Time and time again, we receive comments on our social channels asking “how did you edit this?” or “what app is this?”When it comes to editing the photos we post on the blog and Instagram, a lot of what we do depends on personal preference. We spend a lot of time in Photoshop, and each person who contributes to the blog has their own way of enhancing a photo. There are a lot of tricks to editing, and I find myself learning something new everyday. The more time you spend in an editing program, the more you will learn. But, these editing programs can be expensive, and by no means is it absolutely necessary to have one to produce a cool image. There are thousands of photo editing apps out there right now that you can download within a matter of seconds to your phone, and most of them are free! I have several that I like to use, and all for different reasons. Today I wanted to share 5 of my favorites that are fun, easy to use, and produce some awesome results.
I recently switched from an Android phone to an iPhone, and I was finally able to download Afterlight. All of my friends use this app, and I felt pretty left out before I made the switch. This app offers cool faded filters, basic enhancing, light leaks, and a lot of customization. One of my favorite features is the ability to put your image inside a shape like you see above.
Our intern Madisyn introduced me to this app. Snapseed is great because it allows you to pinpoint the areas you want to edit. You can click on certain areas of your photo, then brighten or darken specific spots to your liking. This app gives you a lot of control over how you want your picture to look, while still being user friendly!
I’m a sucker for cool collages and mirrored images. Moldiv is a collage editing app, and I have a lot of fun playing around with it. With over 100 framing options, you can make some amazing collages in really interesting shapes. I also love that you can flip and rotate each image within the frame to create that psychedelic kaleidoscope effect.
Since instagram only allows you to upload images that are a perfect square, you sometimes lose detail in your image after cropping. Instasize allows you to add borders to your photo so that you can post your entire image without having to crop anything out. I recently started doing this to all of the images on my personal account because I like the way the borders space out the images in my feed. Instasize also offers a lot of cool filters and light leaks. I love the vintage effect that light leaks can add to an image!
VSCO Cam is by far my absolute favorite. Created by Visual Supply Company, the app is just as clean and inspiring as their website. You can browse through beautiful presets, all producing different results. From vintage to modern, some of the presets they offer can make a phone picture look like it was taken with a film camera. You can also go in and edit things like saturation, shadows, tint, and fade. In addition to editing, VSCO cam offers its own photo sharing platform called VSCO Grid. I’ve lost many hours scrolling through this and discovering some amazing photographers. From editing and sharing to discovering, VSCO Cam is definitely the app to download.
Do you have a favorite photo editing app? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to try it!
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