How to Edit Photos on the iPad

How to Edit Photos on the iPad

Did you know that iOS 5.0 allows you to edit photos directly on the iPad? No longer do you need a computer or a paid app in order to crop  or rotate a photo.   If there are red eyes that need to be removed, you can also do this directly on the iPad. Learn how to customize your pictures on the iPad in the following tutorial.

You Will Need:

  • iPad with iOS 5.0 (any generation)


  1. Open the “Photos” app on the iPad. All of the picture editing will be done within this app.
  2. Next open a photo that you wish to edit.
  3. Select the “Edit” button at the top of the screen to bring up the editing menu.  If you do not see the “Edit” button, tap anywhere on the screen to make this button and others visible.
  4. At the bottom of the screen you will see buttons for “Rotate”, “Enhance”, “Red Eye” and “Crop”.  See the details below this tutorial for how to use each feature.
  5. After you are finished editing a photo in iPad, be sure to press “Save” in the upper right to save the edits you have made.

We will now review each of these four picture editing features on the iPad.


This one is fairly self-explanatory.  Press the rotate button to rotate the photo 90 degrees.  You can continue to press until the photos reaches the desired orientation.


The enhance feature will adjust the photo’s color balance among other things.  Use this when an image appears to dark or has uneven brightness.  To enhance a photo, press the “Enhance” button and you will see a small message saying “Auto-Enhance On”.  Press again to turn this off.

Red Eye

Among the most popular features, this tool will allow you to remove undesired red eyes from photos.  Press the “Red Eye” button to activate and then select each of the red eyes by tapping once on each eye.


To crop a photo on the iPad, press the “Crop” button and then zoom and drag the photo to achieve the desired cropping.  You can also press the “Constrain” button on the button to select a standard photo size (such as 5″ x 7″) to ensure the new cropped image will fit one of those sizes.