images!

Important Tips

Before you proceed with the photo editing, there are some things you need to have in mind. The first is for you to check the operating system; it must be updated up to iOS 13. You can update this by going to the ‘Settings’ then select ‘General’ and click ‘Software Update’.

You should also make sure you have done duplication of the photo so the original is kept safe, but this is not obligatory. With that said, let us start editing some photos!

Steps to Take

Opening the Application

Opening the iPhone photo editor in the photo application is easy. Go to the photo you want to edit and open it, and then click ‘Edit’ in the upper right corner of the screen. You will see three icons at the lower end of the screen on the iPhone photo editor. The icons will be four in number if you are doing editing for a Live Photo.

With these icons, you will gain access to the several editing tools that will transform your images. The next lines will discuss how you get to do editing of the photos on your iPhone using the photo editing tools.

Modify the Brightness, Color, and Sharpness

Being able to edit photos on the iPhone implies that you can change an image from being regular to extraordinary. Commence by doing someone or two swift changes to the sharpness, brightness, and color.

To modify the image, confirm that the ‘Adjust’ icon (dial) has been selected from the screen’s lower zone. Under the image itself, a set of adjustment tools become visible. You can swipe across so that more tools will appear.

Doing Auto Enhancing

This tool allows for an automatic adjustment of the brightness and color levels in the photo. Click on the ‘Auto’ sign so make use of this single tap edit function. The sign becomes pale silver once it is activated.

The very cool thing about this tool is that you can proceed to do fine-tuning of the edits that you will do. There is also a slider at the lower section of the screen that you can use to modify the editing intensity.

Modifications of the separate edits that have applied for brightness, color, and others can be done. By swiping across the icons for adjustments, you will see a thick line that shows which of the auto adjustment features have been used.

To do a fine-tuning of a particular adjustment, click on the tool and use the slider to vary the strength. To get rid of the auto edit from the image, just click on the ‘Auto’ sign to change to dark silver. This way, you will know how to do the editing all by yourself manually.

Modifying the Exposure

It is with this tool that you can either darken or brighten your photo. Shift the slider to the right to increase the brightness or to the left to increase the darkness. The exposure tool is more prominent when used with highlights than when compared with the shadows. This implies that the brightness levels of the image are more impacted when compared with the dark tones.

Adjusting the Brilliance

The ‘Brilliance’ feature is excellent for making your photos come to life as it allows all the details to become more prominent. You also get to shift the slider to adjust the level of the brightness or darkness.

Highlights Function

This is used for adjusting the brightness of the areas of the image that are already bright. Shift the slider to the left if you want the highlights to be darker. When you want the highlights to be brighter, then shift to the right.


The shadow effect tool allows for increasing the brightness level of the areas of the photo that remain dark. The slider can be dragged to the right to increase the brightness or to the left to increase the darkness’s intensity.

Modifying the Contrast

There is a ‘Contrast’ tool, and it is for modification of the contrast that is available between the bright and dark tones of the image. Move the slider to increase or decrease the contrast’s intensity by making the shadows to be darker and the highlights to be brighter.

The other edit features include the Brightness, Black Point, Saturation, Vibrancy, Warmth, Tint, Sharpness, Definition, and even Noise Reduction. There is also the Vignette for brightening or darkening the edges of the image.

It is also possible for you to utilize a filter to modify the color tone. You can access these filters via the ‘Edit’ mode. Just click the ‘Filters’ sign (three circles) at the lower end of the screen. Other editing effects include rotation, cropping, adjusting, and straightening of perspective. There is also the flip, rotate, and aspect ratio editing features.


Once you have edited the photo to your desired style, shape, or perspective, you can save it in any folder you desire. As you can see, there are so many things that you can do with the iPhone regarding the editing of images. There is simply no limit to how creative you can get with it. The best thing with it all is that the more you use these effects, the better you get with them – practice makes perfect.

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