Quickly Edit Photos With the iPhone or iPad

Photo Edit Tools ImageMany of us frequently take photos with our iPhones or iPads. Often times, we would like to touch-up some of those photos to make them look their best. Not many of us own expensive editing software like Photoshop and you may not want to take the time working with the photo on your computer. Luckily, there are some simple photo editing tools built right into iOS.

The instructions below use the iPhone as an example. Editing photos on the iPad is very similar.

Open the Photos app and select the photo you want to edit. With the photo open, select the Edit button in the top right corner of the screen.

Edit Photo


You are now in the editing mode and four icons will appear at the bottom of the display. From left to right, these icons represent tools to rotate, auto-enhance, remove red-eye, and crop.

Photo Edit Tools



The Rotate button allows you to change the orientation of the photo. Each time you tap the button, the photo rotates 90 degrees counterclockwise. Select the Save button in the top right corner to save the change.

Rotate Photo



Tapping this button automatically improves a photo’s overall darkness or lightness, color saturation, and other qualities. Select the Save button in the top right corner to save the changes. If you decide against the enhancement, tap the button again to undo the changes (even if you saved the changes).

Auto Enhance


Red Eye Removal

Use this tool to remove the red from the eyes of people in your photos. After you select this button, tap each eye that needs to be corrected. when you are finished, select the Apply button in the top right corner to save the changes.

Remove Red-Eye



Selecting the Crop button overlays a grid on the image. Re-size the grid by dragging a corner or an edge to define the area of the photo you want to keep. The area outside the grid will show as dimmed and will be removed when the image is cropped. When you have defined the area of the photo you wish to keep, select the Crop button in the top right corner to crop the image.

Crop Photo


The Constrain button at the bottom of the screen offers a number of common preset sizes. To use one of those instead of cropping manually, select the Constrain button and choose an option from the window that appears. You can drag the photo to position it within the grid.

Constrain Photo


When you are satisfied with the cropped photo, select the Save button in the top right corner to save the edited version.

Save Cropped Photo


Trim a Video

You can also trim videos you take with your iPhone. Open the video in the Photos app and find the frame viewer at the top of the screen. If the frame viewer isn’t visible, tap the screen and it will appear. Drag either end of the frame viewer to select the portion of the video you want and select the Trim button in the top right corner of the screen.

Trim Video


You will be presented with option to Trim Original or Save as New Clip. If you choose Trim Original, the trimmed frames are permanently deleted from the original video. If you choose Save as New Clip, a new trimmed video clip is saved in your Camera Roll album and the original video is unaffected.

Save Trim Video


These editing tools are quick and easy for correcting some common photo issues. The tools are not intended for substantial photo editing, which would require dedicated photo editing software. However, most users will find these tools helpful for quick photo editing.