A photo of a cityscape with three different photo filters applied to it


How to use photo filters in Adobe apps on iPhone.

Transform phone snapshots quickly with fun overlays, filters, and photo effects in Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Express, and Photoshop Camera.

Level up your smartphone snaps with these Adobe apps:


  • Choose from over 50 filter presets in Photoshop Lightroom, or create your own

  • Apply a stylish overlay or make a photo collage in Photoshop Express

  • Use Photoshop Camera to experiment with creative new lenses 

Enhance your pics with filters and photo effects.

Smartphone cameras, like those on Androids and iPhones, have gotten incredibly advanced. Native camera apps offer many special features, like Portrait Mode on newer iPhone models, which mimics the shallow depth of field of DSLR cameras.


Camera effects and photo filters are a quick way to level up and stylize your smartphone photography — whether you’re taking casual selfies for social media or high-quality photos for your business. Try these fun ways to instantly enhance your pictures.  


Discover photo filters in Adobe apps.

Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Express, and Photoshop Camera are all mobile photo editing apps you can use to apply photo filters. (Get them in the App Store for iPhone and iPad or the Google Play Store for Android devices.)

Keep your software running smoothly.

Always update your operating system to make sure your camera features and apps work correctly. For iPhones older than the iPhone 6s, the newest iOS you can run is iOS 12. For newer models, like the iPhone X, iPhone 11, and iPhone 12, aim for iOS 14 or higher. Keep your apps up to date as well, and new features will always be available to you.

Leverage the filters and presets in Photoshop Lightroom.

Make your own filters with Lightroom for mobile.

Lightroom comes with both a desktop and mobile version, synced through the cloud. You can access the photos you upload to Lightroom on any device, making it easy to edit photos on your laptop, phone, or iPad. Access more than 50 high-quality presets, which function as filters that you apply to your iPhone photos after you’ve taken them. 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom camera filters superimposed over a person taking a selfie photo

Find filter presets in Lightroom.

Choose a photo from your Lightroom library, upload one from your camera roll, or take one with the in-app camera. Scroll to the right on the edits menu bar at the bottom of your photo and select Presets to browse through the filters. There are nine categories, including Color (hue-altering filters like Vivid, Matte, or Bright), and three premium preset categories — Portraits, Style, and Subject.

Make your own Lightroom presets.

Apply your own edits on desktop or mobile, and then click the three dots on the top right of your screen. Tap Create Preset to save and name your edits as a filter you can apply to any photo with Lightroom. Your custom presets will appear in a new category under Presets called User Presets.

Stylize and combine photos with Photoshop Express.

With Photoshop Express for iPad, iOS, and Android, you can make fast, powerful edits and compile photo collages that stand out from the crowd.

Apply Looks as filters to your photos.

In this app, the filter-style tools are called Looks. Tap the icon second from the left on the bottom of your screen to browse through Looks categories, including Basic, Charm, White Balance, Pop Color, Duo Tone, and more. Add a Look and then use the slider bar to adjust the intensity.

Save your own Looks or create collages.

You can also apply your own adjustments and then save them as a custom Look by tapping the plus icon to the left of Your Looks. Or tap Collage on your photos page to unlock unique collage filters that apply styles to every photo in the arrangement at once.

Adobe Photoshop Express overlay effects superimposed over a photo of a grass field

Layer on some Overlays.

Tap the icon to the right of Looks to explore Overlays. These act as adjustable stickers you can apply over the top of your edited image. Choose from a large array of categories, such as Light Leaks, Bokeh, Cosmos, Water Color, Smoke, Neon, Duotone, Film Effect, Sparkles, and more. Use the slider bar to change the intensity of your Overlay.

Play with creative Lenses in Photoshop Camera.

Use Photoshop Camera in place of your native Android or iPhone camera app. Switch between countless filters, called Lenses, and see them applied to the camera’s viewfinder in real time. See how your scene will look with each Lens before you hit the shutter button.

See the world through a new Lens.

Open Photoshop Camera and tap the sparkle icon to the left of the shutter button. Choose from several categories of Lenses and then swipe left or right on your screen to switch between styles. Try Pop Art for colorful Lenses that mimic comic book art. Choose Reverie for moody, noir-style Lenses. Or tap Add More to search the entire Lens library for new filters like the Mythos Lenses, which add a silvertone wash and giant mythical creatures to your scenes.

Fine-tune your snapshots.

Tap on your latest snapshot to open your photo library. From here, access photos from your Lightroom library or your device’s photos app. After applying a Lens to a photo, you can auto-enhance it, adjust levels, switch Lenses, revert to the original, or send it to Photoshop Express to access additional editing tools.

How to create attention-grabbing photos.

Watch as Adobe’s Director of Product Management for Creative Cloud Bryan O’Neil Hughes demonstrates how to create attention-grabbing photos with Photoshop Camera, Photoshop Express, and Lightroom on a mobile device. Then try your hand at creating the best smartphone photos you can with one of these industry-leading apps.

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