10 Free Photography Android Apps For Great Selfies

10 Free Photography Android Apps For Great Selfies 0

If you love taking selfies, the you know that you don’t always look 100% for the camera all the time. That’s when photography apps that let you touch up on the less-than-perfect parts of your face or body, come in handy Certain filters also help you tell better stories with your photos, helping to set the right mood and atmosphere. And of course, who doesn’t love photo-editing tools that get the job done in one or two taps? Here are 10 awesome and free photography tools for Android users. Appease the photographer inside of you and just get one of these apps to make the photo-taking adventure a lot more fun and a lot less frustrating.

PicsArt Photo Studio

PicsArt packs a punch in basic and creative editing tools. You can crop, adjust perspectives and use tools for motion and curves, and on top of that create collages with built-in templates, and work with custom clipart tools. PicsArt lets you add borders, frames, and masks to images. There is also an option to generate animated GIFs and videos in the app as well.
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InstaBeauty fixes shabby-looking selfies just with a single tap with its “Beauty Camera” tool. Take a selfie with image presets and filters, fine-tune the snap with easy tools such as the “Slim Face”, “Blemish”, and “Big-Eyes”. The app also recreates collages from your pictures, lets you capture video with adjusted filters, and takes multiple speed shots in one go. Sharing requires only a few taps.


Retrica is popular for its retro styling options and features and hence the name. If you have pictures that would look better with an artistic touch, this app is to look for. Photos can be previewed under more than 100 filter settings. Add a logo or use the real-time collage maker (more than 20 layouts available) to edit a string of photos together.

YouCam Perfect

YouCam has real-time filter features as well as post-click touch-up features that help you get the best shots instantly. It smooths out skin, and blots wrinkles, acne and age lines too. Reshaper tools lets you change the shape of your face, eyes, even eyelids (single or double) in the way that you want. You can even “slim” down a body right on the app.
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FotoRus helps make awesome selfie collages on your smartphone easily. You can make the collages in square, portrait, landscape, and strip formats. A valuable addition in the feature set is the “Secret Album”, which hides selected photos that you don’t want anyone to see. Post-click editing features include the capability to remove blemishes, whiten skin, and blot eye-bags. Its “PIP Camera” tool lets you take the most flattering profile shots.

YouCam Makeup

YouCam Makeup is a makeover and hairstyle studio app that fixes up your shots in real-time with the “Makeup Cam”. “Try on” different looks and makeup, change your hair color or opt for special photo effects to glam your picture up before you click snap. You can also share the pics with others on social networks, and its “Beauty Circle” community keeps you posted on the latest fashion trends and makeup tips.
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Mirror Image

Mirror Image lets you perform mirror and reflection actions on your photos. You can use reflection in any direction and repeat it in varying styles in the photos. The app also lets you add photo frames, create photo grids and collages, them share them on social media easily. There are 60 frames and 40 filters you can use and its built-in photo editor allows tuning brightness, contrast, tint, warmth, and saturation of the images.
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Slideshow Maker

Want an easy way to create a slideshow? This app lets you select photos and make a video slideshow from your photo gallery super easily. It comes with over 100 stickers, lets you include a soundtrack in the video, add text to the slides, or filters to enhance your photos, plus sharing functionality. You can also modify your video later if you want to make changes.
slideshow maker


Boomerang is an app from Instagram, which lets you record short videos and share them with friends and family. Tap twice on the record button to start shooting videos. You can even capture a video selfie with your front camera. The app will generate a fun slideshow video of 10 photos (in burst) that loop back and forth. You can then share your captures easily on Instagram and Facebook.


