What are the best color grading apps for iPhone or iPad?

Color grading is a nice way to add more color, life, and dramatic flair to your photos or videos. These effects make your photos and videos interesting than before. Here are some apps that you could test out on your iPhone or iPad today.

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    #1FiLMiC Pro

    FiLMiC Pro

    This app has everything a photographer or cinematographer will ever need: you will be able to manually control shutter speed, exposure, ISO, focus and zoom and also edit your footage to get the best videos and photos. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $14.99- With in-app purchases

    María Elena Gil
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "I dabble in photography and was looking for an app for my Ipad, that would help be alter the photos and make them more vibrant. I chose to try FiLMiC Pro, the price is 14.99 so that was very reasonable. I only had one real issue with sound. I don't feel I need sound so I disabled it and the app runs fine with out it. The app is simple to use and I was able to add some beautiful features to may photos."
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    #2LumaFusion

    LumaFusion

    This multi-track video editor will allow you to create, edit and share your videos just by using your phone. It has lots of built-in effects, a title creator and everything that's needed to get the perfect video footage. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $19.99

    Sean Wells
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "Modern iphones are powerful pieces of technological achievement. Their cameras are so good that separate DSLRs are basically unnecessary for an average human being. Having the ability to capture such a great quality content becomes even more spectacular if you can edit, and in this case, color grade it right on the device. Want to create teal and orange colors to make your footage cinematic? You can do it with LumaFusion. You can express yourself in a lot of ways when you have the assistance of this app. "
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    #3iMovie

    iMovie

    iMovie is a video editing software application. Browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Sandra Reed
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "I love doing color grading, so I tried this out. This one is good though I think it has too many other features I'm afraid."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

Color grading is post-processing technique that involves color alteration and enhancement of a motion picture, video image, or still image photo-chemically or digitally. While color grading and color correction are interchangeably used from time to time, the latter is used to describe a task they are performing, and it literally means correcting problems of the image. It includes exposure adjustments, and white balance problems, just to name a few.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that ‘pantone’, a provocative shade of purple is the color of 2018? Interestingly, the purple color was connotatively attached to royalty and during the early times, only aristocrats could afford the said color pigment. Color grading is not uncommon especially among photographers and cinematographers because color is considered a fundamental element of design and visual storytelling. Thus, the play of colors really matters aesthetically and symbolically in a multitude of ways. As a form of image control, color grading is essential in exposing the nuances of different locations in photos and videos. Minimalism and monochrome are so 2017, and this year takes us a more colorful world of photography as vivid colors come to play and are here to stay according to the 5 Photography Trends You Should Try in 2018. Moreover, expect to see more rosy, peachy, and golden colors this 2018 as they are heavily influenced by the winter in the previous year.

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    #4Snapseed

    Snapseed

    Snapseed is a complete and professional photo-editing software application developed by Google that will upgrade your regular photos, with lots of filters and special effects. It has 29 tools like healing, brush, structure, HDR, etc.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Stephanie Jackson
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "This is a really great color grading app. It really helps you get down to all the levels!"
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    #5VideoGrade

    VideoGrade

    VideoGrade is a powerful app for video editors and filmmakers. It is available for iOS devices. With this app, you can make a great color grading from your mobile device. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $5.99- With in-app purchases

    Grace Murphy
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "The price of $5.99 is sooooo worth it! I love using VideoGrade to enhance the color, effects and feels to my short vids featuring beautiful sceneries from different places that I visit."
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    #6FilmoraGo

    FilmoraGo

    FilmoraGo is a video editor app for Android and iOS devices where users can create videos. The mobile app lets users add their own music, or choose from FilmoraGo's library. It also lets users record their voice and add filters.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Betty Su
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "I love how FilmoraGo helped me with my video editing. I'm studying film and used this for creating a film for our school requirements. The app is very easy to use. It even has it's own theme suggestion. I can create a beautiful output this simple app. Good job Wondershare team. <3"
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    #7ReelDirector II

    ReelDirector II

    ReelDirector II in a video editing application that can do full-featured editing. The app developer is the developer of ReelDirector itself and the 8mm Vintage Camera. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99- With in-app purchases

    Cindy Lu
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "This app is sooooooo flexible in terms of different editing options. No wonder it's called "full-featured". Though provides many variations of editing tools, still its very easy to manage! Loving the app superr!"
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    #8Splice

    Splice
    Splice is a simple and powerful video editor that allows you to create customized and professional-looking videos. With this app, you can sync video with music, add texts and overlays and share your projects with your friends.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Julie Cox
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "Every time I edit videos I feel like I am a professional, with this professional looking editor. I was able to create and edit clips the way I want it to be. I can also easily share with my friends on social media. I'm happy to receive good comments from them about my videos! Yippie!"

Summary

Best What are the best color grading apps for iPhone or iPad
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1FiLMiC ProApps 6 Paid
2LumaFusionApps 5 Paid
3iMovieSoftware 3 Free
4Snapseed Apps 3 Free
5VideoGradeApps 3 Paid
6FilmoraGoApps 3 Free
7ReelDirector IIApps 2 Paid
8SpliceApps 2 Free
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