These days, your Instagram feed says a lot about you. If you’re looking for ways to up your Instagram game, you’ve come to the right place. It’s not hard to achieve your Instagram aesthetic goals with the help of these 5 photo editing apps!
This is the holy grail of all photo editing apps for your Instagram. VSCO’s user friendly app comes with many features like saturation and highlight/shadow adjustment that allow you to edit your photo with or without layering one of their unique filters on it. Sometimes editing on only the VSCO app can be enough to create an aesthetically pleasing photo. This app lets you combine all the same effects and filters you’ve added onto a photo in a “preset” you can apply to a new one, which is helpful for maintaining a specific tone or color scheme for your Instagram feed. VSCO also allows you to journal with your newly-edited photos within the app, giving you the option to remember the precious memories that come with the image!
If using VSCO isn’t enough for you to achieve your perfect Instagram feed, try Afterlight! This app has most of the same basic features as VSCO, but a little more artsy. For example, you have the option of adding dust or light leaks to give you a vintage film camera effect for your photos. If you’re looking for a more old-school vibe for your Instagram, this app can make that happen for you. Afterlight also has distinct filters from VSCO, so I recommend having both apps (they’re free anyways!) so you can take advantage of both of their unique features and utilize both.
Snapseed is one of those apps you need to fine-tune the details of your Instagram-ready photo. For example, if you’re picky about the lighting not being the best on one corner of your photo, Snapped allows you to fix this problem without changing the exposure of the entire photo. Although a little more complex than the previous two apps, Snapseed can guarantee the perfect end result of a photo that compliments the rest of your aesthetically pleasing feed.
Not sure if that photo you just edited fits your designated Instagram theme? With Preview, you can easily check and see what a potential post could look like on your feed! This is especially helpful if you’re still building your aesthetic to keep the photos consistent with each other. This app also conveniently saves the pictures you were considering, making it easier to go back and forth between posting one on a certain day and posting the next one in the future. Preview helps us Instagram feed-conscious posters reduce our anxiety by guaranteeing that our photo looks good among our previous posts without having to delete or re-upload a better photo. This app definitely makes us wonder where it’s been all our lives!
With Canva, you can add text or doodles to any picture you want. This is especially helpful for posting stories on your Instagram that stays consistent with your Instagram feed’s aesthetic. You can easily add borders and writing to whatever image you want or make one post containing multiple images reminiscent to an actual magazine page. A lot of influencers utilize Canva for their story highlights too, for example using a cover photo made in Canva featuring a small airplane doodle for all their posted stories pertaining to travel. If you need a little inspiration, this app also comes with pre-made designs that you can customize. Beyond Instagram, Canva can also help you make flyers, e-invites, and anything else that would easily achieve your graphic design goals, inspiring and encouraging our unique creative abilities.