Instagram used to be a place where people shared dimly lit shots of their dog and grainy scenery. But with 400 million monthly users today, if you want to increase your followers and get your content out there, you gotta put in some effort. Good camera quality, lighting, and color scheme are key essentials in a perfectly curated Insta feed, but what it all boils down to in the end is how you edit your photos. So today, I want to share with you guys 5 amazing photo editing apps to up your Instagram feed!
Probably the most popular and used photo editing app out there by Instagrammers, bloggers, and photographers is VSCOcam, a sleek and powerful app that acts as a professional photo studio. Like any other photo editing app, VSCOcam comes with preset filters that you can apply to your photo, but what I love about it is that you have the option to scale the intensity of the filter. My favorite filters to use for my own feed are C1, G3, and HB1 which give my photos nice pops of color, saturation, and brightness. Also, did you know that there are 22 million #vscocam hashtags on Instagram? The VSCO community is a great place to find inspiration from other photos, as well as allowing others to discover yours.
Facetune is a must for selfie lovers, as you can basically photoshop your face and hair to perfection. If you’re looking for a white and minimal Instagram feed, Facetune has a powerful whitening tool to transform even the yellowest backgrounds. Many people make the mistake of overexposing their photos to achieve a white theme, but what you can do with Facetune is select the areas you wish to whiten and leave the rest as is. It’s costs $3.99 on the app store, but it’s definitely worth the money.
Snapseed is high on the list for most recommended editing app. Similar to VSCOcam, it has basic tools like adjusting exposure, cropping, saturation, and color correction, but it has the powerful option to remove unwanted objects from the photo. This is amazing to use if you have a photography based feed and small clutter or objects accidentally get caught on camera. You can also apply creative filters like textures, blurs, and more.
This app fulfills every inner artist’s dream. Besides being able to add creative filters, overlays, colors, and shadows, PicsArt comes with a suite of drawing tools with different brushes and features so you can sketch on top of your photo. You can do so many cool edits using this app, such as making yourself levitate, look like you’re coming out of a wall, double exposure, and so much more. It’s like an uncomplicated and free version of Photoshop!
Ever seen those super artsy and organized Instagram feeds with prominent white borders and wanted to know how to achieve that yourself? I used to have to resize and crop my photos to make the border, but Aviary has a tool called frames where you can select a basic white border that will automatically attach to your photo. I’m also a fan of their brightening tools, so if you’re looking for a free alternative to Facetune and want a clean and minimal Instagram feed, Aviary is wonderful for that!