Bored with some of the photos you have on your iPhone? Or maybe, you want your photos to stand out? Tons of photo-editing apps can quickly turn your photos into works of digital art. You can make any photo more interesting to catch someone’s eyes. 

The apps listed below can transform your photo into a sketch, painting or allow you to add creative backgrounds or other additions. These apps are also easy to use, even if you have little to no photo editing experience. Try some of these fun apps and see what masterpieces you can turn your pictures into. 

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    1. Prisma

    This is one of the best apps for turning photos into art-like pieces, with over 700 styles. You can choose from many different styles. Select any photo and then the style to apply. Whether you want your photo to appear as an oil painting or sketch, you can find it here. 

    You can also add frames or do basic corrections such as setting exposure, saturation, and more. All this is for free, but if you want to have access to more styles and settings, you can pay for the app’s premium version for $19.99 a year or $29.99 a year with a 3-day free trial. 

    2. Photo Lab

    Photo Lab is a great tool to use to add backgrounds, double exposure effects, or even transform photos of people (or yourself) into cartoon versions. This app has tons of effects for free, and they’re all easy to use. The app uses automatic figure selection to identify photo subjects. However, you can also make this selection yourself for even better accuracy. 

    A stand-out feature of this app is the ability to make what it calls combos or combinations of multiple effects in one photo. You can use this app for free, but you can get access to everything it has to offer by upgrading to the VIP version, which is $4.99 a month. 

    3. Insta Toon

    See the effects added to your camera in real-time using this app, so you know what the outcome will look like before you take the photo. This helps a lot if you want more control over the final picture. You can also upload photos you’ve already taken to add effects to them as well.

    You can access some of the effects, filters, and backgrounds for free. However, if you want access to the entire library of effects, you can upgrade to the pro version for $4.99

    4. Artleap

    This app has many effects, allowing you to achieve a nice modern look with any photo you wish. You can add effects by simply looking through the available catalog and choosing the photo to which you want to apply it. You can edit the effect as you see fit if it needs further adjustments. 

    Many of the effects are free, but you can upgrade to the Pro version for $19.99 a year to access all the effects. In the free version, you can still preview how your photo looks with the Pro effects, but you’ll need the upgrade to save your edited photos to your camera roll. 

    5. Bazaart

    Bazaart will help you make eye-pleasing digital art with any photo you have. You can choose from hundreds of template presets, including some made specifically for social media posts. There are options like background removal, photo filters, text, and stickers that make editing a breeze.

    The free version of this app includes many features, but you can get everything the app has to offer for $71.99 a year or $119 to use forever. 

    6. Photoleap

    Try out the Quick Art feature in this app to instantly apply the available art effects to any of your photos. This includes artistic styles like pop art, pixelations, double exposures, and more. If you want more control over your photo editing, you can also add your photo and start from scratch with the vast amount of editing tools in Photoleap. 

    To upgrade to the Pro version of the app, you can pay $3.16 a month. Or, you can buy the app and its features permanently for $74.99. 

    7. Picsart

    This app is a great mobile photo editor with powerful tools and a gallery of effects and features. Out of the many photo art apps, this is one of the most popular due to its ease. You can try out the hundreds of free effects, use stickers and filters others have created, or even remix others creations to make it your own. 

    You can also start from scratch with your own photos or selfies and create unique “photo looks” with Picsart’s tools. These include some black and white, film fade, and painting effects, as well as basic photo corrections, selection tools, brushes, and more. 

    8. Glitch Studio

    Glitch effects are popular, and this app is dedicated to achieving this look. You can choose from filters that make your photo appear like an old TV screen, a VHS tape, and more. You can also edit and add glitch effects using the app’s tools. 

    You can try out some of the app for free, but to use most of it you’ll need to pay $9.99 to upgrade to the full version. 

    9. Color Pop

    An image editing technique that can make any photo stand out is color isolation. This is when some part of the photo is black and white, while other portions are in color. This can help lead the eye to important areas of a photo and provide more visual interest. 

    With this app, you can achieve this effect easily. You can upload any photo, and color in the portions you want to show in color. You can use most of this app for free, but to use some of the premium tools you’ll need to upgrade for $2.99 a week to use some of the premium tools. 

    Turn iOS Photos Into Art Using These Painting Apps

    With so many different art styles at your disposal with these apps, the potential for creativity is endless. You can download all these apps directly from the app store and immediately have a mobile photo editing program to create pieces of art on the go.