InstaMag lets you spread out your favourite pics in “Magazine”, “Music Book”, and “Modern” styles. Loaded with over 300 design styles to choose from, this app lets you add editable text with a single tap and drag to reposition it. The app can also help you choose the best layouts for you. Plus, there is a “Manga Style” to adopt, to make use of space creatively with text bubbles, stickers and screen tones.
20 Free Photoshop Actions All Designers Must Have

20 Free Photoshop Actions All Designers Must Have 0

  Automated scripts save time and improve workflow in all creative fields. Adobe products like Photoshop offer scripts called actions that automate a process several times at the click of a button. There are exclusive Photoshop action websites but many of them cater to photographers. I’ve collected a handful of actions geared directly towards UI designers, icon designers, and product designers building interfaces for web and mobile. All of these actions are completely free to download for multiple uses. Be sure to check the details before downloading to make sure everything runs on your version of Photoshop.

iOS 7 Blur

Starting with iOS 7, the Apple design team introduced a milky-glass blur effect. This can be replicated in Photoshop but requires a bit of layer manipulation. Designer Matt Smith created iOS 7 blur actions to replicate the effect on any top layer. If you have trouble getting the actions to run you can download an accompanied PSD file with the frosted glass layer already applied.
ios7 frosted glass action

Bjango Actions

Bjango is a creative studio building apps and open source projects for designers. The site publishes handy articles for PS users and offers a full GitHub repo of actions that you can download for free. These actions include various nuances for building designs in Photoshop. The list includes a toggle for pixel snapping on & off, auto-duplicating an entire canvas, centering in a selection, and even cropping a Dribbble-sized shot from a document. The Bjango Actions collection is currently in v4 with dozens of actions, scripts, and OS X workflows.
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No More Banding

Jeff Broderick built a simple action called No More Banding which is a free download and it’s incredibly valuable for digital design work. Gradients in Photoshop can have color bands where the gradated color switches are blatantly obvious. This action will clean up banding effects, with one catch: it also increases a document’s file size dramatically. So it may not be useful on all projects but it’s certainly worth keeping this in mind.
no more banding photoshop action

ScreenShot Photoshop

Here’s a really cool effect created by Albanian designer Vasjen Katro. With his action titled ScreenShot Photoshop you can take a flat mockup and automate a skew with implied lighting. This creates the effect of a screen tilted to the side and looks like a photograph of a monitor. This is perfect for skewed perspective shots to display interfaces in a unique fashion. Although this may not help you design better, it can improve your presentation.
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PSD TO PNG Automator

Exporting a design requires time, but it can be made simpler with Luis da Silva’s PSD to PNG export. This converts a full PSD file into a PNG from Photoshop’s action panel. From what I can tell this works for all versions of Photoshop from CS to CC.
psd to png automator

Browser UI

Ever wanted to see how your mockup looks in a browser window? Thanks to the Browser UI action it’s now just a click of a button. This particular action does have a premium option but the free version includes more than enough features. Every browser window renders in the OS X style but the windows can stretch to fit whatever canvas you need.
browser ui design action

Retinize It

Retinize It is a free Photoshop action for building retina copies of icons and interface elements. You just select a layer(or layer group) and run the action. Graphics can be named and exported with custom @2x and @3x size requirements. Note this does not work very well on raster graphics. Try to use shapes and vector elements, or imported smart objects, to keep quality consistent when sizing up.
retinize it action photoshop

Export To SVG

Layer exporting is another manual task that nobody really wants to do. This PSD to SVG export action takes the mundanity out of exporting vectors and graphics for the web. Note this action was built for Photoshop and Illustrator but only supports versions from CS5 or higher.
photoshop svg convert action

Flat Browser UI

Here’s another browser templating tool but with a flat UI. If you don’t want to go with the Mac-styled browsers then try this PS browser action instead. Rasterized document elements work best, although it’s just as easy to flatten all contents onto a new layer and use that instead.
photoshop browser ui action

Stereo Display

Anyone that needs a stereo display will get a kick out of this action. This free stereo display action creates a 3D effect with shadows and skewed edges, all from the input of flat UI elements.
stereo display photoshop action

