Best Photo Editing Apps For Instagram and Blog
How do people make their Instagram photos look so beautiful?
I love Instagram
and I know you do too but I’m bored of Instagram filters and I don’t like how the photo loses it’s quality after one is applied. Instead, I use photo editing apps before uploading the image to Instagram. This helps, in particular, if a photo is taken in low light situations, for example – or if you’re going for a certain “theme”.
I got to admit, I spend (or waste, however you like to see it!) a lot of time tweaking the brightness and filters for one single photo to make it look perfect. It can get addictive but once you’ve found your “style”, you’ll end up using the same settings and editing photos will become a quicker process.
There are lots of apps out there but I’ve narrowed it down to my favourite five photo editing apps:
was the first app I paid for when I was pretty much bored of Instagram filters. It cost £1.49 from the App Store and there are lots of filters on it to choose from. The thing I liked about it was how you could control how much of the filter you apply to your photograph, you could turn the opacity down (way before Instagram did the same thing) and add other layers to it.
Another feature I like about Picfx is the “Lights” tool where you could add various light leaks and bokeh, just like the Yankee Candle pic above. You might have also noticed cute little heart shaped lights on some people’s photos. A bit gimmicky, and the novelty does wear off but if you’ve ever wondered which app people use to do that, it’s Picfx!
If you were to pay for any photography apps, let it be Afterlight
! I highly recommend this! I’m not sure if there’s a free version floating around but I’d go straight ahead and commit to the paid version because it only cost 69p! You won’t regret it!
Afterlight is my FAVOURITE app out of the whole lot and it does pretty much everything you want it to. It allows you to adjust the photo (sharpness, brightness, contrast, exposure, colour balance, hue & saturation, etc) and then there’s the 59 fully adjustable filters, 66 textures and light leaks to choose from.
You can add one on top of another, making your image as unique to you as possible. There’s also cropping, transforming, resizing and framing tools too – which comes in handy if you’re one of those people that has to have their Instagram photos nothing but square!
A lot of people rave about VSCO
and it is an amazing app. After I’ve edited an image on Afterlight, I go to VSCO to add a filter. You can save an edit and apply it to every photo to keep your Instagram profile looking consistent too.
I usually use the HB1 and HB2 filters and you can see from my Instagram how white this makes my photos look without giving them that ‘washed out’ over exposed effect.
However, the adjustment settings aren’t as flexible as Afterlight so that’s why I use this before I apply the filter on VCSO. VSCO is free with the option to purchase the in-app extras.
I don’t use Moldiv
a lot but it really handy to have! It’s just waaaay quicker than faffing about with Photoshop, especially if it’s just a quick photo for Lookbook or Instagram!
Moldiv is a one of the better collaging apps. A lot of collage apps can be a bit naff, most of them have the novelty factor, but Moldiv means business when it comes to putting collages together! It is such a good quality app!
What Moldiv offers that other collage apps don’t are the beautiful, professional looking magazine-style layouts. Also, with this app, the aspect ratio aren’t restricted to a 1:1 square shape either, you can elongate them or make them wider to suit your blog/website/whatever platform you’re uploading the photo to. I look forward to using this more, especially for my blog!
Moldiv is free but you can buy sets of layouts, if you wish.
A BEAUTIFUL MESS
A Beautiful Mess
cost only 69p and is a quirky little app that adds a bit of fun into your photos! You can also make images from scratch too, just like the one above on the left hand side. The first image of this blogpost is also made with A Beautiful Mess too. There’s a small selection of filter to choose from, you can add illustrative borders, cute little doodles and fonts.
It’s a lovely way to annotate your photos but sometimes, I do find it quite difficult to use this one so I don’t use it as much. It would be nice to have a slider to resize the fonts and doodles, it would make it easier to use.
Overall, A Beautiful Mess, as you can see, is a pretty awesome app and it works just fine.
Other Apps Worth Mentioning
: Dropbox doesn’t edit photos but… have you ever taken photos from your phone that you want to use on your blog? Or perhaps you have a photo stored on your computer that you’d like to upload to Instagram? How do you transfer it on to your phone without compressing the quality? You probably upload them to an image hosting site like Photobucket, or email them to yourself but Dropbox makes things much easier.
From your computer, you’ll need to make an account first and then secondly, get the app for your phone – but don’t worry, it’s all free! You put all the files you want in to your dropbox folder and you can access this from your computer, or your phone!
Another free photo editing app but what I love about this is that you can select a specific part of the image to adjust. This is handy when there’s a shadow you want to get rid off, or you want to accentuate a certain area of the photo.
: It has a little bit of Picfx, Afterlight, and VSCO Cam rolled in to one! Not as advanced as those three, but still better than Instagram, in my opinion! Camera360 is a free app, and contains filter effects, adjustment settings and textures/light leak/lens flare.
What other apps do you guys recommend? Anything other ones I should get to add to my collection?
To see my photos, hop over to my Instagram feed! My username on there is @tempsec.
And if you do end up downloading any of the apps I have recommended here, let me know how you get on!