Instagram is one of my favourite apps, and since taking it much more seriously this year, I’ve developed a few editing apps that I cannot live without. I am now all about the themes but I didn’t always used to be. The trick is to create a theme you can manage, and you can read about how I do that in my how to curate your Instagram theme post.
My must-have apps for Instagram have definitely changed over the past few months and it’s worth saying that everyone’s must-haves will be different. It’s also worth saying that whilst themes and editing are all well and good, sometimes it’s just nice to go #nofilter. Editing photos is supposed to enhance them, not change them completely!
I will admit I always used to be on the fence with VSCO. I found the interface difficult to use and the fact that it almost worked as a photo publishing app in its own right really confused me. However this is now pretty much my main photo editing app. I love that you can control every single part of the image and I think the filters are fantastic. I also love that you can save your photos in a grid layout, which shows you how they will fit into your feed. I used to delete photos all the time before I got VSCO, but now there’s no need because I always know they’ll look good.
Before I discovered VSCO, I swore by Afterlight. I do still use it occasionally but because you have to pay for it I would hesitate to recommend it over VSCO. As far as actual editing goes, Afterlight also has its own filters and the actual interface is very similar. You can also save your own presets to save you time in the editing process, and do fancy things with layers which I don’t believe you can do on VSCO. It also doesn’t have a grid preview, which is the main reason I don’t use it as much anymore.
Squaready is my must-have app for adding borders. You can also use Squaready to fit portrait/landscape photos into square format, which I don’t do often on my blog account because it disrupts my border theme (God forbid) but is something I use for my personal account where necessary. You can also ‘free-size’ your photos, so you can literally drag them to the size you want them and position them in the square frame wherever you like.
Pic Collage + Layout
Photo collages are not something I do that often, but I have a couple of different apps that I use when I do make them. Pic Collage is really good for multiple photos, but Instagram’s own Layout app is quite useful too. You can add borders around your photos or have the images touching each other in both of these apps, which means you can tailor it to how you usually edit your images.
VSCO is definitely my main app for Instagram editing but with the amount I switch up my process who knows what it will be in a few months’ time. Let me know what your must-have apps are. Are you a VSCO lover like me or are you tied to another app?