Dec 21 2014
It is not uncommon that you see amazing photos on Instagram that make it hard to believe they were shot by not any fancy DSLR, but by a simple phone camera. Well, taking photos is definitely a knack, but editing the photo adds a bit of something which takes the photo from good to amazing. Here are a few phone apps which make those Instagram photos what they are.
Snapseed is a great tool for basic edits like exposure, brightness, contrast etc. which are made easy by the use of real-time sliders. The most powerful feature of Snapseed is Selective Adjustment which means all the edits can be applied either to the entire photo or only a part of the photo which according to me is genius because many times I want to fix flaws only in certain parts of the photo without disturbing the rest of it.
VSCOCam and Afterlight have some of the most beautiful presets/ filters that can help express the mood of your photos. VSCOCam is also a great camera replacement tool and you can get very creative with their custom editing tools. Afterlight has a lot more presets than VSCOCam along with some fun frames and textures to play around with.
Seen those instagram pics which have lovely, inspiring quotes written beautifully on them? Piclab makes that possible. With a variety of fonts to choose from, and the ability to layer textures on top of each other, piclab literally creates a design studio in the palm of your hands!
I am not much of a collage person, but if you are then Photogrid should be your go-to app as it has some of the best collage layouts and makes it so easy to create a beautiful collage in just minutes!
Among the several apps I have tried, I have found that these work really well for what they come. [Except Afterlight- 0.99$, all the apps mentioned here are free!] Photo- editing is a huge playground, so get down and have some fun! 🙂
Here are the links to the apps mentioned: 
 iOS        =    SnapSeed || VSCOCam || AfterLight || PicLab || Photogrid 
Android =    SnapSeed || VSCOCam || AfterLight || PicLab || Photogrid 
I am just getting into the Instagram game and would love to see some of you there! Cheeky Plug – Follow my Instagram here!
What are your favorite editing apps?

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  • Thanks for this list, I have been looking for good photo editing websites/apps for a while now. I'll be sure to check all these out! I also love Picmonkey, easy to use and offers great results

    Emma | The Fashion Six

  • VSCO is the one I swore by, and also a little of Afterlight every so often, when I had my iPhone. I stupidly got rid of it, and after a few months struggling with a Nokia Lumia, I'm jumping back to iPhone in a couple of week's time. Definitely downloading all of these!


  • I love VSCO, it's all I use.

  • fandbtribes

    i love VSCO cam its the best editing tool i have ever downloaded plus you can add extra effects which i love i have to use it for all my instagram posts

  • 🙂 Yes i love picmonkey too, but mostly use it on the computer! You are welcome emma! xx

  • Ah I guess Iphone it is. I ve had samsung for all my life and want to switch to Iphone in 2015. Always hear great things about it! 🙂 Thanks for reading meg! x

  • 🙂 Its simply awesome! Love it! Thanks for reading Noor! xo

  • Yes VSCO is a camera+editing tool which makes it a great phone app. And just like you I love their presets too, so perfect! Thanks for reading sinead! x

  • I like the sounds of the selective adjustment in Snapseed. Getting phone now….

  • I need to download that VSCO cam! Heard so much great about it now 🙂 xx


  • I downloaded all of these after reading this and had a play around! I love VSCO Cam and I really want to buy Afterlight! So nice to see it's on Android now 😀

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Emily Leung

    Great post! I just made an instagram recently (I know, where was I all along), and I am just getting the hang of VSCO Cam. Beautiful blog!

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

  • Tania

    Amazing post! I already have a couple of these but I'm gonna go download the rest now! 🙂

    Tania / thearistochats.blogspot.com

  • saved!!

  • alvins

    Nice tips for the apps, I liked!

    Check my blog 🙂


    And Happy Holidays!

  • Rouge Salvatore

    Snapseed is the only one i don't have, downloading now 🙂

  • Thanks, and you too 🙂 x

  • Its brilliant try it lovely! x

  • I've been using vscocam for a while now and I think it's my favourite editing app!


  • Get roundup! VSCO is just crazy fun to play around with. I also use Mextures occasionally, but there is definitely a learning curve with that one.

  • 🙂 It is awesome. Sometimes it is the only one i need! x

  • Thanks a lot jocellyn! 🙂 I have to check Mextures, sounds amazing! x

  • courtney womack

    This is a really great post. I have been looking into improving my pictures and this really helped. Thank You! xxo