Create extraordinary images with free photo effects.

From filters and animation effects to detailed retouching, make a standout shot in just a few clicks with our free online photo editor.

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Unleash your creativity with artistic effects.

Transform your images with the photo effect features from Adobe Express. Whether you want a classic black-and-white effect or vivid colors with punchy contrast, there’s a photo filter to suit any style. Fine-tune brightness, saturation, and more to make your image match your aesthetic. Remove the background from photos to highlight a subject and create a collage-style design. You can even add animation to images for something truly eye-catching. There are countless ways to get creative with your photos.

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How to add effects to your photo.

Upload your image.
Upload your desired image from your own photo library or select a stock image to feature in your design.
Apply effects to your photo.
Select the photo to access the editing menu options. Under the Filters tab, you can add depth and style with preset filters. Hit the shuffle button on applicable filter options to see how it switches up the style. Finish off with the Enhance option to finetune your photos with sliders for contrast, brightness, saturation, warmth, or sharpening.
Add photo animations to your design.
You can also incorporate animation with the photos in your project. From the animation menu, scroll past the text options until you reach the photo animation effects. Play around with the featured options until you find an animation effect that brings your design to life.
Make additional edits.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the other ways to customize your images with Adobe Express. Add creative text styles or playful icons to your design. Remove the background from an image to highlight the subject. There are thousands of free design assets and tools ready for you to use right at your fingertips.
Save and download.
Instantly download your edited image to your device. Share it across your social channels and digital platforms, or print it out at home, at work, or with a professional printer. Adobe Express saves your designs so you can always go back and make additional changes.

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Featured photo effects.

Remove the background from your photo to highlight your subject.

Use the remove background tool to add a transparent background to your photo in seconds. Select your image, select the Remove Background option, and watch as Adobe Express works its magic. Add a shape crop to your newly edited image to make it stand out even more.

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Enhance your image instantly.

Open the online Photo Enhancer tools for further personalization. Adjust the lighting of your photo to define contrast, adjust photo brightness, highlight, and shadow. Curate the color aesthetic with the image saturation and warmth options. Then, use the Sharpen sliding scale to add definition to a blurry photo or edge to your image.

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Add animation to your image.

Transform any image into an animated design with the animation feature. Select from a library of animation effects to add life to the photo in your design. Use this tool to capture the attention of your audiences across your digital platforms.

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Customize your photo online with filter effects to make it your own.

Adobe Express makes professional editing tools accessible for anyone, so you can learn how to enhance and optimize images yourself. Transform standard images into high quality, eye-catching designs with our free photo filters. Then, further personalize your design by making enhancing adjustments, adding text, and topping it off with animation. There are endless ways to create stunning content for any channel, on any device.

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Frequently asked questions.

How can I add effects to a photo for social media?
Choose a canvas size based on your desired social media channel — you can do this by searching for a template using the platform as a keyword or using the Resize option to change the canvas size to preset, popular social media sizes. Then, add your desired image to your project, apply effects, and instantly download your finished work right to your device to share online.
How many filters does the Adobe Express photo effect tool have?
Adobe Express features 8 primary filter styles, and most of those have dozens of options within them. Choose your favorite filter, then use the Shuffle option to explore different variations and colors.
Can I add effects to the photo on my phone?
Absolutely. Download and launch the free Adobe Express app on your mobile device and instantly add photo effects to your images so you can make standout content wherever you go.
Does the size or quality change after adding effects to the photo?
The size and quality should remain the same, unless you resize your image while editing it, or choose a canvas size that is larger or smaller than your original image. If you wish to maintain the same size of your image from the start, select the option to Start from your photo.
Can I get Adobe Express for free? If so, what’s included?
Yes, Adobe Express has a free plan that includes core features like photo editing tools and effects and thousands of free templates. Learn more about our plans and pricing.