From filter to illustration apps, there’s a lot of creative fun to be had when experimenting with new photography apps. And, while some apps might help you add a little something extra to a photograph you’ve taken to create the perfect image to transfer to canvas, others are purely aimed at provoking laughs and giggles galore. This month’s we’re introducing three photo apps that cover all the bases.

The Memoji app

If you speak fluent emoji and find you’re always adding them to your text messages, why not make your own emoji images? This cute new app allows you to tweak your selfies or even images of statues, paintings and posters into all kinds of emojis. It uses facial recognition to detect features to exaggerate, which means it works on all types of faces, not just selfies. The app can also turn you into a unicorn or literally turn that frown upside down by helping you turn grumpy faces into happy ones. That could come in useful if you always have one person who likes to spoil your family portraits!

Pico – for film emulation

Do you miss the days when photographs were shot on film? Perhaps you wish you could carry round your camera to snap old school style more often? There are hundreds, if not more different apps on the market that aim to help you recreate film stock styles and Pico is one of the latest bits of software that allows you to but a film-like finish on your smartphone snaps. Along with live presets it also offers an exposure control, which makes photo-composition that bit easier.

The social editing app

Okay, so this app hasn’t actually been released yet, but it sounds amazing so we wanted to give you a heads up about an app that’s going in a new direction. According to news reports like this one in TechCrunch, Google has been working on an app that allows group photo editing. This nifty idea could add a social dimension to your canvas print creation, help friends to improve their photographs of a birthday night out or event or even allow for digital group collaboration on college projects via mobile phone. It’s thought the app may also use recognition software to identify objects or people within the photographs. No word on what the app might be called but it’s thought it could launch as early as May this year.

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Which new photography apps are you enjoying experimenting with at the moment? We’d love to hear your recommendations for any up and coming or trusted favourite apps you use. Do you stick to editing software that helps you achieve a flawless finish or do you enjoy the frivolity of fun photo apps too?