Magnifying Action

This is one of my favorite actions because it’s so practical for graphic displays and presentations. UI designers will enjoy this magnifier action created by Mario Semeš for interface magnification. It plants a magnifying glass on top of a Photoshop document with a blur effect applied elsewhere. This is a great way to focus on one particular element or effect, and could be useful for team projects or online tutorials.
magnifying glass photoshop action

iPhone 6/6+ Actions

Digital designer Geof Crowl built a custom collection of iPhone 6 actions for organizing graphics from a PSD into retina dimensions. Mobile app designers typically work with shape layers so this should fit right into any typical design workflow.
iphone 6 plus photoshop action

Save For iOS

Here’s a unique concept built by the creative agency ENVOY. Since Photoshop has a great “save for web” option, the ENVOY team built this action specifically for iOS export. There are similar scripts like this but it’s worth adding another one into the mix.
save for ios photoshop


Artista is a Photoshop action for manipulating photos and digital designs. Custom actions can be applied to layers or to the entire document as a whole. This particular action set allows designers to build interesting media styles like energetic lines and paint canvas-styled filters. Check out the sample previews to see what’s possible.
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GUI Automation Toolbox

Although GitHub is typically associated with dev projects, it’s possible to find great design resources like this GUI Automation Toolbox. In the toolbox you’ll find scripts for Photoshop and Illustrator. These can help with exporting graphics and rebuilding layer groups.
web design actions collection


This may be a somewhat experimental Photoshop action but it can be incredibly powerful. Pixel2Vector by Michael Tzscheppan is a free action pack that converts pixel layers into vector shapes. The action supports Photoshop CS3+ and it can operate as a plugin for CS5+. I love this concept because it can help designers quickly turn raster shapes into editable elements.
pixel to vector convert action

Long Shadow

Moscow designer Aram Mirzoyants released his long shadow actions for free on Dribbble. You can download and use these actions for any layer from vector shapes to text and icons. This will auto-generate a 3D shadow effect with the option to lean shadows in various directions at differing lengths.
long shadow photoshop actions

3D Isometric Actions

The isometric conversion action Mapita is a way to build 3D-looking artifacts in Photoshop. It doesn’t work great on every design but flat graphics can be brought to life with this free PS action (including a sample PSD file).
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Everyone knows about Lorem Ipsum for filler text. But what about LoremPicsum for filler photos? This site can operate with direct URLs but it comes with a Photoshop action as well. Two separate versions are available for CS users and newer CC users.
lorem picsum photo actions

Wallpaper Maker

Here’s a custom wallpaper generation script for Photoshop users. It can export at various sizes for different screen dimensions while keeping quality intact. Wallpapers are not specifically relevant to UI design, but this script is just too cool to leave out of the list.
photoshop action wallpaper maker
I’m confident these actions offer enough resources to improve at least part of your daily design workflow. But if I missed any quality Photoshop actions please feel free to add them in the comments area.  
US highways embroiled in typography battle

US highways embroiled in typography battle 0                     We live in a world where every startup and its dog promises to change your life through design. The most important works of design, however, are the ones that many of us barely even think about. In this case, I’m talking about highway signs. I don’t drive, but I used to be on the road a lot when I was a kid in Mexico. I practiced my Spanish pronunciation by reading off every sign out loud, much to my siblings’ dismay. Beyond educating young children, highway signs are also responsible for helping drivers figure out where they want to go, and preventing accidents. In the United States of America, this has prompted an argument over typefaces. As you might imagine, the importance of typography takes on a whole new meaning when people are driving down a highway in heavy metal machines. Drivers sometimes only have a split second to make decisions; if they can read a sign from farther away, they have an extra split second or two to react. Highway Gothic (left), and Clearview (right). The face causing all the drama is called Clearview, and it was designed by Donald Meeker. He started designing it in 1991 after deciding that he wasn’t happy with highway signs in Oregon. He worked with researchers at Penn State University to design a new face, hoping to increase the readability of signage. Early studies indicated that he had been successful. In 2004, the Highway Administration gave his work their provisional endorsement. Many highway signs were changed or replaced. However, further studies failed to support the conclusions that led the Highway Administration to endorse Clearview. In some cases, it was found to actualy reduce the readability of signage. Others posited that the initial increase in visibility had more top do with what the signs were made of, rather than the lettering. The Highway Administration has since rescinded their endorsement, though they are not requiring the new signs to be replaced yet again. There just won’t be any new signs featuring Clearview. Clearview’s proponents are disappointed to say the least, and have made their objections known. Naturally, with human lives in the balance, the argument is intense, for a debate about typefaces… as it should be.
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The Perfect Office – YOUMO, Death Star Speaker, Dell Skylake and Office Ideas

