5 Fun Photo Editing Apps

NEW YORK ( TheStreet

40 million filtered images are uploaded on the Instagram app each day. I think it's safe to say that smartphone photo editing is a thing these days. Instagram is owned by Facebook ( FB).

That Valencia filter is starting to get old. Impress your friends by showing off the latest special effects.

Whether you want to look sharp, enhance a sunset, or turn yourself into a cartoon, there are countless apps to choose from. But which ones are best?

TheStreet tested them out and recommends you download these apps for creating fun and fancy photos for either Apple's ( AAPL) iOS or Google's ( AAPL) Android operating systems.

Photo Editor by Aviary

You looked so good at the party last night. It should have been the night for a new Facebook profile pic, yet the photo makes you look like a vampire. Twilight is cool and all, but red eyes and pale skin wasn't the look you were going for.

It's a good thing you have the photo editor by Aviary. Whiten your teeth, erase that blemish, even add a funky sticker with just a click. No need to stop by Warby Parker for new specs.

Look through "effects" for some Instagram-like filters. This app makes photo editing easy...and fun!

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later. It's also available for Android.

Color Splash

Your emerald dress looks so great, but apparently you weren't the only one that got the memo about 2013's color of the year.

Uh oh. Your friends were all dressed in the same shade. How are you going to stand out?

Color Splash lets you select which parts of a photo remain in color and which are in black and white. Now the focal point of the photo will be your emerald hue.

Obnoxious, maybe, but your friends will be green with envy.

This app costs 99 cents and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. You can also download it on your Android phone.

ToonCamera

If you always wanted to be Jessica Rabbit, now's your chance.

Check out ToonCamera in the app store. It allows you to turn all your photos into a cartoon.

Download the easy-to-use app is a great way to repost your favorite photos with a fun twist. Your bird looks so much cuter than Tweety.

This app costs 99 cents and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also available for Android.

CatPaint

You know what would make that photo more interesting...a cat. Better yet, a fat cat. Or a flying cat.

CatPaint can help with that. Use the app to add silly cats to boring pics.

Best use: block out your ex with the rex.

This app costs 99 cents and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later.

InstaCollage

Now that you have the coolest photos in town, put them all together in a funky collage.

Gone are the days where you had to visit an arts and crafts store... InstaCollage makes it easy.

Import your favorite photos into various templates and frames. Add text, stickers, and other effects. Once you're done, share on Facebook. You'll get so many "likes."

This free app s compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later.

-- Written by Katie Roof in New York.

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