How to edit photos on the BlackBerry Z3

By James Richardson on 20 Jul 2014 07:36 am EDT

In this day and age producing the best photos is second nature to many of us. With apps such as Instagram as well as our social networks we are sharing so much more content than in previous years.

If you have recently picked up the BlackBerry Z3 as your first BlackBerry 10 device you'll be pleased to hear that photo editing on it is super easy and you get a bunch of options straight out of the box - without having to rely on any third party apps.

From your photo gallery just select an image and you'll then see a tab at the base of the display to Edit. Select this and you are good to go in either portrait or landscape.

At the base of the screen you will see four tabs. These are Crop, Enhance, Filters and Frames. Let's take a close look at each:


This one is pretty self explanatory and probably the most simple of the options available to us. If the photo you wish to use is too large or you want to just focus on a certain subject then you can easily crop the image. Just place a finger on either one of the edges or corners of the picture and drag it to where you want. You can also rotate the image left or right if you need to.


This is where things start to get funky. Once you select Enhance you will see a bunch of options appear under the image. These include Auto Enhance, Red Eye reduction, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Beauty and Big Eyes. With most of them you will be given a bar which you can slide up and down until you are happy with the result. Options such as Big Eyes will only be able to be used if you have a face on the display. The BlackBerry Z3 will automatically detect if you have or not.


With BlackBerry 10 we have 10 filters to use on our photos. This allows us to turn the picture to Black and White or Antique for example at just the press of a tab. We don't get as many options as with some third party apps but there is some nice variety.


Want to spice up your image with a nice frame around its edge? No problem. Simply select one of the eight available. There are standard black and white options as well as some funky ones such as the Film Strip or Old TV. I can't say I'm a big user of frames myself but it's clear from viewing other peoples images onlike that it's a pretty big deal.

Once you have your image looking like you want it's just a case of pressing the 'Save' tab at the top right of the display. Both the original image and the new edited version will be saved to your image gallery all ready for you to share. And this is done with ease thanks to the BlackBerry Hub which will allow for sharing with any of the accounts integrated into it.

Have fun tweaking your photos on the BlackBerry Z3.

Reader comments

How to edit photos on the BlackBerry Z3


What a pointless post, it's the same OS across the range of devices, of course they all work the same.

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Pointless reply.

Do try to understand that Crackberry appeals to a wide range of people, from nooks to awesome experts.

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Ha ha same with me have a Q5 Z10 and a Z30. Have owned blackberries all my life. Not interested in any other device


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I'd love to use these features but I'm still waiting for the article on how to turn my Z3 on.

I'll need that article quickly followed up by:

How to hold your Z3,


How to look at your Z3's screen

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Option1: First step, follow this guide. Next, go into the binary of each photo and add a zero. Good to go.
Option2: Follow this guide. Next, repeat 10x. Good to go.

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I plan to buy a Passport, can you make a guide for editing pic on it ?
And if I buy a classic, you'll make a guide too ?

Editing Pictures/Photos on BlackBerry 10 Smartphones is the same for all BB10 devices.

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Can we please put a lid on this topic?

CB folks have obviously decided to continue this practice for SEO reasons...

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It's deceiving to label it as an article about the Z3 when it's an OS thing and is the same on all devices. I don't get the point.

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This "Writer" only writes articles about obviously easy stuff and android apks. He must not have enough to write about!

By the way can I get a guide on how to lock my Q10?

I think we're hitting critical mass here James... perhaps it's time to rethink the format of these things.

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Z3 how-to complaints are becoming like first posts and their respective complaints

Just ignore it, if it bothers you :-)

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Mr writer dude, these BB phones all run the same OS meaning they all work the same. So please, stahp doing this.

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Hey James, I and many BlackBerry user's like me know that BlackBerry 10 has way more cooler features to write about.

Fir instance, when was the last time Crackberry wrote an article about BlackBerry 10's desktop mode? No other os, to best of my knowledge, actually has this feature.

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I understand the good intention of these type of articles. But maybe in the future you can do an overview guide to a newly released device. For example "getting a new z3?, start here!" or just republish past articles. Or if there's a new feature not available on older devices. Like natural sound on the z30 and the capactive keyboard on the passport.

But what do I know. I'm only a dj

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He's not a very active fella is he.. just throws up a post and runs away. He's not very focused on being a part of the community. Like blaze or Kevin..

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*Bears repeating:

I thought I'd chime in, due to the particularly snide remarks for this week's "how-to" article.  It has been explained many times, why this format is used. Most first time BlackBerry users or BB10 users are more likely to Google their device name - not the OS. That this clearly labeled article is so disrupting to the seasoned CB user, is mind boggling. For those on CB for less than a year, you've likely seen the previous articles as you've so astutely noted the repetition. If you'd read through the comments you'd likely have noticed the explanation. 

You will see hundreds or thousands of postings for an app giveaway or a contest. As there were only 19 postings when I stepped on my soap box, it appears that most have learned to ignore CLEARLY LABLED articles that don't concern them. Perhaps you should give that a shot next weekend. 



We've been through this already. If you're not a NEW user, of course you're not going to have any interest in reading it, so you don't have to read it. Move on and get over it. The posts are for people who don't know and ARE looking for help.

+1000!!!! I've only had my BlackBerry since October and I've learned to ignore articles that are the basic how to guides. Most people, myself included, google how to + device. Just in the short amount of time I've been on here, I've seen a lot of negativity in the comments on articles like this and the forbidden ANDROID apps articles. Some people never cease to amaze me....

 OS 100-4/Verizon Z10

James is a good guy, and has an important job besides what he does on here, that has to do with taking care of others. He has responded to others on here in the past.

No one likes to be put down or made to look stupid. What he posts at times is very important for first timers, we are not all knowledgeable in the ways of the BlackBerry when first getting one.

I don't think it is cool to say things to put someone down. We all need to grow up and walk in our own foot steps and be a better man or woman, to help and not hinder others.

I will leave with some very important words even though others may not agree.

Matthew 22

34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

(who is your neighbor you may say? Every single person you share this planet with is your neighbor.)

Those are my thoughts for now.
Take care.

Give this Jame guy a break...I didn't know my Q10 has a camera until I read this article. More like this James.

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Come on guys, play fair. Most Z3 owners are likely new to BB10 and will need help. There's enough people trolling us BlackBerry users, without our so called fan community doing the same! Grow up!! James, maybe tweak the titles a little.

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Problem is that MOST Z3 owners have no clue what is and if there is it would be one out of 300... in all likelihood if they wanted to learn how to do something on their z3 they would go to youtube or

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I don't get these posts. It's the same editing on all devices. Why label it specifically for one device

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They don't need to know - that's the point. If they Google something about how to use their shiny new Z3 camera, this article should turn up.

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thanks for the guide, james! simple, yet informative for new users. always appreciate your article :)