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We’ve seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we’ll assemble a perfect office, and we’d like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have? We’ve selected some sweet little items for y’all this week, like the amazing YOUMO, a modular power strip to be mounted according to your needs. Your smart home will welcome the Altro Smart Lock, to have a safer house. Star Wars fans will love the Death Star levitating speaker, but there’s more!

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YOUMO – Your Smart Modular Power Strip

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Get instant power however you need it with YOUMO, your smart modular power strip. Smart and stylish, this multi-power charging strip lets you choose flexible options for power. Using the different modules and plugging into the base, one YOUMO Power Strip allows you to have USB ports, standard EU or US outlets, and even provide a wireless speaker, wireless charging, a smart hub for your appliances, and home security. (at The Gadget Flow)

Altro Smart Lock

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Altro Smart Lock is a Bluetooth & Wi-Fi enabled smart lock. Its unique design makes it Unpickable and Tamper-Proof. Security means not just feeling like all is well, but knowing it is. We have noticed that current dead-bolts are not secure enough and smart-locks are just adding convenience while they do not add to existing security. So we set out to build our own. Altro makes your Smartphone your new smart key—and more. (at The Gadget Flow)

Synology NAS DiskStation

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A versatile personal cloud storage for everyday life; Dual-core CPU with hardware encryption engine; Over 112.75 MB/s reading,97.6 MB/s writing; Brightness adjustable front LED indicators; Easy to use web operating system on any browsers; Everywhere access with iOS/Android/Windows ready mobile apps. (at 7 Gadgets)

Death Star levitating speaker

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Star Wars Death Star levitating bluetooth wireless speaker. Don’t be mistaken: this is no moon. (at 7 Gadgets)

Nixon Mission Smart Watch

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Nearly every smartwatch tracks your activity. Yet very few are built for those who are truly active. Powered by Android Wear and the new Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, the Nixon Mission Smart Watch was designed with surfers, skiers, and snowboarders in mind. Its main Mission app links to services like Surfline, Snocountry, and Trace to give you the conditions and tracking you require, and of course, it also runs the thousands of apps already available for the platform. (at Uncrate)

Dell’s Skylake XPS 13 notebook

The Perfect Office - YOUMO, Death Star Speaker, Dell Skylake and Office Ideas!

The Developer Edition XPS 13s are slightly different from the Windows versions, as they use Intel Wi-Fi adaptors (instead of Dell-branded parts). Otherwise, little has changed save for them coming with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS instead of Windows 10. The range of configurations available is also narrower. Currently, only the i7 processor is available with the beautiful 3200×1800 touch display. This can be had with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, or 16GB RAM and 512GB, or 1TB of SSD. Dell says that later on, an i5 model with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and the 1920×1080 non-touch display will be available. (at Arstechnica)

Office Ideas!

Here are some office ideas for you! How do you like these? Don’t forget that you may suggest gadgets or ideas via twitter: @paulogabriel – I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. 😉

The Perfect Office - YOUMO, Death Star Speaker, Dell Skylake and Office Ideas!

The Perfect Office - YOUMO, Death Star Speaker, Dell Skylake and Office Ideas!

The Perfect Office - YOUMO, Death Star Speaker, Dell Skylake and Office Ideas!

The Perfect Office - YOUMO, Death Star Speaker, Dell Skylake and Office Ideas!

The Perfect Office - YOUMO, Death Star Speaker, Dell Skylake and Office Ideas!

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