3 Awesome Photo Editing Apps

3 Awesome Photo Editing AppsLast month I spilled the beans on how to grow your brand on Instagram, so now I think it’s only fair that I share my top three photo editing apps! Unless it’s a photo from one of my projects, I take all of my Instagram photos with my iPhone camera. It’s taken me a while to develop my style (I don’t really care for the preset Instagram filters), but now that I have it, it only takes me about 1-2 minutes max to edit a photo. If you don’t have these already, here are the apps I recommend you download immediately!

3 Awesome Photo Editing AppsVSCO is by far my all time favorite photo editing app. It did take some getting used to at first, but now  using it is easy. There are tons of great presets, and you can buy more packs (starting at about 99 cents). Additionally, and probably why I love it so much, you can adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation and more. It really gives you the most control of all the editing apps I’ve used. Available for Android and iPhone.

3 Awesome Photo Editing AppsI use Afterlight to add special elements to my photos. While they do have preset filters, they also have have fun features like light leaks and polaroid frames. I’ll also use this app to crop my photos if I want a custom size (not square or 4×5). Available for Android and iPhone.

3 Awesome Photo Editing AppsAnd for those moments when my photo doesn’t fit into the standard square frame (see here), I use Whitagram. You can choose from a variety of colors to set as the background, but I find that white is the least distracting and blends into the feed nicely. Available for Android and iPhone.

I hope this were helpful! Most of these do take some time getting used to, but oh the difference you will see in your photos. If you have any additional apps you think I should check out, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

  • Ok VSCO I know… but thanks for the other two :)

  • HelloLidy

    Thanks for sharing!! I always wonder what apps you use, your pictures are always so beautiful :) I use VSCO and love it, but I have to try out Afterlight and Whitagram!


    • Awww thanks Lidy! They’re all so fun. Can’t wait to see what you come up with using those two apps!

  • Mallory

    Snapseed is a fantastic app!

    • I have Snapseed on my phone, but always forget about it when it comes time to edit (out of habit I guess!). What are your favorite features about the app? I’d love to give it a try as well!

  • I just found out about VSCO like yesterday and I’m in love with all it can do!!! But I kinda went on filter overload and bought a packet of like 50. How do/did you narrow it down?
    And I was wondering how people were putting white space around their pics!

    • Oh girl, I have been there! It took me a while of playing around with them to find the ones that I like the best. Because you can adjust the intensity of each preset, there’s so much variation. My go-to’s are F2 and S3.

      Hope this helps!

  • Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely be checking these out. ;)
    If you have any other crafty/blog apps you use, I’d love to know!

    • Oh yay, so glad you found this helpful Katie!

      As far as other apps.. Let’s see! I’m slightly obsessed with iDashboard (for analytics). The mail chimp app is great if you send out newsletters. Other than that, Pinterest and Twitter are always great to have on the go. I wish I had more organization apps, but I tend to stick to pen and paper :)

  • Kristen Nelson

    I absolutely love VSCO. I use that and Whitagram constantly! I haven’t heard of Afterlight – and I’m definitely going to check it out. Thank you for sharing these. Such great ideas for branding on Instagram, too!

    If I can be so bold to add some of my favorites to the growing list…… Tangent, Mextures, and Image Blender allow more controls with layers and masks to customize your snapshots. Tangent creates geometric overlays. And, if anyone is interested in adding text to your images, OVER and Rhonna are definitely favorites (Rhonna allows you to mask certain portions of your photo into text). These apps add some graphic flair to your images and allow you to work within different layers.

    I definitely recommend to check out @stefankunz for some of his work with text and images. If you keep scrolling down his feed, he has a 6-image collage that makes up a single message that says “WELLINGTON” across the grid of his post history.

    • Yesssss! Oh my goodness I am so happy that you shared all of these suggestions! I’m off to download them immediately.

      And thanks for sharing about @stefankunz; his work is so clever and fun!

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